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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, Summer: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

The rose diagram shows only the swells directed at Labenne Ocean that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical northern hemisphere summer. It is based on 8737 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 biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell happens.

The diagram suggests that the most common swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was WNW, whereas the the prevailing 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 36% of the time, equivalent to 33 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to arise in a normal northern hemisphere summer but 6% of the time you can expect swell in the range 1.3-2m (4-6.5ft) 6%, equivalent to (5 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Labenne Ocean is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Labenne Ocean about 36% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 56% of the time. This is means that we expect 84 days with waves in a typical northern hemisphere summer, of which 33 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.