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Tuamotu Island ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.5
Consistency of Surf: 2.8
Difficulty Level: 4.2
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.3
Crowds: 2.3

Overall: 3.1

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Tuamotu Island Swell Statistics, March: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

The rose diagram shows only the swells directed at Tuamotu Island that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical March and is based upon 2964 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 illustrate increasing swell sizes and red shows largest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell was forecast.

The diagram implies that the dominant swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was ESE, whereas the the most common wind blows from the NNE. 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 50% of the time, equivalent to 16 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to occur in a normal March but 9% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 9%, equivalent to (3 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Tuamotu Island is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Tuamotu Island about 50% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 47% of the time. This is means that we expect 30 days with waves in a typical March, of which 16 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.