Surfing in Cape Town can be both exciting and sometimes a little scary, depending on which spot you decide to paddle out at. The waves are plentiful if you know where to look or what spots work best on specific tides and wind conditions, one thing we are spoilt with is option when it comes to waves, from small fun easy mellow waves to big scary dredging reef breaks. The best times to surf here in Cape Town are June, July & August, our winter months. Get hold of Gary's Mobile Surf School if you would like to visit the best surf spots Cape Town has to offer.
Popular beaches to surf in Cape Town
1) Long Beach - Located in Kommetjie and just a 40 minute drive from the center of Cape Town, Long beach has some of the best waves in the Cape Peninsula. It works best on a south-easterly wind, it is a beach break with both a left and a right. Further down the beach you will find a hollow wave that barrels known as Krans. Both long beach and krans are ideal for intermediate and advanced surfers.
2) Muizenberg - Known as the beginners Mecca with its white sand beach and its gentle waves. Muizenberg is located in False Bay and is an ideal place for beginners to learn how to surf, on the low tide. You can find us, Gary’s Surf School at 34 beach road, offering surfing lessons and wetsuit & surfboard rentals. We have been there for the past 30 years making us the first surf school in Cape Town. For those who prefer to grab some food and watch the surfing, there are loads of restaurants on the beachfront to choose from.
3) Big Bay – Just a short 15 minute drive from Cape Town city centre lies Big Bay. Big Bay is a wave for everybody, beginners can catch white water waves on the inside while the more advanced surfer can sit on the outside. Here you will have Table Mountain and Lions Head as the back drop while you are surfing. There are lots of options along this stretch of coast including Melkbos, Milnerton and Blouberg. When the wind is blowing the Kite boarders come down in masses to have some fun which is worth a watch. There are lots of coffee shops & restaurants in the area.
4) Glen Beach – Is a small white sand beach set between Clifton and Camps Bayon the Atlantic seaboard that offers beautiful views of the Twelve Apostles Mountain range. The wave is hollow and breaks heavy on the sand, it’s a wave for intemediate and advanced surfers. It is a short 5 minute drive over Kloof Nek from the City. If you looking for a nice place to relax and watch the sun set this is the place to be. This is a popular beach in the summer.
5) Dungeons – Only accessible by boat, its just off the coast of Hout Bay on the Atlantic Seaboard. Dungeons is a big wave spot that sees surfers from all over the world when the charts predict the right conditions, which is not a lot through out the year. When it is on and the guys are surfing you can go down to Hout Bay harbor and jump onto a boat that will take you out to watch the guys get towed into huge waves. Its not far out from the Harbor. This spot is not for amateur surfers.
6) Scarborough – Located on in the Southern Peninsula and boarders the Cape Point Nature Reserve, a 50 minute drive from Cape Town city centre. Scarborough is a great surf spot for both intermediate and experienced surfers, there is a beach break as well as a point break. Surrounded by a beautiful mountain range with a white sand beach, its one of Cape Town’s underrated spots and a great escape from the city.
7) Llandudno – Situated on the Atlantic seaboard just around the corner from Camps Bay, a short 15 minute drive from the city. The setting is amazing, with big granite rocks and white sand with its turquoise water, it’s a popular beach with both locals and foreigners flocking to in the warmer months. The wave is a hollow beach break more suited to intermediate surfers. The locals here and known to be a little less friendly. There are no shops near by to hire any boards or wetsuits.
8) Crayfish Factory – A challenging big wave spot suited only for advanced surfers, it breaks hard off rocks and when conditions are right, gets scary looking. Crayfish factory is located between Kommetjie and Scarborough on the Atlantic seaboard, a 45 minute drive from Cape Town city centre. You need to be paddling fit if you are going to surf here and is also a great escape from the city.
9) The Hoek – Located on the beautiful stretch of Noordhoek beach between Kommetjie and Chapmans Peak, the Hoek is a right hand sand bottom wave that gives no mercy when it is bigger. This wave is strictly for those who know how to surf, when the southerly winds are blowing, this wave comes alive. Noordhoek beach is stretch of 8km with waves all along the beach. Its advised only to surf if you are experienced.