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La Boya ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.3
Consistency of Surf: 3.7
Difficulty Level: 3.3
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.1
Crowds: 2.4

Overall: 2.9

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

This image shows only the swells directed at La Boya that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal February and is based upon 2664 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 show increasing swell sizes and highest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell happens.

The diagram implies that the dominant swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was SE, whereas the the dominant 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 3% of the time, equivalent to 1 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to arise in a normal February. Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that La Boya is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at La Boya about 3% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 35% of the time. This is means that we expect 11 days with waves in a typical February, of which 1 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.