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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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 South Africa

Africa

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

The people and beaches are among the nicest I've ever seen. You will be treated wonderfully. 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 . so 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 .

Location: Southern Africa, at the southern tip of the continent of Africa.
Geographic coordinates: 29° 0' S, 24° 0' E
Coastline km: 2,798 km km
Climate: Mostly semiarid; subtropical along east coast; sunny days, cool nights
Terrain: Vast interior plateau rimmed by rugged hills and narrow coastal plain
Elevation: highest point: Njesuthi 3,408 m
Natural hazards: Prolonged droughts
Currency: rand (ZAR)
Population: 44,344,136
Languages: IsiZulu 23.8%, IsiXhosa 17.6%, Afrikaans 13.3%, Sepedi 9.4%, English 8.2%, Setswana 8.2%, Sesotho 7.9%, Xitsonga 4.4%, other 7.2% (2001 census)
Capital: Pretoria (note: Cape Town is the legislative center and Bloemfontein the judicial center)
Divisions: 9 provinces; Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North-West, Northern Cape, Western Cape

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Seasons
Jan/Feb Mar/Apr May/Jun Jul/Aug Sep/Oct Nov/Dec
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Typical Swell Size
Surf Equipment Fato de meia estação Calções Calções Calções de surf Calções de surf Fato integral
Water temp. 18°C
64°F
        11°C
52°F
Air temp. 25°C
77°F
27°C
81°F
33°C
91°F
32°C
90°F
30°C
86°F
25°C
77°F
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Zones

Zones (13) Surf Spots Sub zones
Marion Island 2 0
SW Coast 48 0
West Coast 41 0
Cape South Coast 72 0
Cape Town 148 0
Garden Route 69 0
Jeffreys Bay 23 0
Port Elizabeth 32 0
East London 24 0
Wild Coast 11 0
Durban 35 0
Hibiscus Coast (KZN South Coast) 51 0
North East Coast 25 0
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 Last surf sessions

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Big Bay
By wiehan2365
Dec 29, 2011
- awsum session ima nt dt good bt it was nyc huge waves to ride  
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Big Bay
By RyanGman23
Jun 14, 2010
- Nice break...first proper session at this spot. Lots of fun and decent break when it works. This will probably become my local spot now as there is a frienly vibe and nice cafe's around for after the session.
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Onrus
By Weza
Mar 3, 2010
Bumpy -
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The Point
By Pisco23
Jul 22, 2009
low tide, good swell - The swell was building, having dropped off after the BongofbillsPro.  The water was noticibly colder today but still fine in a 3/2.  I got worked by a wave after about 20 minutes and my back started blocking and twinging - otherwise I&#39
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The Point
By Pisco23
Jul 21, 2009
tale of two halves - Started surfing about 100m up from 'the point' towards impossibles - got a few nice waves and a couple of closeouts - then either the tide was changing or I was out of position because for ages I didn't get any waves.  I eventually p
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Voyage : Road Trip - South Africa
De Pisco23
Du 14 juil. 2009 au 23 juil. 2009
Road Trip - South Africa JoBurg - Durban - JBay - JoBurg. but avoiding the cold waters of CapeTown water....bought some secondhand Clayton boards in Durban, surfed some small beach-breaks to get back into surfing (its been a year since my last
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Voyage : J Bay Sep 1996
De ozsurfer101
Du 3 sept. 1996 au 30 sept. 1996
J Bay- Supers, Boneyards, Tubes, Point; St Francis, Kitchen Windows. Best: Supers 3-8 feet, Kitchen Windows 3-5.
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By kenklems , 02-11-2010

lefts - what are the best lefts in zaff? im talking jbay like... but left.

By Josh , 01-11-2010

Cape Town - Port Elizabeth - Hey guys just wondering if anyone knows the top 5 or 6 breaks from Cape Town - prt Elizabeth????

By Just Another Surfer , 03-10-2010

Dont support Shark Cage Diving - Shark attacks on surfers in South Africa are increasing rapidly, and this could be due to the vast number of tourists going Shark Cage Diving. If you are thinking about doing it, read the facts on this website first, before putting yourself and the local surfers at risk. surfersagainstsharkcagediving.com

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