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Zuma Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.8
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 2.3
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 2.7

Overall: 3.1

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Zuma Beach Swell Statistics, June: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Zuma Beach that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical June. It is based on 2786 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 each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how often that size swell happens.

The diagram indicates that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was SSW (which was the same as the most common wind direction). 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 arise in a normal June. Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Zuma Beach is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Zuma Beach about 42% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 54% of the time. This is means that we expect 29 days with waves in a typical June, of which 13 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.