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San Miguel - Ribeira Grande ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.7
Difficulty Level: 5.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 4.7

Overall: 4.8

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San Miguel - Ribeira Grande Surf Stats

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This image describes the variation of swells directed at San Miguel - Ribeira Grande over a normal February, based on 3120 NWW3 model predictions since 2007 (values every 3 hours). The wave model does not forecast surf and wind right at the coast so we have chosen the most applicable grid node based on what we know about San Miguel - Ribeira Grande. In the case of San Miguel - Ribeira Grande, the best grid node is 20 km away (12 miles). The rose diagram shows the distribution of swell sizes and directions, while the graph at the bottom shows the same thing but without direction information. Five colours illustrate increasing wave sizes. Blue shows the smallest swells, less that 0.5m (1.5 feet) high. These occurred only 20% of the time. Green and yellow show increasing swell sizes and highest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how often that size swell was forecast. The diagram indicates that the most common swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was NW, whereas the the dominant wind blows from the WSW. Because the wave model grid is away from the coast, sometimes a strong offshore wind blows largest waves away from San Miguel - Ribeira Grande and out to sea. We lump these in with the no surf category of the bar chart. To keep it simple we don't show these in the rose graph. Because wind determines whether or not waves are surfable at San Miguel - Ribeira Grande, you can view an alternative image that shows only the swells that were expected to coincide with glassy or offshore wind conditions. During a typical February, swells large enough to cause good for surfing waves at San Miguel - Ribeira Grande run for about 78% of the time.

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