Surfing in Cape Town
Cape Town is one of the best places to surf – if you are not afraid of the cold that is. The great thing is that is that no matter what the conditions, you will find waves within an hour’s drive. The Cape Peninsula is also a very versatile surfing area offering anything from 40ft monsters at Dungeons to the gentle waves of Muizenberg that beginners and longboarders love so much.
Cape Town has such a wide range of surf spots that you are really spoilt for choice. On the False Bay side of the peninsula you will find slightly warmer conditions, whereas the Atlantic side is cold even in summer due to the icy Benguela Current. Around Cape Town you will find family beaches, rocky reef breaks that are dominated by the locals and if you have the luxury of surfing during the week you will find uncrowded waves with a tranquil mountain setting in the background. But wherever you chose to surf; it never really feels like you’re surfing in a city. Sitting in the line-up you see the endless horizon on the one – and the silhouette of the Table Mountain Range on the other side. Pure bliss!
If you are a beginner or stuck without a car Surfers Corner in Muizenberg is the spot to surf. The gentle waves of this False Bay family beach attract surfers of all ages and abilities. Muizenberg can get very busy on the weekends, but the atmosphere is usually quite relaxed. Surfers Corner is also very convenient as the many surf shops rent out boards and wetsuits. This is also a great place to go for a lesson at one of the surf schools. When the morning session woke your appetite you can walk out of the water into one of the bistros or cafes for some breakfast.
The Noordhoek – Kommetjie area on the other side of Table Mountain feels very far away from the city. The mountain seems to shelter these endless beaches, farms and perfect sundowner spots from the rush of the city. Surfing is a favourite pastime in Kommetjie and Long Beach is the most frequented spot. Long Beach offers consistent lefts and rights but gets very crowded on the weekends. Luckily this is not your only option in the area as you will find loads waves in serene setting all along this stretch of coast.
This beach break past Table View is another favourite with beginners, but offers peaks for all levels of skill. If it gets windy you might have to share with the kite boarders.
This spot also known as Cool Bay is as great weekend away, especially in summer. The beauty of Kogelbaai is that it is sheltered from the Southeaster and there is a really nice camping site right on the beach. The tranquil Crystal Pools are within reach as well, so if Cape Town is blown out by the Cape Docter, this is the place to be!
Surfing in South Africa is also about traveling. We highly recommend you explore as much of the south African coast as possible.
If you surf in Cape Town (or anywhere in South Africa for that matter) the ignorant will declare you mad for stepping into the territory of the man in the grey suit. Yes, there are sharks in South African waters and yes, sharks are dangerous. BUT: Sharks do not hunt humans and sharks attacks are very rare. According to the International Shark Attack File there have been 6 shark attacks in South Africa in 2009 and 41 in the last 10 years. Compare this to the likelihood of being involved in a car accident or getting struck by lightning and you will realize that sharks are not a reason to refrain from one of the most exhilarating activities in life.