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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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  1. weather stationWind Update Continuing clean conditions at Big Bay (light winds from the E at RobbenIsland 8 km from Big Bay). 1.2m 12 s period swell from SW with an additional 0.9m 19 s period swell from SW
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Clean
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Big Bay Surf Forecast / Cape Town / South Africa

7 Day Weather and Surf, issued 7 pm Wednesday 18 Jul 2018 SAST

Big Bay surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.

Today's Big Bay sea temperature is 15.4 °C (Statistics for 18 Jul 1981-2005 - mean: 15.4 max: 16.2 min: 13.8 °C)

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Swell
Height Map See all maps
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
1.3
SW
2.3
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2.3
SW
2.2
SW
2.2
WSW
2.1
WSW
2.5
WSW
2.3
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1.3
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2.4
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WNW
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4.5
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4.5
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3.5
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2.5
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2.3
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2
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Period(s) (?)1816151414131212121212111111111313151413121211
Surfscale.metric
Wave
Graph
(?)
Energy(?)1215264323701850171915562151144710448213554115451392292193126763896965223318210413751014
Wind
(km/h)
10
NE
15
NNE
20
N
20
NNE
10
N
5
WNW
5
SSE
5
SE
5
SSE
10
NNE
20
NNW
20
NW
20
NNE
35
N
35
NNW
25
NW
15
NW
10
W
10
SSE
10
SE
10
S
5
ESE
5
N
Wind State(?)cross-
off
crosscrosscrosscross-
on
glasscross-
off
glasscross-
off
crosscross-
on
cross-
on
crosscross-
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on
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High Tide
/ height (m)

8:12AM
1.17

8:42PM
1.29
9:23AM
1.09

9:51PM
1.22
10:44AM
1.06

11:05PM
1.19
11:58AM
1.09

12:10AM
1.20
12:56PM
1.15

1:03AM
1.24
1:40PM
1.22

1:46AM
1.29

2:18PM
1.29


Low Tide
/ height (m)
2:07AM
0.34

2:14PM
0.40
3:15AM
0.41

3:23PM
0.49
4:29AM
0.45

4:42PM
0.53

5:41AM
0.44
5:56PM
0.52

6:39AM
0.40
6:54PM
0.48

7:25AM
0.34
7:40PM
0.42

8:04AM
0.28

8:19PM
0.35

Note: the tide data above is for Beach Road which is 7 km away. Surf properties and timing are calculated for Big Bay.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph

Offshore winds at Big Bay blow from the ESE.
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Summary
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Rain (mm)
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High °C
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Low °C
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Chill °C (?)
2423262416171617212021241917181414141412171615
Sunrise
-7:47--7:46--7:45--7:45--7:43--7:43--7:43--7:41
Sunset
--5:58--5:58--5:59--6:00--6:00--6:00--6:01--
Short Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Warm air temperatures (max 26°C on Thu afternoon, min 15°C on Fri morning). Wind will be generally light.Long Range Forecast:Light rain (total 5mm), mostly falling on Mon night. Warm air temperatures (max 24°C on Sun afternoon, min 12°C on Wed morning). Winds decreasing (fresh winds from the NNW on Mon afternoon, calm by Wed night).

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Information about the Big Bay Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Big Bay provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 7 days. A general guide to surfing at Big Bay can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Big Bay surf forecast is unique since it includes wave energy (power) that defines the real feel of the surf rather than just the height or the period. If you surf the same spot (Big Bay) regularly then make a mental note of the wave energy from the surf forecast table each time you go. Very soon you may start to choose your surf days based on the wave energy alone combined with our forecast of favourable offshore wind conditions. Our star ratings will help here and of course you will also find the usual wave height and period predictions on our surf forecasts as well as a full break down of the swell components under our advanced users option (to reveal that, click the little Einstein character under the tide times).

Further information to help with frequently asked questions about our surf forecast for Big Bay may be found under the help tab on the top menu and also by moving your mouse over the question marks on the surf forecast table itself. Please always bear in mind that the forecast is for near-shore open water and local factors at each surf break influence the actual breaking wave height, such as the beach / reef profile, water depths offshore and shelter.

Big Bay is 8 km (5 miles) from the very large city of Robben Island. If you plan a holiday in Cape Town, look for hotels and other accommodation in Robben Island. Robben Island has rooms for a wide range of budgets as well as cheap car hire and transport links.