About Muizenberg

Gentle, rolling and user-friendly, Muizenberg is one of the most popular beaches in Cape Town. With shark-spotters on the hills above and a shark-spotting flag system on the beach, it’s packed on most days with beginners, longboarders, SUPs and groms all learning to surf on the soft waves. All Cape Town surfers ride this place at some stage. Under certain conditions it will be the only rideable spot on the peninsula.

Source: Muizenberg Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Anyone can surf Muizenberg. It’s on the warm Indian Ocean side of Cape Town. The waves are gentle and fun — suitable for beginners and those with stiff joints who struggle with fast takeoffs. If you find the waves too soft, then the notorious Kalk Bay Reef is just around the corner.

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

It’s just too crowded with visitors and learners from all over the country to have a local vibe. There are plenty of locals, but they just blend in with the crowd.

Crowd Factor

Heavy

Mellow Heavy

It’s a long beach that should be able to handle the biggest crowds, but it still gets absolutely flocked. And if you paddle further away from The Corner — the nucleus of the break — you also paddle away from the shark-spotters.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

A go-to spot to get wet and work the shoulders. It’s such a mellow wave, the chances of getting barreled are slim. Sometimes it can happen, during those big high tide sessions, but it’d be a big surprise.

Shoulder Burn

Exhausting

Light Exhausting

One of Muizenberg’s defining characteristics, you’ll paddle more here than you would at most Cape Town breaks.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

With a few rivers and other outlets filtering into the ocean, the water can get pretty dirty. Over the years the water quality has improved, but it can still have a bit of an unhealthy color and stench with the onshore.

Additional Information

Hazards

Sharks and bluebottles in the summer. You’re often sitting very far out, too, which can pose a hazard if you break a leash. And being so crowded, so often, with so many different types of waveriders, there’s a lot of unguided missiles.

Access

Easiest access ever, with plenty of parking in front and a five-meter walk onto the beach.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard

Seabed

The bottom is sand all the way out into the bay. To the right of the main break is a rocky headland, but the waves aren’t any better there. Surfers tend to stick to the waves in front, unless it gets really crowded.

Best Season

It’s offshore on a northwesterly, the predominant winter wind in Cape Town, and howling onshore with the southeasterly “Cape Doctor” throughout the summer. The onshores bring bluebottles by the hordes. It gets a bit colder in winter, but those long, groomed walls are a Southern Hemi winter phenomenon.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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