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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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Surf Report Feed

Zarautz Swell Statistics, All Year: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

The rose diagram shows only the swells directed at Zarautz that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical year and is based upon 28042 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 show increasing swell sizes and largest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. 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 NW, whereas the the most common wind blows from the WNW. 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 153 days. Expect open water swells to exceed >3m (>10ft) 1.5% of the time (5 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Zarautz is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Zarautz about 42% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 53% of the time. This is means that we expect 347 days with waves in a typical year, of which 153 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.