Wave riding in Cape Town is the dream of many surfers. We promise you an extremely relaxing holiday with us in the CAPE SURF HOSTEL. The South African lifestyle also reflects on the water. The atmosphere is tolerant and relaxed. There are enough waves for everyone.
Cape Town with its unique location between two oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian, gives you a variety of different surf spots and waves. Whether you're on a short- or longboard, beginner or expert, everyone will find "his" surf.
Under spots you'll find a detailed description of the best breaks in and around Cape Town.
Even trips to world-famous spots like Jeffreys- or Elandsbay can be done from Cape Town. So you can rip the cleanest waves and reef breaks that can be found in the world and simultaneously learn about the South African way of living and loving the surf: the daily swell report can be heard on the radio in the early mornings, the detergent is called SURF and after school, the parents take their kids to the beach!
Surfboards from South Africa are among the best in the world and can be bought from the local shapers at unbeatable prices!
Those who would like try out surfing can borrow a board from us.
Surfing Spots - Table Bay
Coming from Cape Town "The Wedge" is the first spot along the endless beach which stretches as far as Table View. The waves flow around a harbor wall and unite with the waves running further down the bay. Can break very hollow but offers some excellent barrels!
The further you go into Table Bay the smaller the waves as the swell in Cape Town has to run around the bay. In light South-Easter or offshore winds you occasionally get a very clean and small wave! Perfect for longboarding, but you can also rip the wave with a shortboard.
This spot is pretty far into Table Bay. Therefore, the wave is always smaller than at Sunset Beach. The wind is side-offshore. The mostly small wave is clean and does not break as fast as at Sunset. Ideal for wave beginners!
Dolphin Beach is the spot to the right of Dolphin Beach Hotel, located on the coast road just before Tableview. Depending on the sandbanks, you can find clean waves. The biggest advantage: as long as there is no wind it is very empty.
The Seli which stranded here in 2009 changed this part of the ocean so much that a good right and left wave developed. Works best at low tide.
Blouberg Beach has a very long beach. Just in front of the restaurant "Doodles" you will find a rocky reef which is situated a bit offshore. In case the swell gets bigger and there is no wind or just a slight southeaster or offshore wind this spot can build up perfect long rides. You will also find that the small swell gives a good beachbreak. Just watch the spot closely as the breaks always change depending on the position of the sandbanks.
Being the most surfed spot in the Table Bay it becomes very crowded here on weekends – both on the beach and in the water. Unfortunately Big Bay does not work very often. But when the swell gets huge and the other spots get out of control you will be able to ride a long shoulder here which runs far from the outside to the inner left bay. But also on small days you can occasionally catch a good wave. The great thing about Big Bay is that it is framed by two rocky outcrops which make you feel safe.
This spot is on the right side of Big Bay. If all the factors match, you will find a clean, long left wave here with really good sections. Works at low tide and no wind or light South Easter.
"Horse Trail" is also located on the right hand side of Big Bay between Karma and "Eerste Steen". Here you can find some hollow beach breaks and the spot is surfable to the left and the right. Horse Trail is usually better than one would expect from the beach and works with every tide.
Derde Steen is probably the best spot in the Bay and also our favorite. In small to head high waves it creates different peaks with a fast and hollow left that can be great for tube rides. The right is rather short, but still powerful…When there is a swell, waves break more to the outside, creating perfect A-frame peaks which are impressive in size.
Surfing Spots - Cape Peninsula
The spot is a point break right in the City Bowl at Moullie Point. The waves break at the shipwreck "Thermopylae" and then wrap around a nice reef. Due to it's facing north, this spot only works in big swell. The only spot in Table Bay that works with Southwesterly winds. At all other spots the south-west wind is onshore.
In big swell there is a left on an outside reef.
Queens is the most southerly city spot. Waves break as a lefthander and works best in rising tide and big swell.
Glen Beach is a surf spot on Camps Bay Beach with a strong lefthander.
Llandudno is probably the best and most popular city break and is situated in a picturesque bay, nestled between massive rocks. On the right hand side of the bay there is a peak named Gat depending on the sandbars. Gat has a fat lip and breaks hollow and is powerful: take off straight into the barrell. In small swell the shorebreak forms a fast, hollow right in the middle of the bay and a left in the left of the bay. Llandudno is protected from the south east wind and is a great experience because of its location - even for non-surfers. Water temperature can drop under 10 degrees in summer.
