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Etretat ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.3
Difficulty Level: 2.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 1.7

Overall: 3.2

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Etretat Swell Statistics, Spring: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Etretat that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical northern hemisphere spring and is based upon 6575 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 largest 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 happens.

The diagram implies that the most common swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was WSW, whereas the the most common wind blows from the NW. 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 35% of the time, equivalent to 32 days. Open water swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) only arise 0.8% of the time in a typical northern hemisphere spring, equivalent to just one day but 5% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 5%, equivalent to (5 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that Etretat is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Etretat about 35% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 13% of the time. This is means that we expect 44 days with waves in a typical northern hemisphere spring, of which 32 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.