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Manhattan Beach and Pier ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.4
Consistency of Surf: 3.2
Difficulty Level: 3.1
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 3.4

Overall: 3.8

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Manhattan Beach and Pier Swell Statistics, December: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Manhattan Beach and Pier that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical December. It is based on 2705 predictions, one every 3 hours. The direction of the spokes show where quality surf generating swell comes from. Five colours represent increasing wave sizes. Very small swells of less than 0.5m (1.5 feet) high are shown in blue. Green and yellow show increasing swell sizes and red illustrates biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how often that size swell occurs.

The diagram indicates that the dominant swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was WSW, 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 40% of the time, equivalent to 12 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal December but 5% of the time you can expect swell in the range 1.3-2m (4-6.5ft) 5%, equivalent to (2 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Manhattan Beach and Pier is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Manhattan Beach and Pier about 40% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 44% of the time. This is means that we expect 25 days with waves in a typical December, of which 12 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.