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Sodwana Surf Guide

Sodwana in Kwazulu-Natal is an exposed beach and reef break that has unreliable waves. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. Offshore winds are from the northwest. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the southeast. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Beware of sharks and rocks.

Sodwana Spot Info

Icon beach  redBeach and reefIcon  s33.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
26.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Sodwana:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Sodwana 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 39% of the time in June while 50% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 11% 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 Sodwana Location Map

Interactive Sodwana 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 Sodwana is Maputo Airport (MPM) in Mozambique, 133 km (83 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Sodwana is Matsapha (Manzini) Airport (MTS) in Swaziland, 165 km (102 miles) away.

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Sodwana Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 10 December 2022, 08:43 Local Time
Saturday 10
Wave (m)
Period (s) 9 9 9 9
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross cross cross cross

Swell History at Sodwana

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

Wind History at Sodwana

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

Sodwana Reviews:

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Based on 1 vote.
  • Overall:Icon  s33.3
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s33.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s22.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s33.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s44.0
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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ragged from South Africa
“Waste of time, petrol and holiday destination.
R120 Dec 2014...for 2 people and a car to go see if its glassy enough for a paddle
Not a surfers spot, just up country destination for fishermen and divers .. drunken at that, can't understand it as no alcohol is allowed on any beach or public area
So if you would like to hang out at Boksburg by the Sea, then pull in,
for a Surfie?...BAH!..never again”

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    • Icon  s44.1
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    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s32.5
    Reliability: very consistent
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    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: inconsistent
    148km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: inconsistent
    152km away

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