South Africa is one of the best surfing countries in the world and both locals and tourists flock to South Africa’s beaches to catch a wave. The country’s high quality surf can actually be explained by the geography and geological makeup of the coastline. Points, bays and reefs, of which South Africa has plenty, create good swells and good surf conditions. With over 2,500 kilometers of coastline, it’s unsurprising that South Africa is known for being one of the top surfing destinations in the world. There are hundreds of beaches for surfers to choose from across the country, however there are some that definitely stand out from the crowd.
Jefferey’s Bay, Eastern Cape:
J Bay is the most famous surfing spot in South Africa and plays host to the Billabong Pro surf contest every year. The area was made known as a top surfing spot in the film ‘Endless Summer’ during the 1960s, however it has become even more popular since then. This is particularly because of the consistent surfing opportunities in season (which is usually May to September), as well as the powerful, hollow and high quality waves that occur.
Dungeons, Western Cape:
Another famous surf destination, Dungeons has some of the biggest ‘Hawaiian style’ waves in South Africa. Located in Hout Bay near Cape Town, Dungeons is a pretty special surfing spot. Spectators and surfers alike can only reach the area by boat and the Red Bull Big Wave Africa competition is hosted there annually. Waves can reach 15 foot, so Dungeons is definitely the place to visit for serious surfers.
Bay of Plenty, Kwazulu-Natal:
Durban is a great surfing spot for those on the east coast of South Africa and the Bay of Plenty is the place to go to surf in Kwazulu-Natal. Also home to a number of international tournaments, the Bay of Plenty is prized for it's consistent surf and mild temperature all year round. The beach at the Bay of Plenty is also a good one for all sport lovers, as there are courts for beach volleyball.
Victoria Bay, Western Cape:
Although Victoria Bay is a small cove on the Garden Route, it has a reputation for being a popular beach for surfers. This is because it has a very consistent reef-like waves that provide some of the best point breaks in the southern region of South Africa. This beach also hosts regional and district competitions, despite the fact that it is a small beach compared to the other surf spots on this list.
Shark Rock Pier, Eastern Cape:
The Eastern Cape is known for having fantastic surfing beaches, so it is unsurprising that there is another Eastern Cape beach on this list. Shark Rock Pier based on Hobie Beach in Port Elizabeth is an extremely popular surfing beach. Although Hobie Beach is known for being a very family friendly seaside location, with lifeguards and local stalls. However, surfers can venture a few kilometres to the east to find perfect surfing conditions with fantastic hollow waves.
These are just a few of the amazing surfing beaches located in South Africa and it was definitely difficult to just pick five to feature! If you have any more great South African surf spots to add to our list, why not connect with us on Facebook or Twitter?