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The Durban cam, leased by Wavescape, pans from North Beach to New Pier. Below, after sponsor ad, you get a free stills image. Click image for zoomed view. For the live stream from the cam (and no advert), click subscribe. Cam reboots 9am and 2:30pm for 30 mins.


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Lisa
#2021 LisaLisa 2015-05-07 11:17
Yes, that net curtain reflection is a constant problem - can it not be opened during the day to facilitate an improved image? Also the live feed is quite sporadic at the moment, sometimes it works well, other times it's more intermittent
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Mark Currie
#2020 Durban cam obstructionsMark Currie 2015-05-01 10:49
Hi Paul,

The Durban cam often focuses on reflections of a curtain in the window (esp. Dairy/New Pier). Is there anything that can be done about that?
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Paul van Jaasveld
#2019 Cam down. Working on itPaul van Jaasveld 2015-03-27 08:54
We are aware that the cam is currently down. Our host is looking into it.
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Mark Currie
#2018 Re: SubscribeMark Currie 2015-03-11 15:38
Quoting Graeme:
Quoting Mark Currie:
OK so you could miss sets but you should at least catch one. Also, you would have some footage to view even if the cam goes down



Or I guess the other option is to pay for the subscription and watch the live feed?


Already a subscriber. Just some ideas
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Paul van Jaasveld
#2017 Thanks for the inputsPaul van Jaasveld 2015-03-11 09:09
Hi Mark
Thanks for those inputs. We are currently working on improving the user experience as far as payment options and management of payments / credit cards / debit cards are concerned. This is something we can get to at a later stage and have I put some thought into already.
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Graeme
+1 #2016 SubscribeGraeme 2015-03-11 09:06
Quoting Mark Currie:
OK so you could miss sets but you should at least catch one. Also, you would have some footage to view even if the cam goes down



Or I guess the other option is to pay for the subscription and watch the live feed?
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Mark Currie
#2015 Panning = more camsMark Currie 2015-03-11 08:37
OK so you could miss sets but you should at least catch one. Also, you would have some footage to view even if the cam goes down
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Mark Currie
#2014 Panning = more camsMark Currie 2015-03-11 08:34
If you recorded the stream on a panning camera (e.g. Durbs) it would be possible to separate the different views and offer viewers more "pseudo" cams i.e. a new pier cam, dairy cam, north cam, bay cam, etc. Then we could go straight to our favorite spot instead of waiting for the cam to get there and you would also not miss a set.
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Mark Currie
#2013 MarkcMark Currie 2015-03-11 08:19
It would be nice if you could record the live feed for say 20 minutes or so. Then you could allow viewers to go straight to their favorite spot and also not miss a set.
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Steve Jones
#2012 Ignore this commentSteve Jones 2015-03-02 17:32
Why do we need to comment on a webcam?
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witchbender
#2011 defecationwitchbender 2015-03-02 09:53
Last Sunday a mate and I went for a surf as we got out of the water a bushman decided to defecate in the showers disregarding the fact that there are public toilets. This is outrageous and these people need to be informed somehow as they think it is normal behaviour ?
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Bianca
+1 #2010 BiancaBBianca 2015-02-07 13:26
http://www.webcams.travel/webcam/fullscreen/1280075484-Weather-Durban-Beachfront-Kingsmead
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Paul van Jaasveld
+1 #2009 LoadsheddingPaul van Jaasveld 2015-02-05 17:30
Sorry mate. It's called load shedding. I contacted the cam owner. Issue was electrical supply due to power outage. As you can see it's back online again.

Quoting JBOD:
I hope the paid guys arent having as many issues as the free guys are...
Cam been stuck all day on the same spot...
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JBOD
#2008 Cam IssuesJBOD 2015-02-05 13:50
I hope the paid guys arent having as many issues as the free guys are...
Cam been stuck all day on the same spot...
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Chadilss
+4 #2007 MrChadilss 2015-01-10 08:22
Greetings from the Blue Waters Hotel :)

Thanks for the feedback...for your added benefit check out the live stream on our android and apple app for your smartphone.

Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app_itguyzyourispfor.layout

Apple -
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/select-durban-hotels/id864164490?mt=8
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Hotti Gotii
+6 #2006 MrHotti Gotii 2014-10-21 11:09
another camera in Durban - Durban Undersea Club

http://www.duc.co.za/index.php/duc-webcam/
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PhatBlankZ
+2 #2005 Bluewater CamPhatBlankZ 2014-10-21 10:52
Just checked out the bluewater cam and its awesome! Stuck all the way over in london town its making me feel proper nostalgic. Good job!! :-)
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Paul van Jaasveld
-4 #2004 Bluewaters Hotel cam runs on flashPaul van Jaasveld 2014-10-13 10:57
Nice angle, but it uses a flash plugin to display the stream, so not as compatible to multiple platforms as wavescape.co.za streaming cams are (ipad, iphone, android not supported) and it also does not pan around.

Quoting Lancealot:
The Bluewaters webcam is brilliant! Clear and constant live stream, excellent find :)
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Lancealot
+9 #2003 CasualLancealot 2014-10-12 08:20
The Bluewaters webcam is brilliant! Clear and constant live stream, excellent find :)
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Hotti Gotti
+2 #2002 MrHotti Gotti 2014-10-12 06:48
another live view cam that shows the durban beachfront is the Blue Waters Hotel webcam. See it via their website, www.bluewatershotel.co.za
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Paul van Jaasveld
#2001 All goodPaul van Jaasveld 2014-10-03 14:21
Quoting Mark Currie:
Cam picture seems to be giving problems right now. Keeps breaking up. Not sure if anyone else is experiencing that?


Hi Mark. Sometimes when there is a connectivity problem between your physical location and the streaming server, it may have a glitch like that. I found that best is to just reload the page.
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Mark Currie
#2000 MarkcMark Currie 2014-10-03 12:22
Cam picture seems to be giving problems right now. Keeps breaking up. Not sure if anyone else is experiencing that?
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surfconditions
+3 #1999 ownersurfconditions 2014-09-15 16:08
cam is up. thanks.
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Bob Ludlow
#1998 Durban CamBob Ludlow 2014-09-14 09:41
Been down a lot lately!
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Newpier
#1997 New pierNewpier 2014-08-16 19:29
http://youtu.be/8WvpQMOA2UE the bowls are coming back
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Malcolm
+1 #1996 MalcolmMalcolm 2014-06-22 07:49
Hi Malcolm. It works fine on safari and on my S4 in chrome and FF. Maybe install FF or Chrome on iphone and see what it does for you? Iphone should support motion jpeg.

We have been working on the mobi website, but the streaming cams are not working on the mobi site at the moment.

Cannot get the Durban webcam to load on my iPhone. Just get a message telling me to reload. Quite frankly the mobile functionality of wavescape is very slow
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Paul van Jaasveld
#1995 DBN cam scheduled down timePaul van Jaasveld 2014-05-22 15:53
The Cam will be taken for a service on Friday morning 23 May. We will attempt to have it up and running ASAP.
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Paul van Jaasveld
#1994 Thanks for reportingPaul van Jaasveld 2014-05-22 09:48
Hi Scott. The cam's power supply is acting up on restarts. (It reboots periodically to reset line) The owner is in the process to replace it. I have notified him that the cam is down.

