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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, Winter: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Fairlight 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 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 shows biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell was forecast.

The diagram implies that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was WSW, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the WSW. 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 15% of the time, equivalent to 14 days. Expect open water swells to exceed >3m (>10ft) 1.7% of the time (2 days). Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with expectdd ofslore winds, and given the fact that Fairlight is slightly protected from open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Fairlight about 15% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 30% of the time. This is means that we expect 41 days with waves in a typical northern hemisphere winter, of which 14 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.