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Carcans Plage ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 2.8
Difficulty Level: 1.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 3.7

Overall: 3.1

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Carcans Plage Swell Statistics, February: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Carcans Plage that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical February. It is based on 2102 predictions, one every 3 hours. The direction of the spokes show where quality surf generating swell comes from. Five colours illustrate increasing wave sizes. Blue shows the smallest swells, less that 0.5m (1.5 feet) high. Green and yellow illustrate increasing swell sizes and largest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell happens.

The diagram suggests that the most common swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was WNW, whereas the the most common wind blows from the NW. The chart at the bottom shows the same thing but without direction information. For example, swells larger than 1.5 feet (0.5m) coincided with good wind conditions 37% of the time, equivalent to 10 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to arise in a normal February but 8% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 8%, equivalent to (2 days). Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Carcans Plage is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Carcans Plage about 37% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 61% of the time. This is means that we expect 27 days with waves in a typical February, of which 10 days should be clean enough to surf.

IMPORTANT: Beta version feature! Swell heights are open water values from NWW3. There is no attempt to model near-shore effects. Coastal wave heights will generally be less, especially if the break does not have unobstructed exposure to the open ocean.