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SSouth Africa is flanked by two oceans (the warm Indian Ocean to the east and the cold Atlantic Ocean to the west) and enjoys a climate that allows for beach festivities throughout the year. The country’s biggest surfing event, the Ballito Pro, even takes place during winter.
Surfing competitions take place throughout the year in South Africa. Durban, Port Elizabeth, Jeffreys Bay and Cape Town, as well as various towns along the KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape coastlines, host the majority of South Africa’s surfing showdowns and festivals.
Held in the KwaZulu-Natal town of Ballito, the Ballito Pro takes place in the months of June and July each year. The event has hosted world-class surfers the likes of Andy Irons, Jordy Smith and Ricky Basnett (all past winners).
In addition to the Ballito Pro, look out for the Regional Interclub Championships, the National Interclub Championship and the SA Interschools Championships.
TTravel tips & planning info
Who to contact
Surfing South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)21 683 8756
How to get here
Keep Surfing South Africa’s online calendar in mind when chasing waves.
Best time to visit
Visit over June and July to attend the Ballito Pro.
Around the area
Be sure to visit local surf shops for very reasonably priced merchandise.
What to pack
Dust off that wet suit. If you’re a spectator, a pair of binoculars will help you catch the best moments.
Where to stay
There is no shortage of accommodation along South Africa’s striking coastline. From sand-strewn hostels to cosy B&Bs and hotels, you won’t struggle to find a place to stay. Be sure to book well in advance if there’s a competition on.
What to eat
While you’re at the coast, be sure to sample South African seafood at its best.
What it will cost
Most surfing events in South Africa are free for spectators.