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Pismo Beach Pier ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.9
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 3.1

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Pismo Beach Pier Swell Statistics, October: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

The rose diagram shows only the swells directed at Pismo Beach Pier that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal October. It is based on 2976 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 biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell occurs.

The diagram suggests that the most common swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was WNW, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the NW. 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 24% of the time, equivalent to 7 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal October but 10% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 10%, equivalent to (3 days). Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Pismo Beach Pier is exposed to open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at Pismo Beach Pier about 24% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 64% of the time. This is means that we expect 27 days with waves in a typical October, of which 7 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.