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Fare Left ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.5

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Fare Left Swell Statistics, July: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Fare Left that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal July and is based upon 2480 predictions, one every 3 hours. The direction of the spokes show where quality surf generating swell comes from. Five colours illustrate increasing wave sizes. Blue shows the smallest swells, less that 0.5m (1.5 feet) high. Green and yellow show increasing swell sizes and highest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In each 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 SSW, whereas the the dominant wind blows from the E. 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 72% of the time, equivalent to 22 days. Open water swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) only arise 1.7% of the time in a typical July, equivalent to just one day but 32% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 32%, equivalent to (10 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Fare Left is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Fare Left about 72% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 8% of the time. This is means that we expect 25 days with waves in a typical July, of which 22 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.