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Ponte Vedra ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.8
Consistency of Surf: 3.8
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 4.2

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Ponte Vedra Swell Statistics, May: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Ponte Vedra that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal May. It is based on 2838 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 show increasing swell sizes and red illustrates the 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 dominant swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was ESE, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the SE. 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 25% of the time, equivalent to 8 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal May. Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that Ponte Vedra is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Ponte Vedra about 25% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 65% of the time. This is means that we expect 28 days with waves in a typical May, of which 8 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.