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

Overall: 3.3

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Mapelane Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(KwaZulu-Natal North Coast, South Africa)

Mapelane Spot ID

Surf default break image

Type: point

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell SE | Wind WSW

Sea Temperature Today is: 23.7 °C

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Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 09:47 Local time
Tuesday 28
Wave (m) 0.8
Period (s) 16 15 15 15
Wind (km/h) 35
S 30
S 25
S 20
Wind State cross-

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Mapelane in Kwazulu-Natal is an exposed point break that has inconsistent surf. Summer offers the favoured conditions for surfing. Works best in offshore winds from the west southwest. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the ideal swell direction is from the southeast.. Rarely crowded here. Watch out for sharks and rocks.

South Africa wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

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Mapelane Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Richards Bay, 52 km from Mapelane.

light winds from the WSW

Air temperature
19 °C

Current weather near Mapelane

Overall Mapelane Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in June

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Mapelane:

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Wave buoys nearest to Mapelane:

Tide stations nearest to Mapelane:

  • Closest tide station
    46 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    109 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    131 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    158 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    168 mi
snow forecast website

Ski Resorts closest to Mapelane:

  • Closest ski area
    Afri-Ski (Lesotho)
    227 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    313 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    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
city weather forecast website

Town and city forecasts close to Mapelane:

  • Closest city location
    Richards Bay
    34 mi
  • Second closest city location
    40 mi
  • Third closest city location
    46 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    94 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    108 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.