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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: 2.2

Overall: 4.0

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Big Bay Surf Forecast / Cape Town / South Africa

7 Day Weather and Surf, issued 7 pm Wednesday 20 Jan 2021 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 16.8 °C (Statistics for 20 Jan 1981-2005 - mean: 19.8 max: 20.8 min: 19.1 °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 16.8 °C (Statistics for 20 Jan 1981-2005 - mean: 19.8 max: 20.8 min: 19.1 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update On-shore wind 19 km from Muizenberg has just become cross-shore (moderate winds from the SW at Capetown International Airport). 2.0m 12 s period swell from SW with 1.8m 6 s period wind swell from SE

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23 km away, 45 min ago

Moderate
20 km/h
SW
17.0
16.8
Air / Water (°C)
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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 (Jan 21) at 5AM. The primary swell is predicted to be 1.8m and 12s period with a secondary swell of 0.1m and 16s. Another secondary swell of 2.1m and 7s is also forecast. The wind is predicted to be offshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Big Bay in the next 7 days are 3.5m 15s and forecast to arrive on Wednesday (Jan 27) at 8AM. Winds are predicted to be cross-offshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 1.8m 6s period and expected on Monday (Jan 25) at 5PM.

Wave TypeTime (SAST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 5AM (Thu 21st Jan)6ft (1.8m) 12s
Best Surf 8PM (Fri 22nd Jan)11ft (3.5m) 17s
Most Powerful 8AM (Wed 27th Jan)11ft (3.5m) 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 (?)
onshore
cross-onshore
cross-shore
cross-offshore
offshore
glassy
High Tide
/ height (m)
Low Tide
/ height (m)
Summary
Rain (mm)
High °C
Low °C
Chill °C (?)
Sunrise
Sunset
Thursday
21
Friday
22
Saturday
23
Sunday
24
Monday
25
Tuesday
26
Wednesday
27
NightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAM
44354353043253245355444
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.6.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.24.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.48.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.72.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.96.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.120.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.144.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.168.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.180.cc23
1.8
SW
2.1
SW
2.5
SW
2.5
SW
3
SW
1.9
SW
3
SW
2.5
SW
2.5
SW
3
SW
2.5
SW
2.4
SW
2.1
SW
1.9
SW
1.7
WSW
1.5
WSW
2.2
SW
2.3
SW
2.5
SW
3.5
SW
3.5
SW
4
SW
3
SW
1212131313181614141313121211111113131315141414
9071220210324192600219246292944276634612132163811238516575431643169722485529479655123772
15
SE
15
SSW
30
S
15
SSE
15
SSW
25
SSE
10
SSW
15
WSW
20
WSW
25
SSE
25
SSE
35
SSE
10
SE
10
SSW
30
SSE
15
SSE
20
S
30
S
20
SSE
15
SSW
30
S
35
SSE
30
SSE
cross-
off
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
crosscross-
off
crosscross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
offcrosscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
8:27PM
1.00
8:55AM
1.12
9:47PM
0.96
10:11AM
1.09
11:20PM
0.97
11:31AM
1.10
12:32AM
1.05
12:35PM
1.17
1:22AM
1.14
1:24PM
1.25
2:02AM
1.24
2:05PM
1.34
2:38AM
1.34
2:43PM
1.42
2:22AM
0.56
3:38PM
0.56
3:38AM
0.63
5:01PM
0.55
5:10AM
0.63
6:13PM
0.49
6:24AM
0.57
7:05PM
0.41
7:18AM
0.49
7:47PM
0.31
8:00AM
0.39
8:24PM
0.22
8:39AM
0.30
8:59PM
0.13

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
21
Friday
22
Saturday
23
Sunday
24
Monday
25
Tuesday
26
Wednesday
27
NightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAM
clear
clear
partially cloudy
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clearclearsome cloudsrain shwrsclearclearclearsome cloudsclearsome cloudsclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclear
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1820201920231920201818211718231820211819221817
2024242024252120212021212123252021221822231816
-5:56--5:58--5:58--6:00--6:01--6:01--6:03--6:03
--7:57--7:57--7:55--7:55--7:54--7:54--7:53--

Short Range Forecast: Some drizzle, heaviest during Thu night. Warm air temperatures (max 25°C on Fri afternoon, min 18°C on Wed night). Mainly fresh winds.

Long Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Warm air temperatures (max 25°C on Mon afternoon, min 17°C on Sun night). Winds decreasing (fresh winds from the SSE on Sun afternoon, light winds from the SE 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.