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Indian Beach/Ecola State Park ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.8
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 1.8
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.3

Overall: 2.4

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Indian Beach/Ecola State Park Swell Statistics, August: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Indian Beach/Ecola State Park that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical August 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 red represents biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell happens.

The diagram implies that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was WSW, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the NW. 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 20% of the time, equivalent to 6 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to arise in a normal August but 6% of the time you can expect swell in the range 1.3-2m (4-6.5ft) 6%, equivalent to (2 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Indian Beach/Ecola State Park is exposed to open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at Indian Beach/Ecola State Park about 20% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 35% of the time. This is means that we expect 17 days with waves in a typical August, of which 6 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.