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Latitude: 41° 20.102' S
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Get directions to the airport and Lyall Bay is on the west side of it. Wellington is a small city so it will be very easy to find.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day length
Good swell directionSouth
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, SouthWest
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising tide
Week crowdFew surfers
Lyall Bay has one main spot "The Wall" which is a very good left hander,breaking off a break wall at the eastern end of the beach. The rest of 1500 meters of beach is made up of avrage beach breaks, nothing flash.
There is also a bombora off shore which is rearly surfed, and only breaks on a large swell.
As most city beaches it can get crowded, especailly in summer. There is little localisim as so many people surf there. A great place to learn, but once you've passed the beginner stage
the are big and better waves in the area.
Also remember due to the close proxsimity of the south island this can limit the ammount of swell that gets in to Wellington. So when Wellington gets good you know the Wairarapa is going off.
Good little waves when the bars are working well.
The proposed site of an artificial reef project.
By Anonymous , 05-12-2007
Lyall rules - Howzit going?Lyall Bay rocks!I learnt to surf there ,I started on a polystyrene floater,It used to give me a wicked rash on my chest.I used to go out in 80 knot stherly winds,sometimes 10 metre swells.U had to jump in the "Hillman Hunter"and drive round to near the "bombora"by Hungerford rd and jump off from there .Messy but big ,no one else out.Lyall Bay had many different treats to offer the hardcore grommet.
By Anonymous , 25-10-2007
lyall crankz - ye boi lyall z sick on da south swells its a top wave, stop bitchin abwt it, jst surf it man.
By JMB , 30-04-2006
Corner - The corner is as good as anywhere in the world on its day. its just that its day is once every 5-10 years. as for locals i was/am a local there who is living elsewhere right now but soon to return. i think on really good hollow days that if you cant really take a drop & get barreled then maybe surf elsewhere for that day. I spent 100s of days pulling into closeouts on the bend before imposing myself on the corner but it seems that people think its a cool idea to paddle out at the corner on a mal or 4'11 k slater thruster armed with 2 weeks surfing experience & stuff it up for others who have done thier time. In short i think there is a place for some level of localism at city surf breaks. As long as the ones serving it up do have some degree of competency at riding waves. As for non hollow days well everyone has to start somewhere so i guess all should be welcome. DONT DROP IN ON ME. THANKS.
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