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Wavescape - Surfing in South Africa

South African surf spots mapThu, 27 March 2008

We have divided our coastline, which travels for 2,798 km from the Orange River on the brown West Coast to the Mozambique border on the green East Coast, into 14 regions: Namaqualand, West Coast, Table Bay, Cape Peninsula West, Cape Peninsula South, False Bay, Overberg, Garden Route, Sunshine Coast, Wild Coast, South Coast (Hibiscus Coast), Durban, North Coast (Dolphin Coast), and Zululand / Maputaland.

This section is a general guide. You won’t find detailed maps and directions to spots. Are you mal? Rather buy a map of the South African coast and use it with this website. There are many place names or landmarks that will give you clues. However, unlike other surf guides, we believe in encouraging a spirit of adventure. Going on a surfari is much more fun if you feel like a pioneer. Tough love is good – hardship is character-building. When you’re nursing multiple puffadder bites after falling down a snake-infested donga trying to find a surf spot, you’ll thank us, serious. Besides, most surf spots are in, or near, large towns, which makes them possible to find. To get to rural surf spots, check out Google Earth, or be nice to the locals.
Buy them a bottle of mampoer.

Ratings

Each spot has a star rating, based on experience (opinion) and ‘heresay’ (you should have been here yesterday).


Awesome. Superlative in form, power, consistency and/or length of ride. The berries.


Classic. World-class but falling a little short on length of ride or consistency.


Kiff. Middle-ranked hotdog wave. Fun. Gets good occasionally. Might be unknown.

  Okay. Generally a soft wave with marginal form, but easy and fun to ride when at its best.

Kak. This wave is weak and just doesn’t cut it due to poor shape, inconsistency or ride.

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