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Wijk aan Zee Noordpier ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.6
Difficulty Level: 1.8
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.8
Crowds: 2.4

Overall: 2.7

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Wijk aan Zee Noordpier Swell Statistics, March: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

The rose diagram shows only the swells directed at Wijk aan Zee Noordpier that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical March. It is based on 2962 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 illustrate increasing swell sizes and red shows the largest 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 dominant swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was NNW, whereas the the most common wind blows from the W. 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 5% of the time, equivalent to 2 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to occur in a normal March. Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Wijk aan Zee Noordpier is exposed to open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at Wijk aan Zee Noordpier about 5% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 34% of the time. This is means that we expect 12 days with waves in a typical March, of which 2 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.