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Lacanau Ocean ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.1
Consistency of Surf: 3.2
Difficulty Level: 2.8
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.4
Crowds: 1.8

Overall: 3.1

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Lacanau Ocean Surf Stats

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Good Surf

(light / offshore wind)

The rose diagram illustrates the variation of swells directed at Lacanau Ocean through a typical October, based on 3471 NWW3 model predictions since 2006 (values every 3 hours). The wave model does not forecast wind and surf right at the coastline so we have chosen the optimum grid node based on what we know about Lacanau Ocean. In the case of Lacanau Ocean, the best grid node is 23 km away (14 miles). The rose diagram shows the distribution of swell sizes and swell direction, while the graph at the bottom shows the same thing but lacks direction information. Five colours illustrate increasing wave sizes. Blue shows the smallest swells, less that 0.5m (1.5 feet) high. These happened only 6% of the time. 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 commonly that size swell occurs. The diagram implies that the dominant swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was WNW, whereas the the most common wind blows from the E. Because the wave model grid is out to sea, sometimes a strong offshore wind blows largest waves away from Lacanau Ocean and offshore. We lump these in with the no surf category of the bar chart. To avoid confusion we don't show these in the rose plot. Because wind determines whether or not waves are clean enough to surf at Lacanau Ocean, you can load a different image that shows only the swells that were forecast to coincide with glassy or offshore wind conditions. Over an average October, swells large enough to cause surfable waves at Lacanau Ocean run for about 94% of the time.

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