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El Rincon ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.6

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El Rincon Swell Statistics, Summer: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

The rose diagram shows only the swells directed at El Rincon that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical northern hemisphere summer. It is based on 4184 predictions, one every 3 hours. The direction of the spokes show where quality surf generating swell comes from. Five colours illustrate increasing wave sizes. Blue shows the smallest swells, less that 0.5m (1.5 feet) high. Green and yellow show increasing swell sizes and red represents biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell occurs.

The diagram implies that the most common swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was S, 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 0.6% of the time, equivalent to 1 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal northern hemisphere summer but 12% of the time you can expect swell in the range 1.3-2m (4-6.5ft) 12%, equivalent to (11 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that El Rincon is quite sheltered from open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at El Rincon about 0.6% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 1.4% of the time. This is means that we expect 2 days with waves in a typical northern hemisphere summer, of which 1 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.