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Anonymous surfer in south-west of France. Photo by C. Naslain, 2016.

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By jaimie , 21-05-2006

- when did the cold war start

By antoinesecretan@hotmail.com , 19-05-2006

Looking for surfer's friends - Hi everybody,

I am French and I am going to live 2 years in ANGOLA from 1er september 2006. I used to surf in France. If you live in LUANDA and surf I would be happy to meet you soon.

See you

ANTONIO

By Tommy , 28-04-2006

Ola - Este ano Vou para Angola Surfar! Vou viver em Angola cerca de 3 anos por isso dêm noticias

By Philipe , 22-03-2006

Accomodation - Any tips off Lodging in Luanda ?

By Jimbo , 06-03-2006

Shark Factor / Tubarões - What about sharks ? any reports of Attcaks ?

By didi , 24-01-2006

oiiiiiii - So por acaso, alguem vai este verao para angola surfar??

By cool_sympa4@hotmail.com , 26-11-2005

I need informations. - Hi everyone,
Please, I'd like you send me the adress and contacts of Angola federation of surfing.
Thank you very much.

By delmancardoso@hotmail.com , 05-11-2005

delmancardoso@hotmail.com - Eu tou a procura de pessoal que esteja ou va a Angola,para poder pegar umas ondas juntos. Vou agr em Novembro. Se alguem tiver interessado é so adicionar o meu mail.

By mundaka93@hotmailcom , 02-09-2005

mundaka93 - hello everybody i'm excellent bodyboarder but i surf also when the conditions are great. I'll come to Luanda in december for a long time. Can someone tell me some informations about the surf spots? the life style, the security.....

By jamesanm@usc.edu , 27-04-2005

Very delayed response to your anti-Angola surf commentary - Dear Bummed how shitty it is,

I know that this message is so tardy as to be almost comical. But after having read your “Angola is overrated” commentary on wannasurf, I had to come in with a contrasting opinion. To begin with, let’s be clear. No one is claiming that Angola is the next incarnation of Tavarua. And whatever hype has been generated by wannasurf and the recent Surfer’s Journal article is as much a function of the surfing community’s desire to find the next Nias as it is a reflection of Angola’s surf reality. That being said, Angola is in no way overrated; unless your definition of overrated is consistent head-high + surf 7 months of the year, warm water (compared to my home break of Ocean Beach which rarely tops out above 55 degrees), uncrowded and often empty sessions (I agree that the line-up can get busy with a bunch of ‘buoys’, but that just decreases your odds of being bait) and an expansive range of different types of waves.

It’s a bummer that you hadn’t caught it good by the date of your posting. During my time there (most of 1999 and 2000), we were getting super fun foot-to-two-foot overhead days at Miraduro by mid-March along with an occasional throaty barrel session at shipwrecks. By May, we had almost always been treated to one of those magical days at Buraco and at least a couple of fun longboard days at Cabo Ledo (if you want to talk overrated, Cabo Ledo is your victim). Indeed, it was a rare weekend that we did not score some decent surf between April and early October. Your complaint about the swell direction often being too southernly to get into a lot of the spots is valid to a point. More of a problem was the fact that deep south swells often pushed so much water down the point breaks that holding your position against the current was an absolute bitch. But for every poorly oriented roaring forties pulse, we received an equal number of clean, well-organized WSW and SSW swells that lit up the entire list of spots mentioned on wannasurf’s web site. Yeah, it could often be a logistical headache to get to the spots, including gassozas for what seemed to be the entire extended family of the police or military personnel manning the checkpoints. But once you got that process wired- not that difficult a task to master- you often scored. And you tell me, would you rather ride 900 yard winding lefts with just a thin spattering of folks that you know at Buraco or exercise your shouting capacity and anger management skills with 150 of your “good friends” on that same southern hemi energy at Malibu?

Angola as a surf destination is like any other place. It has its premier seasons and its off periods. No different than CA where fall is magic, winter is cold and booming, spring is windy and shitty and summer is a crap shoot depending upon what we get out of the southern hemisphere and mainland Mexico’s hurricane season. Regardless of your doubt, the photos from wannasurf depict the real deal. Rarely too big to intimidate, never too crowded to really matter, and on-tap for the avid weekend warriors that most of the Angolan surf community is. And if the current political trajectory that Angola finds itself in now continues, the aforementioned ‘never to crowded’ component is not going to be part of that equation. Your in a special surf place my friend, despite your frustration. Lap it up while you can.

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