Did you know?
Experts predict that South African surfer Jordy Smith will be the next world champ.
Surfing is synonymous with South Africa, which is not surprising when one considers that 2 000 kilometres of waves pound this part of the African coastline.
Add to this mix ideal weather for the greater part of the year and it's not surprising that so many talented boardriders have emerged from South Africa to take on the world's best.
A surfer's life is the envy of many - hot weather, cool waves, admiring glances, tanned bodies and a brotherhood that links surfers worldwide - so while you're visiting, why not become part of the vibe?
From Sodwana Bay's crystal waters to the tourist Meccas of Umhlanga and Durban, the south coast spots of Amanzimtoti, Scottburgh and Margate, the east coast will spoil you for choice.
Further south lies the rugged Wild Coast with many secret spots known only to the pros, followed by East London and Port Elizabeth with their colder, green waters and classic barrelling waves.
In the Eastern Cape, locals will tell you about "the pipe" in Port Elizabeth, at Hout Bay in the Western Cape it's all about the monster-sized waves at Dungeons, in Victoria Bay on the Garden Route there's a point-break you can walk to, and then there's surfing in Jeffrey's Bay (J-Bay), home of the legendary long right.
J-Bay is where reputations are built and destroyed. Take a road trip to the scenic Eastern Cape to watch the pros carve up classic waves at Supertubes, Boneyards or The Point.
Beginners are better advised to start small at Durban's Addington Beach or Cape Town's Muizenberg Beach where conditions are fairly small and consistent.
South African surfing activities include surf schools at all the larger tourist destinations.
Local and international events lure professional riders with big purses, while development surf school trainers offer disadvantaged youngsters from impoverished communities a skill to aspire to.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
African Ubuntu Surf School
Phone: +27 (0)42 296 0376
Gary's Surf School
Phone: +27 (0)21 788 9839
The Secret Spot Surf Camp
Phone: +27 (0)32 525 5479