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

Overall: 3.7

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Yellowsands Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Eastern Cape – Wild Coast, South Africa)

Yellowsands Beach Surf Guide

Yellowsands Beach in East London is an exposed river break that has dependable surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds blow from the west. Surfable in an onshore breeze Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south southeast. Waves at the river are both lefts and rights. Best around mid tide. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Beware of and rips.

Yellowsands Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon river  redRiverIcon  s43.7
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
23.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Yellowsands Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Yellowsands Beach occur when a South-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Yellowsands Beach 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 51% of the time in June while 30% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 19% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
51%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
30%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
19%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Yellowsands Beach Location Map

Interactive Yellowsands Beach 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 Yellowsands Beach is East London Airport (ELS) in South Africa, 34 km (21 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Yellowsands Beach is Bisho Airport (VIY), also in South Africa, 79 km (49 miles) away.

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Yellowsands Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 11 April 2021, 05:47 Local Time
Sunday 11
5AM8AM11AM2PM
Wave (m) 0.5
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.9
SSW
1.1
SSW
Period (s) 16 15 15 15
Wind (km/h) 5
WNW 5
W 10
SSE 15
SSE
Wind State off off cross cross

Swell History at Yellowsands Beach

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

Wind History at Yellowsands Beach

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

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Wave Buoys Nearest To Yellowsands Beach:

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.