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Mombasa Channel Surf Guide

Mombasa Channel in Kenya is an exposed reef break that does not work very often. Works best in offshore winds from the west. The optimum well angle is from the east. An uncrowded break, even when it is working. Hazards include - Urchins - Rips / undertow - Rocks - Man-made danger (buoys etc.) - Pollution - Sharks.

Mombasa Channel Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
28.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Mombasa Channel:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

novemberBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Mombasa Channel with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of November. Clean surfable waves are typically found 24% of the time in November while 75% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 1% 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 Mombasa Channel Location Map

Interactive Mombasa Channel 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 Mombasa Channel is Moi International (Mombasa) Airport (MBA) in Kenya, 11 km (7 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Mombasa Channel is Malindi Airport (MYD), also in Kenya, 106 km (66 miles) away.

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Mombasa Channel Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 5 March 2021, 01:32 Local Time
Friday 05
Wave (m) 1.2
Period (s) 7 7 7 7
Wind (km/h) 15
NE 15
NNE 15
N 20
Wind State cross-
cross cross cross

Swell History at Mombasa Channel

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

Wind History at Mombasa Channel

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

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