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Wharariki Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.7
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 5.0

Overall: 3.0

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Wharariki Beach Swell Statistics, April: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Wharariki Beach that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal April and is based upon 2640 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 represent increasing swell sizes and red represents the largest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how often that size swell occurs.

The diagram indicates that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was WSW, whereas the the most common 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 34% of the time, equivalent to 10 days. Open water swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) only happen 1.9% of the time in a typical April, equivalent to just one day but 13% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 13%, equivalent to (4 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Wharariki Beach is exposed to open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at Wharariki Beach about 34% of the time and that surf is spoilt by onshore wind 62% of the time. This is means that we expect 29 days with waves in a typical April, of which 10 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.