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Pohoiki ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.7
Difficulty Level: 3.1
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.8
Crowds: 3.6

Overall: 3.0

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Surf Report Feed

Pohoiki Swell Statistics, October: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

The rose diagram shows only the swells directed at Pohoiki that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal October. It is based on 2480 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 show increasing swell sizes and red illustrates biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell occurs.

The diagram implies that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was E (which was the same as the prevailing 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 4% of the time, equivalent to 1 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal October. Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Pohoiki is exposed to open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at Pohoiki about 4% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 49% of the time. This is means that we expect 16 days with waves in a typical October, of which 1 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.