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Buffels Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.2

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Buffels Bay break guidePhoto by: Nicolas

Buffels Bay Surf Guide

Buffels Bay in Cape Peninsula is a sheltered point break that has unreliable waves. Winter is the favoured time of year for surfing here. The best wind direction is from the west northwest. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southeast. It very rarely gets crowded here. Submerged rocks are a hazard.

Buffels Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon point  redPointIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
15.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Buffels Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Buffels Bay occur when a South-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Buffels Bay (for consistent clean waves)?

mayBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Buffels Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 9% of the time in May while 11% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 80% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
9%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
11%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
80%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Buffels Bay Location Map

Interactive Buffels Bay surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The nearest passenger airport to Buffels Bay is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in South Africa, which is 41 km (25 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Buffels Bay is Oudtshoorn Airport (DUH), also in South Africa, 352 km (219 miles) away.

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Buffels Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 7 May 2021, 18:43 Local Time
Friday 07Sat
5PM8PM11PM2AM
Wave (m) 1.1
SW
1.1
SW
1.1
SW
1.1
SW
Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h) 20
SSW 20
SSW 15
S 20
SSW
Wind State cross cross cross cross

Swell History at Buffels Bay

Surf stats for Buffels Bay, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Buffels Bay

Wind stats for Buffels Bay, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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    • Icon  s33.3
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    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: inconsistent
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    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away

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