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Whangara ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.5
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 5.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 4.7

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Whangara Swell Statistics, Winter: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Whangara 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 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 largest swells greater than >3m (>10ft) are shown in red. In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how often that size swell was forecast.

The diagram indicates that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was E, wherEas txethe most common wind blows from the W. 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 occur 0.9% of the time in a typical southern hemisphere winter, equivalent to just one day but 10% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 10%, equivalent to (9 days). Taking into account the ratio of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Whangara is slightly protected from open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Whangara about 26% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 35% of the time. This is means that we expect 56 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.