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La Govelle ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.2
Consistency of Surf: 3.2
Difficulty Level: 2.9
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.4
Crowds: 2.3

Overall: 3.3

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La Govelle Swell Statistics, Autumn: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at La Govelle that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical northern hemisphere autumn and is based upon 8476 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 largest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell was forecast.

The diagram implies that the dominant swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was W, whereas the the most common wind blows from the WNW. 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 29% of the time, equivalent to 26 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to occur in a normal northern hemisphere autumn but 6% of the time you can expect swell in the range 1.3-2m (4-6.5ft) 6%, equivalent to (5 days). Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that La Govelle is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at La Govelle about 29% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 56% of the time. This is means that we expect 77 days with waves in a typical northern hemisphere autumn, of which 26 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.