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El Paredon ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.2
Difficulty Level: 2.6
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.3
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.5

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El Paredon Swell Statistics, May: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at El Paredon that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical May and is based upon 2200 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 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 was forecast.

The diagram suggests that the dominant swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was SSW, whereas the the prevailing 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 64% of the time, equivalent to 20 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to occur in a normal May but 21% of the time you can expect swell in the range 1.3-2m (4-6.5ft) 21%, equivalent to (7 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that El Paredon is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at El Paredon about 64% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 36% of the time. This is means that we expect 31 days with waves in a typical May, of which 20 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.