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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, All Year: 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 year. It is based on 33220 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 show increasing swell sizes and biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell occurs.

The diagram suggests that the dominant swell direction, shown by the biggest 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 120 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal year but 4% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 4%, equivalent to (15 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Lacanau Ocean is exposed to open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at Lacanau Ocean about 33% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 62% of the time. This is means that we expect 347 days with waves in a typical year, of which 120 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.