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Long Strand-Castlefreke ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 2.8
Difficulty Level: 3.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 2.2

Overall: 2.5

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Long Strand-Castlefreke Swell Statistics, December: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Long Strand-Castlefreke that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical December. It is based on 2953 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 illustrate increasing swell sizes and red represents largest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell was forecast.

The diagram suggests that the dominant swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was SW, whereas the the most common 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 13% of the time, equivalent to 4 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to occur in a normal December. Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that Long Strand-Castlefreke is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Long Strand-Castlefreke about 13% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 76% of the time. This is means that we expect 27 days with waves in a typical December, of which 4 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.