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Eclipse ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.0

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Eclipse Swell Statistics, Autumn: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Eclipse that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal northern hemisphere autumn. It is based on 7252 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 illustrate increasing swell sizes and red illustrates the largest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell was forecast.

The diagram suggests that the dominant swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was SW, 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 40% of the time, equivalent to 36 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to occur in a normal northern hemisphere autumn but 16% of the time you can expect swell in the range 1.3-2m (4-6.5ft) 16%, equivalent to (15 days). Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that Eclipse is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Eclipse about 40% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 59% of the time. This is means that we expect 90 days with waves in a typical northern hemisphere autumn, of which 36 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.