South Africa

What's the surf like?

Very consistent surf, world class surf waves, pretty uncrowded, sometimes sharky...

As far as surf goes, make sure to visit all of the traditional spots (Cape Town, Garden Route, J-Bay, Durban (no sharks in durbs)) but also not to miss some of the less-frequented areas such as the Transkei/Wild Coast. Be careful whose advice you take - many of the surfers are (unfortunately) paranoid. Explore (with care) the country and breaks for yourself.

South Africa for the most part is warm as the tropical east African current comes down the coast. From Richards bay down to cape Infanta (150km east of CPT) you could get away with a rash vest . Cape Town is permanently wetsuit territory though you could hack it with a summer suit for about an hour .

Surf regions in South Africa include...

Weather in South Africa

As South Africa is surrounded by ocean on three sides, it tends to have a temperate climate, although it can vary quite a drastically. They range from the extreme Namib Desert to the subtropical climate along Indian Ocean just near the Mozambique border.

Although you can travel to South Africa at any time, if you have particular plans its worth investigating the different seasons. The winter period is generally considered to be between June and September and is a cooler time of year perfect for hiking and other outdoor activities, such as a wildlife safari. During this time of year wildlife will tend to group around the more permanent water sources making those rarer animals easier to find.

The spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) are possibly the most ideal times to visit, with autumn offering the best time to score waves at the legendary Jeffrey's Bay.

Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay is one of the worlds most amazing waves. Take off at the heavily localised Boneyards section of the wave, connecting through to the Supertubes section down the line to Impossibles, Tubes, Coins and Point before lining up all the way down to the beach break called Albatross.

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