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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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 Outer Kom

South Africa, Cape Town

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 34° 8.719' S
Longitude: 18° 18.976' E

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 Access

Go past Kommetjie and head right to the small harbour. Parking available around. It is best to start paddling just at the left end of harbour.

English (Translate this text in English): Go past Kommetjie and head right to the small harbour. Parking available around. It is best to start paddling just at the left end of harbour.

English (Translate this text in English): Go past Kommetjie and head right to the small harbour. Parking available around. It is best to start paddling just at the left end of harbour.

English (Translate this text in English): Go past Kommetjie and head right to the small harbour. Parking available around. It is best to start paddling just at the left end of harbour.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionLeft

BottomFlat rocks

PowerPowerful

Normal lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthWest

Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Urchins
- Rips / undertow
- Sharks

 Additional Information

There are a few areas where the waves seem to break most often, but the peaks are often shifting, so dont expect to rip unless youre really familiar with the place. There is a smaller inside peak, which breaks more often on smaller swells (buoys at 16ft). but the outside peak (works when buoys are at 20ft), to the back left of this last one, breaks quite far out and you must be willing to wait for a half hour to get a bomb. dont get caught inside, or youll suffer defeat at the hands of a monster...and dont be scared of the outside reef, it jacks and then dies again...just when you think you've seen the biggest set of your life, it drops to a more acceptable size. beware "the bowl" in soft offshores..youll be lured into the snare of gleaming pipes that are actually often not as makeable as they seem...so unless youre good at late, LATE drops, dont try it.

English (Translate this text in English): There are a few areas where the waves seem to break most often, but the peaks are often shifting, so dont expect to rip unless youre really familiar with the place. There is a smaller inside peak, which breaks more often on smaller swells (buoys at 16ft). but the outside peak (works when buoys are at 20ft), to the back left of this last one, breaks quite far out and you must be willing to wait for a half hour to get a bomb. dont get caught inside, or youll suffer defeat at the hands of a monster...and dont be scared of the outside reef, it jacks and then dies again...just when you think you've seen the biggest set of your life, it drops to a more acceptable size. beware "the bowl" in soft offshores..youll be lured into the snare of gleaming pipes that are actually often not as makeable as they seem...so unless youre good at late, LATE drops, dont try it.

English (Translate this text in English): There are a few areas where the waves seem to break most often, but the peaks are often shifting, so dont expect to rip unless youre really familiar with the place. There is a smaller inside peak, which breaks more often on smaller swells (buoys at 16ft). but the outside peak (works when buoys are at 20ft), to the back left of this last one, breaks quite far out and you must be willing to wait for a half hour to get a bomb. dont get caught inside, or youll suffer defeat at the hands of a monster...and dont be scared of the outside reef, it jacks and then dies again...just when you think you've seen the biggest set of your life, it drops to a more acceptable size. beware "the bowl" in soft offshores..youll be lured into the snare of gleaming pipes that are actually often not as makeable as they seem...so unless youre good at late, LATE drops, dont try it.

English (Translate this text in English): There are a few areas where the waves seem to break most often, but the peaks are often shifting, so dont expect to rip unless youre really familiar with the place. There is a smaller inside peak, which breaks more often on smaller swells (buoys at 16ft). but the outside peak (works when buoys are at 20ft), to the back left of this last one, breaks quite far out and you must be willing to wait for a half hour to get a bomb. dont get caught inside, or youll suffer defeat at the hands of a monster...and dont be scared of the outside reef, it jacks and then dies again...just when you think you've seen the biggest set of your life, it drops to a more acceptable size. beware "the bowl" in soft offshores..youll be lured into the snare of gleaming pipes that are actually often not as makeable as they seem...so unless youre good at late, LATE drops, dont try it.

Atmosphere

Outer Kom is a beautiful wave, it may be the one in a lifetime. It`s there for the people that take their time waiting for it.

English (Translate this text in English): Outer Kom is a beautiful wave, it may be the one in a lifetime. It`s there for the people that take their time waiting for it.

English (Translate this text in English): Outer Kom is a beautiful wave, it may be the one in a lifetime. It`s there for the people that take their time waiting for it.

English (Translate this text in English): Outer Kom is a beautiful wave, it may be the one in a lifetime. It`s there for the people that take their time waiting for it.

General

Difficult to find the wave working, most of the time it´s off. When it`s on, you can see the wave at roughly 250 Meters out in the ocean a little right to the lighthouse from the main road. It is a fairly easy, but long, paddle out, since there is a light rip picking up at the end of the harbour, which becomes a very strong one on a falling tide. Head right, since the rip may heavily increase as you go directly for the wave, and due to the shifting nature of the peaks, you may get swatted.

English (Translate this text in English): Difficult to find the wave working, most of the time it´s off. When it`s on, you can see the wave at roughly 250 Meters out in the ocean a little right to the lighthouse from the main road. It is a fairly easy, but long, paddle out, since there is a light rip picking up at the end of the harbour, which becomes a very strong one on a falling tide. Head right, since the rip may heavily increase as you go directly for the wave, and due to the shifting nature of the peaks, you may get swatted.

English (Translate this text in English): Difficult to find the wave working, most of the time it´s off. When it`s on, you can see the wave at roughly 250 Meters out in the ocean a little right to the lighthouse from the main road. It is a fairly easy, but long, paddle out, since there is a light rip picking up at the end of the harbour, which becomes a very strong one on a falling tide. Head right, since the rip may heavily increase as you go directly for the wave, and due to the shifting nature of the peaks, you may get swatted.

English (Translate this text in English): Difficult to find the wave working, most of the time it´s off. When it`s on, you can see the wave at roughly 250 Meters out in the ocean a little right to the lighthouse from the main road. It is a fairly easy, but long, paddle out, since there is a light rip picking up at the end of the harbour, which becomes a very strong one on a falling tide. Head right, since the rip may heavily increase as you go directly for the wave, and due to the shifting nature of the peaks, you may get swatted.

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By SA in OZ , 13-12-2006

- My Grandparents live 2 minute walk from the Kom beach and not to far from this place. I'll have to visit it when we go back to SA. Looks as tho SA waves shit on OZ waves but you should check out some of the crazy wedges we have in OZ. Look up knights.

By skidoo , 01-06-2005

towers delight - yeah , Its dah kruller ! Big bombs swinging in out of the South west as me tow buddy pulled drove us out past the pipe . Got shacked heaps as we pulled into sooo many tryptic caverns . Tow ins help heaps and amazingly the grazers took it alright ...ha ha ! couldn't catch us if they tried and you can launch heaps a quiet spots . Seriously , a great tow wave .

By Mak , 29-08-2004

lots of people - about a month ago there were so many cars in the cul de sac that they were parking in the top road aswell..there must have been 40 guys out there in zero visibility from the sea spray, the mist was so thick that my cameras autofocus wouldnt even work..

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