uk es it fr pt nl
Esposende ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.8
Difficulty Level: 2.8
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.5
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.5

See all 18 ratings

Based on 5 votes. Vote


Surf Report Feed

Esposende Swell Statistics, February: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Esposende that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical February and is based upon 2102 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 red illustrates biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell happens.

The diagram implies that the most common swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was WNW, whereas the the prevailing 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 36% of the time, equivalent to 10 days. Open water swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) only arise 3% of the time in a typical February, equivalent to just one day but 10% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 10%, equivalent to (3 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Esposende is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Esposende about 36% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 64% of the time. This is means that we expect 28 days with waves in a typical February, of which 10 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.