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Papatowai Voti
Qualità su una buona giornata: 5.0
Coerenza del surf: 2.0
Livello di difficoltà: 4.0
Folle: 4.0

Overall: 3.5

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Papatowai Swell Statistics, Ottobre: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Papatowai that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions through a typical October. It is based on 2480 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 show increasing swell sizes and red represents largest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In each graph, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell occurs.

The diagram suggests that the most common swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was S, whereas the the most common 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 52% of the time, equivalent to 16 days. Open water swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) only happen 2% of the time in a typical October, equivalent to just one day but 20% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 20%, equivalent to (6 days). Taking into account the fraction of these swells that coincided with expected offshore winds, and given the fact that Papatowai is exposed to open water swells, we calculate that clean surf can be found at Papatowai about 52% of the time and that surf is messed up by onshore wind 21% of the time. This is means that we expect 23 days with waves in a typical October, of which 16 days should be clean enough to surf.

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.