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Muizenberg break guidePhoto by: Seth de boer

Muizenberg Surf Guide

Muizenberg in Cape Peninsula is an exposed beach break The best wind direction is from the west northwest. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Be warned that sharks have been sighted.

Muizenberg Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
15.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Muizenberg:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Muizenberg 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 4% of the time in June while 5% 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.
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).

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Interactive Muizenberg 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 Muizenberg is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in South Africa, which is 19 km (12 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Muizenberg is Oudtshoorn Airport (DUH), also in South Africa, 348 km (216 miles) away.

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Muizenberg Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 4 July 2022, 06:01 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 12 12 12 11
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Muizenberg

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

Wind History at Muizenberg

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

Muizenberg Reviews:

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The Green Fish from South Africa
“Cape Town's breeding ground for grommets, Muizenberg is the ideal spot to learn to surf with kilometers of open beach to diffuse crowding and multiple lines of whitewater close to shore to help newbies find their feet.

During summer the swell is routinely wrecked by South Easterly winds which turn the ocean into coffee coloured mush. On windless days the swell will peak at 6 foot faces and rarely goes overhead. Summer also brings a seasonal influx of sharks who move closer to the beach zone.

Crowds are also worst during the summer months, and surfers choosing to catch waves in the 'surfer's corner' will be exposed to some horrific surf etiquette, with drop-ins, snaking etc the norm rather than the exception. More experienced surfers therefore choose to surf closer to the rocks or further down the beach towards the river mouth.

Summer surfing at Muizenberg can be fun due to the warm water temperatures and great scenery. On a clean head-high day good sandbanks can provide long rides and a relatively easy paddle.

Muizenberg comes into its own during winter when a prevailing North Westerly wind blow over the peninsula, and large offshore storm fronts push swell towards False Bay.

Water temperature drops during this period, with full wetsuit, hoodie and gloves advisable when taking on the swell. Storm fronts send some heavy swell towards Muizenberg during the winter, and locals can enjoy waves that are well overhead but relatively easy to pull into.

Winter swell can be quite forceful, which tends to keep the water clear of beginners. A strong leash is advised as surfers are in for a long swim back to shore if they lose their boards.

As a sand break on a gentle upward slope Muizenberg rarely, if ever, provides hollow waves. The wave is slow moving during summer, picking up speed with storm swell. Drop-in angle is forgiving, but sufers are in for a hammering if they get caught in the whitewater during winter swell.

While many Cape surfers have a condescending attitude to Muizenberg, you'll nevertheless find the break well populated by experienced surfers during the Winter months as this spot provides clean, medium sized waves on a consistent basis while many of the Atlantic breaks receive onshore swell.”

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