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Surfing in Africa

High powered swell generated in the Roaring Forties travels 400 to 1200 miles through the open ocean, giving it just enough space to unwrap and line up but still have full power when it meets the points of J Bay then roll up the east coast through Durban then up into Mozambique.

The storms that move through the Southern Ocean move from west to east, so the angle of swell changes as the storm progresses. While J Bay likes a south by southwest direction, Durban and Mozambique– likes a more southeasterly swell direction. From November to February tropical depressions and storms in the Indian Ocean can send infrequent but excellent swell to Southeast Africa and Mozambique.

In terms of flora and fauna, South Africa is considered one of 17 “megadiverse” countries. That same diversity applies to the coastline as South Africa has every kind of lineup from beachbreaks to bommies, rock, reefs, river mouths, and of course long, perfect, winding left and right point breaks.

Given this diversity of surf a trip to South Africa is an adventure for surfers of all skill levels. All you need to bring is a good attitude and spirit of adventure.

WaterWays specializes in two of the most consistent and quality surfing areas – Jeffrey’s Bay and surrounding area as well as Durban through Mozambique – working with local guides who can get you into your own private utopia.