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Salisbury Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.5
Consistency of Surf: 2.4
Difficulty Level: 2.4
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 3.2

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Surf Report Feed

Salisbury Beach Swell Statistics, January: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

The rose diagram shows only the swells directed at Salisbury Beach that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal January. It is based on 2868 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 highest 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 occurs.

The diagram implies that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was E, whereas the the dominant wind blows from the WNW. 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 happen in a normal January. Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Salisbury Beach is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Salisbury Beach about 6% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 16% of the time. This is means that we expect 7 days with waves in a typical January, 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.