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Chiclana de la Frontera ratings
Consistency of Surf: 2.0

Overall: 2.5

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Chiclana de la Frontera Swell Statistics, April: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Chiclana de la Frontera that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical April. It is based on 2160 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 represent increasing swell sizes and red shows biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell was forecast.

The diagram implies that the most common swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was W, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the WNW. 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 15% of the time, equivalent to 4 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to occur in a normal April. Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Chiclana de la Frontera is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Chiclana de la Frontera about 15% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 35% of the time. This is means that we expect 15 days with waves in a typical April, of which 4 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.