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Hout Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.3

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Hout Bay break guidePhoto by: Callum Seha

Hout Bay Surf Guide

Hout Bay in Cape Peninsula is a sheltered beach break that does not work very often. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. The best wind direction is from the northwest. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the optimum swell angle is from the southwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Sometimes crowded. Hazards include sharks,.

Hout Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBreakwaterIcon  s33.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
13.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Hout Bay:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Hout Bay 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 47% of the time in June while 38% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 15% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
47%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
38%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
15%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Hout Bay Location Map

Interactive Hout 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 Hout Bay is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in South Africa, which is 25 km (16 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Hout Bay is Oudtshoorn Airport (DUH), also in South Africa, 358 km (222 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Hout Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 19 April 2021, 19:55 Local Time
Monday 19Tue
5PM8PM11PM2AM
Wave (m) 2.1
SSW
2.0
SSE
1.7
SSW
2.5
SE
Period (s) 9 8 10 8
Wind (km/h) 30
SE 25
ESE 20
ESE 15
ESE
Wind State on on on cross-
on

Swell History at Hout Bay

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

Wind History at Hout Bay

Wind stats for Hout Bay, 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 Hout Bay. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s22.3
    Reliability: inconsistent
    1km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.1
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: inconsistent
    5km away
    • Icon sandbar  redSandbar
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: inconsistent
    5km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Hout Bay: