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Barbel Point Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Eastern Cape – Wild Coast, South Africa)

Barbel Point Surf Guide

Barbel Point in East London is an exposed point break that has fairly consistent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Offshore winds are from the southwest. Does not handle onshore winds very well Clean groundswells prevail and the optimum swell angle is from the south. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Hazards include rocks and sharks.

Barbel Point Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
21.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Barbel Point:

The best conditions reported for surf at Barbel Point occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Barbel Point 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 50% of the time in June while 41% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 9% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Barbel Point Location Map

Interactive Barbel Point 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 closest passenger airport to Barbel Point is East London Airport (ELS) in South Africa, 64 km (40 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Barbel Point is Bisho Airport (VIY), also in South Africa, 105 km (65 miles) away.

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Barbel Point Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 28 May 2022, 21:30 Local Time
SatSunday 29
Wave (m)
Period (s) 14 14 13 13
Wind (km/h)
Wind State off off cross-

Swell History at Barbel Point

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

Wind History at Barbel Point

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

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