Surfing in South Africa

Surfing in South Africa.

South Africa is one of the top surfing destinations in the world and, consequently, there is a well-developed infrastructure for surfers. Waves range from cute little beach breaks that 6-year-olds could learn on, to gnarly bone-crunching monsters that can compare with anything in the world.

And, best of all, there is a whole lot in between, including some fantastic little bays where the backline just rolls in and the sea looks like corduroy to the horizon.

There are hundreds of surf breaks to encounter on your South African holiday - 50 of them are within an hour's drive of Cape Town alone. These range from safe swells for infants and beginners to epic breaks that scare even hardened competitors in the international contests held here in June and July.

The area of the Eastern Cape around Cape St Francis, Jeffreys Bay and Port Elizabeth - collectively known as Jay Bay by local surfers - is world-famous for the quality of its waves.

Surfers are usually pretty laid back types who are more interested in the quality of the waves than the decor in their rooms so, for many surfing travellers, you may want to check out the backpackers infrastructure.

Many of the coastal backpackers hostels rent out boards, offer 'surfaris' and surfing lessons for those on a South African holiday - and a surprising number are run by hot surfers who know their areas really well.

By the way, you can even find an artificially generated power wave at one of Durban's biggest shopping malls - this in a city with the most amazing real waves - go figure!

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