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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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South Africa, Cape Town

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Latitude: 34° 9.36' S
Longitude: 18° 35.579' E

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Get your own boat and jetski's. Head out in the direction of Seal Island in False bay. (Take a few hours, depending from which side of false bay.)The reef sits about south east of seal island far out to sea.

English (Translate this text in English): Get your own boat and jetski's. Head out in the direction of Seal Island in False bay. (Take a few hours, depending from which side of false bay.)The reef sits about south east of seal island far out to sea.

English (Translate this text in English): Get your own boat and jetski's. Head out in the direction of Seal Island in False bay. (Take a few hours, depending from which side of false bay.)The reef sits about south east of seal island far out to sea.

English (Translate this text in English): Get your own boat and jetski's. Head out in the direction of Seal Island in False bay. (Take a few hours, depending from which side of false bay.)The reef sits about south east of seal island far out to sea.

DistanceDay trip

WalkDon't know

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Don't know

Special accessBy boat only

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Seal island reef, Shark Reef

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityTotally Epic

ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight and left

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Ledgey

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthWest, South, SouthEast

Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 2.5m-3m / 8ft-10ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over

Best tide positionDon't know

Best tide movementFalling tide

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Urchins
- Rips / undertow
- Rocks
- Sharks

 Additional Information

Get yourself a boat with an extra tank petrol and head far out into nowhere.. There are 3 breaks. 1.) Bellows: which sits far out southwest of seal island. Picks up the most swell of the 3, is a predominantly left hand wave but breaks both directions.(Dont know exactlocation.) East shoal: (Thats the name given on sea charts) The reef in the pic. A deeper reef so needs bigger swell to work. Dont know if it has ever been surfed. Right and left.
3.) Unnamed righthander that breaks off seal island. Can get perfect under the right swell but a life gamble due to sharks.
The weather does strange things and the wind blows all the time out here so plan it well and go on a calm day after a storm so that you dont get blown to the south pole! I recommend checking the tides and sea report before aswell. ASEC (African Shark Eco Charters) do shark cage diving trips often out here and are here mostly when the seas are calmer but I wouldnt advise going surfing when they are about!

English (Translate this text in English): Get yourself a boat with an extra tank petrol and head far out into nowhere.. There are 3 breaks. 1.) Bellows: which sits far out southwest of seal island. Picks up the most swell of the 3, is a predominantly left hand wave but breaks both directions.(Dont know exactlocation.) East shoal: (Thats the name given on sea charts) The reef in the pic. A deeper reef so needs bigger swell to work. Dont know if it has ever been surfed. Right and left.<br />3.) Unnamed righthander that breaks off seal island. Can get perfect under the right swell but a life gamble due to sharks. <br />The weather does strange things and the wind blows all the time out here so plan it well and go on a calm day after a storm so that you dont get blown to the south pole! I recommend checking the tides and sea report before aswell. ASEC (African Shark Eco Charters) do shark cage diving trips often out here and are here mostly when the seas are calmer but I wouldnt advise going surfing when they are about!

English (Translate this text in English): Get yourself a boat with an extra tank petrol and head far out into nowhere.. There are 3 breaks. 1.) Bellows: which sits far out southwest of seal island. Picks up the most swell of the 3, is a predominantly left hand wave but breaks both directions.(Dont know exactlocation.) East shoal: (Thats the name given on sea charts) The reef in the pic. A deeper reef so needs bigger swell to work. Dont know if it has ever been surfed. Right and left.&lt;br &#47;&gt;3.) Unnamed righthander that breaks off seal island. Can get perfect under the right swell but a life gamble due to sharks. &lt;br &#47;&gt;The weather does strange things and the wind blows all the time out here so plan it well and go on a calm day after a storm so that you dont get blown to the south pole! I recommend checking the tides and sea report before aswell. ASEC (African Shark Eco Charters) do shark cage diving trips often out here and are here mostly when the seas are calmer but I wouldnt advise going surfing when they are about!

English (Translate this text in English): Get yourself a boat with an extra tank petrol and head far out into nowhere.. There are 3 breaks. 1.) Bellows: which sits far out southwest of seal island. Picks up the most swell of the 3, is a predominantly left hand wave but breaks both directions.(Dont know exactlocation.) East shoal: (Thats the name given on sea charts) The reef in the pic. A deeper reef so needs bigger swell to work. Dont know if it has ever been surfed. Right and left.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;3.) Unnamed righthander that breaks off seal island. Can get perfect under the right swell but a life gamble due to sharks. &amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;The weather does strange things and the wind blows all the time out here so plan it well and go on a calm day after a storm so that you dont get blown to the south pole! I recommend checking the tides and sea report before aswell. ASEC (African Shark Eco Charters) do shark cage diving trips often out here and are here mostly when the seas are calmer but I wouldnt advise going surfing when they are about!

