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Thermopylae ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 1.6
Difficulty Level: 3.6
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.4

Overall: 3.4

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Thermopylae break guidePhoto by: Rob Coomber

Thermopylae Surf Guide

Thermopylae in Cape Peninsula is an exposed point break. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. The best wind direction is from the east. Waves can be ok even in light onshore winds Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest.The waves is a point break that peels left. Best around high tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Hazards include wreck,pollution.

Thermopylae Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon point  redPointIcon  s33.4
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
rarely breaks
14.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Thermopylae:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

aprilBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Thermopylae with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 40% of the time in April while 56% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 4% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
40%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
56%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
4%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Thermopylae Location Map

Interactive Thermopylae 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 Thermopylae is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in South Africa, which is 20 km (12 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Thermopylae is Oudtshoorn Airport (DUH), also in South Africa, 352 km (219 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.
Thermopylae Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 11 April 2021, 06:12 Local Time
Sunday 11
5AM8AM11AM2PM
Wave (m) 2.5
SW
2.3
SW
2.3
SW
2.3
SW
Period (s) 14 13 13 13
Wind (km/h) 10
SSE 10
SSE 15
SSE 15
SSE
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross cross

Swell History at Thermopylae

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

Wind History at Thermopylae

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

    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: consistent
    2km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: consistent
    3km away
    • Icon sandbar  redSandbar
    • Icon  s33.5
    Reliability: consistent
    5km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Thermopylae:

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.