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Scarborough Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.5
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.2

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Scarborough Beach break guidePhoto by: Lucai Botha

Scarborough Beach Surf Guide

Scarborough Beach in Cape Peninsula is an exposed beach break that only works when conditions are just right. Spring and Summer provide the favoured conditions. The best wind direction is from the east northeast. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the west. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. A fairly popluar wave that can sometimes get crowded Take care of the strong rips here.

Scarborough Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
14.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Scarborough Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Scarborough Beach occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

mayBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Scarborough Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 29% of the time in May while 59% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 12% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
29%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
59%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
12%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Scarborough Beach Location Map

Interactive Scarborough Beach 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 Scarborough Beach is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in South Africa, which is 33 km (20 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Scarborough Beach is Oudtshoorn Airport (DUH), also in South Africa, 358 km (222 miles) away.

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Scarborough Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 7 May 2021, 17:32 Local Time
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5PM8PM11PM2AM
Wave (m) 1.3
SW
1.3
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1.3
SW
1.5
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Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h) 20
SSW 20
S 15
S 15
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Wind State cross-
on
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on
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on

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Swell History at Scarborough Beach

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Wind History at Scarborough Beach

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