Beginner surf spots in Cape Town – The Wreck

At the Cape Town end of Tableview, a Turkish boat, the Seli1, ran aground in the winter of 2009 in
one of the Cape’s notorious storms. It’s ugly and rusty and smelly and residual oil has messed a few boards. Swell action heaves up against the long dead ship and sort of surges around both ends in an encompassing action, like a lover’s arms.  The main wave is an
A-frame, which jacks suddenly, then has a short steep section, before becoming a mellow wall. It’s one of those versatile waves that is
suitable to ride on a longboard or a shortboard, and the stand up paddlers seem to have made it their favoured spot. Some sections are very mellow and others fast and if you’re lucky you might encounter quite hollow sections. There are additional waves as well on the periphery of the main wave, so there are enough to go round. When the rest of Tableview is unruly and difficult to get out to the back, the Wreck offers its welcome, with a couple of channels to help you on your way. However, don’t be deceived by its evident equanimity – quite a few boards have suffered brutal incidents there. Make the most of it – it will not last for ever.
Caluchis in Table View just across the road from the wreck is a wonderful deli for coffee, fresh vegetable juices and bistro food. There is free wifi and the place is packed with surfers of all ages. Pakalolos, also in Table View is where surfers mix and mingle for sundowners.
This is a paradise for stand up paddlers and longboarders.  At times, channels provide such an easy paddle out, you won’t even get your hair wet. There are a variety of peaks, which is condusive to sharing and the vibe is very amiable.
4 out of 5 for shape, consistency and proximity to one of the best coffee shops along the Blouberg/Tableview strip.
Surfers at Selis