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Sombrio Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.6
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.5
Crowds: 2.6

Overall: 2.8

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Sombrio Beach Swell Statistics, July: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Sombrio Beach that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal July and is based upon 2976 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 represents highest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how often that size swell was forecast.

The diagram indicates that the dominant swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was W (which was the same as the dominant wind direction). 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 18% of the time, equivalent to 6 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to occur in a normal July but 16% of the time you can expect swell in the range 1.3-2m (4-6.5ft) 16%, equivalent to (5 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Sombrio Beach is slightly protected from open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Sombrio Beach about 18% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 37% of the time. This is means that we expect 17 days with waves in a typical July, of which 6 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.