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Amanzimtoti to Ballito Bay

Wednesday 19 July 2017

Stiff buster blows Thursday and the coast is wiped out by wind and giant building swell. Town small to flat at first, with the odd 2-3' footer bending in. By Friday morning, points and other spots out of town are 6-10ft from a very SSW swell and mostly too big, barring the odd nook, slab and crannie. Crisp clean W offshore. Gaping barrels. Swell just shunting through. Enormous sets at times down the coast. My knees feel weak. The swell gradually wanes all day.  Town 2-3' and super fun on the dawnie now that the low is starting to show and the swell has more south in it. Saturday dawnie cooks out of town, this time with some sanity. Crisp landbreeze katabatic cold offshore ruffles a lined 4-6' swell and its firing everywhere. Town 2' and small now. Clean tho. Sunday its over. Barring possible dawnie 2' in town, the SE puffs, and the swell drops though still solid 3-5' down coast. Monday blown out onshore poop.

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  • Sea Temp: 20.4 Degrees C
  • Sunset: 5:20 PM
  • Sunrise: 6:44 AM

Swell Height And Direction (feet)

  • Wed 26

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      • 9  
  • Thu 27

      • 7  
      • 6  
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      • 5  
  • Fri 28

      • 6  
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      • 6  
      • 7  
      • 7  
  • Sat 29

      • 6  
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      • 5  
  • Sun 30

      • 6  
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      • 8  
      • 8  
  • Mon 31

      • 6  
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      • 7  
  • Tue 01

      • 8  
      • 8  
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        -
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      20
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      08
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      11
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      17
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      20
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      08
      • 13  
      11
      • 13  
      14
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      17
      • 7  
      20
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      08
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      11
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      14
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      20
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      08
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      11
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      14
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      08
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      11
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      17
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      20
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      08
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      11
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      • 10  
      17

Wind Speed And Direction (knots)

  • Wed 26

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      • 7  
      20
  • Thu 27

      • 14  
      08
      • 14  
      11
      • 14  
      14
      • 14  
      17
      • 13  
      20
  • Fri 28

      • 12  
      08
      • 16  
      11
      • 20  
      14
      • 23  
      17
      • 24  
      20
  • Sat 29

      • 10  
      08
      • 6  
      11
      • 6  
      14
      • 2  
      17
      • 15  
      20
  • Sun 30

      • 10  
      08
      • 6  
      11
      • 6  
      14
      • 6  
      17
      • 5  
      20
  • Mon 31

      • 12  
      08
      • 12  
      11
      • 13  
      14
      • 14  
      17
      • 15  
      20
  • Tue 01

      • 14  
      08
      • 14  
      11
      • 17  
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      • 18  
      17

Detailed Beach and Regional Forecasts - click tab for data

  • Wed 26
    • Beach forecast

      surf range in feet
      TimeThe BluffNew PierVetchsSouth BeachMgeni RiverBallito Bay
      203-42-30-10-12-33-4
      233-41-20-10-12-33-4
    • Regional forecast

      Time

      hours
      20
      23

      Open Ocean Swell

      feetmperioddir°
      9.12.813.3SSW205
      8.42.613.8SSW206

      Wind

      ktskphdir°beaufort
      714SSE152Mod. Wind
      49E92Light Wind

      Tides

      time / range
      • High
        • 5:28 AM/1.93m
        • 5:53 PM/1.96m
      • Low
        • 11:39 AM/0.18m
  • Thu 27
    • Beach forecast

      surf range in feet
      TimeThe BluffNew PierVetchsSouth BeachMgeni RiverBallito Bay
      022-31-20-10-12-33-4
      052-31-20-10-11-22-3
      082-31-20-10-11-22-3
      112-31-20-10-11-22-3
      141-20-10-10-11-21-2
      171-21-20-10-11-21-2
      201-21-20-10-11-21-2
      231-21-20-10-11-21-2
    • Regional forecast

      Time

      hours
      02
      05
      08
      11
      14
      17
      20
      23

      Open Ocean Swell

      feetmperioddir°
      7.62.314.1SSW208
      7.02.114.2SSW208
      6.52.014.3SSW208
      6.01.814.2SSW209
      5.61.714.0SSW210
      5.41.612.8SSW198
      5.21.611.8S180
      5.21.611.7S178

      Wind

      ktskphdir°beaufort
      815NE36Mod. Wind
      1223NNE21Mod. Wind
      1426NNE17Mod. Wind
      1426NNE20Mod. Wind
      1426NE36Mod. Wind
      1426NE39Mod. Wind
      1324NNE29Mod. Wind
      1222NNE19Mod. Wind

      Tides

      time / range
      • High
        • 6:05 AM/1.84m
      • Low
        • 12:02 AM/0.31m
        • 12:14 PM/0.28m
  • Fri 28
    • Beach forecast

      surf range in feet
      TimeThe BluffNew PierVetchsSouth BeachMgeni RiverBallito Bay
      021-21-20-10-11-21-2
      051-21-20-10-11-21-2
      082-31-20-10-11-21-2
      112-31-20-10-11-22-3
      142-31-20-10-11-22-3
      172-32-30-10-12-32-3
      202-32-31-22-32-32-3
      231-22-31-21-21-21-2
    • Regional forecast

      Time

      hours
      02
      05
      08
      11
      14
      17
      20
      23

      Open Ocean Swell

      feetmperioddir°
      5.21.611.8S177
      5.51.712.0S176
      5.71.713.3SSW194
      5.91.813.1SSW196
      6.21.912.9SSW196
      6.82.111.6S175
      7.32.26.8ENE76
      7.62.36.4ENE58

