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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, Spring: 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 through a typical northern hemisphere spring. It is based on 8682 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 show increasing swell sizes and biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell occurs.

The diagram implies that the most common swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was W, whereas the the prevailing 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 30% of the time, equivalent to 27 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal northern hemisphere spring but 7% of the time you can expect swell in the range 1.3-2m (4-6.5ft) 7%, equivalent to (6 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that Ile d'Oleron - La Cotiniere is exposed to open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at Ile d'Oleron - La Cotiniere about 30% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 50% of the time. This is means that we expect 73 days with waves in a typical northern hemisphere spring, of which 27 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.