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

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Pipe Spot ID

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Type: reef

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell SE | Wind W

Sea Temperature Today is: 17.4 °C

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Saturday, 23 May 2015, 13:52 Local time
Saturday 23
11AM2PM5PM8PM
Wave (m) 0.7
SW
0.8
SW
1.1
SSW
1.1
SSW
Period (s) 13 12 15 14
Wind (km/h) 45
NNW 40
WNW 55
SW 35
WSW
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
off

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Pipe in Port Elizabeth is a very sheltered beach break that does not work very often Offshore winds blow from the west. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the southeast. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. Best around high tide when the tide is rising. Sometimes crowded. Take care of sharks and rocks.

South Africa wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 5 km from Pipe.

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Pipe Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Port Elizabeth Airport, 5 km from Pipe.

light winds from the NNW

km/h
Air temperature
30 °C

Current weather near Pipe

Overall Pipe Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in May

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Pipe:

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Wave buoys nearest to Pipe:

Tide stations nearest to Pipe:

  • Closest tide station
    Port Elizabeth
    4 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    Port Alfred
    76 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    East London
    146 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    Knysna
    147 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    Mosselbaai
    200 mi
snow forecast website

Ski Resorts closest to Pipe:

  • Closest ski area
    Tiffindell (South Africa)
    262 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    Matroosberg (South Africa)
    344 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    Afri-Ski (Lesotho)
    397 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    Cerro Castor (Argentina)
    4556 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    Mount Hermon (Israel)
    4695 mi
city weather forecast website

Town and city forecasts close to Pipe:

  • Closest city location
    Port Elizabeth (South Africa)
    4 mi
  • Second closest city location
    Uitenhage (South Africa)
    16 mi
  • Third closest city location
    Fort Beaufort (South Africa)
    98 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    Bisho (South Africa)
    119 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    Cradock (South Africa)
    121 mi

Airports

  • The nearest passenger airport to Pipe is Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ) in South Africa, which is 7 km (4 miles) away (directly).
  • The second closest airport to Pipe is Bisho Airport (VIY), also in South Africa, 192 km (119 miles) away.
Pipe break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Pipe, Eastern Cape (S). Use the tab navigation above to view Pipe sea temperature, Pipe photographs, Pipe detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Pipe webcams, current wind from Eastern Cape (S) live weather stations and Pipe 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 Pipe.