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Zippers-Costa Azul ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.7
Consistency of Surf: 4.7
Difficulty Level: 3.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 4.0

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Zippers-Costa Azul Swell Statistics, August: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Zippers-Costa Azul that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical August. It is based on 2480 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 illustrate increasing swell sizes and biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell occurs.

The diagram implies that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was SSW, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the W. 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 80% of the time, equivalent to 25 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal August but 34% of the time you can expect swell in the range 1.3-2m (4-6.5ft) 34%, equivalent to (11 days). Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Zippers-Costa Azul is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Zippers-Costa Azul about 80% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 20% of the time. This is means that we expect 31 days with waves in a typical August, of which 25 days should be clean enough to surf.

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.