Sublime surfing in South Africa
The Love South Africa group on Flickr is constantly updated with fantastic images taken all over the country. Why not share your pictures, too?
Each week we choose photos from this group to showcase on our blog. This week we're celebrating the popular sport of surfing. With its 3 000km of coastline, South Africa has no shortage of surf spots, although many of the best places are an open secret among surf enthusiasts.
This picture of two youngsters learning to surf was taken at Kommetjie beach in Cape Town. There are several surf schools based all around the country where you can sign up for a few lessons.
Another Cape Town beach popular with water-sport enthusiasts is Hout Bay, where this group of sunset surfers and their canine companions were photographed. If you plan to surf in the waters around Cape Town, be sure to pack your wetsuit as the Atlantic Ocean is notoriously chilly.
For those who prefer the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean, head to KwaZulu-Natal, which is famous for its balmy weather and great waves. Popular beaches can be found around Umhlanga, Ballito and Richard's Bay, which is a few hours' drive north of Durban.
On the south coast, try Amanzimtoti, Warner Beach and Margate.
Durban, often called Surf City, has a fantastic list of beaches all along the coast. These include New Pier, North Beach, and even uShaka. There are lifeguards on most beaches in South Africa so you can enjoy the surf knowing that there will be someone to help you if the need arises.
Wavescape is a good place to go for all the latest news and information on surfing in South Africa. Be sure to include at least one of these experiences on your South African travel itinerary. When you return home, we'd love to see some of the photos of your experiences shared in our Love South Africa Flickr group.