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Margate ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.3

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Margate Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Durban/KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, South Africa)

Margate Spot ID

Type: beach and reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind W

Sea Temperature Today is: 26.1 °C

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Saturday, 19 January 2019, 13:37 Local time
Saturday 19
Wave (m) 3.5
Period (s) 9 9 10 10
Wind (km/h) 35
SSW 35
SSW 35
SSW 30
Wind State cross-

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Margate in Hibiscous Coast is a fairly exposed beach and reef break that has quite reliable surf The best wind direction is from the west. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. A right hand reef. Best around low tide. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Be warned that sharks have been sighted.

South Africa wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Margate, 1 km from Margate.

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Margate Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Shelly Beach Margate wx, 9 km from Margate.

wind obs. (4.3 kph from 0 degs) was rejected

Air temperature
26.4 °C

Current weather near Margate

Overall Margate Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January

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  • The closest passenger airport to Margate is Margate Airport (MGH) in South Africa, 3 km (2 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Margate is Durban International Airport (DUR), also in South Africa, 113 km (70 miles) away.
  • Third is Pietermaritzburg Airport (PZB) in South Africa, 135 km (84 miles) away.
  • Virginia (Durban) Airport (VIR) in South Africa is 138 km (86 miles) away.
  • Umtata Airport (UTT), also in South Africa is the fifth nearest airport to Margate and is 179 km (111 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Margate, Durban/KZN South. Use the tab navigation above to view Margate sea temperature, Margate photographs, Margate detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Margate webcams, current wind from Durban/KZN South live weather stations and Margate 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 Margate.