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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 over a normal northern hemisphere winter. It is based on 7764 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 illustrates the highest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how often that size swell occurs.

The diagram indicates that the dominant swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was WSW, whereas the the dominant 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 14% of the time, equivalent to 13 days. Open water swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) only happen 1.5% of the time in a typical northern hemisphere winter, equivalent to just one day but 7% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 7%, equivalent to (6 days). Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore 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 14% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 29% of the time. This is means that we expect 39 days with waves in a typical northern hemisphere winter, of which 13 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.