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Thompsons Bay 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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Thompsons Bay Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(KwaZulu-Natal North Coast, South Africa)

Thompsons Bay Spot ID

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Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SE | Wind NW

Sea Temperature Today is: 22.1 °C

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Sunday, 15 July 2018, 21:23 Local time
SunMonday 16
Wave (m) 2.5
Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h) 15
SW 15
WSW 15
W 15
Wind State cross cross-

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Thompsons Bay in Kwazulu-Natal is a sheltered beach break that has fairly consistent surf The best wind direction is from the northwest. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Best around low tide. It's sometimes crowded here. Watch out for sharks.

South Africa wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Ballitoville, 3 km from Thompsons Bay.

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Thompsons Bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At KingShakaInt l Airport, 12 km from Thompsons Bay.

light winds from the SE

Intermittent light rain
Air temperature
13.3 °C

Current weather near Thompsons Bay

Overall Thompsons Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

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  • The closest passenger airport to Thompsons Bay is Virginia (Durban) Airport (VIR) in South Africa, 31 km (19 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Thompsons Bay is Durban International Airport (DUR), also in South Africa, 55 km (34 miles) away.
  • Third is Pietermaritzburg Airport (PZB) in South Africa, 81 km (50 miles) away.
  • Richards Bay (Richard's Bay) Airport (RCB) in South Africa is 122 km (76 miles) away.
  • Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi (Ulundi) Airport (ULD), also in South Africa is the fifth nearest airport to Thompsons Bay and is 136 km (84 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Thompsons Bay, KZN North. Use the tab navigation above to view Thompsons Bay sea temperature, Thompsons Bay photographs, Thompsons Bay detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Thompsons Bay webcams, current wind from KZN North live weather stations and Thompsons Bay 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 Thompsons Bay.

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.