With both summer and winter sunshine to its credit, South Africa offers a world of seaside entertainment, not to mention some of the planet’s best surf spots.
Here’s where you can go with the great selection of cheap flights South Africa has on offer this season.
The Wild Coast, KwaZulu-Natal
The Wild Coast around Port Edward is a beautiful place for excellent surfing adventures. This small town is about 2 hours’ drive from King Shaka International Airport, close to the holiday hamlet of Ramsgate and just across the river from the Wild Coast Sun.
The best news is that winter is the ideal time to take on the waves at these top surf spots like Ntlonyane when the swell comes surging in from the south and the winter winds breeze in from the west/southwest across the dry warm atmosphere.
South Africa’s city of eternal sunshine, and home of surfing legend Shaun Tomson, is a huge drawcard for the winter surfing crowds. The city has a balmy winter climate and several great surf spots close to the main beaches.
Dairy Beach is the best place for beginners or those who prefer a gentle introduction to their surroundings, although on windy days, the waves can get huge and rough. Heading south to uShaka Beach or Blue Lagoon in the north brings a constant supply of large swells to test your abilities. Some of the lesser-known spots like Anstey’s and Brighton Beach have almost ideal surf conditions year-round.
The ever popular Ballito Pro, presented in 2019 by wetsuit company O’Neill, is the longest running pro surfing event in the world. Surfers take to the waves at Willard Beach from 27 June – 7 July and it’s a great opportunity to mix with the top surfing dudes!
Thanks to a strong surf culture, surf lessons and board hire are easy to come by in Durban.
Jeffrey’s Bay, Eastern Cape
This gorgeous little town, located 87km from Port Elizabeth, has been synonymous with surfing since the 1960s and still delivers a wonderful day out on the water.
In fact, J-Bay is considered the second-best surfing destination in the world and is a host of the Billabong Pro Surfing Championship among other prestigious events. The 2019 J Bay open takes place at Supertubes this year from 9 – 22 July.
When you aren’t watching the pros, you can pick and choose from several other prime spots to paddle in here including Impossibles, Salad Bowls, Coins, Tubes, Albatross, The Point and Kitchen Window.
Don’t let the winter weather worry you, daytime winter temps in Jeffrey’s Bay rarely dip below 18 degrees.
Hout Bay, Cape Town
On the other hand, while Cape Town is not known for its welcoming winter climate, it’s worth donning a wetsuit to try out the waves in this top tourist destination.
Dungeons in Hout Bay is one of those surf spots that you have to work hard for, but the rewards are great. Accessible only by boat, this spot is located behind Sentinel, close to Hout Bay Harbour and rewards the avid enthusiast with 20-foot swells on a good day, epic take off spots and perfect barrels. There are plenty of coffee spots and/or bars in town to warm up after venturing into the chilly Atlantic waters.
Long Beach, Cape Town
An hour outside of Cape Town you’ll find another small-town treasure in the shape of Kommetjie. This tiny haven on the Atlantic side of the southern Cape peninsula has the most consistent shore break in the Cape which comes to the fore when the southeaster picks up.
For a bigger ride, Outer Kom sets the scene with massive curling waves and a huge westerly swell.
Eland’s Bay, Western Cape
For the truly brave, Elands Bay offers an excellent challenge about 3-hours drive from Cape Town. While the area is best-known as a summer surf spot. If you’re after a unique small-town experience, it’s worth heading up the coast to try out this awesome spot any time of year.
The area has a rocky shelf where the waves peak, creating a hollow take-off and long cylindrical wall.
Alternatively, wait until summer when the weather is as warm as the hospitality and the point break is at its best. Thanks to cheap flights South Africa is accessible to surfers all year round.
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