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Ruby Bay break guidePhoto by: Rob Davies

Ruby Bay Surf Guide

Ruby Bay in Nelson - Tasman Bay is a sheltered point break The best wind direction is from the southwest with some shelter here from west southwest winds. Poor surf in light onshore winds Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the north. The point breaks offer left-handers. Best around mid tide. Sometimes crowded. Take care of the strong rips here.

Ruby Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
rarely breaks
21.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Ruby Bay:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Ruby Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 0% of the time in January while 1% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 99% 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).

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Interactive Ruby 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 Ruby Bay is Nelson Airport (NSN) in New Zealand, 15 km (9 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Ruby Bay is Woodbourne Airport (BHE), also in New Zealand, 74 km (46 miles) away.

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Ruby Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 9 February 2023, 16:37 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 11 10 10 3
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Ruby Bay

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

Wind History at Ruby Bay

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

Ruby Bay Reviews:

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Based on 8 votes.
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Rob Davies from New Zealand
“Could Ruby Bay be the mellowest wave in the World? The only place I have ever surfed that provides such soft waves that peel for such big distances in the Kyle of Tongue on the north coast of Scotland.

It's a nice spot, with an good campsite next to the beach. It really needs a big NW swell to work because there is such a small window of exposure into Tasman Bay. Most often, it works the day after a NW gale has generated a big local wind swell.

The wave peels for hundreds of metres over sand and gravel, mostly a very long left but with shorter sections that peel right back to the beach. In theory, it should be possible to ride waves for more than a kilometer, maybe two on one of those rare days every 5 years when the is a big NW cyclone swell. Heading West around the headland in the direction of Motueka it looks as if there are any number of spots that could also work if the swell is big enough.

For longboards, paddle boards and learners who like their surf slow and mellow, this is a good spot but for shortboarders if you see small waves at Ruby Bay and the wind is light, head to Schnappers because it will be much bigger and much more punchy. If Ruby Bay actually looks big enough to justify a short-board, just imagine how much better Cable Bay must be, or even high tide at nearby Rabbit Island.

Mapua is not far away and provides shops, pubs and eateries as well as places to stay if you don't camp right here. Head down to the Wharf area.”

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