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Playa de San Lorenzo ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.8
Consistency of Surf: 3.7
Difficulty Level: 2.3
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.2
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 3.7

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Playa de San Lorenzo Swell Statistics, August: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Playa de San Lorenzo that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical August 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 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 biggest 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 happens.

The diagram implies that the most common swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was WNW, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the N. 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 9% of the time, equivalent to 3 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to arise in a normal August but 7% of the time you can expect swell in the range 1.3-2m (4-6.5ft) 7%, equivalent to (2 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Playa de San Lorenzo is slightly protected from open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Playa de San Lorenzo about 9% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 45% of the time. This is means that we expect 17 days with waves in a typical August, of which 3 days should be clean enough to surf.

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.