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The Strait ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 3.2
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.7
Crowds: 4.2

Overall: 3.0

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The Strait Swell Statistics, November: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at The Strait that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical November and is based upon 2841 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 represent increasing swell sizes and red illustrates biggest 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, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the SSE. 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. Expect open water swells to exceed >3m (>10ft) 10% of the time (3 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that The Strait is quite sheltered from open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at The Strait about 26% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 23% of the time. This is means that we expect 15 days with waves in a typical November, 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.