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Thompsons Bay 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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Thompsons Bay Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(KwaZulu-Natal North Coast, South Africa)

Thompsons Bay Surf Guide

Thompsons Bay in Kwazulu-Natal is a sheltered beach break that has fairly consistent surf The best wind direction is from the northwest. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Best around low tide. It's sometimes crowded here. Watch out for sharks.

Thompsons Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeachIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
26.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Thompsons Bay:

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

aprilBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Thompsons Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 6% of the time in April while 26% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 68% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
6%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
26%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
68%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Thompsons Bay Location Map

Interactive Thompsons Bay 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 Thompsons Bay is Virginia (Durban) Airport (VIR) in South Africa, 31 km (19 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Thompsons Bay is Durban International Airport (DUR), also in South Africa, 55 km (34 miles) away.

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Thompsons Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 26 February 2021, 18:23 Local Time
Friday 26Sat
5PM8PM11PM2AM
Wave (m) 0.7
S
0.7
SSW
0.7
SSW
0.7
SSW
Period (s) 14 13 13 13
Wind (km/h) 20
SSE 10
SSE 5
SSW 10
WNW
Wind State on on glass cross-
off

Swell History at Thompsons Bay

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

Wind History at Thompsons Bay

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

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    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    6km away
    • Icon sandbar  redSandbar
    • Icon  s43.9
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    7km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: inconsistent
    9km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and point
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    12km away

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