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El Capitan Voti
Qualità su una buona giornata: 4.0
Coerenza del surf: 1.8
Livello di difficoltà: 4.2
Wind e kite surf: 1.0
Folle: 2.5

Overall: 2.4

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El Capitan Swell Statistics, Maggio: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at El Capitan that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical May and is based upon 2200 predictions, one every 3 hours. The direction of the spokes show where quality surf generating swell comes from. Five colours show increasing wave sizes. The smallest swells, less than 0.5m (1.5 feet), high are coloured blue. Green and yellow illustrate 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 prevailing swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was WNW (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 63% of the time, equivalent to 20 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal May but 39% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 39%, equivalent to (12 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that El Capitan is slightly protected from open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at El Capitan about 63% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 16% of the time. This is means that we expect 24 days with waves in a typical May, of which 20 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.