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Big Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.9
Consistency of Surf: 3.8
Difficulty Level: 2.8
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.7
Crowds: 2.1

Overall: 4.0

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Big Bay Surf Forecast / Cape Town / South Africa

7 Day Weather and Surf, issued 7 am Thursday 13 Aug 2020 SAST
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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 15.0 °C (Statistics for 13 Aug 1981-2005 - mean: 15.5 max: 16.6 min: 13.8 °C)
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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 15.0 °C (Statistics for 13 Aug 1981-2005 - mean: 15.5 max: 16.6 min: 13.8 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update Continuing clean conditions at Big Bay (calm at Duynefontein 11 km from Big Bay). 5.7m swell from SW too big

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WSW
Clean
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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Big Bay this week:

The surf forecast for Big Bay over the next 7 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Thursday (Aug 13) at 5PM. The primary swell is predicted to be 5.5m and 15s period. The wind is predicted to be onshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Big Bay in the next 7 days are 5.5m 15s and forecast to arrive on Thursday (Aug 13) at 5PM. Winds are predicted to be onshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 1.2m 5s period and expected on Tuesday (Aug 18) at 2AM.

Wave TypeTime (SAST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 5PM (Thu 13th Aug)18ft (5.5m) 15s
Best Surf 5PM (Thu 13th Aug)18ft (5.5m) 15s
Most Powerful 5PM (Thu 13th Aug)18ft (5.5m) 15s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for Big Bay over the next 7 days.

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Rating
(10 max)
Swell
Height Map
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
Period(s) (?)
Wave
Graph
(?)Metric surfscale
Energy(?)
Wind
(km/h)
Wind State(?)
High Tide
/ height (m)
Low Tide
/ height (m)
Summary
Rain (mm)
High °C
Low °C
Chill °C (?)
Sunrise
Sunset
Thursday
13
Friday
14
Saturday
15
Sunday
16
Monday
17
Tuesday
18
Wednesday
19
Thu
20
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPM
11118650111111116663542333334
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.12.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.36.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.60.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.84.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.108.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.132.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.156.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.174.cc23
6
SW
5.5
SW
4
SW
3.5
SW
3.5
SW
4
SW
5.5
SW
6
SW
5
SW
4.5
SW
4
SW
3
WSW
2.5
WSW
2.2
WSW
1.7
WSW
1.6
S
1.5
S
1.3
WSW
1.3
WSW
1.3
WSW
1.4
SW
1.4
SW
1.4
SSW
1515141313131314131313151514141110121211111113
1589112734712539053425478710515125848876723353414774303019331033595477414475443476423649
5
W
10
W
10
NNE
10
NW
15
NW
25
NNW
35
SW
25
SSW
10
SSW
5
ENE
10
SSW
10
SSE
15
SSE
25
SSE
15
SE
10
ESE
10
SSW
5
SE
5
SSE
10
S
10
SE
10
SSE
15
S
cross-
on
oncrosscross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
crosscrosscrosscross-
off
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
offoffcrossoffcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
10:35AM
0.97
10:54PM
1.09
12:02PM
1.04
12:10AM
1.16
1:00PM
1.16
1:06AM
1.27
1:45PM
1.29
1:52AM
1.39
2:24PM
1.42
2:34AM
1.49
3:03PM
1.54
3:15AM
1.56
3:41PM
1.64
3:55AM
1.59
4:30PM
0.64
5:39AM
0.50
5:58PM
0.58
6:41AM
0.40
6:58PM
0.47
7:29AM
0.28
7:46PM
0.34
8:10AM
0.16
8:29PM
0.21
8:48AM
0.06
9:09PM
0.11
9:26AM
-0.01
9:50PM
0.03
10:04AM
-0.04

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

Thursday
13
Friday
14
Saturday
15
Sunday
16
Monday
17
Tuesday
18
Wednesday
19
Thu
20
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPM
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
some cloudsclearclearclearclearrain shwrsrain shwrssome cloudsrain shwrsrain shwrssome cloudssome cloudssome cloudsclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclear
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1414131314141512111012121213121114131315131516
14131110141313111091110101310913111115121216
1313131213131399911111011101014121315121515
7:24--7:24--7:22--7:22--7:20--7:20--7:18--7:18-
-6:15--6:15--6:16--6:17--6:17--6:19--6:20--6:20

Short Range Forecast: Moderate rain (total 14mm), heaviest on Fri night. Cool air temperatures (max 15°C on Sat morning, min 9°C on Sun morning). Winds increasing (calm on Thu night, fresh winds from the WSW by Sat morning).

Long Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Cool air temperatures (max 16°C on Thu afternoon, min 9°C on Tue morning). 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.