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El Pelado ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.7

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El Pelado Swell Statistics, All Year: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at El Pelado that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal year and is based upon 28044 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 show 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 commonly that size swell was forecast.

The diagram implies that the most common swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was WSW, 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 20% of the time, equivalent to 73 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to occur in a normal year but 3% of the time you can expect swell in the range 1.3-2m (4-6.5ft) 3%, equivalent to (11 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that El Pelado is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at El Pelado about 20% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 72% of the time. This is means that we expect 336 days with waves in a typical year, of which 73 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.