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Falmouth - Swanpool ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 2.7

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Falmouth - Swanpool Swell Statistics, January: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Falmouth - Swanpool that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical January and is based upon 2620 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 show increasing swell sizes and red represents the biggest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell was forecast.

The diagram suggests that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was WSW (which was the same as the prevailing 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 29% of the time, equivalent to 9 days. Expect open water swells to exceed >3m (>10ft) 9% of the time (3 days). Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that Falmouth - Swanpool is slightly protected from open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Falmouth - Swanpool about 29% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 43% of the time. This is means that we expect 22 days with waves in a typical January, of which 9 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.