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Gansbaai ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.6
Consistency of Surf: 3.4
Difficulty Level: 4.1
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 3.7

Overall: 4.0

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Gansbaai break guidePhoto by: murray

Gansbaai Surf Guide

Gansbaai in Boland and Southern Cape is a fairly exposed reef break that only works once in a while. Winter is the favoured time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the east. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. There are left and right breaking reefs. Rarely crowded here. Beware of rocks,kelp.

Gansbaai Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
16.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Gansbaai:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Gansbaai with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 56% of the time in January while 39% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 5% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Gansbaai Location Map

Interactive Gansbaai 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 Gansbaai is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in South Africa, which is 97 km (60 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Gansbaai is Oudtshoorn Airport (DUH), also in South Africa, 285 km (177 miles) away.

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Gansbaai Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 21 June 2021, 12:05 Local Time
Monday 21
Wave (m) 1.9
Period (s) 13 13 12 12
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross cross-
on cross-

Swell History at Gansbaai

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

Wind History at Gansbaai

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

Gansbaai Reviews:

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Based on 10 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s44.0
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s54.6
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.4
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s44.1
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s33.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s43.7
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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jako from South Africa
“Can anybody tell me why the swell is so big on 8 june 2017 , 10,5m waves , that's the biggest ever

Editor Replies: Hi Jako.

There is a very deep low tracking in and it's moving at about the same speed as its underlying swell so the swell is building to be one for the record books. I doubt the peak of it will get surfed anywhere in SA apart from a few spots that are sheltered not just from the huge waves but also from the howling wind too. The days after the peak will be better. In Namibia, the points will get most of the swell and none of the wind. Insane big wave conditions up there on Thursday - the big wavefinder is scoring some perfect 10s.”

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