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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, All Year: 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 year. It is based on 33212 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 shows highest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell occurs.

The diagram implies that the most common swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was WNW, whereas the the dominant wind blows from the NNW. 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 29% of the time, equivalent to 106 days. Expect open water swells to exceed >3m (>10ft) 0.9% of the time (3 days). Taking into account the fraction 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 29% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 67% of the time. This is means that we expect 350 days with waves in a typical year, of which 106 days should be clean enough to surf.

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.