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Motiti Island - Kaiwakawaka ree ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.3

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Motiti Island - Kaiwakawaka ree Swell Statistics, January: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Motiti Island - Kaiwakawaka ree that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical January and is based upon 2868 predictions, one every 3 hours. The direction of the spokes show where quality surf generating swell comes from. Five colours illustrate increasing wave sizes. Blue shows the smallest swells, less that 0.5m (1.5 feet) high. Green and yellow show increasing swell sizes and largest 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 happens.

The diagram implies that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was NE, whereas the the most common wind blows from the NNW. 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 23% of the time, equivalent to 7 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to arise in a normal January. Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Motiti Island - Kaiwakawaka ree is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Motiti Island - Kaiwakawaka ree about 23% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 53% of the time. This is means that we expect 24 days with waves in a typical January, of which 7 days should be surfable.

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.