7 July 2011 by Roy Barford

Bodyboarding in Durban and beyond

Image courtesy Adam Ross

One of the best things about Durban is that you can pretty much go surfing or bodyboarding without a wetsuit on any day of the year. Although it’s winter in Durban at the moment, air temperatures are still reaching 25ËšC while the sea temperature is around 21ËšC.

Yes, you read that correctly: the ocean in Durban in winter is warmer than the air in many parts of Europe during summer.

Bodyboarding is much easier to pick up than surfing, and Durban is the perfect place to try it out for the first time, with manageable swells of around 10ft and gentle currents for those worrying about being swept out to sea.

Bodyboarding is much easier to pick up than surfing, and Durban is the perfect place to try it out for the first time, with manageable swells of around 10ft and gentle currents for those worrying about being swept out to sea.

You can hire a bodyboard from Mantis & Moon for R50 per person and hit the waves without any training.

There are trained lifeguards on watch throughout the day and it’s important to pay attention to any instructions they issue.

More experienced bodyboarders may wish to try out the waves at the following beaches: Ansteys on the Bluff, Willard Beach in Ballito and the main beach at Amanzimtoti. All of these beaches are within a 40-minute drive of Durban.

For accurate Durban surf reports, visit www.magicseaweed.com

Category: Adventure

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