South Africa Surfing

South Africa boasts some of the best surfing spots in the world

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South Africa boasts some of the best surfing spots in the world with sublime coastal scenery and a high quality surf.

Ask any South African surfer about the surf spots in South Africa and you’ll be set for the next hour as he relates hundreds of surf spots that never disappoint and that provide the ideal surf for any level of surfer. Our surf culture is first class and extremely popular! There are numerous awesome surf spots - for the novice and the hardcore surf junkie.

KwaZulu Natal boasts a coast that is a veritable surfer's paradise. There are fantastic waves far and wide, including hollow beach breaks, points and a few classic reef breaks. The water temperature is warm all year round so the waves are always waiting for your riding skills - no wetsuit needed!

The most consistent surf is found in the winter months from May through to August. This is mainly due to the cold fronts that sweep up the coast from the Cape, bringing solid six to eight-foot swells. In summer the swell tends to be a bit smaller with pleasurable surf available at the many beach breaks. Some hot surf spots in and around Durban are at New Pier, Bay of Plenty, Cave Rock, St Mike's, Umdloti, Ballito and Alkanstrand. Be sure not to miss them.

The Eastern Cape is home to some of the finest and most beautiful beaches. Port Elizabeth and East London have popular beaches with furious seas that attract millions to its glory.

Hot spots in Port Elizabeth include King’s Beach and ‘the pipe’. The surf in Port Elizabeth, is for the most part rather small. However there are days during the year when freak swells hit the coast and provide for excellent surfing. In East London, be sure not to miss the legendary Nahoon Beach. Port St Johns is also a lovely and unspoilt stretch of tropical coastline.

Not to be missed is surfing in the world famous Jeffreys Bay. Home for many years to the Billabong Pro surf event, this legendary right-hand break is by far the most consistent and well known surf spot in South Africa. Fans all over the world come to experience the famous breaks around this area and in nearby St Francis Bay.

In the Western Cape you will find some of the most famous and awesome sandy beaches. Camps Bay, Llandudno, Clifton, Bloubergstrand, Langebaan, Hermanus and Muizenberg all offer fantastic waves and picturesque scenery. Penguins and dolphins might join you too. Do not let the cold water deter you as the waves will be worth your while.

The Garden Route is known for its natural and lush beauty along with its spectacular beaches. Plettenberg Bay is one of South Africa's favourite surfing playgrounds. It is home to two incredible beaches, Robberg and Lookout. The Wilderness promises furious seas and awesome waves. Also, be sure not to miss out on Victoria Bay just outside The Wilderness which boasts fantastic waves and hosts many great surfing competitions.

South Africa is home to pristine beaches and outstanding waves that will blow your mind. The coastline promises dazzling views and marine life.

Popular Surfing Destinations

Surf Off the Wall

Where? Mouille Point
Off the Wall refers to the quality as well as the venue of surf with this take-off zone just East of the Mouille Point lighthouse. Surfers clamber over rockpools to reach this city reef break right where the Promenade wall meets the beach. This...

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Learn to Surf in Jeffreys Bay

Where? Jeffreys Bay
Wavecrest Surf School was started in Jeffreys Bay in 2005 and has been going strong ever since. Situated on the main beachfront near many restaurants and good chilling spots, the atmosphere is awesome. Just jump out your car, meet Andrew and run into...

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Gary's Surf School

Where? Muizenberg
Gary's Surf School is a well know, popular company specialising in professional surfing tuition and coaching. The school has been in existence since 1989, making it the oldest surf school in South Africa. The Surf School is well known by locals and...

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Go Surfing in Still Bay

Where? Still Bay
Still Bay is famous as a surfing destination. The rocky Morris Point Cape above the Still Bay habour is a the preferred spot for advanced surfers. On most of days the waves roll into the bay in high water-tunnels and then slowly wash out to shore. Some days...

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Not to be missed is surfing in the world famous Jeffreys Bay. This legendary right-hand break is by far the most consistent and well known surf spot in South Africa.

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