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Pensacola beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.1
Consistency of Surf: 2.9
Difficulty Level: 2.2
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.4
Crowds: 3.6

Overall: 3.7

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Pensacola beach Swell Statistics, October: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Pensacola beach that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal October and is based upon 2480 predictions, one every 3 hours. The direction of the spokes show where quality surf generating swell comes from. Five colours illustrate increasing wave sizes. Blue shows the smallest swells, less that 0.5m (1.5 feet) high. Green and yellow show increasing swell sizes and red represents the biggest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell happens.

The diagram suggests that the dominant swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was SSE, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the NE. 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 5% of the time, equivalent to 2 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to arise in a normal October. Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Pensacola beach is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Pensacola beach about 5% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 30% of the time. This is means that we expect 11 days with waves in a typical October, of which 2 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.