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Malibu ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.2
Consistency of Surf: 3.6
Difficulty Level: 2.6
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.5
Crowds: 1.0

Overall: 3.2

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Malibu Swell Statistics, October: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Malibu that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical October. It is based on 2480 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 highest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell was forecast.

The diagram implies that the most common swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was SW, whereas the the dominant wind blows from the W. 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 58% of the time, equivalent to 18 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to occur in a normal October. Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Malibu is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Malibu about 58% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 38% of the time. This is means that we expect 30 days with waves in a typical October, of which 18 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.