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Horse Trails ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 3.2

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Horse Trails break guidePhoto by: Dewald

Horse Trails Surf Guide

Horse Trails in Western Cape is a reasonably exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent surf. Spring and Summer provide the optimum conditions. The best wind direction is from the east northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Take care of rocks in the line up.

Horse Trails Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
14.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Horse Trails:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Horse Trails 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 23% of the time in June while 74% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 3% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
23%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
74%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
3%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Horse Trails Location Map

Interactive Horse Trails 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 Horse Trails is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in South Africa, which is 25 km (16 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Horse Trails is Oudtshoorn Airport (DUH), also in South Africa, 347 km (216 miles) away.

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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.
Horse Trails Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 10 April 2021, 13:19 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
on cross cross

Swell History at Horse Trails

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

Wind History at Horse Trails

Wind stats for Horse Trails, 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 Horse Trails. Click below to view there surf guides.

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    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
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    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: inconsistent
    1km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s44.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon pointPoint
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Horse Trails:

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.