Atmosphere

Welcome to one of South Africa's least ridden and largely un-heard of big wave surfing spots. This spot has often been spoken about amongst False Bay and Cape Town surfers, yet remains somewhat a myth due to the inaccessability of it. It sits far out to sea, close to seal island, which collects one of, or if not the largest populations of great white sharks in South Africa.It needs a huge swell to start working (roughly 8-10feet)and can hold up to 20plus. (Local fisherman have told how they have seen and heard of it breaking at 30!) On huge days we used to sit on Helderberg mountain and could see it barreling from where we sat. (The other side of False Bay.)

English (Translate this text in English): Welcome to one of South Africa's least ridden and largely un-heard of big wave surfing spots. This spot has often been spoken about amongst False Bay and Cape Town surfers, yet remains somewhat a myth due to the inaccessability of it. It sits far out to sea, close to seal island, which collects one of, or if not the largest populations of great white sharks in South Africa.It needs a huge swell to start working (roughly 8-10feet)and can hold up to 20plus. (Local fisherman have told how they have seen and heard of it breaking at 30!) On huge days we used to sit on Helderberg mountain and could see it barreling from where we sat. (The other side of False Bay.)

English (Translate this text in English): Welcome to one of South Africa's least ridden and largely un-heard of big wave surfing spots. This spot has often been spoken about amongst False Bay and Cape Town surfers, yet remains somewhat a myth due to the inaccessability of it. It sits far out to sea, close to seal island, which collects one of, or if not the largest populations of great white sharks in South Africa.It needs a huge swell to start working (roughly 8-10feet)and can hold up to 20plus. (Local fisherman have told how they have seen and heard of it breaking at 30!) On huge days we used to sit on Helderberg mountain and could see it barreling from where we sat. (The other side of False Bay.)

English (Translate this text in English): Welcome to one of South Africa's least ridden and largely un-heard of big wave surfing spots. This spot has often been spoken about amongst False Bay and Cape Town surfers, yet remains somewhat a myth due to the inaccessability of it. It sits far out to sea, close to seal island, which collects one of, or if not the largest populations of great white sharks in South Africa.It needs a huge swell to start working (roughly 8-10feet)and can hold up to 20plus. (Local fisherman have told how they have seen and heard of it breaking at 30!) On huge days we used to sit on Helderberg mountain and could see it barreling from where we sat. (The other side of False Bay.)

General

Scary place, cold water all year round. Winter is the best time to go as the most swell comes from huge storms out to sea.The downside about winter is that the sharks apparently feed more off shark island and head closer to the mainland in the summer. There is an abundance of all sea life out there so if you not surfing, you can just enjoy the scenery. We have only surfed here a few times, as wind conditions got worse and more sharks were spotted but gets perfect on a good day. Bring a Bible and a crowd cause theres none here.

English (Translate this text in English): Scary place, cold water all year round. Winter is the best time to go as the most swell comes from huge storms out to sea.The downside about winter is that the sharks apparently feed more off shark island and head closer to the mainland in the summer. There is an abundance of all sea life out there so if you not surfing, you can just enjoy the scenery. We have only surfed here a few times, as wind conditions got worse and more sharks were spotted but gets perfect on a good day. Bring a Bible and a crowd cause theres none here.

English (Translate this text in English): Scary place, cold water all year round. Winter is the best time to go as the most swell comes from huge storms out to sea.The downside about winter is that the sharks apparently feed more off shark island and head closer to the mainland in the summer. There is an abundance of all sea life out there so if you not surfing, you can just enjoy the scenery. We have only surfed here a few times, as wind conditions got worse and more sharks were spotted but gets perfect on a good day. Bring a Bible and a crowd cause theres none here.

English (Translate this text in English): Scary place, cold water all year round. Winter is the best time to go as the most swell comes from huge storms out to sea.The downside about winter is that the sharks apparently feed more off shark island and head closer to the mainland in the summer. There is an abundance of all sea life out there so if you not surfing, you can just enjoy the scenery. We have only surfed here a few times, as wind conditions got worse and more sharks were spotted but gets perfect on a good day. Bring a Bible and a crowd cause theres none here.

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By Gareth , 05-09-2007

BELLOWS - AMAZING WAVE TO LOOK AT BUT YOU ARE CRAZY IF YOU SURF HERE!!!

By Anonymous , 31-08-2007

K-Bay local - Seen this breaking from on the hill at kalk bay but would never surf it, too big, sharky and far out to sea..

By Mark , 28-08-2007

HUGE!!!!!! - Bellows was huge this last winter. Came out here a month ago and just looked at it, wind was picking up and it was insanely big and scary. Cant surf here uless under the right conditions. A monster wave, deffinately one of SA's biggest for sure.

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