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Sunset Cliffs ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.9
Consistency of Surf: 2.1
Difficulty Level: 3.9
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 1.6

Overall: 2.5

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Sunset Cliffs Swell Statistics, October: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Sunset Cliffs that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical October and is based upon 2480 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 illustrate increasing swell sizes and red represents the biggest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In each graph, 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 biggest spokes, was WSW, whereas the the prevailing 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 26% of the time, equivalent to 8 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to occur in a normal October. Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that Sunset Cliffs is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Sunset Cliffs about 26% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 27% of the time. This is means that we expect 16 days with waves in a typical October, of which 8 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.