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Napier - The Reef ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.7
Difficulty Level: 2.3
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 3.3

Overall: 3.8

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Napier - The Reef break guidePhoto by: Greg Thompson

Napier - The Reef Surf Guide

The Reef(Napier) in Hawkes Bay is an exposed reef break that has inconsistent surf. Winter is the favoured time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds blow from the south southwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northeast. There are left and right breaking reefs. Best around mid tide. Rarely crowded here. Take care of rocks in the line up.

Napier - The Reef Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
19.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Napier - The Reef:

The best conditions reported for surf at Napier - The Reef 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 Reef (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Napier - The Reef 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 7% of the time in January while 14% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 79% 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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Napier - The Reef Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 9 March 2021, 21:13 Local Time
TueWednesday 10
Wave (m) 0.7
Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h) 10
NE 10
W 10
W 10
Wind State on cross-

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Napier - The Reef Reviews:

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Based on 3 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s43.8
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s44.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s32.7
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s22.3
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s44.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s33.3
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Sharky from New Zealand
“The reef is a wicked wave when conditions are right, great for learner surfers, an easy paddle out with a wave breaking in the same spot. Just down the road is a beach break: West shore, as any beach break you'll be paddling hard. Go to the north end of this beach an you'll find a better consistent peak. A favorite of ours are the river mouths of Napier , power waves with the right tide. Swell size is often not an issue as a small swell on the coast can still bring it on. I will say ,the most unbelievable wave in Napier has to be the Napier marine parade, a massive huge powerful wave that can get to a solid 15 foot and bigger, nasty screaming thick white wash power. If you get chance to ride these brave man waves in the perfect conditions you will feel like a king. Get out the back if you dare and watch Mother Nature peel big nasty thick steep walls. You'll scream for your mommy to come and save you. That's all from me. Good luck here in the ba. Oh yeah, Stingray Bay is wicked, and Cray Bay. I'll keep the others a secret lol unless your in the Bay and see us. Cher bros”

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