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El Charco (Bajamar) ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.3
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.5
Crowds: 3.3

Overall: 3.8

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El Charco (Bajamar) Swell Statistics, July: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at El Charco (Bajamar) that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal July. It is based on 2976 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 illustrate increasing swell sizes and red shows highest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In each graph, 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 NNW, whereas the the dominant wind blows from the NNE. 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 2% of the time, equivalent to 1 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal July. Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that El Charco (Bajamar) is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at El Charco (Bajamar) about 2% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 38% of the time. This is means that we expect 12 days with waves in a typical July, of which 1 days should be surfable.

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.