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

Overall: 3.3

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Riet River Surf Guide

Riet River in Port Alfred is an exposed point break that has inconsistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the west. Waves can be ok even in light onshore winds Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south southwest.. Sometimes crowded. Beware of rips and sharks.

Riet River Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon pointPointIcon  s33.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
22.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Riet River:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Riet River 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 57% of the time in June while 35% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 8% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
57%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
35%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
8%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Riet River Location Map

Interactive Riet River 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 Riet River is Bisho Airport (VIY) in South Africa, 83 km (52 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Riet River is East London Airport (ELS), also in South Africa, 103 km (64 miles) away.

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Riet River Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 26 February 2021, 06:44 Local Time
Friday 26
5AM8AM11AM2PM
Wave (m) 1.2
SSW
1.2
SSW
1.9
SSW
1.9
SSW
Period (s) 13 13 12 12
Wind (km/h) 20
SW 20
SW 20
SSW 20
SSE
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross

Swell History at Riet River

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

Wind History at Riet River

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

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