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Ile d'Oleron - Chassiron ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.7
Consistency of Surf: 3.7
Difficulty Level: 5.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.4

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Ile d'Oleron - Chassiron Swell Statistics, February: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Ile d'Oleron - Chassiron 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 show increasing swell sizes and red illustrates the biggest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how often that size swell occurs.

The diagram indicates that the dominant swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was W, whereas the the prevailing 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 27% of the time, equivalent to 8 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen 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 ratio of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Ile d'Oleron - Chassiron is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Ile d'Oleron - Chassiron about 27% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 67% of the time. This is means that we expect 26 days with waves in a typical February, of which 8 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.