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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 Forecast / Cape Town / South Africa

7 Day Weather and Surf, issued 7 pm Sunday 28 Feb 2021 SAST
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Van Riebeek surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Van Riebeek sea temperature is 11.9 °C (Statistics for 28 Feb 1981-2005 - mean: 19.5 max: 20.9 min: 18.2 °C)
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Van Riebeek surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Van Riebeek sea temperature is 11.9 °C (Statistics for 28 Feb 1981-2005 - mean: 19.5 max: 20.9 min: 18.2 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update Continuing clean conditions at Van Riebeek (calm at Duynefontein 1 km from Van Riebeek). 1.3m 9 s period swell from SSE with an additional 0.6m 12 s period swell from SSW

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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Van Riebeek this week:

The surf forecast for Van Riebeek over the next 7 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Sunday (Feb 28) at 11PM. The primary swell is predicted to be 0.9m and 11s period with a secondary swell of 1.1m and 9s. The wind is predicted to be cross-offshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Van Riebeek in the next 7 days are 4.0m 15s and forecast to arrive on Thursday (Mar 04) at 5AM. Winds are predicted to be cross-onshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 0.6m 4s period and expected on Sunday (Mar 07) at 2PM.

Wave TypeTime (SAST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+)11PM (Sun 28th Feb)3.5ft (1.1m) 9s
Best Surf 8PM (Wed 3rd Mar)10ft (3.0m) 17s
Most Powerful 5AM (Thu 4th Mar)13ft (4.0m) 15s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for Van Riebeek over the next 7 days.

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Rating
(10 max)
Swell
Height Map
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
Period(s) (?)
Wave
Graph
(?)Metric surfscale
Energy (?)
Wind
(km/h)
Wind State (?)
onshore
cross-onshore
cross-shore
cross-offshore
offshore
glassy
High Tide
/ height (m)
Low Tide
/ height (m)
Summary
Rain (mm)
High °C
Low °C
Chill °C (?)
Sunrise
Sunset
Monday
01
Tuesday
02
Wednesday
03
Thursday
04
Friday
05
Saturday
06
Sunday
07
NightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAM
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T southafrica.htsgw.metric.24.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.48.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.72.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.96.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.120.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.144.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.168.cc23
T southafrica.htsgw.metric.180.cc23
0.9
SW
0.6
SSW
0.6
SSW
0.8
SW
0.8
SW
1.2
SW
1.1
SW
1.1
WSW
2.1
WSW
4
WSW
3.5
SW
3
SW
3
SW
2.5
SW
2.2
SW
2.1
SW
1.4
SSW
2.3
SW
2.1
SSW
1.7
SW
1.6
SW
2.1
SW
2.1
SW
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17993911871674713678742611697057063734307818481336108379918661452107375314961475
10
NNE
15
NW
5
W
15
NNW
15
NW
20
WSW
5
W
15
WNW
20
WSW
15
SSE
25
SSE
30
SSE
15
SE
10
SSW
15
S
5
NNE
20
NNW
25
WNW
10
W
20
WNW
25
NW
10
WNW
5
SW
cross-
off
crossglasscross-
off
crosscross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
crossoncross-
on
glasscross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
on
crosscrosscrossglass
4:36AM
1.72
4:54PM
1.57
5:13AM
1.70
5:34PM
1.50
5:52AM
1.62
6:16PM
1.39
6:35AM
1.49
7:05PM
1.26
7:27AM
1.34
8:09PM
1.13
8:39AM
1.19
9:47PM
1.05
10:29AM
1.11
11:42PM
1.08
10:22PM
-0.04
10:49AM
-0.03
10:58PM
-0.01
11:29AM
0.01
11:36PM
0.07
12:11PM
0.10
12:18AM
0.19
12:58PM
0.22
1:07AM
0.34
1:56PM
0.37
2:12AM
0.49
3:20PM
0.48
3:58AM
0.57
5:12PM
0.49

Note: the tide data above is for Beach Road which is 4 km away. Surf properties and timing are calculated for Van Riebeek.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph
Offshore winds at Van Riebeek blow from the NE

Monday
01
Tuesday
02
Wednesday
03
Thursday
04
Friday
05
Saturday
06
Sunday
07
NightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAM
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
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-6:33--6:35--6:35--6:35--6:37--6:37--6:39--6:39
--7:22--7:20--7:19--7:17--7:16--7:15--7:14--

Short Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Warm air temperatures (max 29°C on Sun night, min 18°C on Mon night). Wind will be generally light.

Long Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Warm air temperatures (max 25°C on Fri afternoon, min 17°C on Thu night). Winds decreasing (fresh winds from the SSE on Thu afternoon, calm by Fri night).

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Information about the Van Riebeek Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Van Riebeek provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 7 days. A general guide to surfing at Van Riebeek can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Van Riebeek surf forecast is unique since it includes wave energy (power) that defines the real feel of the surf rather than just the height or the period. If you surf the same spot (Van Riebeek) regularly then make a mental note of the wave energy from the surf forecast table each time you go. Very soon you may start to choose your surf days based on the wave energy alone combined with our forecast of favourable offshore wind conditions. Our star ratings will help here and of course you will also find the usual wave height and period predictions on our surf forecasts as well as a full break down of the swell components under our advanced users option (to reveal that, click the little Einstein character under the tide times).

Further information to help with frequently asked questions about our surf forecast for Van Riebeek may be found under the help tab on the top menu and also by moving your mouse over the question marks on the surf forecast table itself. Please always bear in mind that the forecast is for near-shore open water and local factors at each surf break influence the actual breaking wave height, such as the beach / reef profile, water depths offshore and shelter.

Van Riebeek is 13 km (8 miles) from the city of Robben Island. If you plan a holiday in Cape Town, look for hotels and other accommodation in Robben Island. Robben Island has rooms for a wide range of budgets as well as car hire and transport links.