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Zarautz ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.4
Consistency of Surf: 3.8
Difficulty Level: 2.9
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.4
Crowds: 2.1

Overall: 3.5

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Zarautz Swell Statistics, Autumn: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Zarautz that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical northern hemisphere autumn and is based upon 7251 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 represent increasing swell sizes and red represents largest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how often that size swell happens.

The diagram indicates that the dominant swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was NW, whereas the the most common wind blows from the SW. 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 46% of the time, equivalent to 42 days. Expect open water swells to exceed >3m (>10ft) 2.0% of the time (2 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Zarautz is exposed to open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at Zarautz about 46% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 47% of the time. This is means that we expect 85 days with waves in a typical northern hemisphere autumn, of which 42 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.