Quoting Scott:
Hey guys, is the durban cam down for live streaming? The last 3 times I have been on in the last week it says that the network status of the cam is down....
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Scott
#1993 ScottwebScott 2014-05-22 08:46
Hey guys, is the durban cam down for live streaming? The last 3 times I have been on in the last week it says that the network status of the cam is down....
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RobG
#1992 RobGRobG 2014-04-25 15:39
Thanks Spike for the special offer, just tested and the visuals look great....now we just need a few bigger bumps between the sticks and the payback will be there...
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Brod
+7 #1991 AwesomeBrod 2014-03-12 20:10
So, anyone know the rules around entering the water 21 -23MArch during the landseaairfestival ? Might be fun watching the action from backline!
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Zot1
-16 #1990 NopeZot1 2014-03-07 14:34
@Bot nope Raleigh 21 sp boet .lol
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Bot
-5 #1989 DOUEVENRIDEBROBot 2014-03-07 12:02
Haha,i'd rather spend my money driving to look at the waves than ski...you must be one of those saturday hardley dangerous riders :P
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Zot1
-7 #1988 GSZot1 2014-03-07 11:56
@Bot..maybe you should read properly and realise that you can make a bit of extra cash...then you to can go on skiing holidays.

Or are you a girl , as only they ride R6's
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surfconditions
+9 #1987 ownersurfconditions 2014-03-04 16:50
up and runing sorry for the dely
Thanks.
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Rob603
+6 #1986 SeeRob603 2014-03-03 13:02
Awesome I can see my home town all the way from down under again, thanks :lol:
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Russ
+8 #1985 dbnn cam vs south coast camRuss 2014-02-28 11:20
The bloke who does the south coast cam and report is a machine. He's on it every day. Some one should offer him a job! :lol:
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Paul van Jaasveld
+3 #1984 Coming soon!Paul van Jaasveld 2014-02-28 10:29
I just got an email from the owner. The cam should be pumping out images again by Monday / Tuesday. Thanks for your patience.
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Rob603
+3 #1983 Cam downRob603 2014-02-27 15:55
Take a drive down to the beach and have a look, much better than the web cam. That's how it was done before web cams were invented, dont forget your surf board!
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Bot
#1982 YummieR6Bot 2014-02-27 13:40
@Zot since you're rich enough to have jetset to so many ski resorts how's about you start a working webcam with all your wealth instead of just complaining on here?
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Graeme
+2 #1981 Do you need helpGraeme 2014-02-27 08:42
Do you guys need help fixing the cam, whats the issue with it? willing to help if there is anyway I can
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Zot1
-4 #1980 MrZot1 2014-02-27 08:34
Dont know why is it so hard to get a webcam correct . Visit a few of the overseas ski resorts and each one has a fully working cam that pans over the resort.

A fully working cam website will be a commercial success ...please someone get one going.
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Rob603
#1979 MrRob603 2014-02-27 07:08
Over exposure?
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Tash
+2 #1978 Cam IssueTash 2014-02-24 13:35
Can you sort out the mobile feed too please
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Paul van Jaasveld
+3 #1977 Cam issuePaul van Jaasveld 2014-02-23 10:57
We apologize for the cam that is down. It will be fixed as soon as we can get somebody on site. The owner is on holiday at the moment and we don't have access to the cam. It's actually a conspiracy. Durban must be going off right now? ;-) jokes. thanks for your patience.
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Dirt Assassin
+13 #1976 MikeDirt Assassin 2014-02-21 10:12
Permanent night time at Durban beachfront??
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Scottweb
+10 #1975 Mobile VersionScottweb 2014-02-06 09:04
Hi guys, please note that the cam doesn't seem to be working on your mobile version of the website.
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Russ
+5 #1974 south coast camRuss 2014-01-25 06:55
Quoting frothdog:
South coast daily photo? where are you?? That dude was ON Point


I'm still here and thanks you for the comment. I try get my pics and report up as early as possible but sometimes my server is a bit faulty. Thanks again.
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dries
+6 #1973 vechies reefdries 2014-01-16 12:24
check what i found on youtube..
http://youtu.be/ql4cjUtZG8A
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frothdog
#1972 Shot deh!frothdog 2014-01-15 15:53
thanks, much appreciated
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Graeme
#1971 Frothdog its thereGraeme 2014-01-14 15:23
http://www.wavescape.co.za/tools/webcams/south-coast-photo.html

