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Topic: Info about surfing South Africa

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Jeroen van Elswijk

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Info about surfing South Africa

« on: June 27 2004 12:06:00 »

Hi everyone,

Does anyone know a place in South Africa where it is safe for beginners to surf and where there is a camping? We are looking for a sandbottom beachbreak with 4" - 6" waves and... shark nets. We would go there next January.

Jeroen van Elswijk, Holland



RE: Info about surfing South Africa

« Reply #1 on: June 27 2004 17:06:00 »

I think Durban might be a good option for you.



RE: Info about surfing South Africa

« Reply #2 on: July 02 2004 05:07:00 »

yeah man the last dudes on the money , durban for sure. You want to stay somewhere cheap with good waves and even better women? then head to durbs, and if youve got the nuts head a little south to Scottborough and the likes. youll score--- may the force be with you my strange dutch friend



RE: Info about surfing South Africa

« Reply #3 on: July 02 2004 07:07:00 »

Durban is zeker de plek. Kun je in 6 uur heen rijden vanaf Jo'burg, of voor 100 euro heenvliegen vanaf jo'burg. Durban is helemaal tegek qua golven. Het is ook veilig door de onveiligheid: over carguards die voor 2 rand de hele dag je auto bewaken! heb nog wel een goed adresje voor je. Is goedkoop hostel met plek voor je auto en superrelaxedte crew: tekweni backpackers in durban. Genoeg te doen in die buurt en je kunt er snachts over straat. Verder is er in Umhlanga rocks (iets noord van durban) een surfshop ALOHASURF, daar werkt een superrelaxedte kerel die de eigenaar is en nederlandse ouders had. Geeft je veel goede tips en verkoopt goedkope surfstuff. Doe 'm de groeten en rip ze.



RE: Info about surfing South Africa

« Reply #4 on: July 10 2004 01:07:00 »

Durban is the place to go as it is the only place in SA with shark nets!  These only protect certain beaches .The surf at these sites tends to average 4" .
For bigger surf head south of the city...Cave!!
You will have to choose, good ,big surf or shark nets
But hey, there are so few shark attacks anyway why worry !
There used to be campsites on the Bluff in durban. You will find most sites south of durban , Margate , Southbroom, Umkomaas .  Amanzintoti.
good luck


jean van der venter

RE: Info about surfing South Africa

« Reply #5 on: September 25 2004 10:09:00 »

a good place would be the durban beeches, or even 20 minutes from there southwards is a place called amanzintoti. it has vast sandy beachec and the longest run of sharknets in the world. january is the best time for surfing im amanzimtoti coz the tides go low and the sea is clear and the waves are perfect, espesially early in the mornings, and if youre lucky you will see the dolphins. you allso have lifeguards on patroll.
watch out for the ocean curents though, especially during high tide.


Guy de Nooij

RE: Info about surfing South Africa

« Reply #6 on: November 01 2004 14:11:00 »

Hi Jeroen!

Maybe we will meet in Durban, SA. I am going there in January (around 20th.) also.



Andrew Valentine

RE: Info about surfing South Africa

« Reply #7 on: March 10 2005 17:03:00 »

There is a place on the Kwazulu/Natal South Coast Called T.O. Strand. It is a cool beach, a little out of the way, but has shark nets.
There is also a town called Scottburagh in Kwazulu/Natal, there is a camp ground about 1kilometer from a sand bottom beach. There are shark nets there and it is a pretty cool little town.

Later Andrew, California


rui simoes

RE: Info about surfing South Africa

« Reply #8 on: October 07 2005 04:10:00 »

Hi there,
planning to surf Durban area end Okt/ begin Nov,
wonder where to stay, I'm trying to avoid durban city.
any ideas??
best place to reach most of the beachs?
maybe a surf camp or so.

greetings from portugal



RE: Info about surfing South Africa

« Reply #9 on: November 28 2005 15:11:00 »

One Way!, the KZn South Coast is a cool place to learn to surf. There is such a great selection of spots, beach breaks, point breaks, reef breaks. Waves all year round. Summers are hot. The day has to be spent in the water. The easterly swells offer lots fun small fun waves with some of the big thunder storms pushing bigger waves through (6 to 8 Ft). In winter tubes, barrles, long rides, consitant 4 to 8 ft is what its all about. Offshores and big long lines for two months solid. There are plenty of backpackers and B&B's along the whole south coast. Anyone want to know more or make some enquires about places to stay transport, surf safaris and what to do.... we are local boys running surf safaris by boat with music and supplies and shade behind the backline.

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