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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 Offshore wind has become cross-off at Muizenberg (moderate winds from the WNW at Zeekoevlei Cape Town wx 5 km from Muizenberg). 5.4m swell from SW too big
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Onshore
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Big Bay Surf Forecast / Cape Town / South Africa

7 Day Weather and Surf, issued 7 pm Tuesday 22 May 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 16.1 °C (Statistics for 22 May 1981-2005 - mean: 16.8 max: 17.9 min: 15.7 °C)

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Height Map See all maps
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
4.5
SW
4
SW
4
WSW
3.5
WSW
3
SSW
3
SSW
2.5
SSW
2.4
SSW
2.4
SSW
2.2
SSW
1.6
W
1.7
W
1.6
W
1.4
WSW
1.4
WSW
1.5
SSW
2.5
W
3.5
WSW
4.5
SW
4
SSW
3.5
WSW
4.5
SW
4
SW
Period(s) (?)141413121514141413131414131212148101213131313
Surfscale.metric
Wave
Graph
(?)
Energy(?)831556325692386333843339272420091975147410571097865608550790765231453965341432362005606
Wind
(km/h)
20
N
25
N
20
NW
15
N
10
ESE
5
ESE
5
SE
5
NNE
5
SSW
10
N
10
N
5
W
0
NE
5
E
5
SSW
15
NW
30
NW
25
WNW
30
WSW
15
SSW
10
SSW
15
SSE
10
SSE
Wind State(?)crosscross-
on
cross-
on
crossoffglassglasscrossglasscrosscrossonglassglasscrosscross-
on
ononcross-
on
crosscrosscross-
off
cross-
off
High Tide
/ height (m)
10:00PM
1.26
10:43AM
1.14

11:13PM
1.30
11:52AM
1.20

12:12AM
1.36
12:47PM
1.27

12:59AM
1.42
1:32PM
1.33

1:39AM
1.46

2:11PM
1.38
2:17AM
1.48

2:46PM
1.41
2:51AM
1.49

3:18PM
1.43


Low Tide
/ height (m)
4:31AM
0.41

4:49PM
0.42

5:42AM
0.34
5:55PM
0.38

6:37AM
0.26
6:46PM
0.33

7:21AM
0.19
7:29PM
0.28

8:00AM
0.14

8:08PM
0.24
8:35AM
0.12

8:45PM
0.23
9:07AM
0.11

9:18PM
0.23

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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rain showers
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Summary
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Rain (mm)
---32619----11----121061---
High °C
1718201816171617181817181716181617181613141312
Low °C
1515191615161616181616181515181515171313141312
Chill °C (?)
1617201816171617181817181716181616171512131211
Sunrise
-7:35--7:37--7:37--7:37--7:39--7:39--7:39--7:41
Sunset
--5:47--5:47--5:46--5:46--5:46--5:45--5:45--
Short Range Forecast: Heavy rain (total 49mm), heaviest during Thu afternoon. Warm air temperatures (max 20°C on Wed afternoon, min 15°C on Tue night). Wind will be generally light.Long Range Forecast:Heavy rain (total 30mm), heaviest during Mon afternoon. Cool air temperatures (max 18°C on Sat afternoon, min 12°C on Wed morning). Winds increasing (calm on Sat night, fresh winds from the NNW by Mon morning).

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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.