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Captains ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.5
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 3.8

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Captains Surf Guide

Captains in Western Cape is an exposed beach and reef break that has quite consistent surf. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. The best wind direction is from the east. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the west southwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. It very rarely gets crowded here. Submerged rocks are a hazard.

Captains Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeach and reefIcon  s43.8
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
14.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Captains:

The best conditions reported for surf at Captains occur when a West-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Captains with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of July. Clean surfable waves are typically found 36% of the time in July while 63% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 1% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
36%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
63%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
1%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Captains Location Map

Interactive Captains 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 Captains is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in South Africa, which is 32 km (20 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Captains is Oudtshoorn Airport (DUH), also in South Africa, 347 km (216 miles) away.

Icon breakBreak
Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Captains Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 10 April 2021, 13:24 Local Time
Saturday 10
11AM2PM5PM8PM
Wave (m) 1.3
SW
1.1
SW
1.5
SW
1.4
SW
Period (s) 12 12 14 14
Wind (km/h) 5
SSW 15
SW 10
SSE 10
SSE
Wind State cross-
on
cross-
on
cross cross-
off

Swell History at Captains

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

Wind History at Captains

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Captains. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: inconsistent
    1km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: consistent
    3km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and point
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: inconsistent
    4km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    5km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Captains:

We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.