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Durban Beach - New Pier

Durban Beach - New Pier

Durban - Eastern Cape , South Africa


You’ll find the New Pier peaks on Durban’s main beach. It’s the surf capital and the third largest city in South Africa. It’s a very accessible and coveted destination and Durban’s international airport, New King Shaka, is just half an hour away. Since the eighties, the explosion of sports and the surf industry in Durban has led to a world of business opportunities related to surfing such as accommodation, schools, shops and an abundance of good boards thanks to the local shapers like Spyder Murphy, Peter Lawson and Clayton Nienaber. You can park along the whole stretch of the Golden Mile that borders Durban beach but bear in mind that the car parks fill very quickly. There are however, other parking zones with security guards.


The quality and above all, the consistency is high throughout the whole year. With certain conditions, the banks on Durban Beach are world class, there is also a big sense of tradition and these reasons make the level of surfing one of the best in the world. If we consider this and the fact that it’s easy to enter the water thanks to the piers which end next to the peak, the result is that when the conditions are good, the atmosphere in the narrow take off zones is very competitive. It’s no surprise that Durban has given the world some great surfers like Jordy Smith, an aspiring candidate for the world title and other legends that were recently in the WCT like Travis Logie, David Weare, Royden Bryson, Ricky Basnett, Paul Canning, the legendary Shaun Tomson and Martin Potter, who has British nationality but grew up in Durban, and the respectable big charger Grant 'Twiggy' Baker.

With this panorama, it’s advisable to avoid surfing during lunchtime hours and at the weekends, however you could check the 8 kilometres between Ushaka and Blue Lagoon as there will surely be a quieter spot around there. For example, from New Pier towards the south you’ll find Addington which is appropriate for those who are progressing. Wedge and Balmoral are next to New Pier, the highly recommended Bay of Plenty and North Beach are further north and lastly, the zone near to Blue Lagoon Snake Park or Battery among others. Durban has dry winters with warm water so a 2 mm is sufficient. It’s humid in the summer and the water temperature is more than 24°C. It’s well-known that the waters around South Africa have sharks but the chances of an attack are very small and there have been nets in place since the sixties.


The main peak on the outside is a right which breaks from a well formed sandbank behind the pier until the inside. With good wind conditions and a good size, it offers quite good quality barrels, even with small waves. With a rising mid tide the wedges dominate with powerful bowls on the inside. Pay attention to the peak which is called the Wedge as it has an incredible bowl. The consistency at the Durban beaches is down to their good location in relation to the potential to receive a greater variety of swells, along with the deep waters very near to the coast.


Durban receives the best conditions in the winter, from May to October and in the cyclone season from January to April, although the consistency is good all year round. New Pier works from 2 to 8 feet, but it can be more, above all with a big swell from a cyclone generated between Mozambique and Madagascar. In this case, the swell comes from the E and there will only be a few in the water as it can bring waves that are larger than 10 feet. The S and SE swells that come from the low pressures formed in the south of South Africa are more common. A NE swell is also possible but it’s generated by the wind and isn’t good quality. In any case the best wind is from the W, and if it’s small it’s good for all levels. 
Optimal Conditions
  • Wave
  • Wind
    NW - SW
  • Tide
  • Swell
    S - SE - E
  • Bottom
  • Size
    3 to 10 ft
  • Time of year
    From April to October
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