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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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 Elands Bay

South Africa, West Coast

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 32° 18.843' S
Longitude: 18° 19.738' E

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From cape town, drive along the west coast road till you get to e-bay. Then ask a petroljoggie for details. The break is located about 500m to the left of the main campsite. There is an informal space to park your car. Depending on the tide getting into the water can be a bit tricky off the rocks. As is coming out.

English (Translate this text in English): From cape town, drive along the west coast road till you get to e-bay. Then ask a petroljoggie for details. The break is located about 500m to the left of the main campsite. There is an informal space to park your car. Depending on the tide getting into the water can be a bit tricky off the rocks. As is coming out.

English (Translate this text in English): From cape town, drive along the west coast road till you get to e-bay. Then ask a petroljoggie for details. The break is located about 500m to the left of the main campsite. There is an informal space to park your car. Depending on the tide getting into the water can be a bit tricky off the rocks. As is coming out.

English (Translate this text in English): From cape town, drive along the west coast road till you get to e-bay. Then ask a petroljoggie for details. The break is located about 500m to the left of the main campsite. There is an informal space to park your car. Depending on the tide getting into the water can be a bit tricky off the rocks. As is coming out.

DistanceDay trip

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Elandsbaai or E-bay

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionLeft

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind directionSouthWest, South, SouthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdCrowded

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 Additional Information

The Jay Bay of the West Coast. In the right conditions, this waves gets classic. A rocky, kelp covered shelf, or small point, which turns a corner and becomes sand at a small river mouth. The swell refracts around the outer area of Elands Bay and peaks at the point, producing a hollow take-off and cylindrical wall that runs for about 150 metres. Needs a solid SW swell of 8' before it wraps around the point. If Cape Town is a solid 6-8', and the northern suburbs are 3-4', chances are Elands will be 3-5'. Handles any S wind. Dominant wind is SE.

English (Translate this text in English): The Jay Bay of the West Coast. In the right conditions, this waves gets classic. A rocky, kelp covered shelf, or small point, which turns a corner and becomes sand at a small river mouth. The swell refracts around the outer area of Elands Bay and peaks at the point, producing a hollow take-off and cylindrical wall that runs for about 150 metres. Needs a solid SW swell of 8' before it wraps around the point. If Cape Town is a solid 6-8', and the northern suburbs are 3-4', chances are Elands will be 3-5'. Handles any S wind. Dominant wind is SE.

English (Translate this text in English): The Jay Bay of the West Coast. In the right conditions, this waves gets classic. A rocky, kelp covered shelf, or small point, which turns a corner and becomes sand at a small river mouth. The swell refracts around the outer area of Elands Bay and peaks at the point, producing a hollow take-off and cylindrical wall that runs for about 150 metres. Needs a solid SW swell of 8' before it wraps around the point. If Cape Town is a solid 6-8', and the northern suburbs are 3-4', chances are Elands will be 3-5'. Handles any S wind. Dominant wind is SE.

English (Translate this text in English): The Jay Bay of the West Coast. In the right conditions, this waves gets classic. A rocky, kelp covered shelf, or small point, which turns a corner and becomes sand at a small river mouth. The swell refracts around the outer area of Elands Bay and peaks at the point, producing a hollow take-off and cylindrical wall that runs for about 150 metres. Needs a solid SW swell of 8' before it wraps around the point. If Cape Town is a solid 6-8', and the northern suburbs are 3-4', chances are Elands will be 3-5'. Handles any S wind. Dominant wind is SE.

Atmosphere

It is a really small town, with one liquor store and one hotel right above the camp site. The hotel makes really good breakfasts (especially after a sunrise surf). The bar in the hotel is the only one we came across, and often people just end up drinking at the camp site! Be warned it is a very Afrikaans area, and you may find people who don't speak much English!

English (Translate this text in English): It is a really small town, with one liquor store and one hotel right above the camp site. The hotel makes really good breakfasts (especially after a sunrise surf). The bar in the hotel is the only one we came across, and often people just end up drinking at the camp site! Be warned it is a very Afrikaans area, and you may find people who don't speak much English!

English (Translate this text in English): It is a really small town, with one liquor store and one hotel right above the camp site. The hotel makes really good breakfasts (especially after a sunrise surf). The bar in the hotel is the only one we came across, and often people just end up drinking at the camp site! Be warned it is a very Afrikaans area, and you may find people who don't speak much English!

English (Translate this text in English): It is a really small town, with one liquor store and one hotel right above the camp site. The hotel makes really good breakfasts (especially after a sunrise surf). The bar in the hotel is the only one we came across, and often people just end up drinking at the camp site! Be warned it is a very Afrikaans area, and you may find people who don't speak much English!

General

It is all round, a cool small town surf spot, with waves that can get 'epic'

English (Translate this text in English): It is all round, a cool small town surf spot, with waves that can get 'epic'

English (Translate this text in English): It is all round, a cool small town surf spot, with waves that can get 'epic'

English (Translate this text in English): It is all round, a cool small town surf spot, with waves that can get 'epic'

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By Anonymous , 16-11-2007

what locals? - elands has a hand full of locals and a number of capetonians who weekend there and think they are locals...but..... yeah tangle with carl the diamond diver at your own risk

By saffajono , 02-08-2007

Locals - Locals are all over the spot when its on.. Wait your turn and eventually youll get something..

By Jono , 01-07-2007

West coast is lekker! - The beachbreak and shorey further down the beach gets awsome aswell under the right swell. There are a few secret spots around Elands Bay too, which work when Elands is flat.. if you look hard enough, you'll find.

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