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Umhlanga ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.8
Consistency of Surf: 3.6
Difficulty Level: 3.2
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.5
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.7

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Umhlanga Surf Guide

Umhlanga in Kwazulu-Natal is an exposed beach and reef break that has fairly consistent surf. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. Works best in offshore winds from the north northwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights and in addition, both left and right reef breaks add variety.. Sometimes crowded. Beware of rips, rocks, locals, sharks, shark protected,.

Umhlanga Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
24.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Umhlanga:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Umhlanga 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 40% of the time in June while 38% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 22% 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).

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Umhlanga Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 23:29 Local Time
TueWednesday 19
Wave (m) 1.0
Period (s) 12 6 6 11
Wind (km/h) 15
N 10
NW 10
NW 10
Wind State cross-
off off off

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Swell History at Umhlanga

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Wind History at Umhlanga

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Umhlanga Reviews:

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Based on 7 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s43.7
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s43.8
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s43.6
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s33.2
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s54.5
  • Crowds:Icon  s33.0
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Greg fendt from South Africa
“Hi, as a long time (+40 years) surfer, surfing Umhlanga (also known as Rox) the best surf is during winter months May through end July when the early morning off-shore winds blow until about 11am. The summer easterlies are strong and cause lumpy waves and bring serious stinging blue bottles. Best time in summer is the day following a westerly and before the east pumps. Best regards greg”

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