• Country flag icon
  • Country flag icon
  • Country flag icon
  • Country flag icon
  • Country flag icon
  • Country flag icon

Avalon Pier Surf Stats

All swells

(any wind direction)
Avalon pier.surf.statistics.mayNe.animatedNe.label.animated

Good Surf

(light / offshore wind)

This picture describes the combination of swells directed at Avalon Pier through a typical 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 shore so we have chosen the optimum grid node based on what we know about Avalon Pier, and at Avalon Pier the best grid node is 17 km away (11 miles). The rose diagram describes the distribution of swell sizes and swell direction, while the graph at the bottom shows the same thing without direction information. Five colours represent increasing wave sizes. Very small swells of less than 0.5m (1.5 feet) high are shown in blue. These were forecast only 56% of the time. Green and yellow illustrate 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 frequently that size swell occurs. The diagram suggests that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was ENE, whereas the the dominant wind blows from the S. Because the wave model grid is out to sea, sometimes a strong offshore wind blows largest waves away from Avalon Pier and offshore. We group these with the no surf category of the bar chart. To keep it simple we don't show these in the rose diagram. Because wind determines whether or not waves are clean enough to surf at Avalon Pier, 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 May, swells large enough to cause surfable waves at Avalon Pier run for about 44% of the time.

  • Avalon pier.surf.statistics.januaryNe.animated
  • Avalon pier.surf.statistics.februaryNe.animated
  • Avalon pier.surf.statistics.marchNe.animated
  • Avalon pier.surf.statistics.aprilNe.animated
  • Avalon pier.surf.statistics.mayNe.animated
  • Avalon pier.surf.statistics.juneNe.animated
  • Avalon pier.surf.statistics.julyNe.animated
  • Avalon pier.surf.statistics.augustNe.animated
  • Avalon pier.surf.statistics.septemberNe.animated
  • Avalon pier.surf.statistics.octoberNe.animated
  • Avalon pier.surf.statistics.novemberNe.animated
  • Avalon pier.surf.statistics.decemberNe.animated

Also see Avalon Pier wind stats

Compare Avalon Pier with another surf break

Nearby location  blueNearest
Nearby location  blueNearest