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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 and is based upon 2457 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 illustrate increasing swell sizes and red shows highest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell occurs.

The diagram suggests that the prevailing 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 42% of the time, equivalent to 13 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal December but 16% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 16%, equivalent to (5 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds we think that that clean surf can be found at Zambujeira do Mar about 42% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 53% 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.