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SMS-surf-reportTue, 24 March 2015

1 DAY BEACH FORECAST
You send a short (3 letter) code to 35010 and we send you the near-shore surf and wind conditions at a specific beach location on the day you send the code. COST: R3 per sms

3 DAY REGIONAL FORECAST
You send a short code (2 letter) to 34010 and we send you a three day forecast for the open ocean swell and wind conditions for a specific region. COST: R2 per sms


BEACH FORECAST

This gives specific surf data for a spot (or in the case of, eg, S Cape Point Breaks a generic reference to protect spots). Useful when you want to know specific conditions rather than 'open ocean' data that changes from beach to beach.

1 DAY BEACH FORECAST: SMS CODE TO 35010
Lamberts Bay *   
WLA East London Point   WEL
Elands Bay   WEY Nahoon Reef   WNR
Cape Columbine *   WCC Coffee Bay Point   WCB
Blouberg   WBB Wild Coast Points   WWC
Derde Steen   WDS Port St Johns * 
WSJ
Long Beach   WLB St Mikes   WSM
Slangkop Lighthouse *   WOK South Coast Points   WSC
Cape Point *   WCP Scottburgh Beach   WSO
Muizenberg Corner   WMU Umkomaas *   WUM
Cape Agulhas *   WAG Durban Bluff *   WBL
Stilbaai Point   WSB Vetch's Reef   WVE
S Cape Point Breaks   WWC South Beach   WDB
Mossel Bay *   WMB New Pier   WNP
Victoria Bay   WVB Mgeni River Mouth   WMR
Cape St Francis *   WCF Ballito Bay   WBA
Seal Point   WSP  
* Probable near-shore surf along exposed open-ocean reefs or beaches in this area.
Jeffreys Bay   WJB
Cape Recife, PE *   WCR
 
THE DATA
WHAT IT MEANS

WOW E London Point
1/27 8am > 8pm
4 > 7ft
SW 19 > SSW25kt
Low 10h31 *

At one of the points near East London, between 8am and 8pm on 27 January, the potential actual surf height at this beach, or spot, goes from 4 foot to 7 feet. Winds at 8am are SW 19 kts freshening to SSW 25kts by 8pm. Low tide is at 10:31 in the morning.

Reports cost R3.00 each

REGIONAL REPORT

The regional report gives general sea state a few miles off the coast, and is useful for an overview of the open ocean conditions for an entire region.

 
3 DAY REGIONAL REPORT: SMS CODE TO 34010
West Coast (Lamberts Bay)  WL E Cape East (East London)  WE
Cape Peninsula (Cape Point)  WS South Coast (Scottburgh)  WH
Southern Cape (Mossel Bay)  WM Durban (Bluff)  WD
E Cape West (St Francis)  WF North Coast (Richards Bay)  WN
 
THE DATA
 WHAT IT MEANS

WOW West Coast *
1/27 8am
Swl SSW 12ft@13s
Wnd S27
Tides Lo: 10:15am/0.39m
hi: 4:10PM/1.69m

Along the West Coast, at 8am, on 27 January, the open ocean swell is from a SSW direction at 12 feet, with a 13 second period (the surf will vary from spot to spot, but this suggests 6-8' at any exposed break). The wind is S at 27 knots (all wind speeds on our services are in kts). Low tide at 10:15am at a low depth of 0.39 metres, and high at 4:10pm at high depth of 1.69m.

Reports cost R2.00 each

UNDERSTANDING THE REPORTS

If you want to know where our reports come from, click here

Want to get your head around reading peak period (interval between waves in seconds and a key variable in reading swell POWER and therefore potential surf height), click here

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