About Kommetjie

The main wave at Kommetjie is the Outer Kom — a giant, lumbering-but-barreling lefthander that breaks far out to sea. However, on the inside is Inner Kom — a perfect, zippering little reef wave that spins forever and is beloved by groms and longboarders. In between the two is The Ledge — a short, barreling section between the kelp heads.

Source: Kommetjie Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

To surf the Outer Kom, you need to be able to take a drop on a big, open-ocean, left reef that only starts showing at 8 ft and is renowned for large, outside sets catching everyone inside.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Loads of locals, but it’s reasonably orderly.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

It can get really crowded on the 6-8ft days. When the sets are bigger than 10ft it’s remarkably uncrowded.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

It’s a world-class wave when it’s on.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

You can do a whole lot of paddling during a solid session, much of it desperate sprint-paddling to escape wide sets.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty


Additional Information


Massive beds of kelp pop up in front of you while surfing, worse at low tide. Shark sightings.


No way out except a rock-jump into thick seaweed, then a fight through it all to open water.

Bring Your

Shortboard, gun, tow


Breaks over a very deep reef. If you hit bottom, you’ve traveled quite far underwater.

Best Season

The Outer Kom likes a light wind, so it usually comes good on the corner seasons.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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