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Mangawhai Heads ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.4
Consistency of Surf: 3.2
Difficulty Level: 2.9
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.5
Crowds: 2.6

Overall: 3.4

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Mangawhai Heads Swell Statistics, February: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Mangawhai Heads that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal February. It is based on 2664 predictions, one every 3 hours. The direction of the spokes show where quality surf generating swell comes from. Five colours represent increasing wave sizes. Very small swells of less than 0.5m (1.5 feet) high are shown in blue. Green and yellow represent increasing swell sizes and red illustrates the biggest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how often that size swell occurs.

The diagram indicates that the dominant swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was NE, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the ESE. 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 32% of the time, equivalent to 9 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal February. Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that Mangawhai Heads is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Mangawhai Heads about 32% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 61% of the time. This is means that we expect 26 days with waves in a typical February, of which 9 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.