check there
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frothdog
#1970 MRfrothdog 2014-01-14 15:01
South coast daily photo? where are you?? That dude was ON Point
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rob603
+4 #1969 Mrrob603 2014-01-14 13:08
Hi Daager, Yes the surf does get good at Rottnest Island but it's a chance you take at hitting it right, the cost of catching a ferry is expensive as well from $85 per person, unless you have your own boat and take your mates with you then it's affordable. I lived in Durban for 38 years and Durban delivered most of the time, that's why I said Durban surf rocks 8)
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Michael Galloway
#1968 cyclone beatingsMichael Galloway 2014-01-14 07:50
some footage of the latest cyclone swell
www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWwQ2deOW9k :cry:
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Daager
#1967 PerthDaager 2014-01-13 16:16
@Rob603 - yah I've heard you gotta travel to get waves. Is it a mission to surf Rottnest Island, isnt it supposed to be good out there?
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spearo d
#1966 umhlanga camspearo d 2014-01-13 06:28
sorry to post here, but when will the link to the umhlanga cam be up again? its been down for sometime now.

Thanks
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Rob603
+27 #1965 MrRob603 2014-01-11 12:03
I have been reading some comments of late and would like to say that Durban has one of the most consistent waves in the world, Durbanites should appreciate what they have, even if it is a choppy 2ft wave. On relocating to Perth WA it is flat most of the year and finding a wave is difficult. You have to travel at least 1 to 2 hrs north or south to try and find a wave. Be stoked catch a wave and be happy. I have not surfed in 16 months. The surf web cams suck here, this site is far more superior, well done Spike for your free service despite being in a 3rd world country :lol:
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basil
+13 #1964 Fawltybasil 2013-12-31 05:25
The "new" system of time-indicated freeze frames is an improvement on the old "Refresh"process.

Waiting expectantly for the time when continual live streaming is available as a free public service, as currently at most popular breaks in NZ. Supplied by the/ir tourism and sporting authority.

If cost/expense is a prohibiting-factor, the Durban Metro (among others) should recognise that the ocean is one of Durban's greatest assets and needs to be more effectively advertised and promoted. A JV between public and private sectors should be urgently considered if not already under consideration.

The establishment and running costs could be divided between the Metro and those hotels and amenities immediately fronted by the respective surfing and bathing beaches Addington,Wedge, New Pier, North, Bay, Snake park and Casino. Add to the mix, surf-wear and surfboard manufactures, cycling gear and bikes,

The website will/can serve as an ad for local hoteliers, beach-goers and international tourism interests.

The possibilities are exciting...the implementation????
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Mikey
-6 #1963 DrMikey 2013-12-28 15:07
With having a 6 year long stretch inland, I have arrived at the coast to find the swell in the Durban absolutely pathetic. I definitely believe that the extension of the south pier has drastically impacted the surf, to the extent that New Pier (the best shaped wave in town) is hardly surfable these days. Having said that, I haven't found and surfed the almost-gale-force-south-westerlies that used to occur in the past but I do believe that on any average day, the pier extension is the major culprit. (Hey guys, remember the pier to pier 6ft plus rides each New Year's day???)
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Brian Inggs
+3 #1962 BrianBrian Inggs 2013-12-21 09:01
Every year since before time the surf is bad from October to December. It only settles after Christmas into the regular cyclonic pattern. Just after Christmas we are normally blessed with good surf. I believe that the new harbor will bring point like bomber surf to Durban as the swells break along the new breakwater and sand builds up along the breakwater.
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Denis
+5 #1961 Where have the waves gone?Denis 2013-12-12 14:32
- New South Pier -

http://500px.com/photo/54705346
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Calvinman
+2 #1960 CamerasCalvinman 2013-12-12 09:43
Due to cost expenses the video cameras from the old SurfingDurban.co.za website have been moved to thebombsurf website and can be viewed as stills for new pier and north beach in very high res
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CHIP.R
+8 #1959 22CHIP.R 2013-12-01 12:12
Man im in need of some waves!! Going through withdrawals!
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surfconditions
+13 #1958 ownersurfconditions 2013-11-29 13:56
Hi the cam lense is always clean its in side a dome maybe your PC is not been cleaned.
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Karl Hollander
-6 #1957 MuffinmankarlitoKarl Hollander 2013-11-29 09:27
Do the camera lenses ever get cleaned?
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LuckyD
+14 #1956 Durbs CamLuckyD 2013-11-26 09:49
Definitely take the cam for granted - you realize this only when it isn't working :-?

