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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Garden Route

South Africa

The Garden route is known to be one of the most beautiful and exciting parts of South Africa and the surf is excellent. It has its own micro-climate and often has different weather to the rest of South Africa. All year round you should find something somewhere but the best and most frequent swell comes in winter. (June - August) Starting from around Mosselbay and ending around Natures valley, this is one of South Africa's most famous holiday hotspots so you are garaunteed to find it crowded at the more well known spots during summer but most the crowds are at the holiday towns like Mossel Bay, Plettenberg Bay, Buffalo Bay, Vic Bay etc, leaving the other areas with fewer crowds. Loads of places to stay close to surf somewhere as everything is around the coast so just take your pick of a surfspot and book accomodation early! Takes around 2 hours drive from the beginning to the end so just look for where the best surf is, some of it is visible from the road. There are plenty of good pubs around aswell and the nightlife is crazy. This is where the best new years eve beach parties are!

English (Translate this text in English): The Garden route is known to be one of the most beautiful and exciting parts of South Africa and the surf is excellent. It has its own micro-climate and often has different weather to the rest of South Africa. All year round you should find something somewhere but the best and most frequent swell comes in winter. (June - August) Starting from around Mosselbay and ending around Natures valley, this is one of South Africa's most famous holiday hotspots so you are garaunteed to find it crowded at the more well known spots during summer but most the crowds are at the holiday towns like Mossel Bay, Plettenberg Bay, Buffalo Bay, Vic Bay etc, leaving the other areas with fewer crowds. Loads of places to stay close to surf somewhere as everything is around the coast so just take your pick of a surfspot and book accomodation early! Takes around 2 hours drive from the beginning to the end so just look for where the best surf is, some of it is visible from the road. There are plenty of good pubs around aswell and the nightlife is crazy. This is where the best new years eve beach parties are!

English (Translate this text in English): The Garden route is known to be one of the most beautiful and exciting parts of South Africa and the surf is excellent. It has its own micro-climate and often has different weather to the rest of South Africa. All year round you should find something somewhere but the best and most frequent swell comes in winter. (June - August) Starting from around Mosselbay and ending around Natures valley, this is one of South Africa's most famous holiday hotspots so you are garaunteed to find it crowded at the more well known spots during summer but most the crowds are at the holiday towns like Mossel Bay, Plettenberg Bay, Buffalo Bay, Vic Bay etc, leaving the other areas with fewer crowds. Loads of places to stay close to surf somewhere as everything is around the coast so just take your pick of a surfspot and book accomodation early! Takes around 2 hours drive from the beginning to the end so just look for where the best surf is, some of it is visible from the road. There are plenty of good pubs around aswell and the nightlife is crazy. This is where the best new years eve beach parties are!

English (Translate this text in English): The Garden route is known to be one of the most beautiful and exciting parts of South Africa and the surf is excellent. It has its own micro-climate and often has different weather to the rest of South Africa. All year round you should find something somewhere but the best and most frequent swell comes in winter. (June - August) Starting from around Mosselbay and ending around Natures valley, this is one of South Africa's most famous holiday hotspots so you are garaunteed to find it crowded at the more well known spots during summer but most the crowds are at the holiday towns like Mossel Bay, Plettenberg Bay, Buffalo Bay, Vic Bay etc, leaving the other areas with fewer crowds. Loads of places to stay close to surf somewhere as everything is around the coast so just take your pick of a surfspot and book accomodation early! Takes around 2 hours drive from the beginning to the end so just look for where the best surf is, some of it is visible from the road. There are plenty of good pubs around aswell and the nightlife is crazy. This is where the best new years eve beach parties are!

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Seasons
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Typical Swell Size
Surf Equipment Calções de surf Fato de meia estação Fato de meia estação Fato de meia estação Fato de meia estação Fato de meia estação
Water temp. 68°F
20°C
64°F
18°C
64°F
18°C
64°F
18°C
64°F
18°C
68°F
20°C
Air temp. 90°F
32°C
77°F
25°C
68°F
20°C
64°F
18°C
72°F
22°C
82°F
28°C
Climate

