southerly wind wavespot. Lyall Bay has a fast wave, which is basically
a major beachdump. Generally cross-on to more onshore, starboard
tack wavesailing. One bottom turn is usually the most you can get out of a
wave. On bigger days, the waves form nicely further out, and they can
get quite big. Waves are biggest in the middle of the bay. As waves
start to close out it can be gnarly to get out though. Make sure you
pick up speed and go downwind first, before attempting to get over the
break, so don't rig too small a sail.
Wellingtons most popular surfing
spot lies at the other (eastern) end of the beach, hardly any windsurfers go
there as its not worth it, as the wind is too onshore.
There's plenty of parking near the launch and good rigging area down at the western end of the beach beyond the Maranui Surf lifesaving building and toilet block.
Who does it suit
Most of the time, Lyall Bay suits any level of wavesailing. It is safe
for learning on light days with not much swell. If its heavy, which is often over winter, there is usually a couple of
ripped sails and broken masts, but that's all part of the fun!
Be prepared to walk up the beach back to the launch on your first sessions at Lyall Bay.
Check out http://www.sessionlogs.com/spot-1/Lyall-Bay-Wellington-New-Zealand