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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, Winter: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

The rose diagram shows only the swells directed at Etretat that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical northern hemisphere winter. It is based on 6930 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 illustrate increasing swell sizes and red shows the highest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how often that size swell happens.

The diagram indicates that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was WSW (which was the same as the dominant wind direction). 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 51% of the time, equivalent to 46 days. Expect open water swells to exceed >3m (>10ft) 4% of the time (4 days). Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Etretat is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Etretat about 51% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 16% of the time. This is means that we expect 61 days with waves in a typical northern hemisphere winter, of which 46 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.