If you’re a surfer, you’ll be spoiled for choice in South Africa, as it’s over 1,600 miles/2,500 kilometres of coastline. You’d like to master world-famous waves like Supertubes and Dungeons, or if you’re a novice in search of a mellow ride, this place still has so many opportunities to sharpen your skill of surfing.
Let’s explore South Africa’s 6 best surf spots.
1. Elands Bay, Western Cape
Elands Bay is located 135 miles/220 kilometres north of Cape Town on South Africa’s West Coast. This spot is the best choice for surfers looking to avoid the crowds. You’ll find some great guesthouses and self-catering rentals. The wave here works best in summer when a southeaster holds up a westerly swell to create a cranking left point break.
2. Victoria Bay, Western Cape
This is a very narrow, steep-sided bay on the outskirts of George, and is well guarded by young locals when it’s working well. Because of the shape of the bay, this spot operates most of the year and is best for surfers of all experience levels. Better to book a guesthouse if you’re planning on hanging around for a while.
3. Long Beach, Western Cape
This beach is located at an hour’s drive south of Cape Town. Located on the Atlantic side of the southern Cape Peninsula, it offers the best and most consistent shore break in the Cape and probably the in the country after Durban. It works at small to medium swell. You can enjoy a bigger ride, as the Outer Kom kicks up massive curlers on a big westerly swell but must not venture out if you a faint-hearted.
4. Muizenberg, Western Cape
Located on the edge of False Bay, Muizenberg is home to quite a popular swimming beach called Surfer’s Corner. Also called as long boarders’ paradise, it offers a wide assortment of surf schools renting out boards and wetsuits. Summer is the best time to get there before the crowds and the pumping southeaster ruin things.
5. Stilbaai, Western Cape
Starting from the east from Cape Town, Stilbaai is one of many excellent surf spots along the Garden Route. Stilbaai is a shore break in front of the village, but you can also wait for big south to southeast swell when the right-hand point break really grinds.
6. Cape St. Francis, Eastern Cape
This place is unbeatable when it comes to the reticent wave known as Bruce’s Beauties which pumps down the arm of the bay, creating barrels that roll for kilometers. The Cape is a great choice at any other time, with a range of point and shore breaks, the best of which is Seal Point near the lighthouse.
These are some of the most amazing and popular surf spots that you must not miss out on checking out if you happen to visit South Africa.