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Cintsa West ratings
Quality on a good day: 5.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.5

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Cintsa West Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Eastern Cape – Wild Coast, South Africa)

Cintsa West Surf Guide

Cintsa West in East London is an exposed point break that has inconsistent surf. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. The best wind direction is from the northwest. Easily blown out by onshore winds Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southeast. Sometimes crowded. Beware of rocks and sharks.

Cintsa West Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon pointPointIcon  s43.5
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
24.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Cintsa West:

The best conditions reported for surf at Cintsa West occur when a Southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Cintsa West 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 20% of the time in June while 19% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 61% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
20%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
19%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
61%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Cintsa West Location Map

Interactive Cintsa West 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 Cintsa West is East London Airport (ELS) in South Africa, 35 km (22 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Cintsa West is Bisho Airport (VIY), also in South Africa, 79 km (49 miles) away.

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Cintsa West Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 05:56 Local Time
Tuesday 13
5AM8AM11AM2PM
Wave (m) 1.1
SSW
1.1
SSW
1.0
SSW
1.0
SSW
Period (s) 13 13 13 12
Wind (km/h) 5
NNW 5
WNW 5
SSE 10
ESE
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on
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on

Swell History at Cintsa West

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

Wind History at Cintsa West

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

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We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.