Intermediate - Pro
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Ever considered surfing in South Africa? The Republic of South Africa is situated at the bottom of the African continent. South Africa is a place where you can discover local cultures and traditions older than time; or find yourself diving in a cage surrounded by great white sharks; or visiting a game park to hunt out some of the 'Big Five'.
Quite similar to Australia in its weather and landscapes, the 3000km long South African coastline is littered with stunning beaches, cute little beachside towns and amazing surf. Surfing in South Africa, like Australia, is a way of life. Stretching over 1700km, with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, is the coastline from Durban to Cape Town, this area is the most popular for surfers and has an abundant array of beach breaks, reefs and point breaks. South Africa is blessed with consistent, quality surf; an extremely long peak surfing season; and as with Australia, you can find waves here year round, offering top surf trips.
Along the coast two oceans meet. The Indian Ocean is to the east of the Cape of Good Hope; and the cold waters of the Atlantic is to the west. The Antarctic supplies the coastlines with plenty of lows and with two main currents swooping up and down the coastline, the warm south Mozambique-Agulhas current and the cold Benguela current - this means loads of waves.
South Africa has diverse climatic regions, from tropical to arid deserts. The east coast is in a subtropical climate area and wraps around the Western Cape up the Garden Route towards Port Elizabeth. This area is usually hot and sunny during the summer months and mild and wet during winter. Most of time the seasons are the well defined southern hemisphere seasons of summer (December - February), autumn (March - May), winter (June - August) and spring (September - November). These are influenced by the cold fronts that sweep up the coast across the Cape from the Atlantic Ocean through to the Indian Ocean highs.
Surfing is best done when the Roaring Forties provide the best swells from March to September. Waves usually range 6-15ft, but you will come across much bigger waves in certain spots. In summer the swell tends to be a bit smaller with pleasurable surf available at the many beach breaks. In the Durban area, you can find great waves through December until February as well, from the hurricane swells which can turn some average waves into monsters.
Surf Spots @ St. Francis Bay - Next to Jeffrey’s Bay you will find St. Francis Bay. This little surf town is only a short drive away and definitely worth the visit!
- Anne’s Avenue - This beach break has a hollow, fast and ledgy wave and is very consistent. To surf these waters, you better have some surfing experience.
- Bruce’s Beauties - A century ago, a guy called Bruce went to search the perfect wave…Here is where he found it. Bruce’s Beauties has the A-class wave, just as Super Tubes. It has a very fast, powerful and hollow wave. This is where you can see the masters at work. Only down-side: It is very inconsistent and breaks only a few days a year.
- Seal Point - A bit further, you’ll find a spot for all surfers, called Seals Point. The waves are less hollow as Bruce’s but on a good day, they can offer a long ride.
- Huletts - Huletts is situated between Bruce’s Beauties and Anne’s Avenue. It is appropriate for surfers of all levels. If you master Huletts, you could give Bruce’s a try.
Surf Spots @ Jeffreys Bay - Jeffrey’s Bay is world-renowned for its many different surf breaks, each possessing its own magic.
- Kitchen Windows (near Main Beach) - This surf break is an excellent place to learn how to ride waves. It is a peak that breaks left and right.
- Magna Tubes - Here you’ll find fast powerful and classic waves, as good as anywhere else.
- Boneyards - Boneyards is right next to Supers. You will be able to recognize it with ease, as it is the spot where the waves are breaking almost perfectly, but there are only one or two guys sitting out there. Don’t be fooled, this is a locals only break and they take it as a serious offence if you as an outsider decide to surf there. Yeah, it may have the better wave, but that is the bonus of being a local at Jeffrey's Bay for quite some period of time.
- Super Tubes - The waves here can get large (up to about 10 - 12 feet). This is the ultimate test of your surfing ability. It is very fast, powerful, and very long and as the name suggests, getting tubed is the name of the game. It’s suited only to people experienced in surfing. Super Tubes - the best!
- Salad bowls -These waves a short en hollow. The water is quite shallow so this place is reserved for experienced surfers.
- Tubes - This is a short, perfect hollow wave. Once you master Tubes, you can surf Super Tubes.
- Point - The Point is 100% enjoyable with cutback sections and everything else you could possibly want from a wave. The waves here tend to be a little smaller than those at Boneyards and Supers. The difference is, that you will have a much longer ride here than at the other two.
- Albatross (near Kabeljous Caravan Park) - A wave in the same class as Point and mostly uncrowded.