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Espinho ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.8
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.8
Crowds: 2.6

Overall: 3.9

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Espinho Swell Statistics, December: 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 December. It is based on 2457 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 illustrate increasing swell sizes and biggest 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 occurs.

The diagram implies that the dominant swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was WNW, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the ESE. 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 42% of the time, equivalent to 13 days. Open water swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) only happen 2% of the time in a typical December, equivalent to just one day but 16% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 16%, equivalent to (5 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with predicted 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 42% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 56% of the time. This is means that we expect 29 days with waves in a typical December, of which 13 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.