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Whangamoa ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.5
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 4.5

Overall: 2.6

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Whangamoa Surf Photo: 'New swell' by Rob Davies

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Open ocean wave model on 19 May at 6 pm

Forecast wind and swell just offshore from Whangamoa around the time the photo was taken

New swell, Whangamoa
user: Rob Davies (852 photos)
photo taken at: 4:37 pm 19 May 2013

New swell

New Zealand | Whangamoa

Average rating: 3.2
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Local swell starts to arrive just as the sun goes down, much as was forecast. The peak swell (1.7m) was around midnight but the next day (1.1m) was up to shoulder high at Schnappers and should have been at least as big here. A lovely spot. Note that waves seem to suffer just after high tide when the flow out of the estuary becomes strong.

FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.