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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: 4.6
Crowds: 2.1

Overall: 4.0

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  1. weather stationWind Update Continuing clean conditions at Big Bay (calm at Duynefontein 11 km from Big Bay). 3.6m 11 s period swell from SSW
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Big Bay Surf Forecast / Cape Town / South Africa

7 Day Weather and Surf, issued 1 pm Monday 21 Oct 2019 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 15.9 °C (Statistics for 21 Oct 1981-2005 - mean: 16.3 max: 17.5 min: 15.3 °C)

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Swell
Height Map See all maps
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
3.5
SSW
3
SSW
2.5
SSW
2
SSE
1.6
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1.1
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1.3
WSW
1.6
SW
1.6
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1.8
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2.5
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2.5
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2.5
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2.5
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2.4
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3
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3.5
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4
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3.5
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3.5
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3.5
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3.5
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Period(s) (?)11111099999101013131313121212131313121212
Surfscale.metric
Wave
Graph
(?)
Energy(?)3262181612027024451992933964506221977241922392042171521493331411458284282363336483735
Wind
(km/h)
35
SSE
15
SE
5
SSE
20
WSW
15
SW
20
NW
20
WNW
10
NNE
30
NW
30
NW
35
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5
NW
15
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15
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25
NW
25
WNW
20
NW
35
NW
35
NW
15
SW
20
WSW
25
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20
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Wind State(?)cross-
off
offcross-
off
cross-
on
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on
cross-
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High Tide
/ height (m)

8:51PM
1.08
10:03AM
1.12

10:40PM
1.12
11:27AM
1.24

11:57PM
1.24
12:25PM
1.40

12:53AM
1.38
1:12PM
1.55

1:40AM
1.50
1:55PM
1.67

2:23AM
1.58

2:36PM
1.74
3:03AM
1.62

3:15PM
1.75

Low Tide
/ height (m)
2:31PM
0.57
3:26AM
0.50

4:26PM
0.52

5:01AM
0.43
5:47PM
0.38

6:07AM
0.31
6:44PM
0.21

6:58AM
0.18
7:31PM
0.06

7:43AM
0.08

8:13PM
-0.06
8:25AM
0.01

8:54PM
-0.12
9:05AM
-0.01


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
1714171716171716181917161716171715171716151413
Low °C
1511121715151713151716161715161715151614141313
Chill °C (?)
1612171616161616171816161715161614151515141211
Sunrise
--5:56--5:54--5:54--5:52--5:50--5:50--5:48--
Sunset
7:04--7:05--7:06--7:07--7:07--7:07--7:08--7:09-
Short Range Forecast: Moderate rain (total 12mm), heaviest on Thu night. Cool air temperatures (max 19°C on Thu afternoon, min 11°C on Mon night). Winds increasing (light winds from the SSE on Tue morning, strong winds from the NNW by Thu night).Long Range Forecast:Heavy rain (total 24mm), heaviest during Fri morning. Cool air temperatures (max 17°C on Fri afternoon, min 13°C on Mon afternoon). Winds increasing (light winds from the NW on Fri morning, strong winds from the NW by Sun afternoon).

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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.