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La Saladita ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.2
Consistency of Surf: 4.5
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.3
Crowds: 2.8

Overall: 3.2

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La Saladita Swell Statistics, February: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at La Saladita that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical February. It is based on 2664 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 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 happens.

The diagram suggests that the dominant swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was SW, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the NW. 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 59% of the time, equivalent to 17 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to arise in a normal February but 11% of the time you can expect swell in the range 1.3-2m (4-6.5ft) 11%, equivalent to (3 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that La Saladita is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at La Saladita about 59% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 39% of the time. This is means that we expect 27 days with waves in a typical February, of which 17 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.