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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, Winter: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

The rose diagram shows only the swells directed at Anchor Point that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical northern hemisphere winter. It is based on 8485 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 highest 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 happens.

The diagram implies that the dominant swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was NW, whereas the the dominant 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 58% of the time, equivalent to 53 days. Expect open water swells to exceed >3m (>10ft) 8% of the time (7 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Anchor Point is slightly protected from open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at Anchor Point about 58% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 28% of the time. This is means that we expect 78 days with waves in a typical northern hemisphere winter, of which 53 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.