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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, Spring: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Eclipse that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical northern hemisphere spring and is based upon 8052 predictions, one every 3 hours. The direction of the spokes show where quality surf generating swell comes from. Five colours show increasing wave sizes. The smallest swells, less than 0.5m (1.5 feet), high are coloured blue. Green and yellow represent increasing swell sizes and red represents the largest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell was forecast.

The diagram suggests that the most common swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was SSW, whereas the the most common wind blows from the WSW. 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 51% of the time, equivalent to 46 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to occur in a normal northern hemisphere spring but 21% of the time you can expect swell in the range 1.3-2m (4-6.5ft) 21%, equivalent to (19 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 think that that clean surf can be found at Eclipse about 51% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 49% of the time. This is means that we expect 91 days with waves in a typical northern hemisphere spring, of which 46 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.