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Chipiona ratings
Consistency of Surf: 3.0

Overall: 3.7

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Chipiona Swell Statistics, All Year: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Chipiona that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical year. It is based on 28043 predictions, one every 3 hours. The direction of the spokes show where quality surf generating swell comes from. Five colours represent increasing wave sizes. Very small swells of less than 0.5m (1.5 feet) high are shown in blue. Green and yellow show increasing swell sizes and largest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell occurs.

The diagram suggests that the dominant swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was W, 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 22% of the time, equivalent to 80 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal year but 0.7% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 0.7%, equivalent to (3 days). Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Chipiona is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Chipiona about 22% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 47% of the time. This is means that we expect 252 days with waves in a typical year, of which 80 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.