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The Inlet and Pier ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 5.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 3.3

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The Inlet and Pier Swell Statistics, November: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at The Inlet and Pier that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical November. It is based on 2867 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 biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how often that size swell occurs.

The diagram indicates that the dominant swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was ENE, 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 16% of the time, equivalent to 5 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal November. Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that The Inlet and Pier is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at The Inlet and Pier about 16% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 28% of the time. This is means that we expect 13 days with waves in a typical November, of which 5 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.