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Whatarangi Bombora ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.0

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Whatarangi Bombora Swell Statistics, May: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Whatarangi Bombora that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal May and is based upon 2696 predictions, one every 3 hours. The direction of the spokes show where quality surf generating swell comes from. Five colours represent increasing wave sizes. Very small swells of less than 0.5m (1.5 feet) high are shown in blue. Green and yellow represent increasing swell sizes and red represents the highest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell was forecast.

The diagram implies that the most common swell direction, shown by the longest spokes, was S, whereas the the dominant 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 16% of the time, equivalent to 5 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to occur in a normal May. Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Whatarangi Bombora is exposed to open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at Whatarangi Bombora about 16% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 51% of the time. This is means that we expect 21 days with waves in a typical May, of which 5 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.