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Sunrise Surf Guide

Sunrise in Kwazulu-Natal is an exposed beach and point break that has fairly consistent surf. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. Offshore winds are from the west. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the best swell direction is from the east. The beach breaks peel to the right Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Watch out for sharks and rocks.

Sunrise Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
23.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Sunrise:

The best conditions reported for surf at Sunrise 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 Sunrise (for consistent clean waves)?

marchBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Sunrise with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 17% of the time in March while 45% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 38% 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 Sunrise Location Map

Interactive Sunrise 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 Sunrise is Virginia (Durban) Airport (VIR) in South Africa, 25 km (16 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Sunrise is Durban International Airport (DUR), also in South Africa, 50 km (31 miles) away.

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Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Sunrise Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 4 December 2022, 05:00 Local Time
Sunday 04
Wave (m)
Period (s) 12 10 10 9
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Sunrise

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

Wind History at Sunrise

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

Sunrise Reviews:

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Based on 2 votes.
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Jonno from United Kingdom
“World class!!!

Featured in December 1995 or 96 Surfing magazine as a secret spot on the Natal North Coast.

Myself & 2 mates had it all time for 3 hours before the pro's arrived for the photo shoot. By that time it had gone off the boil by far.

We told them they should of been here 3 hours ago. Thank God they weren't. Still made the mag. One of the best sessions of my life & top 3 waves in South Africa.

Fickle but you won't forget it when it fires. Ideally 6 foot & round, round, round! - from the take-off.”

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Sunrise. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon sandbar  redSandbar
    • Icon  s43.9
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: inconsistent
    4km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and point
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    6km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    6km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    7km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Sunrise: