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Latitude: 33° 49.18' S
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Park car in the first parking lot after the roundabout coming from Cape Town on the R27.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Alternative name The Wreck
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionSouthWest
Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising tide
Week crowdFew surfers
At the Cape Town end of Tableview, a Turkish boat, the Seli1, ran aground in the winter of 2009 in one of the Cape’s notorious storms. It’s ugly and rusty and smelly and residual oil has messed a few boards. Swell action heaves up against the long dead ship and sort of surges around both ends in an encompassing action, like a lover's arms. The main wave is an A-frame, which jacks suddenly, then has a short steep section, before becoming a mellow wall. It’s one of those versatile waves that is suitable to ride on a longboard or a shortboard, and the stand up paddlers seem to have made it their favoured spot. Some sections are very mellow and others
fast and if you’re lucky you might encounter quite hollow sections.
There are additional waves as well on the periphery of the main wave, so there are enough to go round. When the rest of Tableview is unruly and difficult to get out to the back, the Wreck offers its welcome, with a couple of channels to help you on your way. However, don’t be deceived by its evident equanimity – quite a few boards have suffered brutal incidents there. Make the most of it - it will not last for ever.
Caluchis in Table View just across the road from the Wreck is a wonderful deli for coffee, fresh vegetable juices and bistro food. There is free wifi and the place is packed with surfers of all ages. Pakalolos, also in Table View is where surfers mix and mingle for sundowners.
The last big storm has caused the Wreck to break in 2 spots. This has caused an oil spill for several days but has also contributed to the quality of the wave. There is now a really classy A frame peak bewteen piece 2 and 3.
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