Southern Cape, South Africa
Surf Spots & Information

South Cape Town is of the greatest stretches of coastline in the world. Wave-rich, rugged and incredibly beautiful, Cape Town offers a variety of waves and conditions for all ability levels.

Typically, most surf spots in this area need a west to southwest swell and light east winds. It’s cold, so you're going to be surfing in a 4/3 wetsuit. But the shivers are totally worth it because there are some epic waves to be ridden in this region of the world.

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Southern Cape South Africa Surf Breaks


Dungeons – Best Big Wave Surf Spot in South Africa

Surf Location Inside Hout Bay
Best Swell Direction West
Best Tide Low
Best Wind Direction Light northeast
Best Surf Season Winter
Wave Quality Famous right-hand, big wave surfing spot in Africa. Starts breaking at 10 ft. and can reach up to 60 ft.
The Surfers Pros only
Boards Big wave gun, tow board
Paddle Out Impossible, need a jet ski
Skill Level Advanced
Watch Out For… Clean-up sets, sharks, jet skis
Water Condition Cold with heavy currents
 

Hoek – Cape Town

Surf Location Near the rivermouth of the Silvermine River, in False Bay
Best Swell Direction West
Best Tide Low
Best Wind Direction southeast
Best Surf Season Summer
Wave Quality A Cape Town classic. Perfect peeling wave breaking over a shallow sandbar that starts to barrel right from the take-off.
The Surfers Very crowded with good surfers
Boards Shortboard, funboard, fish, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level intermediate to advanced
Watch Out For… Crowds, thick lips, sharks
Water Condition Cold
 

Noordhoek Beach – Cape Town

Surf Location Between Chapman’s and Kommetjie
Best Swell Direction West
Best Tide High
Best Wind Direction Light southeast
Best Surf Season Summer
Wave Quality Fun beach breaks with various sandbar peaks spread across the entire beach
The Surfers Can get crowded, but mellow vibe
Boards Shortboard, funboard, fish, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Total Beginner to Advanced
Watch Out For… Crowds, sharks
Water Condition Cold
 

The Dunes – Cape Town

Surf Location At Noordhoek Beach
Best Swell Direction Large west, southwest swell
Best Tide Low
Best Wind Direction East, light southeast
Best Surf Season Summer
Wave Quality A Cape Town classic. Perfect peeling waves breaking over super shallow, hard packed sand. Starts to barrel right from the take-off. Produces world-class barrels.
The Surfers Very crowded with good surfers
Boards Shortboard, funboard, fish, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Advanced
Watch Out For… Crowds, thick lips, sharks, broken boards
Water Condition Cold air and water
 

Sunset Reef – Cape Town, South Africa Big Wave Surfing

Surf Location Cape Peninsula
Best Swell Direction West
Best Tide Any
Best Wind Direction East, light southeast
Best Surf Season Summer
Wave Quality The outside reef creates huge right-hand barrels and thick lefts that peel perfectly. Many still paddle in, but tow surfing has now taken over.
The Surfers Pros only
Boards Big wave gun, tow board
Paddle Out Hard to impossible
Skill Level Advanced
Watch Out For… Crowds, clean-up sets, sharks, tow surfers
Water Condition Cold with heavy currents
 

Long Beach – Cape Town

Surf Location South end of Noordhoek Beach
Best Swell Direction Large west, southwest swell
Best Tide Any
Best Wind Direction Southwest
Best Surf Season Summer
Wave Quality Good beginners spot. Perfect peeling waves, often smaller than area beaches. Mostly lefts. Good for beginners.
The Surfers Can get crowded with beginners.
Boards Shortboard, funboard, fish, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Total Beginner to Advanced
Watch Out For… Beginners, sharks
Water Condition Cold
 

Boneyards – Cape Town

Surf Location Park at Long Beach and walk down to Boneyards
Best Swell Direction West
Best Tide High
Best Wind Direction Northeast
Best Surf Season Summer
Wave Quality Long right-hand reef break
The Surfers Very crowded with good surfers
Boards Shortboard, funboard, fish, longboard
Paddle Out Long paddle out
Skill Level Advanced
Watch Out For… Crowds, thick lips, sharks, broken boards
Water Condition Cold air and water
 

Outer Kom – Cape Town

Surf Location Park at the small harbor that’s after Kommetjie
Best Swell Direction West
Best Tide Low
Best Wind Direction Light east
Best Surf Season Fall and Spring
Wave Quality A Cape Town classic. Left-hand point break with an outer reef takeoff and thick, speedy walls peeling down the point.
The Surfers Very crowded with good surfers
Boards Shortboard, funboard, fish, longboard
Paddle Out Hard, can be hell
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Watch Out For… Getting caught inside, beatings from the wave, sharks
Water Condition Cold
 

Crayfish Factory – Cape Town

Surf Location On the tip of the Cape that faces west, just off of M65
Best Swell Direction Large south to southwest swell
Best Tide Any
Best Wind Direction East
Best Surf Season Summer
Wave Quality Cape Town’s heaviest wave…period. A right-hand slab that delivers unbelievable drops and barrels over a rock ledge.
The Surfers Only pros
Boards Shortboard, tow board
Paddle Out Through the channel
Skill Level Advanced
Watch Out For… Crowds, thick lips, sharks, broken boards
Water Condition Cold air and water
 

Extensions – Cape Town

Surf Location Near Olifantsbos Point, in the Cape Nature Reserve
Best Swell Direction West, Southwest
Best Tide Any
Best Wind Direction East
Best Surf Season Summer
Wave Quality Long right-hand break. A mushy takeoff on the outer reef, then there is a speed reform that breaks over a rock/sand ledge.
The Surfers Can get crowded, mellow vibe
Boards Shortboard, funboard, fish, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Watch Out For… Sharks
Water Condition Cold
 

Olifantsbos – Cape Town

Surf Location The beach at Olifantsbos Point in the Cape of Good Hope
Best Swell Direction Large west swell
Best Tide High
Best Wind Direction Light east
Best Surf Season Summer
Wave Quality Right-hand rock reef that can get very hollow and totally epic with the right conditions
The Surfers Very crowded with good surfers
Boards Shortboard, funboard, fish, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Watch Out For… Sharks, kelp
Water Condition Cold, kelpy
 
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