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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, Spring: 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 over a normal northern hemisphere spring. It is based on 8052 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 illustrate increasing swell sizes and red illustrates largest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how often that size swell happens.

The diagram indicates that the most common swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was WNW, whereas the the most common wind blows from the NNW. 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 26% of the time, equivalent to 24 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to arise in a normal northern hemisphere spring but 5% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 5%, equivalent to (5 days). Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds we think that that clean surf can be found at Zambujeira do Mar about 26% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 72% of the time. This is means that we expect 89 days with waves in a typical northern hemisphere spring, of which 24 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.