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Periwinkles ratings
Quality on a good day: 5.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.5

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Periwinkles Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Eastern Cape – Wild Coast, South Africa)

Periwinkles Surf Guide

Periwinkles in East London is an exposed reef break that has pretty consitent surf. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. The best wind direction is from the northwest. Easily blown out by onshore winds Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the optimum swell angle is from the east southeast. Best around low tide. It's sometimes crowded here. Take care of rocks, sharks,kelp.

Periwinkles Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
21.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Periwinkles:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

mayBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Periwinkles with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 6% of the time in May while 17% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 77% 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 Periwinkles Location Map

Interactive Periwinkles 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 Periwinkles is East London Airport (ELS) in South Africa, 66 km (41 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Periwinkles is Bisho Airport (VIY), also in South Africa, 106 km (66 miles) away.

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Periwinkles Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 22 April 2021, 13:23 Local Time
Thursday 22
Wave (m) 1.2
Period (s) 13 16 15 15
Wind (km/h) 10
NNE 15
E 15
E 25
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Periwinkles

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

Wind History at Periwinkles

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

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