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Witsands ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 3.5

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Witsands Surf Guide

Witsands in Cape Peninsula is an exposed beach break that has quite consistent surf. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. Works best in offshore winds from the northeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Be wary of rips - they make surfing here dangerous.

Witsands Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
15.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Witsands:

The best conditions reported for surf at Witsands 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 Witsands (for consistent clean waves)?

mayBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Witsands 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 22% of the time in May while 76% 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
22%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
76%
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).

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Interactive Witsands 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 Witsands is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in South Africa, which is 32 km (20 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Witsands is Oudtshoorn Airport (DUH), also in South Africa, 359 km (223 miles) away.

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Witsands Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 17 May 2021, 00:15 Local Time
SunMonday 17
11PM2AM5AM8AM
Wave (m) 1.7
SSW
1.7
SSW
1.7
SSW
2.0
SSW
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 5
SW 5
W 5
WNW 5
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Swell History at Witsands

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Wind History at Witsands

Wind stats for Witsands, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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