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Barbel Point ratings
Quality on a good day: 5.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.5

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Barbel Point Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Eastern Cape – Wild Coast, South Africa)

Barbel Point Spot ID

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Type: point

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell S | Wind SW

Sea Temperature Today is: 22.1 °C

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018, 01:30 Local time
Tuesday 17Wed
Wave (m) 1.0
Period (s) 14 14 14 14
Wind (km/h) 30
NE 25
NE 25
NE 20
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Barbel Point in East London is an exposed point break that has fairly consistent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Offshore winds are from the southwest. Does not handle onshore winds very well Clean groundswells prevail and the optimum swell angle is from the south. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Hazards include rocks and sharks.

South Africa wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

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At ASCAT28E33S, 42 km from Barbel Point.

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Overall Barbel Point Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

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  • The closest passenger airport to Barbel Point is East London Airport (ELS) in South Africa, 64 km (40 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Barbel Point is Bisho Airport (VIY), also in South Africa, 105 km (65 miles) away.
  • Third is Umtata Airport (UTT) in South Africa, 131 km (81 miles) away.
  • Queenstown Airport (UTW) in South Africa is 165 km (102 miles) away.
  • Margate Airport (MGH), also in South Africa is the fifth nearest airport to Barbel Point and is 277 km (172 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Barbel Point, Eastern Cape - Wild Coast. Use the tab navigation above to view Barbel Point sea temperature, Barbel Point photographs, Barbel Point detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Barbel Point webcams, current wind from Eastern Cape - Wild Coast live weather stations and Barbel Point tide predictions. The South Africa swell maps link will open up the big picture showing South Africa and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from South Africa wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Barbel Point.

FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.