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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, Winter: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Fare Left that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical southern hemisphere winter. It is based on 7266 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 show 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 was forecast.

The diagram implies that the dominant swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was SSW, whereas the the prevailing 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 68% of the time, equivalent to 62 days. Open water swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) only occur 1.6% of the time in a typical southern hemisphere winter, equivalent to just one day but 29% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 29%, equivalent to (26 days). Taking into account the proportion 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 68% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 9% of the time. This is means that we expect 70 days with waves in a typical southern hemisphere winter, of which 62 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.