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La Cicer ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 4.1
Difficulty Level: 2.6
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.4
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 3.4

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La Cicer Swell Statistics, January: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at La Cicer that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical January. It is based on 2868 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 illustrate increasing swell sizes and red represents biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell occurs.

The diagram implies that the dominant swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was NNW, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the NE. 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 49% of the time, equivalent to 15 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal January but 17% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 17%, equivalent to (5 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that La Cicer is slightly protected from open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at La Cicer about 49% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 27% of the time. This is means that we expect 24 days with waves in a typical January, of which 15 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.