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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. It is based on 2705 predictions, one every 3 hours. The direction of the spokes show where quality surf generating swell comes from. Five colours show increasing wave sizes. The smallest swells, less than 0.5m (1.5 feet), high are coloured blue. Green and yellow represent increasing swell sizes and largest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell was forecast.

The diagram suggests that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was WNW, whereas the the most common wind blows from the SSE. 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 40% of the time, equivalent to 12 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to occur in a normal December 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 fraction of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Hossegor - La Centrale is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Hossegor - La Centrale about 40% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 53% 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.