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White Clay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.0

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White Clay Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Eastern Cape – Wild Coast, South Africa)

White Clay Surf Guide

White Clay in Wild Coast is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the west northwest. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the east. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Watch out for sharks.

White Clay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s33.0
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
24.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing White Clay:

The best conditions reported for surf at White Clay occur when a East swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing White Clay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 9% of the time in February while 47% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 44% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
9%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
47%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
44%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore White Clay Location Map

Interactive White Clay 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 White Clay is Umtata Airport (UTT) in South Africa, which is 66 km (41 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to White Clay is Margate Airport (MGH), also in South Africa, 165 km (102 miles) away.

Icon breakBreak
Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
White Clay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 11 April 2021, 00:23 Local Time
SatSunday 11
11PM2AM5AM8AM
Wave (m) 0.5
E
0.4
E
0.4
E
0.4
E
Period (s) 8 8 9 9
Wind (km/h) 5
N 5
WSW 10
W 5
W
Wind State glass cross-
off
cross-
off
off

Swell History at White Clay

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

Wind History at White Clay

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near White Clay. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon river  redRiver
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: consistent
    1km away
    • Icon pointPoint
    • Icon  s44.1
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef/rivermouth
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: inconsistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: inconsistent
    4km away
    • Icon point  redPoint/rivermouth
    • Icon  s44.1
    Reliability: consistent
    5km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To White Clay:

We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.