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Labenne Ocean ratings
Quality on a good day: 1.3
Consistency of Surf: 1.7
Difficulty Level: 2.3
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 1.4

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Labenne Ocean Swell Statistics, April: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Labenne Ocean that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical April. It is based on 2880 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 illustrate increasing swell sizes and red represents highest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell was forecast.

The diagram suggests that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was WNW, whereas the the dominant 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 32% of the time, equivalent to 10 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to occur in a normal April 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 proportion of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Labenne Ocean is exposed to open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at Labenne Ocean about 32% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 56% of the time. This is means that we expect 26 days with waves in a typical April, of which 10 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.