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Tapuaetahi ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.2
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.3
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 3.8

Overall: 3.2

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Tapuaetahi Swell Statistics, March: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

The rose diagram shows only the swells directed at Tapuaetahi that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical March. It is based on 2964 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 represents biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell was forecast.

The diagram implies that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was ENE, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the SE. 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 15% of the time, equivalent to 5 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to occur in a normal March but 10% of the time you can expect swell in the range 1.3-2m (4-6.5ft) 10%, equivalent to (3 days). Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that Tapuaetahi is slightly protected from open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Tapuaetahi about 15% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 35% of the time. This is means that we expect 16 days with waves in a typical March, of which 5 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.