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El Zonte ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 4.5
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.7

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El Zonte Swell Statistics, Spring: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at El Zonte that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal northern hemisphere spring and is based upon 6580 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 show increasing swell sizes and red illustrates biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In both graphs, 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 SSW, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the NW. 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 50% of the time, equivalent to 46 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to occur in a normal northern hemisphere spring but 31% of the time you can expect swell in the range 1.3-2m (4-6.5ft) 31%, equivalent to (28 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that El Zonte is exposed to open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at El Zonte about 50% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 50% of the time. This is means that we expect 91 days with waves in a typical northern hemisphere spring, of which 46 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.