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The Heads ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.2

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The Heads Surf Guide

The Heads in Garden Route is a reasonably exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Offshore winds are from the north. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south southeast. The beach break provides left and right handers. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Hazards include and rips.

The Heads Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
21.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing The Heads:

The best conditions reported for surf at The Heads occur when a South-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing The Heads 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 17% of the time in June while 36% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 47% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
17%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
36%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
47%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore The Heads Location Map

Interactive The Heads 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 The Heads is George Airport (GRJ) in South Africa, which is 63 km (39 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to The Heads is Oudtshoorn Airport (DUH), also in South Africa, 96 km (60 miles) away.

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The Heads Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 5 March 2021, 09:15 Local Time
Friday 05
11AM2PM5PM8PM
Wave (m) 2.2
SW
2.1
SW
2.0
SW
1.9
SW
Period (s) 13 13 12 12
Wind (km/h) 5
SSE 15
SSE 15
ESE 15
ENE
Wind State on cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
off

Swell History at The Heads

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

Wind History at The Heads

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

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Wave Buoys Nearest To The Heads:

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