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Anchor Point ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.6
Consistency of Surf: 3.8
Difficulty Level: 3.6
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 2.4

Overall: 3.7

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Anchor Point Swell Statistics, Spring: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Anchor Point that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical 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 illustrate increasing wave sizes. Blue shows the smallest swells, less that 0.5m (1.5 feet) high. Green and yellow show increasing swell sizes and red illustrates the largest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell occurs.

The diagram suggests that the dominant swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was NW, whereas the the most common 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 49% of the time, equivalent to 45 days. Expect open water swells to exceed >3m (>10ft) 1.9% of the time (2 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that Anchor Point is slightly protected from open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Anchor Point about 49% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 35% of the time. This is means that we expect 76 days with waves in a typical northern hemisphere spring, of which 45 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.