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Namaqualand and N Cape

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Cranking though inconsistent long range swell to 5' rises gradually Wednesday to six foot in kiff light S winds in morning, going moderate or fresh S in arvi. Thursday 4-6' lines still running a bit more consistent in moderate to fresh S breezes. Friday swell has dropped to 4' open coast with light S winds going moderate. Saturday light NW to N breeze for a mild onshore bump and small 3ft surf likely open coast. Sunday small to flat conditions with light NW to N breezes puffing moderately bumpy onshore.

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West Coast

Melkbos to Doring Bay

Tuesday 12 June 2018

Tiny surf Tuesday in warm berg wind NE offshores. Could be 2-3' even smaller 2' later. Winds go light NW later as a DIK storm looms in the west out to sea. Partly cloudy. Warm. Wednesday tiny. Might be 2' but 12 second periods and 3' sets feasible, with a 14 second boost to 4' open coast by dusk, tho winds moderate bumpy NW. Warm and sunny. Thursday the front of the front klaps the coast today with neargale NW winds. Heavy rainsqualls set in between 7 and 9am. A messy stormsea builds: 4-8' mess rapidly rising to 8-10ft, with all sorts of localised chop between. Friday grinding 8ft or bigger straight west swell means lank consistent and lank surf everywhere. Winds, however, still fresh NW and bumpy onshore. Showers in morning. Saturday going off 4-6' and possibly bigger in crisp light variable breezes. Epic swell direction means points not far off ambient ocean swell size. Cool. Showers.

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Cape Peninsula

Melkbos to Cape Agulhas

Thursday 14 June 2018

Woaah! We're in for a five day spurt of proper winter. The 1st storm hits Thursday - neargale NW, 10ft stormsea and heavy rain, which sets in between 6 and 8am. Muizies 1' blown flat. Proper rain in catchment today, with lingering showers for days. Cold. Friday strong west onshore winds pummel the shore with 8-12ft straight west swell everywhere except False Bay, which looks flat. No south swell yet! Winds ease in arvi into evening. Muizies might be 1-2' in agitated offshores. Cloudy and cold with showers. Saturday going off early 6-8' in crisp N winds. Swell direction goes SW in arvi. Winds lekker. Muizies starts to show her surfie side as swell fills in after noon, when direction goes more SW and bending around 2-3' solid. Lekker offshore as well. Cloudy. Light showers. The second storm hits Sunday and it fires at Muizies 4' straight south swell with 5' sets possible late morning to early arvi in crisp to stiff offshores. Kalk Bay 3-4' sets with chance of 4-5' sets between 11 and 2pm. Other side ragged as strong NW winds gouge out an 8ft stormsea. Another chunk of proper rain sets in from 3 or 4pm, lasting into the evening. Monday solid 6-8' SW swell in light W to NW winds. Cranking. Muizies cooks 2-4' offshore.

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Southern Cape

Agulhas to Plettenberg Bay

Thursday 14 June 2018

Strong prefrontal N winds with a devilish demeanour Thursday before the buster klaps the coast mid to late arvi with stiff white kapped westerlies. Swell 3' going to 6'+ by nightfall as the brunt grinds. Scattered showers. Warmish. Friday now the core of the storm smacks the coast proper. 6-8ft sets smear open coast, growing all day, peaking at dusk 10-12' or so, BUT bear in mind super west direction, which may result in skunkage, ie, most getting blast past the coast. The winds are a straight W gale after all, blasting across the bow. Partly cloudy and cool. Saturday W wind strong, easing, ending glassy to kiff light W. Surf 6' if not a bit bigger, and direction is more SW now. Nice time for kiff session (late arvi). Partly cloudy and cool. Sunday swell due south now, consistent 4-5' with chance of mild morning sickness, improving as westerlies puff again. Cloudy. Monday a new 6-7' groundswell in crisp straight W offshore. Naas! Cloudy with showers. Cool.

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Eastern Cape West

Plett to Port Alfred

Thursday 14 June 2018

One of those warm to hot prefrontal N to NW devil wind days Thursday - fresh to strong and brushing a small 2' swell vigorously back. Then the buster klaps the coast mid into the arvi. A big storm swell and proper winds begin to blast into the night, and Friday dawns with proper winter carnage. A 15ft going on 20ft stormsea blasted mostly past the coast by westerly gales, shunted across the bow. Partly cloudy and cooler. It's a mess. Saturday swell still very west and a lot missing, with ambient 15ft W swell easing to 8ft SW swell as it begins backing around to the south. Starts off missing coast, but should be picking up more and more now as swell shifts more SW later in day. Wind moderates from the west all day, ending crisp offshore with evening session feasible. Partly cloudy and cool with showers. Sunday 4-5' south swell consistent and clean, with chance of dawnie, but perhaps skunked by weird burst of NNE beast wind morning sickness, but improving into the arvi as westerlies puff again (tho possibly fresh devils NW). Warmer today. Monday cooking 6-8' groundswell in crisp straight fresh W offshore. Naas! Cloudy and cool.

