uk es it fr pt nl

Ilha de Tavira Surf Stats

All swells

(any wind direction)
Ilha de tavira.surf.statistics.maySe.animatedSe.label.animated

Good Surf

(light / offshore wind)

This image describes the combination of swells directed at Ilha de Tavira through an average May. It is based on 3440 NWW3 model predictions since 2007 (values every 3 hours). The wave model does not forecast wind and surf right at the coast so we have chosen the most applicable grid node based on what we know about Ilha de Tavira. In this particular case the best grid node is 17 km away (11 miles). The rose diagram describes the distribution of swell directions and swell sizes, while the graph at the bottom shows the same thing 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 83% of the time. Green and yellow illustrate increasing swell sizes and highest 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 was forecast. The diagram implies that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was SE, whereas the the dominant wind blows from the W. Because the wave model grid is offshore, sometimes a strong offshore wind blows largest waves away from Ilha de Tavira and away from the coast. 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 clean enough to surf at Ilha de Tavira, you can select a similar diagram that shows only the swells that were predicted to coincide with glassy or offshore wind conditions. In a typical May, swells large enough to cause surfable waves at Ilha de Tavira run for about 17% of the time.

  • Ilha de tavira.surf.statistics.januarySe.animated
  • Ilha de tavira.surf.statistics.februarySe.animated
  • Ilha de tavira.surf.statistics.marchSe.animated
  • Ilha de tavira.surf.statistics.aprilSe.animated
  • Ilha de tavira.surf.statistics.maySe.animated
  • Ilha de tavira.surf.statistics.juneSe.animated
  • Ilha de tavira.surf.statistics.julySe.animated
  • Ilha de tavira.surf.statistics.augustSe.animated
  • Ilha de tavira.surf.statistics.septemberSe.animated
  • Ilha de tavira.surf.statistics.octoberSe.animated
  • Ilha de tavira.surf.statistics.novemberSe.animated
  • Ilha de tavira.surf.statistics.decemberSe.animated

Also see Ilha de Tavira wind stats

Compare Ilha de Tavira with another surf break