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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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 Silkies

South Africa, Cape Town

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 34° 6.578' S
Longitude: 18° 49.159' E

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Go past pipe and continu along the road until you find a blue building on the corner where the beach ends.Youll easilly see it!(usually a couple of bodyboarders out)

English (Translate this text in English): Go past pipe and continu along the road until you find a blue building on the corner where the beach ends.Youll easilly see it!(usually a couple of bodyboarders out)

English (Translate this text in English): Go past pipe and continu along the road until you find a blue building on the corner where the beach ends.Youll easilly see it!(usually a couple of bodyboarders out)

English (Translate this text in English): Go past pipe and continu along the road until you find a blue building on the corner where the beach ends.Youll easilly see it!(usually a couple of bodyboarders out)

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name strandminireef

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Fun, Ledgey

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthShort (< 50m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthWest, SouthEast

Good wind directionSouthEast, East

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Urchins
- Rocks
- Localism
- Sharks

 Additional Information

fun powerfull little wave.Siiick barrels. When the wind is strong south easterly it is sheltered by the buildings

English (Translate this text in English): fun powerfull little wave.Siiick barrels. When the wind is strong south easterly it is sheltered by the buildings

English (Translate this text in English): fun powerfull little wave.Siiick barrels. When the wind is strong south easterly it is sheltered by the buildings

English (Translate this text in English): fun powerfull little wave.Siiick barrels. When the wind is strong south easterly it is sheltered by the buildings

Atmosphere

powerfull little wave.when wind is strong don't bother going to pipe.

English (Translate this text in English): powerfull little wave.when wind is strong don't bother going to pipe.

English (Translate this text in English): powerfull little wave.when wind is strong don't bother going to pipe.

English (Translate this text in English): powerfull little wave.when wind is strong don't bother going to pipe.

General

Silkies is a great bodyboarding spot.The Barrles are perfect when the winds blowing right and the swells big enough.Silkies ain't such a good spot for surfers.It's really shallow there.I got a wipeout once and broke my shoulder when i hit the bottom.So go and enjoy jourself and dont hit the bottom.

English (Translate this text in English): Silkies is a great bodyboarding spot.The Barrles are perfect when the winds blowing right and the swells big enough.Silkies ain't such a good spot for surfers.It's really shallow there.I got a wipeout once and broke my shoulder when i hit the bottom.So go and enjoy jourself and dont hit the bottom.

English (Translate this text in English): Silkies is a great bodyboarding spot.The Barrles are perfect when the winds blowing right and the swells big enough.Silkies ain't such a good spot for surfers.It's really shallow there.I got a wipeout once and broke my shoulder when i hit the bottom.So go and enjoy jourself and dont hit the bottom.

English (Translate this text in English): Silkies is a great bodyboarding spot.The Barrles are perfect when the winds blowing right and the swells big enough.Silkies ain't such a good spot for surfers.It's really shallow there.I got a wipeout once and broke my shoulder when i hit the bottom.So go and enjoy jourself and dont hit the bottom.

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By xmesox , 26-11-2013

Changed over the years - I used to spend a minimum of 70 days a year at this spot, for over 5 years. It was where I learned to ride and always had a soft spot for it.

Back in 2003 or so, it used to be a small break for most of the time, but about 10 days a year you get a really good hollow break. When the South Easter blew and the swell was up, the shape would be great.

Now days the topography of the sand/beach has changed dramatically and the entire break has changed in turn. I have been there about 10 times in the past year and I haven't seen it pumping like it used to. The lines have also changed dramatically and seem to not run as long as they used to.

It can get very busy in the summer, mostly swimmers.

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