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La Derecha de Almaciga ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.8
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 1.8

Overall: 3.3

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La Derecha de Almaciga Swell Statistics, Spring: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at La Derecha de Almaciga that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal northern hemisphere spring. It is based on 8052 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 represent increasing swell sizes and red illustrates largest 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 largest spokes, was NW, whereas the the most common 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 11% of the time, equivalent to 10 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal northern hemisphere spring but 5% of the time you can expect swell in the range 1.3-2m (4-6.5ft) 5%, equivalent to (5 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that La Derecha de Almaciga is exposed to open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at La Derecha de Almaciga about 11% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 67% of the time. This is means that we expect 71 days with waves in a typical northern hemisphere spring, of which 10 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.