When to Find the Best Surf Conditions in Cape Town
Surf’s up 365 days of the year in Cape Town, you just need to know where (and when) to go.
And being informed about local surf conditions in Cape Town and getting frequent surf reports will ensure you don’t waste time or money heading off in the wrong direction.
The chilly water temperatures rise during winter when storm swell also brings bigger waves, making June, July and August the months that offer the best surf conditions in the Cape.
Surf conditions in Cape Town are mostly determined by:
- wind direction,
- wind speed,
- swell size and
- swell direction.
The infamous south easterly wind (also known as the Cape Doctor) brings onshore conditions to the False Bay coast and offshore conditions to the Atlantic coast while the converse is true when a north westerly wind blows.
You can expect hot, dry summers and cold, rainy winters in Cape Town, though the city is also known for often having four seasons in one day.
Before grabbing your surf gear, get an update on the day’s surf conditions.
To get your surf reports, you can pop into the nearest surf shop, go online, view the webcams, subscribe to get an SMS update sent to your phone or tune into one of the local radio stations for an early morning report on surf conditions and surf spot recommendations.
Flat, Small Wave (< 1m), Medium Wave (1-3m)
Beautiful waves, clean and flat in between. Also the best spot in Cape Town for freestyle, without any doubt, with super smooth water at low tide.
Long, sandy beach.
Best Wind Months:
January, February, March, April, October, November, December
Consistent. (moderate to strong)
Best Wind Direction:
ESE, SE, SSE, S
Main Wind Direction:
ESE, SE, SSE, S, SSW, SW
In summer, the wind is mostly S to SE. This is the perfect wind (also known as the “Cape Doctor”)