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Point Arena ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.5
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 2.0
Accommodation: 2.0

Overall: 2.8

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Point Arena Swell Statistics, October: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Point Arena that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical October. It is based on 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 represent increasing swell sizes and red represents biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell was forecast.

The diagram suggests that the most common swell direction, shown by the largest 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 21% of the time, equivalent to 7 days. Open water swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) only occur 2% of the time in a typical October, equivalent to just one day 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 predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that Point Arena is slightly protected from open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at Point Arena about 21% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 65% 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.