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Hossegor - La Centrale ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.7
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 4.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.5
Crowds: 3.3

Overall: 4.3

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Hossegor - La Centrale Swell Statistics, December: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Hossegor - La Centrale that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical December and is based upon 2953 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 the biggest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). 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 longest spokes, was WNW, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the S. 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 39% of the time, equivalent to 12 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to arise in a normal December but 10% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 10%, equivalent to (3 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that Hossegor - La Centrale is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Hossegor - La Centrale about 39% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 54% of the time. This is means that we expect 28 days with waves in a typical December, of which 12 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.