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Le Dossen ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.9

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Le Dossen Swell Statistics, Winter: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Le Dossen that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal northern hemisphere winter. It is based on 8485 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 red shows biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how often that size swell occurs.

The diagram indicates that the most common swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was W, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the WSW. 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 18% of the time, equivalent to 16 days. Open water swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) only happen 1.5% of the time in a typical northern hemisphere winter, equivalent to just one day but 9% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 9%, equivalent to (8 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Le Dossen is slightly protected from open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at Le Dossen about 18% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 65% of the time. This is means that we expect 76 days with waves in a typical northern hemisphere winter, of which 16 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.