Western Cape, South Africa
Surf Spots & Information

Jutting into the southern Atlantic, the western peninsula of Cape Town is in prime position to pick up plenty of southwest swell energy, and deliver gracious amounts of tube time from the many points, reefs and slabs that line this stretch of coast. Waves are biggest during the winter months.

When traveling to this area during winter, be sure to pack extra rubber and wool, as air and sea temps get pretty cold.

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Western Cape South Africa Surf Breaks


Thermopylae – Cape Town West

Surf Location West Cape Town
Best Swell Direction Southwest
Best Tide Any
Best Wind Direction Light northeast
Best Surf Season Fall and Spring
Wave Quality Left-hand point break that breaks over sunken ship remains
The Surfers Can get crowded
Boards Shortboard, funboard, fish, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Watch Out For… Sharks, sewage spill, ship remains
Water Condition Cold, dirty, E. coli outbreaks on occasion
 

Rocklands – Cape Town

Surf Location Sea Point in Cape Town
Best Swell Direction Southwest
Best Tide High
Best Wind Direction East or light southeast
Best Surf Season Fall and Spring
Wave Quality Left-hand reef break. After the take-off, waves wall-up and peel along a rock ledge. Very speedy. Very consistent.
The Surfers Can get crowded, mellow vibe
Boards Shortboard, fish
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Watch Out For… Rocks and reef
Water Condition Cold
 

Glen Beach – Cape Town

Surf Location Inside Camps Bay
Best Swell Direction Southwest
Best Tide Any
Best Wind Direction East or light southeast
Best Surf Season Fall and Spring
Wave Quality Right-hand sandbar break with short rides that can get hollow. Somewhat sheltered from the howling southeast winds of summer.
The Surfers Can get crowded, home to some of Cape Town's best surfers
Boards Shortboard, fish
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Watch Out For… Rocks and reef
Water Condition Cold
 

Llandudno – Cape Town

Surf Location Go to Llandudno Beach
Best Swell Direction Southwest
Best Tide Any
Best Wind Direction Light northeast
Best Surf Season Fall and Spring
Wave Quality Can be a totally epic right-hand wedge with nice tubes
The Surfers
Boards Shortboard, funboard, fish, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Total Beginner to Advanced
Watch Out For… Sharks
Water Condition Cold
 

Sandy Bay – Cape Town

Surf Location Western tip of Cape Town
Best Swell Direction Southwest
Best Tide Any
Best Wind Direction Southeast
Best Surf Season Fall and Spring
Wave Quality Short, hollow rights and lefts peel down the beach
The Surfers Popular with surfers and bodyboarders
Boards Shortboard, fish
Paddle Out Easy to moderate
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Watch Out For… Shorepound
Water Condition Cold
 
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