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El Porto Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.7
Consistency of Surf: 3.8
Difficulty Level: 2.6
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.2
Crowds: 1.5

Overall: 3.0

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

The rose diagram shows only the swells directed at El Porto Beach that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical May and is based upon 2838 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 red represents the biggest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how often that size swell occurs.

The diagram indicates that the most common swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was SW, 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 35% of the time, equivalent to 11 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal May. Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that El Porto Beach is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at El Porto Beach about 35% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 62% of the time. This is means that we expect 30 days with waves in a typical May, of which 11 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.