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West Pier (Port Alfred) 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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West Pier (Port Alfred) Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Eastern Cape (South), South Africa)

West Pier (Port Alfred) Surf Guide

West Pier in Port Alfred is an exposed beach/Pier break that has fairly consistent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. The best wind direction is from the southwest. Still reasonable in light onshore winds Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the south southwest. The beach breaks are all lefts. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Beware of sharks and rocks.

West Pier (Port Alfred) Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeach/pierIcon  s43.5
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
17.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing West Pier (Port Alfred):

The best conditions reported for surf at West Pier (Port Alfred) occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf West Pier (Port Alfred) (for consistent clean waves)?

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing West Pier (Port Alfred) 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 33% of the time in June while 59% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 8% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
33%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
59%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
8%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore West Pier (Port Alfred) Location Map

Interactive West Pier (Port Alfred) 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 West Pier (Port Alfred) is Bisho Airport (VIY) in South Africa, 88 km (55 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to West Pier (Port Alfred) is East London Airport (ELS), also in South Africa, 109 km (68 miles) away.

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West Pier (Port Alfred) Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 8 May 2021, 11:55 Local Time
Saturday 08
11AM2PM5PM8PM
Wave (m) 1.0
SSW
2.5
WSW
3.0
WSW
2.5
SW
Period (s) 12 8 9 7
Wind (km/h) 35
W 45
W 50
W 45
W
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at West Pier (Port Alfred)

Surf stats for West Pier (Port Alfred), see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at West Pier (Port Alfred)

Wind stats for West Pier (Port Alfred), see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

West Pier (Port Alfred) Reviews:

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Ratings
Based on 1 vote.
  • Overall:Icon  s43.5
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s44.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s33.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s33.0
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Review
Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Cameron from South Africa
“When the swell is right and then wind is good it gets really hollow. It wraps around the west pier peels shore. It also gets really heavy so pack 2 boards!!”

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