One of the best riding spots in Table Bay. Haakgat only needs a bit of swell to work and make sure to get it early before it gets too windy and crowded. The waves break off a reef and run nicely down the line. It isn’t a classic point break like Scarborough but still very good on its day.
Haakgat is a 35 min drive from Cape Town International Airport. Cape Town is one of the best kitesurfing destinations worldwide in its windy session.
Professionals from all over the globe come to Cape town to train for kitesurfing events here.
Haakgat is nearest to Melkbosstrand, which is only a few minutes from Table View and 30 min drive from the big city.
Haakgat is known for its wave riding. It is the most popular wave spot in the area. There is a reef break at this spot, which makes the waves higher.
It is also one of the most famous wave spots in Cape Town. If there are wind and swell, this is defiantly the place to be.
Haakgat – KiteFacts:
- Best winds: October – March
- Wind direction: SE to S
- Water Temp: 4/3 , 3/2
- Water Type: Small to very big waves
- Riding Type: Wave Riding
- Beach Type: Sand, Beach Break
- Experience: Intermediate to Pro
- Nightlife: Not many options – Melkbos and Big Bay are within driving distance
It can be a very demanding spot, with medium/big waves and often harsh conditions.
This spot is primarily for advanced kiters and windsurfers. You will get a few surfers on a good day. The waves break left and right.
If you are into down-winders and you started in Table View, this is most likely the place you will end your run. You will have a sweet ride down-wind, everything from small-medium waves, flat spots and of course a beautiful view.
Wave riding paradise
Beware at Haakgat, there can be strong current here. Besides the reef, there are a few rocks sticking out through the water, but they are pretty visible.
The wind in the Blouberg/Melkbosstrand blows in the summer from October – March with Dec-Feb being the best of it! The wind blows SE to S. The winds can get very strong here, 30-40 knots. The wind in the area is a nice cross-shore wind.
To check the best wind and wave conditions, go to either Windguru or Windfinder. These are the most popular and most used forecast systems in Cape Town.
Melkbosstrand is a small town but it does have supermarkets, shops, and restaurants. It is really nice place to be on a sunny day and even better when the wind is pumping.
5 min in the other direction, you have Big bay which is full of life. Loads of restaurants, supermarkets, clothes/surf/kitesurfing shops. After you have seen the beautiful sunset, you can go enjoy the nightlife in and around Blouberg.
Go try out Haakgat if you get a chance, it’s worth it.