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Le Grand Crohot ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.6
Consistency of Surf: 4.4
Difficulty Level: 2.4
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.5
Crowds: 2.8

Overall: 3.3

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

This image shows only the swells directed at Le Grand Crohot that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical 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 represent increasing swell sizes and red shows the largest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell happens.

The diagram implies that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was WNW, whereas the the most common wind blows from the SW. 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 34% of the time, equivalent to 31 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to arise in a normal northern hemisphere winter but 8% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 8%, equivalent to (7 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Le Grand Crohot is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Le Grand Crohot about 34% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 62% of the time. This is means that we expect 87 days with waves in a typical northern hemisphere winter, of which 31 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.