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Tidals ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.5

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Tidals Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Eastern Cape – Wild Coast, South Africa)

Tidals Surf Guide

Tidals in East London is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf Works best in offshore winds from the northwest. Clean groundswells prevail and the optimum swell angle is from the south. The beach break provides left and right handers. It's sometimes crowded here. Take care of sharks and rocks.

Tidals Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
23.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Tidals:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Tidals 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 45% of the time in June while 44% 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 Tidals Location Map

Interactive Tidals 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 Tidals is East London Airport (ELS) in South Africa, 33 km (20 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Tidals is Bisho Airport (VIY), also in South Africa, 78 km (48 miles) away.

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Tidals Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 6 March 2021, 04:51 Local Time
Saturday 06
Wave (m) 0.9
Period (s) 12 12 9 15
Wind (km/h) 15
NNE 20
NE 25
ENE 30
Wind State cross-
cross cross cross

Swell History at Tidals

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

Wind History at Tidals

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

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