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Fairlight ratings
Quality on a good day: 1.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0

Overall: 2.2

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Fairlight Swell Statistics, March: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Fairlight that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal March. It is based on 2220 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 biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell happens.

The diagram implies that the dominant swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was WSW, whereas the the prevailing 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 11% of the time, equivalent to 3 days. Open water swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) only arise 1.7% of the time in a typical March, equivalent to just one day but 5% of the time can expect small swell in the range 1.3-2m (4-6.5ft) 5%, equivalent to (2 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that Fairlight is slightly protected from open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Fairlight about 11% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 13% of the time. This is means that we expect 7 days with waves in a typical March, of which 3 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.