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Waitara Bar ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.2
Consistency of Surf: 4.2
Difficulty Level: 4.4
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.8
Crowds: 4.2

Overall: 4.2

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Waitara Bar Swell Statistics, Winter: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Waitara Bar that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical southern hemisphere winter. It is based on 8738 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 red illustrates the biggest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell happens.

The diagram implies that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was WSW (which was the same as the prevailing wind direction). 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 26% of the time, equivalent to 24 days. Open water swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) only arise 0.9% of the time in a typical southern hemisphere winter, equivalent to just one day but 9% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 9%, equivalent to (8 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Waitara Bar is slightly protected from open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Waitara Bar about 26% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 48% of the time. This is means that we expect 67 days with waves in a typical southern hemisphere winter, of which 24 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.