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Lyall Bay break guide

Lyall Bay Surf Guide

Lyall Bay in Wellington is a reasonably exposed beach break that does not work very often. Summer in particular tends to be flat. Offshore winds are from the north. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the south. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves and there is a left hand point break too. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Sometimes crowded. Beware of .

Lyall Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
16.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Lyall Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Lyall Bay occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Lyall Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 15% of the time in June while 30% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 55% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Lyall Bay Location Map

Interactive Lyall 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 Lyall Bay is Wellington International Airport (WLG) in New Zealand, 1 km (1 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Lyall Bay is Paraparaumu Airport (PPQ), also in New Zealand, 50 km (31 miles) away.

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Lyall Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 20 May 2022, 17:13 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 6 7 7 8
Wind (km/h)
Wind State on on on cross-

Swell History at Lyall Bay

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

Wind History at Lyall Bay

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

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