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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Big Bay

South Africa, Cape Town

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 33° 47.536' S
Longitude: 18° 27.064' E

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Got to Capetown South Arfica,Travel from Capetown city north up the west coast of cape town. Pass a Place called Blue Berg Strand which is a popular beach among local holiday makers. And keep goin north. Between MelkBosStrand and Blue Berg Strand u have Big Bay if u travel north on the main coast road u cant miss it. U can also look up the phone number of the Big Bay Cafe for an adress if ur real useless.

English (Translate this text in English): Got to Capetown South Arfica,Travel from Capetown city north up the west coast of cape town. Pass a Place called Blue Berg Strand which is a popular beach among local holiday makers. And keep goin north. Between MelkBosStrand and Blue Berg Strand u have Big Bay if u travel north on the main coast road u cant miss it. U can also look up the phone number of the Big Bay Cafe for an adress if ur real useless.

English (Translate this text in English): Got to Capetown South Arfica,Travel from Capetown city north up the west coast of cape town. Pass a Place called Blue Berg Strand which is a popular beach among local holiday makers. And keep goin north. Between MelkBosStrand and Blue Berg Strand u have Big Bay if u travel north on the main coast road u cant miss it. U can also look up the phone number of the Big Bay Cafe for an adress if ur real useless.

English (Translate this text in English): Got to Capetown South Arfica,Travel from Capetown city north up the west coast of cape town. Pass a Place called Blue Berg Strand which is a popular beach among local holiday makers. And keep goin north. Between MelkBosStrand and Blue Berg Strand u have Big Bay if u travel north on the main coast road u cant miss it. U can also look up the phone number of the Big Bay Cafe for an adress if ur real useless.

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WalkInstant access (< 5min)

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Public access?Public access

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 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Big Bay

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerPowerful

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionEast, NorthEast

Good wind directionSouthEast, East

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks

 Additional Information

Get in in the weekdays gets pretty packed in weekends. Lots of parking though and a shop there to buy food and drinks. when it gets big its not as crowded out the back with good conditions,head out then for a good surf.

English (Translate this text in English): Get in in the weekdays gets pretty packed in weekends. Lots of parking though and a shop there to buy food and drinks. when it gets big its not as crowded out the back with good conditions,head out then for a good surf.

English (Translate this text in English): Get in in the weekdays gets pretty packed in weekends. Lots of parking though and a shop there to buy food and drinks. when it gets big its not as crowded out the back with good conditions,head out then for a good surf.

English (Translate this text in English): Get in in the weekdays gets pretty packed in weekends. Lots of parking though and a shop there to buy food and drinks. when it gets big its not as crowded out the back with good conditions,head out then for a good surf.

Atmosphere

Very friendly place many cool locals around the place not very aggresive as most locals. nice cafe with a good eviroment. great place to head out to with ur mates and catch some awsome waves during the week.

English (Translate this text in English): Very friendly place many cool locals around the place not very aggresive as most locals. nice cafe with a good eviroment. great place to head out to with ur mates and catch some awsome waves during the week.

English (Translate this text in English): Very friendly place many cool locals around the place not very aggresive as most locals. nice cafe with a good eviroment. great place to head out to with ur mates and catch some awsome waves during the week.

English (Translate this text in English): Very friendly place many cool locals around the place not very aggresive as most locals. nice cafe with a good eviroment. great place to head out to with ur mates and catch some awsome waves during the week.

General

Good waves, away from the city a good beach break by any standards.

English (Translate this text in English): Good waves, away from the city a good beach break by any standards.

English (Translate this text in English): Good waves, away from the city a good beach break by any standards.

English (Translate this text in English): Good waves, away from the city a good beach break by any standards.

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Big Bay
By wiehan2365
Dec 29, 2011
- awsum session ima nt dt good bt it was nyc huge waves to ride  
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Big Bay
By RyanGman23
Jun 14, 2010
- Nice break...first proper session at this spot. Lots of fun and decent break when it works. This will probably become my local spot now as there is a frienly vibe and nice cafe's around for after the session.
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Big Bay
By ernst
May 3, 2007
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Big Bay
By kkuschke
Apr 18, 2007
Crazy - This was the craziest surf session ever. Ernst & I went out, just after I bought my new board. We were also the only "dumb" people in the water, apart from a few kite-surfers. Needless to say, our session wasn't very long, and it mu
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Big Bay
By kkuschke
Mar 21, 2007
2nd Time in Big Bay -
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By Anonymous , 14-01-2008

Nice beach, Nice Break - Good beginner breaks, with intermediate breaks in the story season. Not too many meatheads.
Surfed for two years, and now I'm back in Canada. I miss it!! (although there are many other, more wicked breaks in that general vicinity)

By ernst , 27-02-2007

Big Bay gets Big - I've seen Big Bay swell up to 10-12ft face in stormy conditions - great to go out then as hardly anyone dares it into the waters.Wave gets tremendously crowded with kiteboarders and windsurfers (mostly from europe) when the wind's up around February.

By Chris , 16-02-2005

good option when all else fails - On rare occasions Big Bay works very well, but mostly its closing out. It's a good place for beginners, as the bay offers the illusion of safety, and there's an easy paddle out if you stick to the extreme left (as you face the water). Its overcrowded and overdeveloped, you'd be better off trying to make some surfing friends to show you the better spots in the area.Having said all that, I've had some good surfs there, usually when there's been a big storm, and all the open ocean spots are a seething mess.

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