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Napier - The Gap ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.5
Consistency of Surf: 2.5
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 3.7

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Napier - The Gap Surf Guide

The Gap(Napier) in Hawkes Bay is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the southwest. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Best around low tide.

Napier - The Gap Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
16.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Napier - The Gap:

The best conditions reported for surf at Napier - The Gap occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Napier - The Gap (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Napier - The Gap with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 16% of the time in January while 22% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 62% 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 Napier - The Gap Location Map

Interactive Napier - The Gap 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 Napier - The Gap is Taupo Airport (TUO) in New Zealand, 104 km (65 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Napier - The Gap is Gisborne Airport (GIS), also in New Zealand, 129 km (80 miles) away.

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Napier - The Gap Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 12 May 2021, 14:59 Local Time
Wednesday 12Thu
Wave (m) 0.1
Period (s) 11 11 7 7
Wind (km/h) 15
SSW 20
SSE 20
SSE 20
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Napier - The Gap

Surf stats for Napier - The Gap, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Napier - The Gap

Wind stats for Napier - The Gap, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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