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Westport-The Corner ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.8
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 2.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 3.6

Overall: 3.8

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Westport-The Corner Swell Statistics, January: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Westport-The Corner that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal January. It is based on 2620 predictions, one every 3 hours. The direction of the spokes show where quality surf generating swell comes from. Five colours represent increasing wave sizes. Very small swells of less than 0.5m (1.5 feet) high are shown in blue. Green and yellow show increasing swell sizes and red illustrates largest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell happens.

The diagram implies that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was W, whereas the the most common 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 29% of the time, equivalent to 9 days. Open water swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) only arise 4% of the time in a typical January, equivalent to just one day but 14% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 14%, equivalent to (4 days). Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Westport-The Corner is exposed to open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at Westport-The Corner about 29% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 71% of the time. This is means that we expect 31 days with waves in a typical January, of which 9 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.