Sandy Beach is a 20-minute walk away from Llandudno - is very empty - and also works frequently when Llandudno breaks close-out. In general there are rather short lefts, but sometimes perfect barrels .... nude beach.
Small, short waves. Rather drive past and check out Long Beach.
Dungeons is the big wave spot where the winter annual Red Bull Big Wave Africa contest is held. You need a boat and sufficient lung volume as the wave is on a reef far out and only works from 8 '+ up. In 2007, the world's biggest wave of the year broke here with a height of approx. 70 feet.
The Hoek is located directly beneath the spectacular Chapmanspeak drive. The waves seem to literally pile up at the outside reef and if everything falls into place, you can run picture-perfect barrels. The Hoek also works with South Easter.
Noordhoek Beach is the long beach that stretches from Chapmanspeak to Kommetjie. There are several peaks of varying quality: some break close to perfect!
Dunes is still a little secret spot despite a number of contests held here. You walk about 20-30 minutes along Noordhoek Beach. At the left end of the beach you will find the spot. It is so deep in the bay, that the wave has to turn almost 180 degrees before it breaks as an awesome left barrel and finally closes out in the shorebreak. Best in light southeasterly winds.
Sunset is what the reef left off Long Beach is called. Huge waves break regularly and this is the place where the local big wave riders practice. Tow-in surfing spot where nothing happens without a boat!
Long Beach is an extremely popular spot and often gets crowded on weekends. Waves turn around on the kelp covered reef, break on the inside, creating nice and long rides. The spot is good for any moves. Even inexperienced surfers will enjoy surfing here. In the beachbreak you can get a small glimpse of the green room, before it slams on to you. Long Beach is one of the few spots along this coast which work with south-westerly winds. The South Easter, however is perfect as long as it doesn't blow too strong!
Boneyards is the first spot on the outer reef of Kommetije. You will see it from the coast road but do not underestimate its size! Boneyards works in 6 feet up and can get a lot bigger. You take-off is located in the kelp. The left is short, but awesome!
Small pointbreak in the middle of kelp and never bigger than 3' but fast and powerful!
Legendary big wave spot on the outer reef. The Point-/Reef-Break is powerful and runs over the kelp. In offshore winds and with huge swell it creates gigantic waves of best quality! Caution: reef and kelp!
The Crayfish Factory is the most surfed and most legendary big wave spot of Cape Town! Directly in front of the Crayfish Factory righthanders break from 8 feet over the kelp-covered reef. Waves at the factory can get as big as 15 feet, throwing a huge and powerful lip which falls right into the valley with tremendous force. The wave has an incredible suction! When taking off it can happen that the water underneath you suddenly gets sucked away and you fall off of the lip. . all the way. . . with full force into the kelp! The whole set will fall on your head and when you get back to the surface, you're back in the channel. If you manage the drop, you will be rewarded with a first-class ride in front of a scary wall of water!
The sandbanks in front of Witsands are very shifty. However there is usually a small wave running. In strong north west winds or small swell it may be the only spot working.
Misty Cliffs lies between Kommetjie and Scarborough. The sandbanks get hit by plenty of swell. It is good in small to head high, clean swell.
There are actually two breaks here. One above the right edge of the rocky cove and one on the inside. The powerful rides run to the right.
Surfing Spots - West Coast
Long left hand point break. Only works with large winter swell!
At this spot, there are actually two waves: a slow right-hand point break with a steep, long face and a lefthander. This requires big swell and ends right on the rocky reef. Seaweed and kelp make this place a little scary.
Elands Bay is a world class spot and South Africa's best lefthander: this is J-Bay of the west coast! The swell is wrapped around a rocky, kelp overgrown point and runs and runs and runs. The stronger the offshore wind, the faster the wave! The take-off is steep. The first section requires a lot of speed! But you can also get in the water 20-30m down-the-line and enjoy the inside all the way to the beach.
Heaven and Hell
Is a spot with 2 waves: Heaven and Hell. Hell is a wild left point and forms a small wave when the swell is huge. Heaven is a righthander which runs at least 80m and has a prime tube section. Runs only from 6 feet! Caution: Fat Lip!
In off shore or calm winds there is occasionally a long wave. Depending on the sandbars the wave is slow, fast, hollow or sometimes even close-out.
This spot is right next to Yzerfontein. Sometimes very chaotic and much paddling, but pick's up heaps of swell!
In head-high swell and low tide a short but steep and powerful wave breaks here.