Mapelane ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

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Mapelane Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(KwaZulu-Natal North Coast, South Africa)


Mapelane Spot ID:

Type: point

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell SE | Wind WSW

Sea Temperature Today is: 26.7 °C

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Monday, 30 March 2015, 09:06 Local time

Monday 30
5AM 8AM 11AM 2PM
Wave (m) 1.4
Period (s) 10 10 9 9
Wind (km/h) 5
SSW 15
ESE 25
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Mapelane in KwaZulu-Natal North Coast is an exposed point break that has unreliable waves. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. The best wind direction is from the west southwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southeast. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Take care of sharks and rocks.

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Live Weather:

At Richards Bay, 58 km from Mapelane.


Air temperature
18.4 °C

Current weather near Mapelane

Overall Mapelane Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in March

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Mapelane Location Map

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Mapelane:

  (click location name for more details)
Closest break St Lucia 2 mi
Second closest break Alkantstrand 35 mi
Third closest break Senoritas 35 mi
Fourth closest break Mtunzini 56 mi
Fifth closest break Siyayi 65 mi

Wave buoys nearest to Mapelane:

Closest wave buoy Brazil Buoy 4840 mi
Second closest wave buoy Lion Buoy 5169 mi
Third closest wave buoy Nice Buoy 5185 mi
Fourth closest wave buoy Gascogne Ouest Arcachon Buoy 5605 mi
Fifth closest wave buoy Greenwich Buoy 5791 mi

Tide stations nearest to Mapelane:

Closest tide station eSikhawini 46 mi
Second closest tide station Ballitoville 109 mi
Third closest tide station Durban 131 mi
Fourth closest tide station Umkomaas 158 mi
Fifth closest tide station Maputo 168 mi

snow forecast website

Ski Resorts closest to Mapelane:

Closest ski area Afri-Ski (Lesotho) 227 mi
Second closest ski area Tiffindell (South Africa) 313 mi
Third closest ski area Matroosberg (South Africa) 830 mi
Fourth closest ski area Sepidan Ski Resort (Iran (Islamic Republic of)) 4260 mi
Fifth closest ski area Pooladkaf Ski Resort (Iran (Islamic Republic of)) 4264 mi

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Town and city forecasts close to Mapelane:

Closest city location Empangeni (South Africa) 40 mi
Second closest city location eSikhawini (South Africa) 46 mi
Third closest city location Stanger (South Africa) 94 mi
Fourth closest city location Mondlo (South Africa) 108 mi
Fifth closest city location Vryheid (South Africa) 109 mi
  • The closest passenger airport to Mapelane is Richards Bay (Richard's Bay) Airport (RCB) in South Africa, which is 50 km (31 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Mapelane is Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi (Ulundi) Airport (ULD), also in South Africa, 99 km (61 miles) away.
  • The third closest airport is Vryheid Airport (VYD), also in South Africa, 174 km (108 miles) away.
Mapelane break location map and break info
This is the Surf-Forecast page for Mapelane, KZN North. Use the tab navigation above to view Mapelane sea temperature, Mapelane photographs, Mapelane detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Mapelane webcams, current wind from KZN North live weather stations and Mapelane 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 Mapelane.


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