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Playa del Macao ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.2
Consistency of Surf: 3.2
Difficulty Level: 3.3
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.7
Crowds: 3.2

Overall: 3.6

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Playa del Macao Swell Statistics, February: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Playa del Macao that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical February and is based upon 2664 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 represent increasing swell sizes and red represents largest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell was forecast.

The diagram implies that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was NNE, whereas the the most common wind blows from the E. 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 6% of the time, equivalent to 2 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to occur in a normal February. Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Playa del Macao is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Playa del Macao about 6% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 43% of the time. This is means that we expect 14 days with waves in a typical February, of which 2 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.