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Van Riebeek ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.8

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Van Riebeek Surf Guide

Van Riebeek in Western Cape is an exposed beach break that does not work very often. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. Works best in offshore winds from the northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the west southwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Take care of the strong rips here.

Van Riebeek Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s43.8
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
12.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Van Riebeek:

The best conditions reported for surf at Van Riebeek occur when a West-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Van Riebeek 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 31% of the time in June while 67% 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
31%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
67%
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 Van Riebeek Location Map

Interactive Van Riebeek 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 Van Riebeek is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in South Africa, which is 33 km (20 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Van Riebeek is Oudtshoorn Airport (DUH), also in South Africa, 347 km (216 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.
Van Riebeek Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 09:45 Local Time
Tuesday 02
11AM2PM5PM8PM
Wave (m) 0.8
SW
1.1
SW
1.2
SW
1.1
SW
Period (s) 12 13 13 13
Wind (km/h) 20
NW 20
WNW 20
W 5
W
Wind State cross cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at Van Riebeek

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

Wind History at Van Riebeek

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

    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: consistent
    4km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and point
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: inconsistent
    5km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    6km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Van Riebeek: