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Waipu Cove ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.2
Difficulty Level: 1.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.5
Crowds: 2.7

Overall: 3.0

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Waipu Cove Swell Statistics, All Year: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Waipu Cove that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical year and is based upon 34628 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 illustrate increasing swell sizes and red represents the biggest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In both graphs, 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 longest spokes, was NE, whereas the the prevailing wind blows from the WSW. 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 28% of the time, equivalent to 102 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to occur in a normal year but 1.1% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 1.1%, equivalent to (4 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Waipu Cove is exposed to open water swells, we think that that clean surf can be found at Waipu Cove about 28% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 42% of the time. This is means that we expect 256 days with waves in a typical year, of which 102 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.