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Pipe ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 2.8

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Pipe break guide

Pipe Surf Guide

Pipe in Port Elizabeth is a very sheltered beach break that does not work very often Offshore winds blow from the west. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the southeast. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. Best around high tide when the tide is rising. Sometimes crowded. Take care of sharks and rocks.

Pipe Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s32.8
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
18.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Pipe:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Pipe 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 1% of the time in June while 1% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 97% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
1%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
1%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
97%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Pipe Location Map

Interactive Pipe 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 Pipe is Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ) in South Africa, which is 7 km (4 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Pipe is Bisho Airport (VIY), also in South Africa, 192 km (119 miles) away.

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Pipe Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 21 April 2021, 23:13 Local Time
WedThursday 22
11PM2AM5AM8AM
Wave (m) 2.2
ESE
2.3
ESE
2.1
ESE
2.2
ESE
Period (s) 8 8 8 8
Wind (km/h) 25
E 15
ESE 30
ESE 15
ENE
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Swell History at Pipe

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

Wind History at Pipe

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

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