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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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 Gordon's Bay , Bikini beach

South Africa, Cape Town

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
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Latitude: 34° 10.031' S
Longitude: 18° 51.315' E

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 Access

Coming from Cape Town drive through the Strand and towards Gordon's Bay.
Drive through Gordon's Bay along Beach Road heading for the old harbor. As you pass the harbor entrance keep right and enter Bikini Beach Road. You'll see wave wrapping down the point past the nun's pool.
If you reach a T-junction turn around.

English (Translate this text in English): Coming from Cape Town drive through the Strand and towards Gordon's Bay.<br />Drive through Gordon's Bay along Beach Road heading for the old harbor. As you pass the harbor entrance keep right and enter Bikini Beach Road. You'll see wave wrapping down the point past the nun's pool.<br />If you reach a T-junction turn around.

English (Translate this text in English): Coming from Cape Town drive through the Strand and towards Gordon's Bay.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Drive through Gordon's Bay along Beach Road heading for the old harbor. As you pass the harbor entrance keep right and enter Bikini Beach Road. You'll see wave wrapping down the point past the nun's pool.&lt;br &#47;&gt;If you reach a T-junction turn around.

English (Translate this text in English): Coming from Cape Town drive through the Strand and towards Gordon's Bay.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Drive through Gordon's Bay along Beach Road heading for the old harbor. As you pass the harbor entrance keep right and enter Bikini Beach Road. You'll see wave wrapping down the point past the nun's pool.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;If you reach a T-junction turn around.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (&lt; 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypePoint-break

DirectionLeft

BottomSandy with rock

PowerFast, Fun

Normal lengthShort (&lt; 50m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthWest

Good wind directionNorth

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising tide

More details

Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

Webcam url 

Dangers

- Rocks

 Additional Information

This is a very fickle spot and only works VERY occasionally only after a storm or big cold front.
Best is to go to the back of the spot (end of the road) and jump off the rocks. Instant access.
Difficult wave to catch with not all that much power but fun with lots of friend.
Tend to be a bit crowded because it works such a little. If you're very lucky it will be sunny
right after the storm and there will be plenty of hot women , hence the name - bikini beach.
Heavy shore break wedging off the harbour wall for fat tubes and good air-time.

Bikini Beach needs a huge SW swell to start working - plus 4 meters out at Cape Point. For the months heading into summer the winds can change to SE for an epic off-shore days. When everything falls into place this spot can go off. But it's rare. Access to the waves: walk along the rocks at the end of the road and jump over the waves from the nun's pool. Mind the cops - they need to give loads of illegal parking tickets.

English (Translate this text in English): This is a very fickle spot and only works VERY occasionally only after a storm or big cold front.<br />Best is to go to the back of the spot (end of the road) and jump off the rocks. Instant access.<br />Difficult wave to catch with not all that much power but fun with lots of friend.<br />Tend to be a bit crowded because it works such a little. If you're very lucky it will be sunny<br />right after the storm and there will be plenty of hot women , hence the name - bikini beach.<br />Heavy shore break wedging off the harbour wall for fat tubes and good air-time.<br /><br />Bikini Beach needs a huge SW swell to start working - plus 4 meters out at Cape Point. For the months heading into summer the winds can change to SE for an epic off-shore days. When everything falls into place this spot can go off. But it's rare. Access to the waves: walk along the rocks at the end of the road and jump over the waves from the nun's pool. Mind the cops - they need to give loads of illegal parking tickets.

English (Translate this text in English): This is a very fickle spot and only works VERY occasionally only after a storm or big cold front.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Best is to go to the back of the spot (end of the road) and jump off the rocks. Instant access.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Difficult wave to catch with not all that much power but fun with lots of friend.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Tend to be a bit crowded because it works such a little. If you're very lucky it will be sunny&lt;br &#47;&gt;right after the storm and there will be plenty of hot women , hence the name - bikini beach.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Heavy shore break wedging off the harbour wall for fat tubes and good air-time.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Bikini Beach needs a huge SW swell to start working - plus 4 meters out at Cape Point. For the months heading into summer the winds can change to SE for an epic off-shore days. When everything falls into place this spot can go off. But it's rare. Access to the waves: walk along the rocks at the end of the road and jump over the waves from the nun's pool. Mind the cops - they need to give loads of illegal parking tickets.

English (Translate this text in English): This is a very fickle spot and only works VERY occasionally only after a storm or big cold front.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Best is to go to the back of the spot (end of the road) and jump off the rocks. Instant access.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Difficult wave to catch with not all that much power but fun with lots of friend.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Tend to be a bit crowded because it works such a little. If you're very lucky it will be sunny&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;right after the storm and there will be plenty of hot women , hence the name - bikini beach.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Heavy shore break wedging off the harbour wall for fat tubes and good air-time.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Bikini Beach needs a huge SW swell to start working - plus 4 meters out at Cape Point. For the months heading into summer the winds can change to SE for an epic off-shore days. When everything falls into place this spot can go off. But it's rare. Access to the waves: walk along the rocks at the end of the road and jump over the waves from the nun's pool. Mind the cops - they need to give loads of illegal parking tickets.

Atmosphere

Paddle to the back where the waves first start breaking and take off there - otherwise you are wasting your time (and should go surf Strand). This is the best part of the wave. It wedges off the cliff face when a set rolls through. The take off is very close to the rocks but use object fixation to bend your mind to look at wave in front of you. I have never hit the rocks in 10 years of surfing this break. It's makable all the way to the heavy wedgy shore break. The shore break is a good bodyboarding wave when it's wedging - insane - fun fun!!

