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Escollera Sur (Mar del Plata) ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.5

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Escollera Sur (Mar del Plata) Swell Statistics, Summer: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Escollera Sur (Mar del Plata) that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical southern hemisphere summer and is based upon 8485 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 represent increasing swell sizes and largest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell happens.

The diagram implies that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was SE, whereas the the most common wind blows from the NE. 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 23% of the time, equivalent to 21 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to arise in a normal southern hemisphere summer but 3% of the time you can expect swell in the range 1.3-2m (4-6.5ft) 3%, equivalent to (3 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that Escollera Sur (Mar del Plata) is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Escollera Sur (Mar del Plata) about 23% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 48% of the time. This is means that we expect 65 days with waves in a typical southern hemisphere summer, of which 21 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.