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La Boya ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.3
Consistency of Surf: 3.8
Difficulty Level: 3.2
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.1
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 2.9

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La Boya Swell Statistics, April: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

The rose diagram shows only the swells directed at La Boya that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical April. It is based on 2640 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 largest 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 prevailing swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was SE, whereas the the most common 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 4% of the time, equivalent to 1 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal April. Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that La Boya is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at La Boya about 4% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 56% of the time. This is means that we expect 18 days with waves in a typical April, of which 1 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.