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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 The wind is still cross-off at Big Bay (fresh winds from the S at Royal Ascot Milnerton wx 9 km from Big Bay). 1.1m 10 s period swell from SW with an additional 0.8m 16 s period swell from SW , plus 3.1m 8 s period wind swell from SSE
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Moderate
34.3 km/h
S
Cross-Off
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Big Bay Surf Forecast / Cape Town / South Africa

7 Day Weather and Surf, issued 1 pm Sunday 17 Dec 2017 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 15.5 °C (Statistics for 17 Dec 1981-2005 - mean: 19.1 max: 20.9 min: 17.8 °C)

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Rating
(10 max)
3
4
3
2
3
3
2
5
5
3
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3
3
5
4
0
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4
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Swell
Height Map See all maps
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
3
SSE
1.6
SW
1.8
SW
1.8
SW
1.6
SW
1.9
SW
2.1
SW
2
SW
2.5
SSW
2.4
SSW
2.1
SW
1.8
SW
1.8
SW
2
SSW
2.2
SW
2.1
SW
1.8
SW
2.1
SW
2.5
SW
2.5
SW
2.5
SW
3
SW
3.5
SW
Period(s) (?)814131312131313131212121212141312121111121212
Surfscale.metric
Wave
Graph
(?)
Energy(?)1169109411161109812117314741226220717431202882976115118911438959114916251454197122272960
Wind
(km/h)
35
SSE
20
SSE
30
SSE
40
SSE
20
SSE
25
SSE
35
SSE
20
SSE
20
SSE
25
S
5
ESE
15
WSW
15
WSW
5
SSE
15
NW
25
SW
10
WNW
15
WNW
25
SSW
10
S
20
WSW
25
WSW
15
W
Wind State(?)cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
glasscross-
on
cross-
on
glassoncross-
on
ononcrosscross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
High Tide
/ height (m)
2:44PM
1.43
3:12AM
1.41

3:18PM
1.44
3:43AM
1.42

3:49PM
1.43
4:15AM
1.41

4:21PM
1.40
4:48AM
1.39

4:53PM
1.35

5:22AM
1.35
5:26PM
1.29

5:58AM
1.31
6:02PM
1.22

6:37AM
1.27
6:49PM
1.15

Low Tide
/ height (m)

9:00PM
0.14
9:13AM
0.25

9:31PM
0.14
9:45AM
0.25

10:02PM
0.15
10:18AM
0.27

10:34PM
0.18
10:51AM
0.31

11:05PM
0.22
11:27AM
0.35

11:38PM
0.27
12:05PM
0.40

12:15AM
0.33
12:48PM
0.45


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
2420212219212319262824282622212219202018191918
Low °C
2217182116172217202622252518192117182016171918
Chill °C (?)
2420212218212318262824282622212219202018191918
Sunrise
--5:30--5:31--5:31--5:31--5:31--5:33--5:33--
Sunset
7:53--7:53--7:54--7:55--7:55--7:55--7:57--7:57-
Short Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Warm air temperatures (max 28°C on Wed afternoon, min 16°C on Mon night). Winds decreasing (fresh winds from the SSE on Mon afternoon, calm by Wed night).Long Range Forecast:Mostly dry. Warm air temperatures (max 28°C on Thu morning, min 16°C on Sat night). Wind will be generally light.

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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.