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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, March: 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 March. It is based on 2964 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 illustrates highest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell occurs.

The diagram implies that the dominant swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was WNW (which was the same as the dominant wind direction). 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 30% of the time, equivalent to 9 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal March but 7% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 7%, equivalent to (2 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with expected 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 30% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 65% of the time. This is means that we expect 29 days with waves in a typical March, of which 9 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.