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Eastern Cape East

Port Alfred to Kei Mouth

Thursday 14 June 2018

Warm prefrontal N winds pump Thursday - a precursor to a big W buster travelling up from Cape Town. Surf tiny, and blown out cross-onshore. Sunny and hot. Friday the storm begins to bite. Stiff W offshores bring rising surf: 4' increasing to maybe 6', BUT be warned, the swell direction is west and the wind is west, and its pumping. Much may miss the coast. Partly cloudy and cooler. Saturday ooolala! Now the storm is tearing chunks outta the coast. A 25ft west stormsea shunted passed out to sea and on the horizon by a 40kt W gale. Howling. Partly cloudy and cool. It's too wild to surf. The wind drops into the night, and then picks up a weird, quickfire burst of beastly east onshore at 10kts by 5am already on Sunday - basically a NNE flow that sucks towards the next chunk of low pressure heading this way. Solid leftover swell wasted. Partly cloudy. Blown out and miff, and followed early Monday by the new buster, which arrives at 25kts and ripping at 5am, but easing in morning to fresh WSW as a new 6-8' groundswell starts arriving late morning into the arvi. If wind not too strong, it cooks this arvi or evening. Partly cloudy.

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Wild Coast

Kei Mouth to Port Edward

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Winds look a bit skunky Wednesday blowing from the N and quite strong, tho easing a bit during day, then NNE onshore crosshore. The swell is solid 6ft+ with proper period grunt. Much smaller than yesterday. Pity about the wind, tho might be blow in the western parts Slumtown side, where there might be good waves. Sunny and warm. Thursday fires! It's glassy to light W and solid 6' if not a bit bigger open coast. Epic. Light offshore, variable. Glassy. Wow. Partly cloudy with showers. Friday swell direction a lot more southerly, and new swell with new punch brings solid consistent 6'+ surf. HOWEVER, a new SW buster is smashing it into white capped miffery. Wind does abate in arvi, but swings SSW then S then SE as it moderates. Cloudy with rain showers. Saturday the swell SSW and consistent and a bit smaller 4-5' easing to 4'. BUT of course the dratted badly timed honking beast east onshore kaps it dead. Sunday sickly morning in moderate onshore that with 2-4' sloppy surf. The wind switches westerly and brushes it into shape. A lottery as to whether wind too strong, or not, in which case lekker conditions.

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KZN South Coast

Port Edward to Amanzimtoti

Thursday 14 June 2018

Moderate NNE winds mess Thursday up a bit, but besides, there is no surf to speak off. Flat. Sunny and warm. Friday clean dawnie. No wind. Surf flat. A fresh semi-buster puffs from south later in day. No action yet. However, a bit of 4' swell will be sneaking through in the evening, a bit of a harbinger. Sunny and warm. Saturday boom! The buster has hit, and a whole lot of swell comes with it. Too much of everything. Solid 8-10ft storm swell and ripping white kapped coast. Most of the swell shunted past out to sea. Sunny and warm. Sunday could just be firing at dawn in light landbreezes and a cooking 6ft SW swell. However, a big beasterly east onshore due as air from the coastal high pressure sucks south towards the next chunk of low pressure heading this way. Increasingly south swell and consistent 4-5' sets go to waste. Partly cloudy and cool. Monday could be fun at dawn, with straight S 4' lines on points before the new buster bangs through in morning from S, easing into arvi and evening. Partly cloudy. Ooooh. Check Tuesday! Cooking cuz.

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Durban and surrounds

Amanzimtoti to Ballito Bay

Thursday 14 June 2018

Considering the carnage in the Cape cuz, Thursday is positively uninteresting surf and weather wise. There is little surf to speak of in mild to moderate N to NNE breezes on a sunny, warm day. Friday would be fun if there was swell, which there isn't. Glassy 1-2' at most early open coast, with  moderate SSE in the arvi. Saturday boom! The buster hits down the coast, slightly delayed for Durbs, arriving late morning. A lot of swell on the way for open coast, with the early start yielding 4-5' lines and kiff W offshore before swell jacks to 6'+ in arvi but winds too strong. A few 2' if not 3' sets should start bending into the northern beaches in the arvi in clean buster conditions. Open coast ripped up and white capped. Lots of swell shunted past out to sea. Partly cloudy and cool to warm. Sunday could just be firing at dawn down the coast in light landbreezes and a cooking 6ft SW swell. Town fun but small early. Early worms before a big beasterly east onshore kills the day. Increasingly south swell and consistent 4-5' sets go to waste. Partly cloudy and cool. Monday could be fun at dawn, with straight S 4' lines on points before the new buster bangs through in morning from S, easing into arvi and evening. Town obviously a lot smaller, but fun 2' sets maybe 3' at northern beaches. Partly cloudy. Tuesday fires out of town.

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KZN Far North Coast

Ballito Bay to north of Zwinkazi

Thursday 14 June 2018

As is so often the case, big N winds blow up north as air sucks down towards big low pressure activity in the south. Thursday blown out. No surf. Sunny and warm to hot. Friday the devils wind continues. In the deep south, it's glassy 1-2' at most along open coast. Could be flat. Up north, it's still stiff N, easing into the evening when it goes crisp landbreeze. Saturday rising swell as the Cape storms send gifts your way. Could be 3ft at dawn, increasing along open coast to 6-8' even, by evening. A big buster blows further down the coast. This side it arrives as fresh SSE winds. Partly cloudy and cool with showers. Sunday could just be firing at dawn in light landbreezes and a cooking 6ft+ SSW longrange south swell. You have to know where to go tho. Early worms tho. Beasterly east onshore due. Partly cloudy and warm. Monday pumping NW to N devils wind dig up a straight south 4' swell, easing into the day when it becomes clean. Could be fun. Sunny and warm. Tuesday fires down the coast.

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