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Playa de Laga ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.2
Difficulty Level: 3.1
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.2
Crowds: 2.8

Overall: 3.0

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Playa de Laga Swell Statistics, December: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Playa de Laga that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical December and is based upon 2705 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 red illustrates largest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell was forecast.

The diagram implies that the dominant swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was NW, whereas the the most common wind blows from the SSW. 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 48% of the time, equivalent to 14 days. Open water swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) only occur 2% of the time in a typical December, equivalent to just one day but 17% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 17%, equivalent to (5 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Playa de Laga is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Playa de Laga about 48% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 44% of the time. This is means that we expect 28 days with waves in a typical December, of which 14 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.