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Latitude: 34° 7.326' S
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Coming from Muizenburg:follow the main road past Muizenburg.Keep driving until you get past S.t James train station.As you get passed the station there is a parking spot on the left.Can't miss it.Coming from Fish Hoek:Follow main road passed Kalk Bay.Theres a parking spot on the right with a tennis court next to it.Can't miss it.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionSouthWest, South
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft
Best tide positionMid and high tide
Best tide movementRising tide
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
The wave has two directions two it. The left, which works on any swell above 2m and the right, which tends to only work on massive swell. Both directions have their uses. The left is a hollow takeoff into a hollow, but soft, barrel section, followed by a decently long ride, as long as their is decent swell and offshore winds. Unlike the right, the left is extremely vulnerable to the wind and incorrect wind will often lead to a quick takeoff, followed by closeouts and white water.
The right only tends to work on larger swell. When a wave comes over the right side of the reef, it provides a fast takeoff down the wave, which is nowhere near as hollow as the left and therefore, is less prone to closeouts. The wave is ridden right off the reef, along the sand bottomed area of the wave, which is opposite the beach and can be ridden for much longer than the left.
The reef itself is just a bunch of flat rocks, covered in kelp and redbait. The reef is really shallow and causes the wave to suck up really fast, causing the right and left takeoffs to have a large gap between them. On a big day, you can take a small beating if you take off really deep on the reef and go over the falls, but otherwise, the wave is a teddy bear.
The reef is also only surfable on a rising to high tide, as too low of a tide will cause you too ding your board or cause the wave too suck up too fast.
Due too it rarely breaking perfectly and an abundance of surf spots in the area, dangers is not heavily surfed. However, if its working, their will be people out. Their is no localism on the reef and there is not a real serious asshole problem.
The beach inwhich Dangers Reef is situated, Dangers Beach, is notorious for its sometimes strong riptide. The rip its self is far away from the reef and is also easy to get out of by paddling parallel to the shoreline. You will not experience any rips around the reef.
During summertime, lifeguards are placed on the beach.
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