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El Emir ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.6
Consistency of Surf: 3.6
Difficulty Level: 2.4
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 1.4

Overall: 3.3

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El Emir Swell Statistics, September: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at El Emir that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical September. It is based on 2880 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 biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell occurs.

The diagram suggests that the most common swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was SSE, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the ESE. 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 12% of the time, equivalent to 4 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal September. Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that El Emir is exposed to open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at El Emir about 12% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 44% of the time. This is means that we expect 17 days with waves in a typical September, of which 4 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.