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Lacanau Ocean ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.1
Consistency of Surf: 3.2
Difficulty Level: 2.8
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.4
Crowds: 1.8

Overall: 3.1

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Lacanau Ocean Swell Statistics, Spring: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Lacanau Ocean that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical northern hemisphere spring and is based upon 8052 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 represent increasing swell sizes and red represents the biggest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how often that size swell was forecast.

The diagram indicates that the most common swell direction, shown by the longest 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 33% of the time, equivalent to 30 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to occur in a normal northern hemisphere spring but 3% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 3%, equivalent to (3 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Lacanau Ocean is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Lacanau Ocean about 33% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 61% of the time. This is means that we expect 86 days with waves in a typical northern hemisphere spring, of which 30 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.