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Waikuku Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 2.8
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 3.6

Overall: 3.3

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Waikuku Beach Swell Statistics, Summer: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Waikuku Beach that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal southern hemisphere summer and is based upon 7765 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 biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell occurs.

The diagram implies that the most common swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was SE, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the NE. 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 12% of the time, equivalent to 11 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to happen in a normal southern hemisphere summer. Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with predicted offshore winds, and given the fact that Waikuku Beach is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Waikuku Beach about 12% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 34% of the time. This is means that we expect 42 days with waves in a typical southern hemisphere summer, of which 11 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.