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Cray Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.8
Crowds: 4.4

Overall: 3.1

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Cray Bay break guidePhoto by: Kooza

Cray Bay Surf Guide

Cray Bay in Hawkes Bay is a fairly exposed beach and reef break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the northwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southeast. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves and there is also a left hand reef break.. Best around mid tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Submerged rocks are a hazard.

Cray Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeach and reefIcon  s33.1
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
17.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Cray Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Cray Bay occur when a East swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Cray Bay (for consistent clean waves)?

mayBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Cray Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 14% of the time in May while 19% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 67% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
14%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
19%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
67%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Cray Bay Location Map

Interactive Cray Bay surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Cray Bay is Palmerston North Airport (PMR) in New Zealand, 129 km (80 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Cray Bay is Taupo Airport (TUO), also in New Zealand, 146 km (91 miles) away.

Icon breakBreak
Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Cray Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 19:30 Local Time
TueWednesday 14
9PM0AM3AM6AM
Wave (m) 1.0
E
1.0
E
0.9
ESE
0.9
ESE
Period (s) 11 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 10
WNW 15
W 10
WSW 10
W
Wind State off cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

What does Cray Bay look like?

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Swell History at Cray Bay

Surf stats for Cray Bay, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Cray Bay

Wind stats for Cray Bay, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Cray Bay. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beachBeach and reef
    • Icon  s22.2
    Reliability: inconsistent
    1km away
    • Icon beachBeach and reef
    • Icon  s44.0
    Reliability: consistent
    2km away
    • Icon beachBeach and reef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: consistent
    8km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: consistent
    21km away
    • Icon pointPoint
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    23km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Cray Bay:

We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.