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Mapelane ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.3

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Mapelane Surf Guide

Mapelane in Kwazulu-Natal is an exposed point break that has inconsistent surf. Summer offers the favoured conditions for surfing. Works best in offshore winds from the west southwest. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the ideal swell direction is from the southeast.. Rarely crowded here. Watch out for sharks and rocks.

Mapelane Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
22.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Mapelane:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

aprilBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Mapelane with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 29% of the time in April while 49% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 22% 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 Mapelane Location Map

Interactive Mapelane 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 Mapelane is Richards Bay (Richard's Bay) Airport (RCB) in South Africa, which is 50 km (31 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Mapelane is Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi (Ulundi) Airport (ULD), also in South Africa, 99 km (61 miles) away.

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Mapelane Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 16 October 2021, 04:33 Local Time
Saturday 16
Wave (m)
Period (s) 7 7 7 7
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Mapelane

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

Wind History at Mapelane

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

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