If you are planning a surf trip to South Africa you are in for a treat. For beginners of all ages there are the very popular surf schools at Muizenberg in False bay, the water is warm and you are guaranteed to have loads of fun, bring some friends.
For the experienced surfer Cape Town offers some classic beach breaks and being located on a peninsula you can be pretty sure it is off shore somewhere everyday. Be warned the water can get very cold on the Atlantic even in summer but the reward is clean, powerful, hollow and white sand beach breaks like Noordhoek, Llandundo, Glen Beach and all the way down to Cape Point.
I highly recommend a surf Safari from Cape Town through the Garden Route stopping at all the classic right hand point breaks of Still Bay, Vic Bay, Seal Point and J- Bay. If you get lucky may even catch the legendary secret spot of Bruce’s at St Francis. The east coast of South Africa are mostly right hand point breaks.
If you are based in Cape Town and the swell picks up to around 6ft, head 150km up the west coast to Elands Bay, one of the finest left hand point breaks in the world and one of our best kept secrets, guaranteed to be uncrowded. (Not for long :)) If you have some time check out the ancient Bushman rock paintings in the caves on the point.
If you are heading up north to KZN and Durban you can be guaranteed to enjoy warm water and you can even lose that wetsuit in summer and most of winter. There are several excellent beach breaks in the city including Cave Rock and a little further north at Ballito. The best time to surf in Durban is early morning before the daily onshore comes up, by 8.30am its over. Most of the beaches are protected by shark nets.
While there is excellent waves from East London up through the Transkei on the East coast the majority of shark attacks have been on this section of the wild coast so give it a miss if you clever.
South Africa is blessed with an abundance of great surf spots which are for the most part uncrowded and the surfers are not aggressive so respect the locals and wait your turn.
You will find mobile phone reception at most of the beaches.