I plan my occasional town surfs around these images as im sure many others do as well. Hope the issue get sorted out soon.

Shot for the free cam guys!
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Rudi Phoenix
+4 #1955 WriterRudi Phoenix 2013-11-19 02:49
Grew up in Durban in the 60. Where New Pier is today hardly ever got waves above 4 ft. We always had to go to the Bay of Plenty which used to be twice as big. Maybe it's a cycle this low surf phenom or did things change out in deeper water? Dredging?
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Denis
+3 #1954 Where have the waves gone?Denis 2013-11-11 11:43
A new marina is envisaged for the area immediately outside the harbour entrance (between the North Pier and Vetch's Pier) and has recently received approval from an environmental impact assessment and regulatory process. Construction is expected to commence during 2013. The entrance channel has been widened to 222m at its narrowest point. The entrance channel is now 19m deep in the outer entrance shallowing to 16.5m draught in the inner channel.

http://500px.com/photo/51854166
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linc
-5 #1953 mrlinc 2013-11-09 04:26
Is addington worth a visit today (thismorning)
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Navin
+3 #1952 MrNavin 2013-11-06 22:26
Its minus 10 degrees in Canada where I am now, boy do I miss Durbs. you lucky MFs
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Evocado
+7 #1951 EvocadoEvocado 2013-11-05 13:12
JUSSUS!!! its so hot today i could crack an egg and fry it on my balls!! ARVI SHOREBREAK COME ALIVE EKSE
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sillsy
+3 #1950 balliesillsy 2013-11-03 16:42
jellyfish invasion started ,be aware.
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Bianca
+13 #1949 MsBianca 2013-11-03 12:38
Blue water hotel has a live stream camera feed of Pirates scroll to the bottom of the page:
http://www.bluewatershotel.co.za/Cafe-Jiran/blue-dolphin.html#
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Fungus
#1948 Maputo surf shop/ board rentalFungus 2013-10-31 17:35
Connection is looking for a board rental or second hand buy in Maputo. Anyone have a shop they could recommend (address would help too!)...
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Dowey
+5 #1947 MrDowey 2013-10-30 14:13
hi everyone. i have been reading all the comments about Durban not having good waves anymore.
I don't think the harbour wall extension is the culprit. I think the swell direction has been wrong for the swell to enter into the Durban bay and break nicely. Look how the weather patterns are changing globally, and I think all the pressures, ocean currents and storm activity out at sea are are changing too.
The new changes will last maybe a decade longer, until a new cycle of ocean and weather activities brings back the swell in Durban bay more frequently again.....until then, lets persuade the Durban authorities to build an artificial reef somewhere in the bay. Anyway keep surfing.
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Daager
+2 #1946 MuckDaager 2013-10-30 12:28
I have been reading through all the comments about swell, and I agree. I dont know why town gets no SW swell anymore, buts its fact.

I only got waves in town from Bay to Country this last winter. The one day I could barely paddle out at Battery at 4-6, Bay was 2 foot. Its always been like that to an extent, but not so drastic, NP and North would be 2 foot smaller, not a third of the size. Its been like that as far as I know since 2010. I was overseas from 2008 - 2010 so cant comment on then. Anyone remember? Seems coincidental with the harbour extension??

Denis made a good point about the sand being dredged. Another guy told me the sandbags being replaced in the piers to recreate those rips would sort the problem out.

