uk es it fr pt nl

Ohara Surf Stats

All swells

(any wind direction)
Ohara.surf.statistics.maySe.animatedSe.label.animated

Good Surf

(light / offshore wind)

This picture describes the range of swells directed at Ohara through a typical May and is based upon 2838 NWW3 model predictions since 2007 (values every 3 hours). The wave model does not forecast wind or surf right at the coastline so we have chosen the best grid node based on what we know about Ohara, and at Ohara the best grid node is 30 km away (19 miles). The rose diagram describes the distribution of swell sizes and swell direction, while the graph at the bottom shows the same thing without direction information. Five colours illustrate increasing wave sizes. Blue shows the smallest swells, less that 0.5m (1.5 feet) high. These happened only 33% of the time. Green and yellow show increasing swell sizes and red illustrates highest swells greater than >3m (>10ft). In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how frequently that size swell occurs. The diagram suggests that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was SE, whereas the the dominant wind blows from the SSE. Because the wave model grid is offshore, sometimes a strong offshore wind blows largest waves away from Ohara and away from the coast. We lump these in with the no surf category of the bar chart. To simplify things we don't show these in the rose graph. Because wind determines whether or not waves are surfable at Ohara, you can view an alternative image that shows only the swells that were expected to coincide with glassy or offshore wind conditions. Over an average May, swells large enough to cause good for surfing waves at Ohara run for about 67% of the time.

  • Ohara.surf.statistics.januarySe.animated
  • Ohara.surf.statistics.februarySe.animated
  • Ohara.surf.statistics.marchSe.animated
  • Ohara.surf.statistics.aprilSe.animated
  • Ohara.surf.statistics.maySe.animated
  • Ohara.surf.statistics.juneSe.animated
  • Ohara.surf.statistics.julySe.animated
  • Ohara.surf.statistics.augustSe.animated
  • Ohara.surf.statistics.septemberSe.animated
  • Ohara.surf.statistics.octoberSe.animated
  • Ohara.surf.statistics.novemberSe.animated
  • Ohara.surf.statistics.decemberSe.animated

Also see Ohara wind stats

Compare Ohara with another surf break