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Wavescape - Surfing in South Africa

Fri, 10 June 2016

If you are not surfing upon this weekend, you could be snowboarding a slippery slope as the first full-scale winter cold front klaps South Africa with a cold, wet fish, writes Spike.

A freezing maelstrom of weather - comprising surging rain, suped up west winds and a sloppy 10 foot stormsea - slapped Slaapstad last night, spreading east. It comes from a humungus storm on the ice shelf that has slung-shot a breakaway blast of Antarctic air northwards.

A stiff SW buster - with gusts to 40 kts offshore - graunches the E Cape today, but works up impetus like a stoner gathering moss as it screams into KwaZulu Natal, where conditions on open coast go seriously wild and woolly.

Heavy rain has been falling in the SW Cape and widespread damage and flooding has been reported in the Cape Town metropole. South African Weater Forecaster Dipuo Tawana told media yesterday that temperatures would drop significantly.


WET PATCH: Heavy rain falling in the SW Cape now - snapshot 8am today.

And according to the snow ous, as the rain spread inland along higher ground, it would become snow.

Snow Report SA calls it a "potentially disruptive weather system" that could bring light snow to the high peaks of the Western Cape on Friday morning and afternoon.

A large part of the Eastern Cape high ground would experience snow, with some areas around Rhodes even getting 25cm by Saturday morning. In KwaZulu-Natal, snow could also be present on the southern parts of the Drakensberg and the areas around Kokstad, but it was unlikely they later said.

The good news for surfers however, is that all the energy and wild energy let loose in the ocean bodes well for a solid ambient swell from multiple directions. Expect JBay to be a lulled 3-4' today increasing to possibly 5' long-interval sets, running intermittent 2-4' all day Saturday, with chance of the odd bigger one.

All bodes well for some waves at Supers tomorrow - if a bit beanie hoodie ugg boot chilly - for the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA.

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The Supertrial forms part of the JBay Winterfest, the sporting and music festival that will take place in Jeffreys Bay from 6-17 July. The JBU Supertrial is presented by RVCA. Co-sponsors include Monster Energy, Stance, Oakley. Wavescape is the media partner. The event is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa and the World Surf League. Check the Facebook event page and join in the fun.

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