St Francis River Mouth (Krom River mouth)

Continent
Africa
Country
South Africa
Next Big City
Port Elizabeth
Next Town
Humansdorp, St. Francis
 
Type:
Ocean, River Mouth
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Shop, Rescue, Toilet, Food, Parking

Water

Type:
Shallow, Flat, Chop, Small wave, Medium wave
Hazards:
None
Quality:
Crystal clear
Best Tide:
High tide

Best a high tide, but rideable on a low, the water is flat with some choppier sections at the river mouth, you can ride out the mouth and do some wave riding, there are some sections where you get butter smooth patches as well. The waves are generally small to medium close outs with not much real shape but make good ramps. Waves are good in the area in the off season but not during the kiting season (summer).

Beach

Type:
Sand
Size:
Tidal
Hazards:
None
Beach Users:
None

Huge launch area at low tide, bit smaller at high tide, but always plenty of space, soft sand, not too many shells, but not a problem.

Wind

Best Months:
January, February, March, April, October, November, December
Wind Type:
Thermal
Best Direction:
E
Main Direction:
E, ESE, SE, W

Wind is good in the season, 15-25 knots is common, onshore/sideshore. The wind is best in summer from September to April, with constant steady winds. Onshore is best for kiting and is not gusty (East). Offshore is too gusty but good for surfing (West).



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
Short walk

Fly to Cape Town/Johannesburg international, fly/drive to Port Elizabeth, drive to Humansdorp, thru it and 5 minutes to St Francis Bay, go to the river and you are there (rent a car).

Extra information

Rules
None

No rules, not too many people.

Nightlife

Quiet thru the year except for December when the place goes mad for the biggest new years party in the country. Be there, it's crazy! Conveniently this is also when the kiting is best!