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Hayle ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.8
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 3.2
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.5
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 4.1

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Hayle Swell Statistics, March: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Hayle that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical March and is based upon 2716 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 represent increasing swell sizes and largest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell happens.

The diagram implies that the most common swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was W (which was the same as the most common 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 14% of the time, equivalent to 4 days. Open water swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) only arise 2% of the time in a typical March, equivalent to just one day but 12% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 12%, equivalent to (4 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Hayle is quite sheltered from open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at Hayle about 14% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 29% of the time. This is means that we expect 13 days with waves in a typical March, of which 4 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.