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Ding Dangs water temperature
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Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.7

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Ding Dangs Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(Garden Route, South Africa)

Today's Ding Dangs sea temperature is 16.3 °C.

Statistics for 21 Apr (1981–2005) – mean: 18.4 °C, range: 16.9 °C to 20.0 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feels like 21 °C) at Ding Dangs, yet the sea remains several degrees colder than the air. Most surfers will need a spring wetsuit though a summer suit or even a shorty may suffice for a short session.

Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Ding Dangs. This has been derived from analysis of two decades of oceanographic satellite measurements of nearby open water. We have calculated the average water temperature variation around the year as well as the extremes that have been observed on each date.

Ding Dangs Water Temperature Graph

All of the graphs for the surf breaks presented on are on the same scale to enable comparison between locations around the world.

Ding Dangs water temperatures peak in the range 20 to 24°C (68 to 75°F) on around the 4th of February and are at their minimum on about the 16th of July, in the range 16 to 18°C (61 to 64°F). Ding Dangs water temperatures are maximum in early February. Surfers should use a 2mm long sleeve shorty or a 3/2mm spring wetsuit if the wind is up. The minimum seasonal water temperatures at Ding Dangs in the middle of July lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Ding Dangs can vary by several degrees compared with these open water averages. This is especially true after heavy rain, close to river mouths or after long periods of strong offshore winds. Offshore winds cause colder deep water to replace surface water that has been warmed by the sun. Air temperature, wind-chill and sunshine should also be considered before deciding on the kind of wetsuit needed to stay warm when surfing at Ding Dangs. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.