Jeffreys Bay

Surfs up in South Africa: Best surf spots

South Africa’s coastline has points and bays which provide surfers from all around the world with quality waves. We’ve narrowed down the best surf spots in South Africa to catch that perfect wave!

Jeffrey’s Bay is the surf capital of South Africa, and a top 10 rated surf spot worldwide. Located in the Eastern Cape, an hour’s drive southwest of Port Elizabeth. Commonly referred to as J-bay, it’s known in the local and international surfing community as having the perfect right-hand wave. What makes J-Bay special is that the wave runs for up to 800m, giving surfers an unbeatable ride. Its main beach, Dolphin Beach, is made for chilling, tanning, surfing and shell collecting.

Jeffrey's Bay

Jeffrey’s Bay

Durban Waves

If you’re a beginner looking to catch your first wave in Durban, don’t look past Addlington Beach for small, consistent waves guaranteed to ignite your passion for surfing!

Bay of Plenty is a consistent surf spot frequented by local and international guests. The surf is fairly consistent however, winter is the optimum time of the year for surfing this spot.

Cave Rock in Durban churns out epic waves which pick up large swells! This spot has a reef bottom; therefore only experienced surfers should apply.

Durban

Durban

Cape Town Waves

If you’re looking to catch your first wave, The Surfer’s Corner at Muizenberg is a popular learning spot. It’s a 30-minute drive from the Cape Town city centre and there are plenty of coffee shops nearby to warm up post-surf.

The Cape Peninsula which is at the northern end of Cape Town gives surfers waves all year round. This surf spot is the perfect combination of swell size and direction of the wind, making this a favourite with locals and international surfers.

Long Beach in Cape Town, located on the Atlantic side of the Southern Cape Peninsula in Kommetjie boasts the best consistent shore breaks in the Cape, after Durban. The swell is small to medium on the south east side. If you’re a strong surfer and you’re looking to ride a westerly swell, the Outer Kom will be sure to thrill!

Cape Town Surfers

Cape Town Surfers

Secret Spots

Located in-between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, Victoria Bay or Vic Bay as it’s known to the young local surfers is a local surf spot. The shape of the bay ensures consistent waves throughout the year and is great for surfers of all levels.

If you’re an experienced surfer, Glen Beach is located five minutes away from the city centre churning out powerful, hollow waves. It’s nestled between Clifton and Camps Bay Beach and is a local favourite. This is a picturesque location with the Twelve Apostles visible from the surf.

Western Cape

Western Cape

Who to contact for surf lessons

Learn2Surf
Visit the Learn2Surf website here.
SMS hotline: +27 (0)83 414 0567
Email: info@learn2surf.co.za

Surf Emporium
Visit the Surf Emporium website here.
Muizenberg, Cape Town
Tel: +27 (0)21 788 8687
Mobile: +27 (0)82 562 8687/(0)725860905

Surfs up in South Africa: Best surf spots

South Africa’s coastline has points and bays which provide surfers from all around the world with quality waves. We’ve narrowed down the best surf spots in South Africa to catch that perfect wave!

Jeffrey’s Bay is the surf capital of South Africa, and a top 10 rated surf spot worldwide. Located in the Eastern Cape, an hour’s drive southwest of Port Elizabeth. Commonly referred to as J-bay, it’s known in the local and international surfing community as having the perfect right-hand wave. What makes J-Bay special is that the wave runs for up to 800m, giving surfers an unbeatable ride. Its main beach, Dolphin Beach, is made for chilling, tanning, surfing and shell collecting.

Jeffrey's Bay

Jeffrey’s Bay

Durban Waves

If you’re a beginner looking to catch your first wave in Durban, don’t look past Addlington Beach for small, consistent waves guaranteed to ignite your passion for surfing!

Bay of Plenty is a consistent surf spot frequented by local and international guests. The surf is fairly consistent however, winter is the optimum time of the year for surfing this spot.

Cave Rock in Durban churns out epic waves which pick up large swells! This spot has a reef bottom; therefore only experienced surfers should apply.

Durban

Durban

Cape Town Waves

If you’re looking to catch your first wave, The Surfer’s Corner at Muizenberg is a popular learning spot. It’s a 30-minute drive from the Cape Town city centre and there are plenty of coffee shops nearby to warm up post-surf.

The Cape Peninsula which is at the northern end of Cape Town gives surfers waves all year round. This surf spot is the perfect combination of swell size and direction of the wind, making this a favourite with locals and international surfers.

Long Beach in Cape Town, located on the Atlantic side of the Southern Cape Peninsula in Kommetjie boasts the best consistent shore breaks in the Cape, after Durban. The swell is small to medium on the south east side. If you’re a strong surfer and you’re looking to ride a westerly swell, the Outer Kom will be sure to thrill!

Cape Town Surfers

Cape Town Surfers

Secret Spots

Located in-between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, Victoria Bay or Vic Bay as it’s known to the young local surfers is a local surf spot. The shape of the bay ensures consistent waves throughout the year and is great for surfers of all levels.

If you’re an experienced surfer, Glen Beach is located five minutes away from the city centre churning out powerful, hollow waves. It’s nestled between Clifton and Camps Bay Beach and is a local favourite. This is a picturesque location with the Twelve Apostles visible from the surf.

