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Glencairn ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 2.8
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.8

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Glencairn break guidePhoto by: Tim Colmer

Glencairn Surf Guide

Glencairn in Cape Peninsula is a fairly exposed beach and reef break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the west northwest. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southeast. Waves at the beach break both left and right as well as a left hand reef break.. Best around low tide. Likely to be crowded if working. Take care of the strong rips here.

Glencairn Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeach and reefIcon  s43.8
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
16.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Glencairn:

The best conditions reported for surf at Glencairn occur when a Southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Glencairn with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 3% of the time in June while 6% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 91% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
3%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
6%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
91%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Glencairn Location Map

Interactive Glencairn 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 Glencairn is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in South Africa, which is 27 km (17 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Glencairn is Oudtshoorn Airport (DUH), also in South Africa, 352 km (219 miles) away.

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Glencairn Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 06:09 Local Time
Tuesday 13
5AM8AM11AM2PM
Wave (m) 1.1
SW
0.8
SW
0.8
SW
0.8
SW
Period (s) 12 11 11 12
Wind (km/h) 20
SE 15
SE 5
SSE 10
SE
Wind State cross-
on
on cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at Glencairn

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

Wind History at Glencairn

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

Glencairn Reviews:

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Ratings
Based on 4 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s43.8
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s33.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s32.8
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s55.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s33.0
  • ...

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Review
Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Stefan from South Africa
“This is not Glencairn but actually Clovelly that is described as well as the location. Glencairn is Past Fish Hoek”

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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.