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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 that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical July. It is based on 2480 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 represent increasing swell sizes and red shows biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how often that size swell happens.

The diagram indicates that the dominant swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was NNW, whereas the the prevailing 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 1.6% of the time, equivalent to 0 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to arise in a normal July. Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that El Charco is exposed to open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at El Charco about 1.6% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 35% of the time. This is means that we expect 11 days with waves in a typical July, of which 0 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.