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Clifton Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.8
Consistency of Surf: 3.1
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 2.8

Overall: 3.0

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Clifton Beach Swell Statistics, Summer: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Clifton Beach that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal southern hemisphere summer. It is based on 6931 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 often that size swell was forecast.

The diagram indicates that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was SSW, whereas the the most common wind blows from the W. 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 20% of the time, equivalent to 18 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to occur in a normal southern hemisphere summer but 7% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 7%, equivalent to (6 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Clifton Beach is slightly protected from open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at Clifton Beach about 20% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 37% of the time. This is means that we expect 52 days with waves in a typical southern hemisphere summer, of which 18 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.