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SUMMARY
+ Consistent, quality waves
+ Wide swell window
+ Mountain and seascapes
+ Cheap urban entertainment
- Cold water year round
- Unstable windy weather
- City insecurity
- Thick kelp beds
Kustom



Cape Peninsula, South Africa, AFRICA


Outer Kom, Garth Robinson

Surf Spots

Milnerton
The Wedge (Cape Peninsula)
Thermopylae
Glen Beach
Llandudno (Cape Penninsula)
Dungeons
The Hoek
Noordhoek
Dunes
Long Beach (Cape Peninsula)
The Kom
365's
Crayfish Factory
Scarborough Point
Misty Cliffs
Olifantsbos Point
Buffels Bay
Black Rocks
Kalk Bay Reef
Muizenberg

The Surf

The coastline of South Africa is the oldest shoreline on earth, and aeons of erosion have created an underwater topography ideal for creating some of the best mid-latitude surf, anywhere in the world. The irregular shoreline of the Cape Peninsula, along with its 180 degree swell window, allows it to offer the best density of varied spots in the whole country, ranging from beginners beachbreak in False Bay to fearsome big-wave venues like Dungeons. Cape Town is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, surrounded by natural beauty and overlooked by the iconic Table Mountain.



When to Go

Winter S-SW swells are consistent around 10ft at 12 seconds interval and can hit 30ft in August. March-April tend to be the cleanest, before the major winter cold fronts sweep across the Peninsula accompanied by NW winds and plenty of swell activity, meaning the S-facing spots are the go. Summers are usually warm and dry, as strong SE winds known as The Cape Doctor blow through in the afternoon. High pressure initiates warm, offshore Berg winds, meaning SW-exposed spots will have small, perfect conditions. Water temps hardly ever exceed 15°C (59ºF) and sometimes drop down to 9°C (48ºF) thanks to summer upwelling. Tidal range can reach 3m.

SURF STATISTICS
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F
M
A
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J
J
A
S
O
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dominant swell SE -SW SE -SW SE -W SE -W SE -W SE -SW
swell size (ft) 3 5 6-7 7-8 5-6 3-4
consistency (%) 60 70 90 80 70 70
dominant wind SE -S SE -S SE -NW SE -NW SE -SW SE -S
average force F4 F4 F4 F4 F4 F4
consistency (%) 61 55 75 78 66 60
water temp (C) 16 16 15 14 15 16
wetsuit 3/2 3/2 3/2 4/3 3/2 3/2
Population
Cape Town - 3M

Coastline
2,800km (1,750mi)

Timezone
GMT +2hr

Travel Information

Weather

Winters (May-Sept) see many cold fronts and low pressures pass over, bringing wind, clouds and rain from the NW. As the cold front passes over, SE winds blow from False Bay to Table Bay, creating the famous misty tablecloth on Table Mountain.

Nature

There are plenty of cultural sites and some great bars and nightclubs. Take the classic cablecar ride up Table Mountain.

Hazards

Since 1960 there have been 30 shark attacks in Cape Town, on average 1 every second year. The main worry is the thick kelp at some spots and the oceans’ power. For such a big city, crowd pressure is low and it’s ranked as South Africa’s safest, but you still need to be careful.

Hints

Stock up on cheap surf gear from the numerous well-supplied surf shops. Rental car from $150/w, gas is cheap ($0.90/l). Consider buying a car if you spend more than a couple of months travelling around the country. J-Bay is an 8-hour drive.

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