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©SA Tourism©SA TourismSouth Africa has an enormously long coastline – in the region of 3,000km – so it’s not surprising that it has some fantastic surfing destinations. Almost all the coastal cities have some really good waves, but Durban is considered to be the centre of South African surfing – it even has a surfing museum. There are probably two contributing factors – firstly the water is warm, so you can stay out there playing for ages without freezing to death and – secondly – there are some awesome breaks right in the city. So hassled wage slaves can shed the jacket and tie or stilettos and pencil skirt at four-thirty and be behind the back break at quarter to five.

Next up is probably Cape Town. The surfing is great but the water is pretty darn cold so you definitely need a wetsuit if you want to stay in any longer than ten minutes. East London – a sleepy little city in the Eastern Cape is also renowned for its fabulous surf and, while it’s not as warm as Durban, is much warmer than Cape Town. The Mecca of South African surfing, though, has got to be the small Eastern Cape town of Jeffreys Bay and the nearby Cape St Francis, where you’ll find some absolutely perfectly formed waves. The Wild Coast has loads of fabulous surf spots, but many of them are not that accessible. You’ll also find great surfing on the Garden Route and the West Coast.

The water off Namibia is cold and rough and there is not much in the way of infrastructure, but there are a couple of great spots, and the fabulous tropical paradise beaches of Mozambique are an absolute magnet for adventurous surfers who are prepared to do a bit of exploring.

There is at least one surf shop in every coastal town and even some inland. Dedicated adventure companies or backpackers offer escorted surf tours – for either a day or longer, and – if you’re keen on learning – there are surf schools all along the coast.



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