Getting seriously bleak with my lack of surfing time lately. 2 sessions in 6 weeks, loving it.
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Denis
+2 #1945 Eager BeaverDenis 2013-10-28 05:05
Thanks Guys your comments are appreciated.
:D :lol: :-)
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Iam Neil
#1944 Dr NeilIam Neil 2013-10-27 09:03
Denis, you have skills to pay the bills my friend! Amazing photography!
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Dhiren
#1943 new South pierDhiren 2013-10-25 12:04
Nice skills there DENIS

top pics in your album
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Denis
+3 #1942 New South PierDenis 2013-10-24 13:35
http://500px.com/photo/50034844

New South pier
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Derek Watson
+5 #1941 Where have the waves gone?Derek Watson 2013-10-23 13:51
Guys, I'm a ballie who's surfed Durban on and off for over 40 years now.
I am almost certain that there have been no harbour pier extensions in the last 35/40 years. National Ports Authority is a good place to get more official input.
My take on it is that it's not the harbour piers causing the drop in swell size but the continual dumping of sand onto all the mounds at sea. A good visual is during a large cyclone swell in Feb - March. All these mounds suddenly come alive with huge waves breaking way out at sea. Remember there has been no sand pumping scheme, back onto the beaches, for years now. So where do they dump the sand being dredged from the entrance? Onto the mounds AND just around the corner and almost at the tip of the south pier, hence the suddenly noticeable wave breaking off the south pier during swell.
Anyway, keep surfing as much as you can. I'm out for the next 8 or so months, so when I get back, be a friend and share the love (with me...). Ha :lol: Jarvi - You good thing!
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jpskaap
+4 #1940 Where have the waves gone?jpskaap 2013-10-23 11:38
Hi guys. I'm doing my PhD in coastal engineering at UKZN, I am currently linking the wave climate to atmospheric circulation patterns (pressure fields) so I have been studying this stuff for a long time and have some useful info u might find interesting...
On average our waves come from the SE, we have been thinking for a long time that there are three times of storm systems that drive our wave climate [well all the big events] (tropical cyclones, cold fronts and cut-off lows) but what we have found is that tropical cyclones hardly ever actually affect our waves unless they move far enough South (inline with the southern tip of Madagascar. Our east swell seems to come from low pressure anomalies east of the country (which aren't related to TC's). Anyway back to the waves... because on average they come from the SE they move sand from South->North hence the build up on the South pier. The breakwaters do provide some sheltering effect but its fairly marginal (on average), however waves coming from the SW will obviously be 'blocked'. Also to touch on the fact that there are loads of physical processes (location of sand banks, wave height, direction and the presence of storms etc) at play which produce 'good' waves makes the whole thing quite complicated, so I think its tempting to jump the gun and blame something that might only be contributing insignificantly, but it would be worthwhile to run a model and see the effects. http://www.portsensors.com/ [CSCM] for actual waves
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Pitted
+3 #1939 PiersPitted 2013-10-23 09:29
I don't dispute that we still get good waves on the piers. These good waves come from East/South East swell. I have been watching charts and picking my days to surf for the last ten years. A due south swell (180 degrees)at 10 seconds or more used to wrap in to New Pier with a notable decrease in size south of New pier. Now, even with some east in the swell (170 degrees or less), the notable decrease in size starts south of Battery. My point is that while we still get good waves in Durban, this is due to east swell. South swell no longer delivers like it used to.
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booch
+2 #1938 benbooch 2013-10-23 08:17
Got a mate who spears off the new piers, his comment is that there is massive sand build up on the south pier. only 3m deep in places. This could also be a factor extending the effect of the piers. They might be letting the sand build up to help protect the construction phase of the new Marina. He has seen a few cookers breaking out there too.
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Kommetjie Old Dog
+20 #1937 Kommetjie Old DogKommetjie Old Dog 2013-10-23 07:41
To all travelling surfers heading to Dbn, here's my story. I'm a 50+ Cape Town surfer (short board) who pulled in last week. I used the comments on this page to prepare my visit. Surfed Addington, New Pier, North Beach and Battery. What I found:

* Small, windy conditions requiring a wetsuit, but well-shaped waves indicating huge promise for big, off-shore days.

