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El Zunzal ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.2
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 2.4
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.3

Overall: 3.0

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

This image shows only the swells directed at El Zunzal that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical May. It is based on 2696 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 represent increasing swell sizes and red shows the largest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how often that size swell happens.

The diagram indicates that the most common swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was SSW, whereas the the most common wind blows from the S. 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 49% of the time, equivalent to 15 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to arise in a normal May but 33% of the time you can expect swell in the range 1.3-2m (4-6.5ft) 33%, equivalent to (10 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that El Zunzal is exposed to open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at El Zunzal about 49% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 51% of the time. This is means that we expect 31 days with waves in a typical May, of which 15 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.