Western Cape

Western Cape

Who to contact for surf lessons

Learn2Surf
Visit the Learn2Surf website here.
SMS hotline: +27 (0)83 414 0567
Email: info@learn2surf.co.za

Surf Emporium
Visit the Surf Emporium website here.
Muizenberg, Cape Town
Tel: +27 (0)21 788 8687
Mobile: +27 (0)82 562 8687/(0)725860905

J-Bay’s infinite magical rides

Definitely ticked off a solid player on the old bucket-list today! 4 foot perfect right-handers at J-Bay!!

They say only a surfer knows the feeling, but I’d say anyone would be jumping through the roof if they experienced what I did today!

The rides just went on and on and on for what seemed like forever, and the best part was sharing perfect waves with all the friendly locals!

There are few places on earth where locals will happily leave the set waves for a visitor but here it happened constantly.

It’s going to be pretty hard to rip myself away from this magical spot!

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Driving to J-Bay

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Getting the gear

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Surf Shop

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Early bird catches the wave

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Gone surfing

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Getting our feet wet

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Finding the perfect spot

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Surfing a rainbow

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Killer!

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

J-Bay’s infinite magical rides

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

J-Bay’s infinite magical rides

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Rip Curl

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

J-Bay’s infinite beauty

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Magical Sunset

J-Bay’s infinite magical rides

Definitely ticked off a solid player on the old bucket-list today! 4 foot perfect right-handers at J-Bay!!

They say only a surfer knows the feeling, but I’d say anyone would be jumping through the roof if they experienced what I did today!

The rides just went on and on and on for what seemed like forever, and the best part was sharing perfect waves with all the friendly locals!

There are few places on earth where locals will happily leave the set waves for a visitor but here it happened constantly.

It’s going to be pretty hard to rip myself away from this magical spot!

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Driving to J-Bay

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Getting the gear

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Surf Shop

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Early bird catches the wave

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Gone surfing

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Getting our feet wet

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Finding the perfect spot

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Surfing a rainbow

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Killer!

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

J-Bay’s infinite magical rides

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

J-Bay’s infinite magical rides

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Rip Curl

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

J-Bay’s infinite beauty

J-Bay's infinite magical rides

Magical Sunset

Top 5 Surfing Spots in South Africa

If you’re after some fun in the sun while on your trip to South Africa, why not try your hand at surfing? And if you’re a seasoned surfer, you’ll be sure to find our top five surfing spots all the more enticing.

5. Jeffrey’s Bay

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Named affectionately by locals as J-Bay, Jeffrey’s Bay is renowned for having one of the best waves in the world since 1960. With picturesque scenery set as your backdrop, there is no better place to hop on a board and be one with nature. If you come in July, be sure not to miss the annual Billabong Pro ASP World Surfing Tour!

 

4. Cape St. Francis

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Situated on a headland in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, Cape St. Francis shot to stardom with the release of the 1966 documentary film ‘The Endless Summer’. Each year, millions of both professional and casual surfers brave the waves to relive the scenes from the film. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Irma Booysen Floral Reserve.

3. Victoria Bay

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A small beach tucked away on the South African coast, Victoria Bay is a hidden gem perfect for not only surfing but body surfing (if you’re that way inclined). If you’re looking to take a relaxing dip after a rigorous day on the surf, you can also find a tide pool off to one side of the bay.

 

2. Eland’s Bay

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Three hours’ drive from Cape Town, Eland’s Bay encompasses the laid back lifestyle that the West Coast of South Africa is famous for combined with a westerly swell fit for fans of Jeffrey’s Bay. If you enjoy the idea of surfing the waves in the middle of what feels like nowhere, Elands is right up your alley!

 

1. Muizenberg

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Home to the popular swimming beach Surfer’s Corner, Muizenberg is a hot-spot in the summer that is reputed to be the birthplace of surfing in South Africa. A tip would be to get there early before the crowds emerge!

 

Do you have any surf stories from your South African holidays? Leave a comment and let us know.

Top 5 Surfing Spots in South Africa

If you’re after some fun in the sun while on your trip to South Africa, why not try your hand at surfing? And if you’re a seasoned surfer, you’ll be sure to find our top five surfing spots all the more enticing.

5. Jeffrey’s Bay

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Named affectionately by locals as J-Bay, Jeffrey’s Bay is renowned for having one of the best waves in the world since 1960. With picturesque scenery set as your backdrop, there is no better place to hop on a board and be one with nature. If you come in July, be sure not to miss the annual Billabong Pro ASP World Surfing Tour!

 

4. Cape St. Francis

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Situated on a headland in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, Cape St. Francis shot to stardom with the release of the 1966 documentary film ‘The Endless Summer’. Each year, millions of both professional and casual surfers brave the waves to relive the scenes from the film. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Irma Booysen Floral Reserve.

3. Victoria Bay

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A small beach tucked away on the South African coast, Victoria Bay is a hidden gem perfect for not only surfing but body surfing (if you’re that way inclined). If you’re looking to take a relaxing dip after a rigorous day on the surf, you can also find a tide pool off to one side of the bay.

 

2. Eland’s Bay

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Three hours’ drive from Cape Town, Eland’s Bay encompasses the laid back lifestyle that the West Coast of South Africa is famous for combined with a westerly swell fit for fans of Jeffrey’s Bay. If you enjoy the idea of surfing the waves in the middle of what feels like nowhere, Elands is right up your alley!

 

1. Muizenberg

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Home to the popular swimming beach Surfer’s Corner, Muizenberg is a hot-spot in the summer that is reputed to be the birthplace of surfing in South Africa. A tip would be to get there early before the crowds emerge!

 

Do you have any surf stories from your South African holidays? Leave a comment and let us know.