* The swell got bigger the more north you went. i.e. New Pier was drivel one day but I was squeezing for 4" barrels at Battery same day - surely that pier extension's to blame?

* The locals were friendly & helpful, especially at Dbn Lifesaving Club and The Surf HQ. Big up to those guys who sorted me chop-chop with boards and wetsuits on loan, and even offered their personal boards - I mean, they couldn't have been cooler.

* The car guards were 100% reliable - I left keys with them, no problem, and they were super vigilant, chasing away vendors and having eyes in the back of their heads.

* Crime-wise, the whole stretch from SunCoast down to UShaka is much improved. Strong community policing and vehicle patrols.

Overall - I came with a good attitude, didn't snake anyone, stayed humble, and locals gave me space from my first snap. Chatted to a lotta guys in the water, all round a good vibe. I only met good people, and left seriously jealous of the whole set-up there.
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Basil Fawlty
+3 #1936 WHEREISITAT?Basil Fawlty 2013-10-22 21:07
What is puzzling is that the harbour widening project was completed in 2010 and there has been GOOD surf at Bay, North and New Pier since then..at least up until 2013....Then an eerie flatness!

There are many who will recall that in the 60's Tramps/Pumphouse/Addington regularly had a solid 4-6 foot swell after a wind switch from hard NE to SW. Admittedly,Gremmies(UShaka)had the smallest waves but it still served as a regular re*&^#*+*!e for some when the other breaks were pumping through at 10 foot plus.
Limestone rocked at 6 foot during Feb and March as the Madagascar channel cyclone swell came through with Vetch's inside at 3 foot plus.
The difference in swell-size between South and Bay was marginal, unlike presently where Bay is invariably 2 to 3 times the swell size at Addington and double that of South.

Marine geophysicist, Dr Peter Ramsay of Marine GeoSolutions (in Jan 2007)said of the widening of the harbour; ".....there would probably be no significant change in wave patterns."
There you have it, an expert opinion.

