Continent
Africa
Country
South Africa
Next Big City
Cape Town
Next Town
Sunset Beach
 
Type:
Ocean
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Parking

Water

Type:
Small wave, Medium wave
Hazards:
None
Quality:
Crystal clear
Best Tide:
No information

Waves nice, can be ridden down the line. Generally smaller than in Kite Beach or Melkbos. In a SW, you have to cross them diagonally, can be a bit tricky. Wave sizes vary, from small to huge. The waves are not the biggest around but very powerful and it makes Sunset Beach a prime wave riding spot.

Beach

Type:
Sand
Size:
Medium
Hazards:
None
Beach Users:
None

The beach is sandy, and usually wide enough to allow for a good launch. Shore break can get gnarly sometimes. Some kitesurfers launch from the most downwind parking spot in a SE to go for a long downwind trip to Kitebeach (about 3km).

Weather

Spring:
Normal
Summer:
Shorty, Normal
Fall:
Normal
Winter:
Normal

Wind

Best Months:
January, February, March, November, December
Wind Type:
Trade
Best Direction:
SW
Main Direction:
SE

Sunset is mostly a windsurf spot. In the normal Southeaster, the winds are pretty offshore and gusty due to the houses that have been built over the last 10 years. Mostly populated by windsurfers. In a SW, it can happen that the wind is a lot stronger than at Kitebeach. The wind here is generally 20% stronger compared to Big Bay. Happens that you are overpowered on a kite which didn't work in Kitebeach in a SW. NW doesn't work so well, better go to Kitebeach or Big Bay. Beware, sometimes it's gusty on the beach.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
Short walk

Take the R27 from Cape Town. You will see an Engen petrol station on your left, and a sign `Sunset Beach`. Turn left here. At the end of the road, you have to turn left or right. Turn either way and then look for a road to the beach. There are about 5 parking spots. Not much difference between them.

Extra information

Rules
None

Nightlife

Good nightlife in Capetown.