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La Cote Sauvage ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.3
Crowds: 3.3

Overall: 2.8

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La Cote Sauvage Swell Statistics, All Year: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at La Cote Sauvage that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical year. It is based on 33220 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 illustrate increasing swell sizes and highest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell happens.

The diagram implies that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was W, whereas the the dominant wind blows from the NNW. 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 31% of the time, equivalent to 113 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to arise in a normal year but 3% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 3%, equivalent to (11 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that La Cote Sauvage is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at La Cote Sauvage about 31% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 61% of the time. This is means that we expect 336 days with waves in a typical year, of which 113 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.