A wave-pool might do the trick?
It would be novel. But then there would be the fight as to where it should be located. Anyone have Mike Sutcliffe's number?
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Mongoose
+2 #1935 MrMongoose 2013-10-22 16:37
Town used to smoke on big cold fronts, while we get massive swell on the south coast town is ALWAYS flat these days, but it never used to be like that, when the coast got too wild we would venture into town for a fun one but I haven't seen town break properly for a VERY VERY long time. There's no doubt in my mind that the extension has removed any chance of SW swell wrapping into the piers like it used to. When last did you see a good wave from a front wrap in there while the coast is huge? Long ago bru. Long ago. Sorry guys I agree with Swampdonkey, do away with the extension and claim back your wave. It's the only solution unfortunately
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Denis
#1934 MrDenis 2013-10-22 14:40
Too true. Surf conditions are poor since the piers extension. Its got nothing to do with the weather Charles - It's a fact - anyway in the next few years there will be a Marina of some sort erected there with Skyscrapers + lots of White Elephant structures and millions of recycled bricks. Surfing on the beachfront will soon be a thing of the past. Anyway last summer there were about 15000 surfers waiting for a wave at north/south and anywhere there was a ripple. Overcrowding is also a problem especially when there are no waves.
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Swampdonkey
+3 #1933 Pier ExtensionSwampdonkey 2013-10-22 14:23
I agree with Mikey.Iv been surfing town for the last 10 years and have watched the degradation of swell since the extension of the pier. I know its true as the last time we had solid swell was around 2010. I noticed this when looking at old photos of durbs. Someone with alot of cash needs to blow up the end of that pier so we can get some stand up pits in town again.
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Mikey
+3 #1932 Extension of the pierMikey 2013-10-22 07:38
The extension does affect the swell I think. The piers block the passing swell coming from the south, making them miss durban, combined that durban's beachfront is a mini bight, the waves end up being small, which is why the waves at Ushaka are almost always small and the further you go up north, the bigger the waves get and the more "true" the waves are to the forecasted waves. I think we'll need a very specific wave direction, bank formation, and wind to get a firing swell because of the pier and durban's bight. Not a scientist, just trying to use logic? Either way, I haven't seen Durban cooking in yonks, it kills the surfer's soul. Maybe it's best to just make a mission south or north with a few mates
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Wazo
#1931 North vs SouthWazo 2013-10-21 11:55
@ Dark Lord - Yes you right I came left and typed North but its actually the South extension I was referring to! (my bad)
Obviously unless you surfing into the harbour mouth the extension of the north pier has no effect on waves in durtbin
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Dark Lord
#1930 LordDark Lord 2013-10-21 11:38
The extension of North Pier couldn't have caused the lack of swell in town as it sits way inside the end of South Pier which,as the furtherest point out directs any south or south/east swell. I'm with Basil on this - just one of those things. Probably global warming. Still at least the banks are starting to build again.
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Varon
+2 #1929 MrVaron 2013-10-19 14:26
wow, awesome cams, durban weather alittle sad this weekend South African Airports
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Basil Fawlty
+3 #1928 Like a sole....Basil Fawlty 2013-10-17 18:20
Could be an interesting exercise to do to see whether in fact the extension of the piers has affected the surf. Does anyone have an oceanographic model upon which this could scientifically be explained? It could simply be that the swell direction over the past months, for some (as yet inexplicable) reason/s has been such as to by-pass town... Going back to Feb/March we didn't really get any cyclone swell either. It's been flat since then,no winter swells from the NE....NE's haven't blown like they used to in Sept/Oct either!!!
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Wazo
+5 #1927 Like - Ground-Hog DayWazo 2013-10-17 17:52
The coast had an awesome Winter , but Durban hasn’t been over 2 ft for months ??
Any surfers out there that don’t believe that the extension of the north pier has cocked up surfing in Durban??
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Basil Fawlty
+3 #1926 Like-a-lakeBasil Fawlty 2013-10-17 09:06
Can't recall in living memory, any prior year when the surf in Durban has been so settled for such a continuous period.
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BrodtheDisappointed
+11 #1925 What are waves like? I cant remember.BrodtheDisappointed 2013-10-16 08:56
Every day, with hope, I open this page. Everyday I am disappointed.
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Dylan du Preez
+5 #1924 New Pier / North Beach Car GuardsDylan du Preez 2013-10-08 08:32
Quoting Dani:
Hi guys,

Im new to the Durban scene, and I am wondering about car security at Durban's beaches. I have heard about the Guardian Angels. Has anyone ever had issues with them? Or is it safe to leave my keys with them?


Dude, it's totally safe, with any of the guys who have the Guardian angels vests. I have been leaving my keys with them for nearly 2 years now and quite frankly I feel like my car is safer there than at most shopping malls. They decent guys and they won't even stress too ,much if you don't have a tip for them every now and then but obviously it's the decent thing to do since these guys are looking after your car for you. I don't usually park South of Joe Cool's but I occasionally I have to, and all the guys I've dealt with have been decent.
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Denis
#1923 MrDenis 2013-10-07 07:51
Early morning surfers: I would recommend getting a 'surf key' and taking it out with you. Fit tracker in your vehicle and park in between Durban lifesaver Club and Joe Cools (there is an open elevated space where the vehicle can be viewed from either side of North Pier). There is usually car guards there all the time and surfers too. Trust is a difficult penalty to pay especially when Durban beachfront boasts some of the best waves in the world all year round.
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Dani
#1922 Durban/New Pier Car GuardsDani 2013-10-07 07:22
Hi guys,

Im new to the Durban scene, and I am wondering about car security at Durban's beaches. I have heard about the Guardian Angels. Has anyone ever had issues with them? Or is it safe to leave my keys with them?
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Simon Kozlowski
+2 #1921 Simon KozlowskiSimon Kozlowski 2013-09-27 15:57
Does anyone here have (or has anyone here tried) the new generation of FCS clip in fins?
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+7 #1920 MrCraigmo 2013-09-13 09:49
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