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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, March: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

The rose diagram shows only the swells directed at Indian Beach/Ecola State Park that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical March. It is based on 2964 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 represent increasing swell sizes and red illustrates the biggest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell occurs.

The diagram suggests that the most common swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was W, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the SSW. 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 25% of the time, equivalent to 8 days. Open water swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) only happen 2% of the time in a typical March, equivalent to just one day but 11% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 11%, equivalent to (3 days). Taking into account the proportion 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 25% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 51% of the time. This is means that we expect 24 days with waves in a typical March, of which 8 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.