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Dolphin Beach (Republic of South Africa)

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Dolphin Beach , South Africa

One of the great wave spots. Waves can are between 1-4m faces normally, but can get huge at times. Beyond the breaker zone, there is a fairly easy going swell. Shore break varies, but usually isn't gruesome. Bigger waves in the winter. The beach is very long (several kilometers). To the south is Sunset Beach. The beach is wide enough to lay out plenty of lines and launch. Nice, sandy beach. There is a tap where you can rinse yourself and your board. Plenty of grass to rig on if you choose not to rig on the beach. Wind mostly sideshore from the left. Due to slightly strange local effects, the wind is generally sideshore or onshore. In the summer, the wind is mostly S to SE, but of which are pretty exactly sideshore; this is the perfect wind (called Cape Dr.) and can get very strong at times - up to 40 knots. The wind tends to pick up in the mornings and get stronger. So if super strong winds are predicted, get there early! NW is mostly a bad weather or winter wind. Less reliable, but often associated with big waves. SW is onshore and doesn't usually get strong at kite beach. Go to Sunset Beach, Melkbos or Big Bay. Surfing is possible all year round, although the summer months (December to March) have the best winds. In the winter, you will mostly find NW winds (from the right), although these come rarely. Steady winds.

Practical Information

How to get there: Follow the R27 (North) out of Cape Town. Turn left at the Dolphin Beach Hotel at the entrance to Table View.

Amenities: Shower,Toilet,Food

Activities: Kitesurf,Windsurf,Surf (Beginner,Intermediate,Expert)

More info: Sometimes life guards are on duty. Keep away from windsurfers and surfers. Can get crowded.

Type: Ocean

Weather: Long wetsuits needed all year round - although people were seen in shorties some times. Air around 30°C in the summer, down to 15°C in the winter. The water is pretty cold, around 10-15°C in the summer and 13-17°C in the winter. The longer the South Easter (prevailing summer wind) blows, the colder the surface water gets. Doesn't matter much in summer though.

Nearest town or city: Cape Town,Tableview

Night life: Goodin Capetown.

Water conditions: medium wave (1-3m), big wave (>3m), crystal clear

Beach: big beach made of sand

Winds: Thermal Winds, SE,SSE,S

High season: None

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Dolphin Beach , South Africa

One of the great wave spots. Waves can are between 1-4m faces normally, but can get huge at times. Beyond the breaker zone, there is a fairly easy going swell. Shore break varies, but usually isn't gruesome. Bigger waves in the winter. The beach is very long (several kilometers). To the south is Sunset Beach. The beach is wide enough to lay out plenty of lines and launch. Nice, sandy beach. There is a tap where you can rinse yourself and your board. Plenty of grass to rig on if you choose not to rig on the beach. Wind mostly sideshore from the left. Due to slightly strange local effects, the wind is generally sideshore or onshore. In the summer, the wind is mostly S to SE, but of which are pretty exactly sideshore; this is the perfect wind (called Cape Dr.) and can get very strong at times - up to 40 knots. The wind tends to pick up in the mornings and get stronger. So if super strong winds are predicted, get there early! NW is mostly a bad weather or winter wind. Less reliable, but often associated with big waves. SW is onshore and doesn't usually get strong at kite beach. Go to Sunset Beach, Melkbos or Big Bay. Surfing is possible all year round, although the summer months (December to March) have the best winds. In the winter, you will mostly find NW winds (from the right), although these come rarely. Steady winds.

Activities nearby

Golf and other sports
Theatre and opera
Beach and coastal area

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