West Coast, South Africa
Surf Spots & Information

The west coast of South Africa holds a lot of potential for epic surf. Left points, reefs and rock slabs abound in this region, oftentimes with few locals at the lesser known spots. Typically a strong west groundswell and light east wind are needed to make these spots fire. Regional classics like Elands Bay and Vredenberg Point can absolutely fire with the right conditions.

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West Coast, South Africa Surf Breaks


Farmer Burgers

Surf Location South of Lambert Bay
Best Swell Direction West is best, but Southwest is the predominant direction
Best Tide High tide only
Best Wind Direction East
Best Surf Season Fall and Spring
Wave Quality Generally a smaller wave spot, but can have great form. Waves break over a rock shelf. Plenty of other reef breaks in this area.
The Surfers Mellow, but mind your manners
Boards Shortboard, funboard, fish, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Bottom Rock shelf and rock reef
Watch Out For… Great Whites, rocks
Water Condition Cold
 

Elands Bay

Surf Location Elands Bay, south of Lamberts Bay
Best Swell Direction West is best, but Southwest is the predominant direction
Best Tide Any
Best Wind Direction East to light southeast
Best Surf Season Fall and Spring
Wave Quality Left-hand point break that can be totally epic. Needs a large west swell to really wrap into the bay.
The Surfers Crowded with all types of boarders
Boards Shortboard, funboard, fish, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Bottom Outside reef and sand
Watch Out For… Crowds, kite surfers, Great Whites
Water Condition Cold
 

Vredenberg Point

Surf Location North of Saldanha Bay
Best Swell Direction West is best, but Southwest is the predominant direction
Best Tide High
Best Wind Direction East to light southeast
Best Surf Season Fall and Spring
Wave Quality Fickle, left-hand point break that can be classic when the conditions are right. Very steep and hollow. Needs a large west swell.
The Surfers Crowded with all types of boarders
Boards Shortboard, funboard, fish, longboard
Paddle Out Hard
Skill Level Advanced
Bottom Rocks
Watch Out For… Crowds, the takeoff, Great Whites
Water Condition Cold
 

Schaap Eiland

Surf Location In the town of Yzerfontein
Best Swell Direction West is best, but Southwest is the predominant direction
Best Tide High
Best Wind Direction Light northwest or northeast
Best Surf Season Fall and Spring
Wave Quality Thick, hollow waves that speed across the slab. Produces stand-up barrels when conditions are right. When the swell gets XXL, jet skis and tow boards are definitely needed.
The Surfers Crowded
Boards Shortboard, tow board
Paddle Out Hard to impossible
Skill Level Advanced
Bottom Rock slab
Watch Out For… Tow surfers, jet skis, Great Whites
Water Condition Cold
 

Swartriet

Surf Location Near Jacobs Bay
Best Swell Direction West is best, but Southwest is the predominant direction
Best Tide Any
Best Wind Direction Light southeast and northeast
Best Surf Season Fall and Spring
Wave Quality Fun, peaky beach break
The Surfers Can get crowded
Boards Shortboard, funboard, fish, longboard
Paddle Out Easy to moderate
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Bottom Sand
Watch Out For… Crowds, sharks
Water Condition Cold
 

Matroosbaii

Surf Location South of Silwerstroom
Best Swell Direction West is best, but Southwest is the predominant direction
Best Tide Any
Best Wind Direction Light northeast
Best Surf Season Fall and Spring
Wave Quality Large area with many sandbars to choose. Nice peeling waves. Good waves for beginners.
The Surfers Mellow, lots of beginners
Boards Shortboard, Funboard, Fish, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Total Beginner to Advanced
Watch Out For… Other beginners, sharks
Water Condition Cold
 
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