Kalk Bay is a little fishing village on the coast of False Bay, South Africa and is now a suburb of greater Cape Town. It lies between the ocean and sharply rising mountainous heights that are buttressed by crags of grey Table Mountain Sandstone. A literal translation from the Dutch/Afrikaans name "Kalkbaai" is "Lime Bay". This derives from the vast deposits of mussel shells found there, which early settlers burned to make lime for construction. Lime kilns to roast mussel shells are still found along the west coast. The railway from the central business district of Cape Town to Simon's Town passes through Kalk Bay and in some places the line is only meters from the water's edge.

Close to the railway station sits a little reef that produces first class barreling waves. It’s a fast wave and when it gets big it can be quite nasty. You can watch the surfers from the carpark or have a cold beer at the Brass Bell train station bar. Watch out at the window seats, there might be a wave rolling in so now and than.