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Esterillos Oeste ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.6
Difficulty Level: 2.8
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.7
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.9

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Esterillos Oeste Swell Statistics, May: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Esterillos Oeste that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal May. It is based on 2696 predictions, one every 3 hours. The direction of the spokes show where quality surf generating swell comes from. Five colours show increasing wave sizes. The smallest swells, less than 0.5m (1.5 feet), high are coloured blue. Green and yellow represent increasing swell sizes and red represents biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In each 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 SSW, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the SW. 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 60% of the time, equivalent to 19 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal May but 26% of the time you can expect swell in the range 1.3-2m (4-6.5ft) 26%, equivalent to (8 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Esterillos Oeste is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Esterillos Oeste about 60% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 40% of the time. This is means that we expect 31 days with waves in a typical May, of which 19 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.