Surfing in Cape Town
With around forty-nine established surf spots all within an hour’s drive and the choice of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town is somewhat of a haven for surfers from around the world. Cape Town has a very active surfing community and the variety of surfspots means that everybody can be accomodated.
If you’re looking for a beginner’s wave, one of the best beaches to start off is Muizenberg beach. Muizenberg offers gentle waves, but they are fun and just keep on coming all day long. Not really the right kind of beach if you’re looking to carve your name or ride barrels. But if you’re into the soulride of longboarding then Muizenberg is pure magic. This is the beach to take someone who has never surfed before. It’s easily accessible and there are boards available to rent on the beach.
If you’re looking for something a little more challenging, then Long Beach near Kommetjie is a good bet. It offers a decent-sized shorebreak and is perfect for showing off a little. Travel a little further round and you come to Boneyards, a wave that’s perfect when it’s glassy. It’s quite a paddle, so make sure you’ve got the fitness and stamina before you try this one. Outer Kom is a point break that can get really big and an epic spot for paddling out and getting some bigger wave action.
Llandudno is one of the most beautiful beaches to surf here in Cape Town. The water is clear and the pure white sand is laced with some of our most beautiful natural heritage lying tanning, soaking up the sun and watching the surf. The best time to hit this spot is in spring and summer, because during this time the banks create a hollow beach break with some mad barrels. If you follow the locals you’ll see the best spot is to the right, near the rocks.
But if it’s the huge waves that give you butterflies in your stomach that you’re in search of then two spots stand out; Dungeons and the Crayfish Factory. Just the name ‘Dungeons’ says it all. Forming part of the international big wave circuit, this right hander starts breaking at about eight feet and you need to know what you are doing.
If eight foot not big enough for you then give your mother one last kiss and make your way to the Crayfish Factory. Named because it breaks just off a reef near a local crayfish factory, this spot is reserved for those surfers who are willing to risk everything for the ultimate ride and rush. Although the conditions are not always good, when the time is right you’ll find yourself at the top of a massive twelve foot wave. Good luck my friend.
Useful Contacts: If you’re not to sure what the conditions may be like at the beach you’re heading to, there are a number of ways to get the scoop. Local radio station 5FM offers a surf report at various times throughout the day, but for the most comprehensive report that is updated regularly, call Tich Paul on 082 2346 340 and find out exactly what you’re in for.