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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Mtunzini

South Africa, East Coast North

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 Access

Drive into the nature reserve in Mtunzini and follow the the beach signs until you reach the parking lot.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive into the nature reserve in Mtunzini and follow the the beach signs until you reach the parking lot.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive into the nature reserve in Mtunzini and follow the the beach signs until you reach the parking lot.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive into the nature reserve in Mtunzini and follow the the beach signs until you reach the parking lot.

DistanceDay trip

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Zini

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthShort (< 50m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind directionNorthWest

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionLow tide only

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Urchins
- Rips / undertow
- Sharks

 Additional Information

Zini is probally the most hardcore spot on the north coast. Producing some of the heaviest, gnarliest and powerful waves in the local area. Not to mention the large sharks, outside reefs and ship wreck. Rated one of the most dangerous beaches in South Africa.

There are no guarentee's! No protection from prodominet winds, however is surfable in light NE winds. Some days you might hit a luck and surf some of the howlest sand break waves you've ever seen.

English (Translate this text in English): Zini is probally the most hardcore spot on the north coast. Producing some of the heaviest, gnarliest and powerful waves in the local area. Not to mention the large sharks, outside reefs and ship wreck. Rated one of the most dangerous beaches in South Africa.<br /><br />There are no guarentee's! No protection from prodominet winds, however is surfable in light NE winds. Some days you might hit a luck and surf some of the howlest sand break waves you've ever seen.

English (Translate this text in English): Zini is probally the most hardcore spot on the north coast. Producing some of the heaviest, gnarliest and powerful waves in the local area. Not to mention the large sharks, outside reefs and ship wreck. Rated one of the most dangerous beaches in South Africa.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;There are no guarentee's! No protection from prodominet winds, however is surfable in light NE winds. Some days you might hit a luck and surf some of the howlest sand break waves you've ever seen.

English (Translate this text in English): Zini is probally the most hardcore spot on the north coast. Producing some of the heaviest, gnarliest and powerful waves in the local area. Not to mention the large sharks, outside reefs and ship wreck. Rated one of the most dangerous beaches in South Africa.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;There are no guarentee's! No protection from prodominet winds, however is surfable in light NE winds. Some days you might hit a luck and surf some of the howlest sand break waves you've ever seen.

Atmosphere

Small crew of surfers and bodyboards, all locals that have been living there for years. Always happy to see someone else in the water with them. Safety in numbers is the motto!

English (Translate this text in English): Small crew of surfers and bodyboards, all locals that have been living there for years. Always happy to see someone else in the water with them. Safety in numbers is the motto!

English (Translate this text in English): Small crew of surfers and bodyboards, all locals that have been living there for years. Always happy to see someone else in the water with them. Safety in numbers is the motto!

English (Translate this text in English): Small crew of surfers and bodyboards, all locals that have been living there for years. Always happy to see someone else in the water with them. Safety in numbers is the motto!

General

My little love/hate relationship

English (Translate this text in English): My little love/hate relationship

English (Translate this text in English): My little love&#47;hate relationship

English (Translate this text in English): My little love&amp;#47;hate relationship

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By Lionell Nel , 13-04-2008

Great spot - I've been a ZINI local all my life and I've had some of the sickest waves ever at my local breack.It can be a little sharky at times
if you go surf when the water is a little chocolate,but just make sure your not bleeding anywhere and its all sweet:)Best time to surf would be end Feb. to June.If your lucky you'll get some cyclone swell coming from Madagascar.I live in New Zealand now and here's some sick waves too,but ZINI would always be one of my favorites.
PS:if the NW starts pumping at around 11:00-12:00,get down there man,even though it may look crap from the top,if there is swell and the tide is rite,you're in for a sick session!

By michael mc carthy , 16-12-2007

richardsbay bodyboarders crew - myself and wessel jacobs went surfing there today - we had some real good fun wave and shore break.. its defintley worth it.

look we have the best waves in the world at alkantstrand but i can tell you one thing is that mtunzini has the sickest shore break and mid break i ever ride in my life.. micahael mc carthy, wessel jacobs , ruben oliver bodyboarders we will be taking over that spot on weakends , we are going to surf there tomarow morning at 6am - 16 december 2007 .. if there is any local bodyboarders out there , join us for i sesion - dont see any bodyboarders there.. where are you oaks.

peace
michael mc carthy
richardsbay , alkantstrand

By Peneff , 03-07-2006

Great beach! - I am a local of zini and trust me, there is nothing more chilled out then any other beach in the whole of South Africa. Winter swells are awesome! On good days you get waves from 8ft - 10ft and really hollow! If you are driving past stop by cause its worth it! ZZB all da way!!!

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