Plettenberg Bay Spot Guide

About Plettenberg Bay

Once upon a time, Plettenberg Bay was home to one of the country's best waves when the Superbank formed. It was marred by a fatal shark attack, then the rivermouth shifted, and the bank disappeared. These days there is still The Wedge, a short and vicious lefthand wedge that breaks fast and close to the shoreline. It maxes out quite quickly.

Source: Plettenberg Bay Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

The Wedge is fast and throws wide barrels over shallow water. Bodyboarders love it; surfers need to be quick to their feet.

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

It gets a bit boisterous at times, but a reasonably tolerant crew.

Crowd Factor

Heavy

Mellow Heavy

Crowded when good, super crowded on a good weekend.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

It’s a fun little wave.

Shoulder Burn

Light

Light Exhausting

Not much paddling.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Relatively clean in the area.

Additional Information

Hazards

Plettenberg Bay has become the place to stop, go for a walk, and watch giant Great White sharks cruise the area.

Access

Easy access, parking and a quick walk.

Bring Your

Shortboard, bodyboard

Seabed

Hard-packed sand, a few rocks.

Best Season

Summer is best, but The Wedge has moments of brilliance throughout the year.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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