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Umhlanga ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.8
Consistency of Surf: 3.6
Difficulty Level: 3.2
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.5
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.7

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  • 1 of 18 Quality of Surf on a good day (1 star: Even when the swell and winds are optimum, the waves are poor quality, 5 stars: If conditions are right, the waves will be World Class).

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  • 2 of 18 Consistency of the Surf (1: Umhlanga is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).

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  • 3 of 18 Regional Rating (1: Umhlanga is usually very poor quality compared to other spots in KwaZulu-Natal North Coast. 5: the best break in KwaZulu-Natal North Coast).

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  • 4 of 18 Difficulty of the Surf on a Good Day (1: Suitable for Groms. 3: Intermediates. 5: Expert tow-in surfers only).

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  • 5 of 18 Onshore Wind (1: even a light onshore ruins the surf. 5: Umhlanga can offer better rides with a light wind behind them).

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  • 6 of 18 Other Options (1: If wind or tide conditions are poor at Umhlanga, it will be poor everywhere nearby. 5: other locations nearby provide a rich variety of wind and swell exposures).

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  • 7 of 18 Windsurfing and Kite Surfing (1: An unsuitable spot. 5: Wind and wave conditions at Umhlanga are often excellent).

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  • 8 of 18 Water Quality (1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).

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  • 9 of 18 Crowds (1: Often too crowded. 5: Umhlanga is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).

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  • 10 of 18 Access (1: Getting to Umhlanga requires an overland expedition or chartering a boat. 3: A 30 minute walk from the nearest parking. 5: Park a vehicle right by the break).

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  • 11 of 18 Scenery (1: An ugly industrial backdrop. 5: A spectacular setting).

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  • 12 of 18 Local Attitude (1: Locals are hostile to visitors. 5: Either there are no locals who surf, or else they are accommodating and friendly).

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  • 13 of 18 Accommodation (1: No convenient places to stay indoors. 5: A wide variety of accommodation near Umhlanga for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels).

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  • 14 of 18 Camping (within walking distance) (1: Camping at Umhlanga is not possible. 3: Camping tolerated but no facilities. 5: A nearby camp ground has excellent facilities and a good vibe).

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  • 15 of 18 Entertainment (within a 10 minute drive) (1: Besides the surf and the solitude there is nothing to do when it is flat. 5: Umhlanga is in such an interesting area to visit that getting wet is a bonus).

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  • 16 of 18 Equipment and Repairs (within walking distance) (1: Nothing can be sourced, not even wax. 5: Quality surfing equipment can be purchased or hired. Major repairs can be fixed too).

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  • 17 of 18 Eating (within a 10 minute drive) (1: Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. 5: A wide variety of places to eat and drink at Umhlanga, from fast food and cafes to fancy restaurants).

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  • 18 of 18 Drinking (within walking distance) (1: Alcohol is not allowed in the country. 5: There is an excellent pub near Umhlanga where you can stay or park a camper van overnight).

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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.