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Margate ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.3

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Margate Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Durban/KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, South Africa)

Margate Surf Guide

Margate in Hibiscous Coast is a fairly exposed beach and reef break that has quite reliable surf The best wind direction is from the west. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. A right hand reef. Best around low tide. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Be warned that sharks have been sighted.

Margate Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
20.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Margate:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Margate 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 29% of the time in June while 34% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 37% 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).

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Interactive Margate 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 Margate is Margate Airport (MGH) in South Africa, 3 km (2 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Margate is Durban International Airport (DUR), also in South Africa, 113 km (70 miles) away.

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Margate Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 27 September 2021, 03:57 Local Time
Monday 27
Wave (m)
Period (s) 16 15 14 14
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross cross-

Swell History at Margate

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

Wind History at Margate

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

Margate Reviews:

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Based on 1 vote.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s33.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.0
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Bruce Fowler from South Africa
“On holiday spending time on Margate beach was awesome, until the 22nd November 2014, when we had our bags stolen off the beach by some nasty guys...We lost our phones, wallets and car keys.
The very sad thing is that the so called CCTV surveillance room which is situated next to the life guard office, did not even show the slightest interest in assisting us with anything. They said nothing was working. Then I asked for assistance in calling the police, well what a mission from these two fine so called South Africans. I was told to go up the hill to the police station...Right. From out of town and I must find the police station. Eventually after standing at the car for about 4 hours, I was able to stop a traffic officer that assisted in calling the police. It is Monday the 24th November 2014 and after opening a case at the police station, I still do not have a case number!
My experience in Margate was not a great one... People that visit this beach should be very vigilant and keep a close eye on their belongings. These criminals know how to distract you and steel from under your noses... And also know that the authorities will not do a thing to assist you!”

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