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Espinho ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.8
Difficulty Level: 3.2
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.2
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 3.7

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Espinho Swell Statistics, Autumn: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Espinho that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical northern hemisphere autumn. It is based on 8724 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 red illustrates biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how often that size swell occurs.

The diagram indicates that the dominant swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was WNW, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the N. 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 33% of the time, equivalent to 30 days. Open water swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) only happen 1.1% of the time in a typical northern hemisphere autumn, equivalent to just one day but 8% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 8%, equivalent to (7 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Espinho is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Espinho about 33% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 63% of the time. This is means that we expect 87 days with waves in a typical northern hemisphere autumn, of which 30 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.