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La Derecha del Cartel ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.7
Consistency of Surf: 3.7
Difficulty Level: 3.3
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 1.3

Overall: 3.4

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La Derecha del Cartel Swell Statistics, All Year: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at La Derecha del Cartel that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal 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 show increasing wave sizes. The smallest swells, less than 0.5m (1.5 feet), high are coloured blue. Green and yellow illustrate increasing swell sizes and red represents biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell was forecast.

The diagram suggests that the most common swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was NW, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the NNE. 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 17% of the time, equivalent to 62 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to occur in a normal year but 3% of the time you can expect swell in the range 1.3-2m (4-6.5ft) 3%, equivalent to (11 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that La Derecha del Cartel is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at La Derecha del Cartel about 17% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 40% of the time. This is means that we expect 208 days with waves in a typical year, of which 62 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.