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Quality Direction Type Frequ Experience
A Frames 1 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Arniston 2 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky All surfers
Banzai 5 / -
Right Reef-rocky Pros or kamikaze only...
Bi Reef 1 / -
Right Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Brak River 4 / -
Right and left Sand-bar All surfers
Brenton On Sea - / -
Right and left Sand-bar All surfers
Buffalo Bay (Bert rock) - / -
Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Buffalo Bay (Bowls) - / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Buffalo Bay (Murpheys) 1 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Buffalo Bay (Opies) 2 / -
Right and left Sand-bar All surfers
Buffalo Bay (Oyster Banks) 1 / -
Right and left Sand-bar Experienced surfers
Buffalo Bay (Point) 1 / -
Right Point-break All surfers
Buffalo Bay (Reef) 2 / -
Right Reef-rocky All surfers
Buffalo Bay (Rivermouth) - / -
Right and left Rivermouth Experienced surfers
Buffalo Bay (Rock) 1 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Buffalo Bay (Wildside Shorey) 1 / -
Right Beach-break All surfers
Buffalo Bay beachbreak 4 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Dana Bay - / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
De Bakke 1 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Dias Beach 3 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Ding-Dangs 3 / -
Right Point-break Experienced surfers
Dolfines 1 / -
Right Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Dolphin Point 3 / -
Right Point-break Experienced surfers
Fish Boma 1 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Gerickes (Scar reef) 2 / -
Right Reef-coral Experienced surfers
Gerickes Point (Left) 3 / -
Left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Glentana - / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Goukamma Rivermouth 3 / -
Right and left Rivermouth All surfers
Gourits Beach - / -
Right Beach-break All surfers
Hartenbos - / -
Right and left Sand-bar All surfers
Herolds Bay 4 / -
Right and left Beach-break Experienced surfers
Hobie Beach 3 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Inner Pool 4 / -
Right Reef-rocky All surfers
Jongensfontein 1 / -
Right Reef-rocky All surfers
Keurbooms 2 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Kleinkrans Beach - / -
Right and left Sand-bar All surfers
Lagoon Wedge - / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Lookout beach 8 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Lourie Reef - / -
Right Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Mystery Reef 1 / -
Right Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Noetsie (De Hoop Reserve) 1 / -
Right Beach-break All surfers
Outer Pool 9 / -
Right Point-break Experienced surfers
Pathways 4 / -
Left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Red Nose Rock 1 / -
Right Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Robberg 3 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Rondevlei Beach - / -
Right and left Sand-bar All surfers
Sandbaai - / -
Right Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Sandpoep Shorey 2 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Santos Reef 1 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky All surfers
SCS 6 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Spot 25 1 / -
Right Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Stinky Pits! 2 / -
Left Reef-coral All surfers
Storms River Mouth 1 / -
Right Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Struisbaai Back Reef 1 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Struisbaai Point - / -
Right Reef-rocky All surfers
Swartvlei (Rivermouth) - / -
Right and left Rivermouth Experienced surfers
Swartvlei Beach 1 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
The Heads 1 / -
Right and left Sand-bar Experienced surfers
The Heads (Back Reef) 1 / -
Left Reef-rocky Pros or kamikaze only...
The Heads (Rock spot) 2 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
The Point 5 / -
Right Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
The Wedge 30 / -
Left Beach-break Experienced surfers
The Wreck 5 / -
Right and left Beach-break Experienced surfers
Vallies Doom Shorey 3 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Victoria bay 41 / -
Right Point-break All surfers
Vleesbaai - / -
Right Point-break Experienced surfers
Wilderness Beach 7 / -
Right and left Sand-bar All surfers
Wilderness Rivermouth 2 / -
Right Point-break Experienced surfers
Yonders 1 / -
Right and left Sand-bar Experienced surfers
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By Anonymous , 22-02-2008

Water temp - hey guys, i am an aussie who is travelling to south africa this july, was wondering what wetsuit thickness i'd need that time of the year? cheers

By SA Globetrotter , 19-11-2004

P a r a d i se - This place is great all year round except during mid Dec to mid Jan. Even during this time you will be able to find a wavie that s not too crowded once you get familiar with the spots! As a Globetrotting Saffa I always look forward to go back and chill before I leave Africa again.

By surfachic@myjellybean.co.za , 08-09-2003

surfs's gr8 in wilderness,near george - i went up 2 wilderness 4 3 weeks, the surf swell there and in george is awesome!!! definatley gonna go again... perfect barrels, awesome beaches!really cool man!

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