The Cape of Storms or Cape Town, is located at the very southern tip of the African continent. Its sandstone and granite buttresses bearing the scars of eons of elements unleashed from deep within the Southern ocean.
It is from these marine trenches, that the cold Benguela current, brings nutrients to support the abundance of sea life that frequent the deep channels and dark kelp forests that cling to to this rugged coast line. Its a wild place at the end of a wild continent
Its a wild place at the end of a wild continent
Bodysurfing here can be a seen as a pretty daunting prospect.
After all, who would willingly gift wrap themselves as a neoprene clad seal for a swim in these arctic like sea conditions?
If you didn’t, you would seriously be missing out.
True the water is frigid – in the summer, while the topless at Clifton fourth beach sun themselves, the sea temperature may drop down to a ball aching 9C (48F). Add a searing 30 knot offshore South Easter or Cape Doctor as its called and it can be “refreshing”
Nothing that a modern wetsuit with hood, boots and gloves cant take care of.
The Cape is the lightning rod for the swell that eventuates in the Indian Ocean, so there is very rarely a shortage of waves and with some exploring, plenty of world class options to ride them. These range from barreling shore breaks to slabbing reefs and offshore bombora. With most waves in a 2 hour radius, the tricky part is actually making the decision on where to go.
For the bodysurfer, places like Llandudno, the Hoek, Long Beach, Camps Bay are just a few of the myriad of good breaks available.
Cut crystal barrel
Crowds are not an issue here. Outside the name breaks on the weekends or holidays its pretty low key and easy going. Travel a bit further and you can have a lineup to yourself.. if you want it.
Not that you should need it – on any day, you will still get waves. Bodysurfers are an anomaly here. With surfers unsure of exactly where you fit in the lineup hierarchy, they are just as likely to give you a wave out of curiosity than hassle you for it. Your biggest problem, is likely to be spending too much time chatting about bodysurfing and not enough catching waves!
The geography overlooked by the renowned Table Mountain is spectacular and fine wine, beer and ‘braai’s await to warm and feed the intrepid bodysurfer and their family. What more could you want?
So if you are planning a trip to Cape Town, make sure you pack your fins. Unless you hate catching lots of waves and getting barrelled – you will not regret it
Has spent over 30 years of his middle aged life trying to spend more time in the ocean. Likes to surf, bodysurf, free dive and pretend he enjoys chasing big waves.