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Donkin Bay break guidePhoto by: John rattey

Donkin Bay Surf Guide

Donkin Bay in Western Cape is an exposed reef and point break that has quite consistent surf. Winter is the favoured time of year for surfing here. The best wind direction is from the east southeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. A reef breaks left and there is also a left hand point break. It's sometimes crowded here. Beware of sharks and rocks.

Donkin Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
12.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Donkin Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Donkin Bay occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East-southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Donkin Bay 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 49% of the time in June while 49% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 2% 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 Donkin Bay Location Map

Interactive Donkin Bay 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 Donkin Bay is Springbok Airport (SBU) in South Africa, which is 238 km (148 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Donkin Bay is Cape Town International Airport (CPT), also in South Africa, 242 km (150 miles) away.

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Donkin Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 26 June 2022, 04:53 Local Time
Sunday 26
Wave (m)
Period (s) 14 13 13 13
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Donkin Bay

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

Wind History at Donkin Bay

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

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