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The Heads ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.2

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The Heads Spot ID

The Heads photo

The Heads

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Type: sandbar

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SSE | Wind N

Sea Temperature Today is: 18.2 °C

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 15:52 Local time
Tuesday 17Wed
Wave (m) 1.3
Period (s) 14 13 13 13
Wind (km/h) 10
E 10
NNE 10
N 10
Wind State cross-
off off off

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The Heads in Garden Route is a reasonably exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Offshore winds are from the north. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south southeast. The beach break provides left and right handers. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Hazards include and rips.

South Africa wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Knysna, 4 km from The Heads.

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The Heads Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Knysna, 3 km from The Heads.

light winds from the N

Air temperature
26.6 °C

Current weather near The Heads

Overall The Heads Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

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The Heads Location Map

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  • The nearest passenger airport to The Heads is George Airport (GRJ) in South Africa, which is 63 km (39 miles) away (directly).
  • The second closest airport to The Heads is Oudtshoorn Airport (DUH), also in South Africa, 96 km (60 miles) away.
The Heads break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for The Heads, Garden Route. Use the tab navigation above to view The Heads sea temperature, The Heads photographs, The Heads detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, The Heads webcams, current wind from Garden Route live weather stations and The Heads 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 The Heads.

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.