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Stingray Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.3
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 2.7

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Stingray Bay break guidePhoto by: Brynn Uriarau

Stingray Bay Surf Guide

Stingray Bay in Hawkes Bay is an exposed reef and point break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the east northeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the southeast. A reef breaks right Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Hazards include rips, rocks and sharks.

Stingray Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
17.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Stingray Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Stingray Bay occur when a Southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

mayBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Stingray 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 49% of the time in May while 32% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 19% 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 Stingray Bay Location Map

Interactive Stingray 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 Stingray Bay is Taupo Airport (TUO) in New Zealand, 100 km (62 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Stingray Bay is Gisborne Airport (GIS), also in New Zealand, 116 km (72 miles) away.

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Stingray Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 20 April 2021, 18:27 Local Time
Tuesday 20Wed
Wave (m) 0.1
Period (s) 18 18 4 6
Wind (km/h) 10
N 10
NNE 10
N 5
Wind State cross-
cross cross-

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Swell History at Stingray Bay

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Wind History at Stingray Bay

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