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Wainui Reef ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.5

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Wainui Reef Swell Statistics, All Year: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Wainui Reef that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical year. It is based on 34625 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 biggest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In either graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell was forecast.

The diagram suggests that the most common swell direction, shown by the biggest spokes, was W, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the WNW. 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 29% of the time, equivalent to 106 days. Expect open water swells to exceed >3m (>10ft) 0.9% of the time (3 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Wainui Reef is slightly protected from open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Wainui Reef about 29% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 19% of the time. This is means that we expect 175 days with waves in a typical year, of which 106 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.