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Arniston ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.2
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.3
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.3

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Arniston break guidePhoto by: Anton Hunt

Arniston Surf Guide

Arniston in Boland and Southern Cape is a sheltered beach break that has quite reliable surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Ideal winds are from the west northwest. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. It very rarely gets crowded here. Watch out for sharks and rocks.

Arniston Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s33.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
21.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Arniston:

The best conditions reported for surf at Arniston occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Arniston (for consistent clean waves)?

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Arniston with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 58% of the time in June while 32% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 10% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
58%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
32%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
10%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Arniston Location Map

Interactive Arniston surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The nearest passenger airport to Arniston is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in South Africa, which is 170 km (106 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Arniston is George Airport (GRJ), also in South Africa, 211 km (131 miles) away.

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Arniston Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 27 February 2021, 15:29 Local Time
Saturday 27Sun
5PM8PM11PM2AM
Wave (m) 2.0
SSW
1.9
SSW
1.7
SSW
1.7
SSW
Period (s) 14 14 13 13
Wind (km/h) 35
ESE 35
E 35
E 35
E
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Swell History at Arniston

Surf stats for Arniston, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Arniston

Wind stats for Arniston, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

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    • Icon reef  redReef and point
    • Icon  s44.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    19km away
    • Icon beachBeach and point
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: inconsistent
    65km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: inconsistent
    76km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: inconsistent
    81km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s44.0
    Reliability: inconsistent
    83km away

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