Top Five Surf Spots in Cape Town

Thursday, 19 December 2019 09:29 AM

Whether you’re a golden oldie or a total newbie to the world of waves, Cape Town’s oceans offer an abundance of surf spots that are sure to impress even the most seasoned of seacats. It’s time to hit the water! Here are some of our favourite waves.



If you’re looking to learn, you’ve come to the best beach. Just thirty minutes from Cape Town you’ll find gentle waves alive with learners and a stretch of pearly white sand bordered by the iconic multicoloured change rooms. Pick any one of the many surf schools dotted along the beach strip, rent some gear, and get taught by well-weathered surfers that have smashed many a Muizenberg wave.

Long Beach

The seaside suburb of Kommetjie, or “The Kom” as the locals like to call it, is home to the aptly named long, sandy beach, Long Beach. Here, you’ll find the offering is the best of both worlds, breaking to the left and the right. If you’re more experienced, this will be right up your alley. Think offshore break on a south-west wind. Surf’s up!

Big Bay

Nestled between Melkbos and Bloubergstrand, this spot is a winner for surfers of all skill levels. Catch this prime wave on a day that the wind is blowing in an east to south-east direction. Make sure to take advantage of the little coffee store across the way to beat that post-surf chill.


The world-renowned event, Red Bull Big Wave Africa, is a major right-hand monster that occurs in a spot not commonly conquered by paddle-surfers. Amateurs, this is where you need to take a seat to watch the veterans take names. Think 18-metre beasts, some of the largest waves ridden in Africa, that tower stories above a black dot of surfer. Yikes!


If you’re a sucker for awe-inspiring scenery, you’ll never want to leave this scenic beauty. Icy waves kiss pearly-white shores, craggy mountain peaks tower to meet a transient sky. It’s incredible, for its beauty and its epic waves. Although loved by bodyboarders and surfers alike, the waves here are not for the inexperienced or the faint of heart. You need to watch out for giant boulders that hide just beneath the surface near the right-hand wedge and beware of fast-hollowing waves.

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