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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 Forecast / Garden Route / South Africa

7 Day Weather and Surf, issued 1 am Tuesday 02 Mar 2021 SAST
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The Heads surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's The Heads sea temperature is 22.0 °C (Statistics for 02 Mar 1981-2005 - mean: 21.0 max: 22.5 min: 19.6 °C)
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The Heads surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's The Heads sea temperature is 22.0 °C (Statistics for 02 Mar 1981-2005 - mean: 21.0 max: 22.5 min: 19.6 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update Cross-off wind 64 km from The Heads has swung offshore (fresh winds from the N at George Airport). 2.0m 10 s period swell from E

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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for The Heads this week:

The surf forecast for The Heads over the next 7 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Tuesday (Mar 02) at 8AM. The primary swell is predicted to be 1.8m and 10s period with a secondary swell of 0.6m and 13s. The wind is predicted to be cross-offshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at The Heads in the next 7 days are 3.0m 16s and forecast to arrive on Thursday (Mar 04) at 11AM. Winds are predicted to be cross-onshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 0.6m 3s period and expected on Saturday (Mar 06) at 11PM.

Wave TypeTime (SAST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 8AM (Tue 2nd Mar)6ft (1.8m) 10s
Best Surf 2AM (Thu 4th Mar)6.5ft (2.0m) 17s
Most Powerful11AM (Thu 4th Mar)10ft (3.0m) 16s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for The Heads over the next 7 days.

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Rating
(10 max)
Swell
Height Map
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
Period(s) (?)
Wave
Graph
(?)Metric surfscale
Energy (?)
Wind
(km/h)
Wind State (?)
onshore
cross-onshore
cross-shore
cross-offshore
offshore
glassy
High Tide
/ height (m)
Low Tide
/ height (m)
Summary
Rain (mm)
High °C
Low °C
Chill °C (?)
Sunrise
Sunset
Tuesday
02
Wednesday
03
Thursday
04
Friday
05
Saturday
06
Sunday
07
Monday
08
Tue
09
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPM
12133544530333234443222
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.18.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.42.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.66.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.90.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.114.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.138.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.162.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.180.cc23
1.6
E
1.4
E
1.2
E
1
SW
1.1
SW
2
SW
3
SW
3
SW
2.5
SW
2.1
SW
1.8
SW
1.6
SW
1.3
SSW
1.8
SSW
1.6
SSW
1.6
SSW
1.7
SSW
1.8
SW
1.8
SW
1.7
SW
1.8
SW
1.7
SSW
1.7
SSW
9991413171615141312121413131413121212111111
4453202153553692339382734442256135210036506151186878889961895940819785645610
15
WSW
10
SW
5
WSW
10
SW
10
SSW
5
NW
10
SW
15
SSE
5
ESE
15
ESE
20
ESE
5
NE
10
SSE
10
WSW
15
W
15
WSW
10
SSW
10
NW
10
WSW
10
SW
20
ESE
15
ESE
10
E
crosscross-
on
crosscross-
on
oncross-
off
cross-
on
onglasscrosscross-
on
cross-
off
oncrosscrosscross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
crosscross
5:50PM
1.73
6:11AM
1.85
6:28PM
1.60
6:51AM
1.70
7:11PM
1.43
7:37AM
1.51
8:06PM
1.26
8:44AM
1.31
9:44PM
1.12
10:49AM
1.19
12:15AM
1.16
12:50PM
1.27
1:34AM
1.32
11:48AM
0.01
11:54PM
0.03
12:26PM
0.13
12:32AM
0.17
1:09PM
0.29
1:15AM
0.35
2:01PM
0.47
2:12AM
0.55
3:23PM
0.63
4:02AM
0.70
5:43PM
0.65
6:29AM
0.66
7:16PM
0.53
7:43AM
0.50

Note: the tide data above is for Knysna which is 4 km away. Surf properties and timing are calculated for The Heads.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph
Offshore winds at The Heads blow from the N

Tuesday
02
Wednesday
03
Thursday
04
Friday
05
Saturday
06
Sunday
07
Monday
08
Tue
09
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPM
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
rain showers
partially cloudy
moderate rain
cloudy
cloudy
some cloudsclearsome cloudssome cloudssome cloudsclearclearrain shwrsrain shwrssome cloudssome cloudsclearclearclearclearsome cloudsclearclearrain shwrssome cloudsmod. raincloudycloudy
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2823202121202222202222202525222122191921171616
2621192021182021192021202224201921181819161616
2823202121202222202222202525222122191921161516
6:16--6:16--6:18--6:18--6:18--6:20--6:20--6:22-
-7:01--7:00--7:00--6:58--6:57--6:55--6:54--6:52

Short Range Forecast: Light rain (total 4mm), mostly falling on Thu afternoon. Warm air temperatures (max 28°C on Tue morning, min 18°C on Wed night). Wind will be generally light.

Long Range Forecast: Moderate rain (total 11mm), heaviest on Mon night. Warm air temperatures (max 25°C on Sat morning, min 16°C on Mon night). Wind will be generally light.

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Information about the The Heads Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for The Heads provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 7 days. A general guide to surfing at The Heads can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our The Heads surf forecast is unique since it includes wave energy (power) that defines the real feel of the surf rather than just the height or the period. If you surf the same spot (The Heads) regularly then make a mental note of the wave energy from the surf forecast table each time you go. Very soon you may start to choose your surf days based on the wave energy alone combined with our forecast of favourable offshore wind conditions. Our star ratings will help here and of course you will also find the usual wave height and period predictions on our surf forecasts as well as a full break down of the swell components under our advanced users option (to reveal that, click the little Einstein character under the tide times).

Further information to help with frequently asked questions about our surf forecast for The Heads may be found under the help tab on the top menu and also by moving your mouse over the question marks on the surf forecast table itself. Please always bear in mind that the forecast is for near-shore open water and local factors at each surf break influence the actual breaking wave height, such as the beach / reef profile, water depths offshore and shelter.

Are you planning a holiday in Garden Route? If you are looking for accommodation near The Heads, camping, hotels and holiday cottages in Garden Route, consider staying in Knysna which is 4 km (2 miles) away. Other places in and around Garden Route where you can find information about places to rent, and car hire include Plettenberg Bay which is 28 km (17 miles) away, George, Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn.