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Zambujeira do Mar ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.3
Consistency of Surf: 4.7
Difficulty Level: 3.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 4.7

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Zambujeira do Mar Swell Statistics, December: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Zambujeira do Mar that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical December. It is based on 2705 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 red illustrates the highest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell occurs.

The diagram suggests that the dominant swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was WNW, whereas the the dominant 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 44% of the time, equivalent to 13 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal December but 17% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 17%, equivalent to (5 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds we estimate that clean surf can be found at Zambujeira do Mar about 44% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 51% of the time. This is means that we expect 28 days with waves in a typical December, of which 13 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.