South Africa hosts some of the world’s most festive surfing competitions, which attract some of the biggest names in the sport every year. With more than 3 000km of coastline, beach breaks, reef breaks and perfect weather conditions, South Africa lends itself to ocean sports, and surfing is a most popular pastime.

Did you know?

Shaun Tomson, the 1977 world surfing champion, grew up in Durban.

South Africa is flanked by two oceans (the Indian to the east and the Atlantic to the west) and enjoys a climate that allows for beach festivities throughout the year.

The country’s biggest surfing event, the Mr Price Pro, even takes place during winter. The Indian Ocean off the south-east coast of South Africa is often warmer in winter than the air temperature of many European countries in summer at the same time of year.

Held on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal in the town of Ballito, the Mr Price Pro takes place early in July each year. This event, which was previously held in Durban, has been won by world-class surfers such as Andy Irons, Jordy Smith and Ricky Basnett.

Surfing competitions take place throughout the year in South Africa. Durban, Port Elizabeth, Jeffreys Bay, Cape Town and various towns on the KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape coast host the majority of South Africa’s surfing showdowns and festivals.

In addition to the Mr Price Pro, competitions to look out for include the Regional Interclub Championships, the National Interclub Championship and the SA Interschools Championships.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Surfing South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)82 454 1149

Best time to visit

Visit in July to attend the Mr Price Pro

What will it cost

Most surfing events in South Africa are free for spectators.

What to pack

Bring a pair of binoculars for enhanced vision.

Best buys

Surf shops in South Africa have very reasonably priced merchandise in comparison to many international counterparts.