      Wind

      ktskphdir°beaufort
      1121NNE17Mod. Wind
      1120NNE17Mod. Wind
      1224NNE18Mod. Wind
      1629NNE29Fresh Wind
      2037NE42Fresh Wind
      2342NE43Strong Wind
      2445NNE34Strong Wind
      2344NNE24Strong Wind

      Tides

      time / range
      • High
        • 6:41 AM/1.72m
      • Low
        • 12:39 AM/0.42m
        • 12:50 PM/0.40m
  • Sat 29
    • Beach forecast

      surf range in feet
      TimeThe BluffNew PierVetchsSouth BeachMgeni RiverBallito Bay
      021-21-21-21-21-21-2
      051-21-21-21-21-21-2
      081-21-21-21-21-21-2
      111-21-21-21-21-21-2
      141-21-21-21-21-21-2
      171-21-21-21-21-21-2
      201-21-21-21-21-21-2
      231-21-21-21-21-21-2
    • Regional forecast

      Time

      hours
      02
      05
      08
      11
      14
      17
      20
      23

      Open Ocean Swell

      feetmperioddir°
      7.42.36.7NE52
      6.82.16.8NE52
      6.01.86.9ENE58
      5.31.67.0ENE61
      4.91.57.7ENE71
      4.61.48.2E81
      4.51.48.9E87
      5.11.68.9E86

      Wind

      ktskphdir°beaufort
      2138NNE19Strong Wind
      1629N11Fresh Wind
      1019N358Mod. Wind
      611N10Light Wind
      611NE41Light Wind
      25NE52Calm
      1528SSW212Fresh Wind
      2037SW215Fresh Wind

      Tides

      time / range
      • High
        • 7:19 AM/1.59m
      • Low
        • 1:18 AM/0.54m
        • 1:27 PM/0.53m
  • Sun 30
    • Beach forecast

      surf range in feet
      TimeThe BluffNew PierVetchsSouth BeachMgeni RiverBallito Bay
      022-32-31-21-22-31-2
      052-32-31-21-22-31-2
      082-31-20-10-12-31-2
      113-41-20-10-12-33-4
      143-42-30-10-13-43-4
      173-52-30-10-13-43-4
      203-42-30-10-12-33-4
      232-31-20-10-12-32-3
    • Regional forecast

      Time

      hours
      02
      05
      08
      11
      14
      17
      20
      23

      Open Ocean Swell

      feetmperioddir°
      5.61.79.0E84
      5.61.79.1E82
      5.71.713.9SSE168
      6.52.020.1SSW202
      7.62.318.6SSW200
      8.02.417.2SSW199
      7.62.316.0SSW200
      7.02.115.0SSW202

      Wind

      ktskphdir°beaufort
      1833SSW210Fresh Wind
      1427SSW203Mod. Wind
      1019SSW201Mod. Wind
      612S187Light Wind
      612SE143Light Wind
      611ESE104Light Wind
      59NE49Light Wind
      713N5Mod. Wind

      Tides

      time / range
      • High
        • 8:00 AM/1.45m
      • Low
        • 2:01 AM/0.66m
        • 2:09 PM/0.67m
  • Mon 31
    • Beach forecast

      surf range in feet
      TimeThe BluffNew PierVetchsSouth BeachMgeni RiverBallito Bay
      022-31-20-10-12-32-3
      052-31-20-10-11-22-3
      082-31-20-10-11-21-2
      112-31-20-10-11-22-3
      142-31-20-10-11-22-3
      172-31-20-10-11-22-3
      202-31-20-10-12-32-3
      233-42-30-10-12-32-3
    • Regional forecast

      Time

      hours
      02
      05
      08
      11
      14
      17
      20
      23

      Open Ocean Swell

      feetmperioddir°
      6.42.012.8S189
      6.21.912.4S189
      6.21.912.2S188
      6.21.912.8SSW200
      6.31.912.7SSW199
      6.52.012.6SSW198
      7.02.113.1SSW194
      7.32.213.1S191

      Wind

      ktskphdir°beaufort
      1019NNE14Mod. Wind
      1324NNE14Mod. Wind
      1223NNE12Mod. Wind
      1223NNE24Mod. Wind
      1324NE42Mod. Wind
      1426NE39Mod. Wind
      1528NNE29Fresh Wind
      1427NNE23Mod. Wind

      Tides

      time / range
      • High
        • 8:57 AM/1.33m
      • Low
        • 2:55 AM/0.78m
        • 3:06 PM/0.79m
  • Tue 01
    • Beach forecast

      surf range in feet
      TimeThe BluffNew PierVetchsSouth BeachMgeni RiverBallito Bay
      023-42-30-10-12-32-3
      053-42-30-10-12-32-3
      083-42-30-10-12-32-3
      113-42-30-10-13-42-3
      143-43-40-10-13-42-3
      173-43-51-22-33-43-4
      203-43-53-43-43-43-4
      233-43-43-42-33-43-4
    • Regional forecast

      Time

      hours
      02
      05
      08
      11
      14
      17
      20
      23

      Open Ocean Swell

      feetmperioddir°
      7.52.313.0S187
      7.62.312.8S185
      7.72.412.7S183
      7.72.413.4S176
      7.92.413.4S174
      8.42.510.3SE130
      8.82.78.6ENE73
      8.82.78.1ENE61

      Wind

      ktskphdir°beaufort
      1425NNE22Mod. Wind
      1427NNE20Mod. Wind
      1426NNE18Mod. Wind
      1426NNE27Mod. Wind
      1732NE41Fresh Wind
      1834NE37Fresh Wind
      1732NNE26Fresh Wind
      1630NNE22Fresh Wind

      Tides

      time / range
      • High
        • 10:28 AM/1.26m
      • Low
        • 4:19 AM/0.85m
        • 4:39 PM/0.87m

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