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Sunset Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.2

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Sunset Beach Surf Guide

Sunset Beach in Western Cape is a fairly exposed beach break that does not work very often. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the southwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Take care of locals and sharks.

Sunset Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeachIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
13.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Sunset Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Sunset Beach occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

mayBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Sunset Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 23% of the time in May while 75% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 2% 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
75%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
2%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Sunset Beach Location Map

Interactive Sunset 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 Sunset Beach is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in South Africa, which is 20 km (12 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Sunset Beach is Oudtshoorn Airport (DUH), also in South Africa, 344 km (214 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.
Sunset Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 16 May 2021, 08:41 Local Time
Sunday 16
5AM8AM11AM2PM
Wave (m) 1.9
SSW
1.7
SSW
1.6
SSW
1.5
SSW
Period (s) 11 11 11 11
Wind (km/h) 15
SSE 10
SSW 10
SW 10
WSW
Wind State cross-
on
cross-
on
on cross-
on

Swell History at Sunset Beach

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

Wind History at Sunset Beach

Wind stats for Sunset Beach, 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 Sunset Beach. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beachBeach
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    0km away
    • Icon sandbar  redSandbar
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: inconsistent
    1km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: inconsistent
    2km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: consistent
    3km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s44.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Sunset Beach: