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Ile d'Oleron - La Cotiniere ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0

Overall: 3.0

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Ile d'Oleron - La Cotiniere Swell Statistics, April: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Ile d'Oleron - La Cotiniere that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal April. It is based on 2880 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 show increasing swell sizes and red shows the biggest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In both graphs, 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 biggest spokes, was W, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the N. 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 30% of the time, equivalent to 9 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to arise in a normal April but 7% of the time you can expect swell in the range 1.3-2m (4-6.5ft) 7%, equivalent to (2 days). Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Ile d'Oleron - La Cotiniere is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Ile d'Oleron - La Cotiniere about 30% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 48% of the time. This is means that we expect 23 days with waves in a typical April, of which 9 days should be clean enough to surf.

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.