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Watermans ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.3
Consistency of Surf: 2.7
Difficulty Level: 1.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.5
Crowds: 3.3

Overall: 3.1

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Watermans Swell Statistics, June: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

The rose diagram shows only the swells directed at Watermans that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal June. It is based on 2786 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 shows the largest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell occurs.

The diagram implies that the most common swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was WSW, whereas the the most common wind blows from the NE. 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 48% of the time, equivalent to 14 days. Open water swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) only happen 1.8% of the time in a typical June, equivalent to just one day but 21% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 21%, equivalent to (6 days). Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Watermans is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Watermans about 48% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 50% of the time. This is means that we expect 29 days with waves in a typical June, of which 14 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.