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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 break guidePhoto by: Brent

Big Bay Surf Guide

Big Bay in Western Cape is an exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds are from the east southeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Often Crowded. Beware of rips and rocks.

Big Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
15.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Big Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Big Bay occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East-southeast.

Surf Forecasts:
South Africa wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Use the tab navigation above to view Big Bay sea temperature, Big Bay photographs, Big Bay detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Big Bay webcams, current wind from Cape Town live weather stations and Big Bay 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 Big Bay

Big Bay Surf:

Monday, 10 August 2020, 23:10 Local time
MonTuesday 11
Wave (m) 2.5
Period (s) 9 9 9 9
Wind (km/h) 10
NW 20
N 30
N 20
Wind State cross-

Tide Times:

For Beach Road, 7 km from Big Bay.

IS AT (local time)

Big Bay Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Duynefontein, 11 km from Big Bay.


Air temperature
10 °C

Current weather near Big Bay

Overall Big Bay Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in August


Surf stats for Big Bay: see the swell variation by month.

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Wind stats for Big Bay: see the variation in direction and stength by month.

Big Bay - small day photo

Big Bay

Photo credit: WP Strauss

Superman, Big Bay photo

Big Bay

Photo credit: Brent

Big Bay photo

Big Bay

Photo credit: Brent

Big Bay photo

Big Bay

Photo credit: Brent

Big Bay Location Maps

Big Bay Location Map

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Use this relief map to navigate to Cape Town surf spots and tide stations that are in the area of Big Bay

Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Big Bay:

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Wave buoys nearest to Big Bay:

Tide stations nearest to Big Bay:

  • Closest tide station
    Cape Town
    7 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    22 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    61 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    62 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    213 mi


  • The nearest passenger airport to Big Bay is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in South Africa, which is 23 km (14 miles) away (directly).
  • The second closest airport to Big Bay is Oudtshoorn Airport (DUH), also in South Africa, 346 km (215 miles) away.
Big Bay break location map and break info