(Alt view) I'm a bodyboarder and not to fond of crowds so my friend and I tend to surf the shorey , which tend to get very mean and very hollow.
Lying to the right , next to the harbour wall the waves break against the wall (ocassionally breaking over the harbour wall)
then catching the side wash you can connect it to some of the on coming waves and just let fly... or you could gun for a fat close-out tube.

English (Translate this text in English): Paddle to the back where the waves first start breaking and take off there - otherwise you are wasting your time (and should go surf Strand). This is the best part of the wave. It wedges off the cliff face when a set rolls through. The take off is very close to the rocks but use object fixation to bend your mind to look at wave in front of you. I have never hit the rocks in 10 years of surfing this break. It's makable all the way to the heavy wedgy shore break. The shore break is a good bodyboarding wave when it's wedging - insane - fun fun!!<br /><br />(Alt view) I'm a bodyboarder and not to fond of crowds so my friend and I tend to surf the shorey , which tend to get very mean and very hollow.<br />Lying to the right , next to the harbour wall the waves break against the wall (ocassionally breaking over the harbour wall)<br />then catching the side wash you can connect it to some of the on coming waves and just let fly... or you could gun for a fat close-out tube.

English (Translate this text in English): Paddle to the back where the waves first start breaking and take off there - otherwise you are wasting your time (and should go surf Strand). This is the best part of the wave. It wedges off the cliff face when a set rolls through. The take off is very close to the rocks but use object fixation to bend your mind to look at wave in front of you. I have never hit the rocks in 10 years of surfing this break. It's makable all the way to the heavy wedgy shore break. The shore break is a good bodyboarding wave when it's wedging - insane - fun fun!!&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;(Alt view) I'm a bodyboarder and not to fond of crowds so my friend and I tend to surf the shorey , which tend to get very mean and very hollow.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Lying to the right , next to the harbour wall the waves break against the wall (ocassionally breaking over the harbour wall)&lt;br &#47;&gt;then catching the side wash you can connect it to some of the on coming waves and just let fly... or you could gun for a fat close-out tube.

English (Translate this text in English): Paddle to the back where the waves first start breaking and take off there - otherwise you are wasting your time (and should go surf Strand). This is the best part of the wave. It wedges off the cliff face when a set rolls through. The take off is very close to the rocks but use object fixation to bend your mind to look at wave in front of you. I have never hit the rocks in 10 years of surfing this break. It's makable all the way to the heavy wedgy shore break. The shore break is a good bodyboarding wave when it's wedging - insane - fun fun!!&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;(Alt view) I'm a bodyboarder and not to fond of crowds so my friend and I tend to surf the shorey , which tend to get very mean and very hollow.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Lying to the right , next to the harbour wall the waves break against the wall (ocassionally breaking over the harbour wall)&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;then catching the side wash you can connect it to some of the on coming waves and just let fly... or you could gun for a fat close-out tube.

General

When it is good you'll stay in till it's dark.... classic wave and so much fun when it's maxing.
Summer time it's an excellent bathing beach - warm water (when the SE is not howling) and gorgeous babes.

(Alt view) Shitty surf at the back for bodyboarders more a surfing wave
but for good fun have a shorey session. -KEEP IT REAL-

English (Translate this text in English): When it is good you'll stay in till it's dark.... classic wave and so much fun when it's maxing.<br />Summer time it's an excellent bathing beach - warm water (when the SE is not howling) and gorgeous babes.<br /><br />(Alt view) Shitty surf at the back for bodyboarders more a surfing wave<br />but for good fun have a shorey session. -KEEP IT REAL-

English (Translate this text in English): When it is good you'll stay in till it's dark.... classic wave and so much fun when it's maxing.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Summer time it's an excellent bathing beach - warm water (when the SE is not howling) and gorgeous babes.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;(Alt view) Shitty surf at the back for bodyboarders more a surfing wave&lt;br &#47;&gt;but for good fun have a shorey session. -KEEP IT REAL-

English (Translate this text in English): When it is good you'll stay in till it's dark.... classic wave and so much fun when it's maxing.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Summer time it's an excellent bathing beach - warm water (when the SE is not howling) and gorgeous babes.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;(Alt view) Shitty surf at the back for bodyboarders more a surfing wave&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;but for good fun have a shorey session. -KEEP IT REAL-

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By Jonathan Upton , 18-05-2008

Bikini beach's biggest day! - I used to climb onto my roof to see if there was swell at Bikini and I remember a day when u looked from my house across Harbour Island, the cars parked next to Bikini would dissapear behind the moving swell. Me and a few crazy people surfed Bikini at 10ft that day. U could see the sets coming around the mountain point at Whale Watch. Cars parked there got splashed on. There's a high water mark on a house's wall from a few years back. So believe in that Spot. IT CAN ROCK!!! September month is the best time of the year for Bikini. My brother got hurt that day when he got washed off the harbour wall into the harbour. Hehe. Wait for that huge storm to just miss Cape Point then you'll see. :)

By Anonymous , 11-08-2006

- Shot for the photo

By matt gray , 17-04-2006

- this spot absolutely cranked today. gigantic swell hit, also blew south east. lots of people out, but i scored lank waves, seen it work a few times before. secret spot somewhere else in the boland was going ballistic

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