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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Stingray bay

New Zealand, New Zealand NI, Napier

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20 minute walk from tongio beach settlement around rocks head ing towards flat rock

English (Translate this text in English): 20 minute walk from tongio beach settlement around rocks head ing towards flat rock

English (Translate this text in English): 20 minute walk from tongio beach settlement around rocks head ing towards flat rock

English (Translate this text in English): 20 minute walk from tongio beach settlement around rocks head ing towards flat rock

DistanceTake a car

WalkGood walk (15-30 mn)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name stingers

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight

BottomSandy with rock

PowerOrdinary, Fun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouth, SouthEast

Good wind directionWest, SouthWest

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Can be sucky and fun when the tide is right the drops are primo on the take off.Best on a easterly swell (breaks fast and hollow) but works on a bigger southerly swell as well (slower). One of the longest waves around Napier. Can be magical atmosphere in the bay (often some seals around in winter). Is sheltered and can be surfed on SW - W - NW winds. Now a little secret: When the swell is over 4- 6 ft a much faster and more hollow (sometimes barralling) left hander starts to work on the other side of the bay. The crowd (which is about 10 people) fights for waves on the right-hander while not many surf the left-hander. Saying this - the left is very close to the rocks and scarry. Be careful.

English (Translate this text in English): Can be sucky and fun when the tide is right the drops are primo on the take off.Best on a easterly swell (breaks fast and hollow) but works on a bigger southerly swell as well (slower). One of the longest waves around Napier. Can be magical atmosphere in the bay (often some seals around in winter). Is sheltered and can be surfed on SW - W - NW winds. Now a little secret: When the swell is over 4- 6 ft a much faster and more hollow (sometimes barralling) left hander starts to work on the other side of the bay. The crowd (which is about 10 people) fights for waves on the right-hander while not many surf the left-hander. Saying this - the left is very close to the rocks and scarry. Be careful.

English (Translate this text in English): Can be sucky and fun when the tide is right the drops are primo on the take off.Best on a easterly swell (breaks fast and hollow) but works on a bigger southerly swell as well (slower). One of the longest waves around Napier. Can be magical atmosphere in the bay (often some seals around in winter). Is sheltered and can be surfed on SW - W - NW winds. Now a little secret: When the swell is over 4- 6 ft a much faster and more hollow (sometimes barralling) left hander starts to work on the other side of the bay. The crowd (which is about 10 people) fights for waves on the right-hander while not many surf the left-hander. Saying this - the left is very close to the rocks and scarry. Be careful.

English (Translate this text in English): Can be sucky and fun when the tide is right the drops are primo on the take off.Best on a easterly swell (breaks fast and hollow) but works on a bigger southerly swell as well (slower). One of the longest waves around Napier. Can be magical atmosphere in the bay (often some seals around in winter). Is sheltered and can be surfed on SW - W - NW winds. Now a little secret: When the swell is over 4- 6 ft a much faster and more hollow (sometimes barralling) left hander starts to work on the other side of the bay. The crowd (which is about 10 people) fights for waves on the right-hander while not many surf the left-hander. Saying this - the left is very close to the rocks and scarry. Be careful.

Atmosphere

Most the dudes are pretty layed back

English (Translate this text in English): Most the dudes are pretty layed back

English (Translate this text in English): Most the dudes are pretty layed back

English (Translate this text in English): Most the dudes are pretty layed back

General

a nice right hand reef which can have short barrels when the conditions are right,,surfed by hot locals with some localism......

English (Translate this text in English): a nice right hand reef which can have short barrels when the conditions are right,,surfed by hot locals with some localism......

English (Translate this text in English): a nice right hand reef which can have short barrels when the conditions are right,,surfed by hot locals with some localism......

English (Translate this text in English): a nice right hand reef which can have short barrels when the conditions are right,,surfed by hot locals with some localism......

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By Grant73 , 15-06-2008

lidder - Have only surfed this place once, was truely epic(big E swell) one of the best right hand reef breaks on the east coast. Take off on the boil freefall into the barrel get spat out, a few turns maybe another barrel, EPIC absolutely loved it. With all that being said my mate who did nursing training in Napier
said it was the best he got it in 3 years. Think I might have got a tad lucky.

By Anonymous , 14-03-2007

- ive surfed it heaps.it does peel,but is usually pretty fat.take your fish or mal

By anonymous , 01-09-2005

One of Napiers best spot - I am a local and surf Stingray for years. Best on a easterly swell (breaks fast and hollow) but works on a bigger southerly swell as well (slower). One of the longest waves around Napier. Can be magical atmosphere in the bay (often some seals around in winter). Is sheltered and can be surfed on SW - W - NW winds.Now a little secret: When the swell is over 4- 6 ft a much faster and more hollow (sometimes barralling) left hander starts to work on the other side of the bay. The crowd (which is about 10 people) fights for waves on the right-hander while not many surf the left-hander. Saying this - the left is very close to the rocks and scarry. Be careful.

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