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Glencairn ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.9

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Glencairn Spot ID

Glencairn on small day photo


Photo credit: Tim Colmer

Jason Mac Kinnon, Glencairn photo


Photo credit: Cuan Knox

Type: beach and reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SE | Wind WNW

Sea Temperature Today is: 17.3 °C

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Saturday, 16 December 2017, 18:59 Local time
Saturday 16Sun
Wave (m) 1.3
Period (s) 13 13 12 12
Wind (km/h) 40
SSE 45
SSE 45
SE 45
Wind State cross-

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Glencairn in Cape Peninsula is a fairly exposed beach and reef break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the west northwest. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southeast. Waves at the beach break both left and right as well as a left hand reef break.. Best around low tide. Likely to be crowded if working. Take care of the strong rips here.

South Africa wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Baileys Cottage Reef, 6 km from Glencairn.

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Glencairn Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Fish Hoek Cape Town wx, 2 km from Glencairn.


Air temperature
19.3 °C

Current weather near Glencairn

Overall Glencairn Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in December

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  • The nearest passenger airport to Glencairn is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in South Africa, which is 27 km (17 miles) away (directly).
  • The second closest airport to Glencairn is Oudtshoorn Airport (DUH), also in South Africa, 352 km (219 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Glencairn, Cape Town. Use the tab navigation above to view Glencairn sea temperature, Glencairn photographs, Glencairn detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Glencairn webcams, current wind from Cape Town live weather stations and Glencairn 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 Glencairn.