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Big Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.8
Consistency of Surf: 3.6
Difficulty Level: 2.8
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.6
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 4.0

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Big Bay

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Big Bay

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Big Bay

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Big Bay photo

Big Bay

Photo credit: Brent

Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind ESE

Sea Temperature Today is: 15.1 °C

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 23:18 Local time
TueWednesday 21
Wave (m) 2.5
Period (s) 8 12 12 15
Wind (km/h) 30
SSE 30
SSE 25
SSE 25
Wind State cross-

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Big Bay in Western Cape is an exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds are from the east southeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Often Crowded. Beware of rips and rocks.

South Africa wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Beach Road, 7 km from Big Bay.

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Big Bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At RobbenIsland, 8 km from Big Bay.

moderate winds from the SSE

Air temperature
17.1 °C

Current weather near Big Bay

Overall Big Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in November

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  • The nearest passenger airport to Big Bay is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in South Africa, which is 23 km (14 miles) away (directly).
  • The second closest airport to Big Bay is Oudtshoorn Airport (DUH), also in South Africa, 346 km (215 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Big Bay, Cape Town. Use the tab navigation above to view Big Bay sea temperature, Big Bay photographs, Big Bay detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Big Bay webcams, current wind from Cape Town live weather stations and Big Bay tide predictions. The South Africa swell maps link will open up the big picture showing South Africa and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from South Africa wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Big Bay.