The Ultimate Guide to Surfing in Africa

I’ve found Africa to be a continent with vast coastlines and some of the most unique surfing experiences.

From the powerful waves of South Africa’s Jeffrey’s Bay to the hidden spots along Morocco’s Atlantic coast. This guide is my overview of the continent’s diverse surfing destinations, showcasing Africa’s rich surf culture.

With its mix of well-known surf meccas and undiscovered breaks, Africa has something for surfers of all levels, promising adventure at every turn.

Key points

  1. Africa’s coastlines offer unique surfing experiences, from South Africa’s Jeffrey’s Bay to Morocco’s hidden spots, promising adventure for surfers of all levels.
  2. The best surfing times vary across the continent, with prime seasons in Morocco from September to April and South Africa’s Eastern Cape best from June to August.
  3. “Afrosurf” by Mami Wata highlights Africa’s diverse surfing culture, exploring the sport’s history and impact, while emphasizing the importance of safety and matching spots to skill levels.

Best Times for Surfing in Africa

Africa’s vast coastlines have shown me that the best times to catch waves can differ greatly across the continent.

In North Africa, places like Morocco become prime surfing destinations from September to April, when winter brings the most consistent and powerful swells. It’s during these months that the Atlantic Ocean gifts surfers with its best, turning spots like Taghazout into a paradise for those seeking challenging waves.

As I journeyed down to West Africa, I discovered that countries like Ghana and Senegal boast good surfing conditions all year, though the waves peak between April and October. It’s in this window that swells become more reliable, and the weather sets a perfect stage for surfing.

Heading over to East Africa, in countries like Madagascar and Mozambique, I found a different rhythm. The ideal surfing season here stretches from June to August, their winter months, offering consistent swells and favorable winds.

In South Africa, a haven for surfers with iconic spots like Jeffrey’s Bay and Durban, the best waves roll in from June to August in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Over in the Western Cape, the swell hits its stride from April to September. Here, the waters can get chilly, reminding me of the essential need for a good wetsuit.

Top Surfing Destinations in Africa

South Africa

South Africa’s surfing scene is legendary, with a coastline stretching over 2,500 miles. It offers a variety of surf spots for all levels:

  • Jeffrey’s Bay (J-Bay): Known globally for its consistent waves and barrels.
  • Elands Bay: Attracts pros with its challenging waves.
  • Muizenberg: Ideal for beginners with its gentle waves.
  • KwaZulu-Natal: Offers a mix of relaxed and challenging surfing experiences.


Morocco, especially Taghazout, has emerged as a prime surfing location in Africa. Despite concerns about pollution in Taghazout, other spots like Sidi Kaouki and Imsouane offer excellent surfing conditions. Morocco’s blend of surfing and cultural experiences, like exploring Marrakesh, adds to its appeal.

Go deeper into surfing in Morocco here.


Ghana is gaining popularity in the surfing world. With over 500 kilometers of coastline, it offers great surf spots, particularly in Busua, known as the country’s surf capital. The south-facing shores provide well-shaped waves, suitable for various skill levels.


Senegal, particularly around its capital Dakar, offers excellent surfing conditions year-round. With its unique geographic position, Dakar receives consistent swells from both northerly and southerly directions. Spots like Les Almadies are known for their reef breaks, while Ngor Island is famous for its reliable rollers.


The best time to surf in Mozambique is from April to October. Destinations like Ponta d’Ouro and Imhambane are renowned for their empty lineups and beautiful Indian Ocean swells, though accessibility can be a challenge.

Each of these African surfing destinations offers a unique experience, combining challenging waves with rich local cultures. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, these spots provide a diverse and thrilling surfing adventure.

Surfing in Taghazout, Morocco

Taghazout, a Moroccan surfing jewel, beckons with its world-renowned waves.

From gentle rollers perfect for beginners to challenging breaks, Taghazout’s wave types cater to all. Its consistent swells and warm, welcoming culture make it an ideal destination.

This Surfing Taghazout Guide provides an in-depth look at this prime surfing location.

Surfing in Seychelles

Seychelles, an archipelago of stunning beauty, presents a unique surfing experience.

The surf here is characterized by a mix of reef breaks and softer beach waves, catering to a range of skill levels.

The timing of your surf trip to Seychelles is crucial. While Seychelles may not have the same surf reputation as some other destinations. Whether you’re an experienced surfer seeking a new challenge or a beginner looking for gentle waves, Seychelles offers a serene yet exciting surfing adventure.

Best Time to Go to Seychelles provides further insights, ensuring you catch the islands at their surf peak.

Surfing Culture in Africa

Surfing culture in Africa is as diverse and vibrant as the continent itself.

The book “Afrosurf,” published by Mami Wata, highlights this culture through stories, interviews, and art. It explores surfing’s history and its contemporary scene across Africa, from the Horn of Africa to the Ivory Coast.

The book also touches on surfing’s environmental and community impact, emphasizing the concept of ‘Afrosurfonomics’ and the responsible stewardship of coastal areas. “Afrosurf” challenges mainstream perceptions of surf culture, showcasing how indigenous and local cultures across Africa create unique expressions of the surfing lifestyle​​.

Safety and Precautions While Surfing in Africa

Each African surf destination presents unique conditions.

For instance, the Atlantic swells of Morocco and South Africa are renowned for their power. It’s crucial to understand the local sea conditions before heading out. This includes being aware of rip currents, tides, and potential changes in weather.

Surf spots like Mozambique offer great opportunities during April to October, but be aware of the challenges in accessing some of these locations​​.

First Aid and Emergency Preparedness

Carrying a basic first aid kit is essential, especially for treating minor injuries like cuts and jellyfish stings. It’s also vital to familiarize yourself with local emergency contact numbers and the locations of the nearest medical facilities. This is particularly important in areas with limited surf infrastructure or remote locations​​.

Selecting the Right Surf Spot

Choose a surf spot that matches your skill level. Africa offers a range of surf spots, from gentle waves suitable for beginners to challenging breaks for experienced surfers. For instance, Muizenberg in South Africa is known for its gentle waves, making it ideal for beginners and longboarders​​.