Surfing in Africa
Africa is one of the most interesting and multi-faceted continents in the world. It is the largest land mass in the tropics and the main part of western and central Africa is shrouded by rainforest. The stunning variety of fauna and flora wows every traveller.
There are more than 2,000 different languages and dialects spoken in Africa, the biggest diversity in the world. Everything is possible, from beach holidays on one of the endless coasts to cultural travel including a visit to the sights of antiquity or a safari holiday in one of the numerous national parks, it never gets boring.
However, well planned travel preparations are essential, as most of the countries do not meet the western standards we are familiar with.
For surfing purposes, Africa offers great diversity as well. Not only do the well-known countries of South Africa or Morocco provide very good surfing conditions, there are also other countries that have very good spots to offer.
Africa’s climate is mainly tropical and subtropical. This is due to the fact that 75% of its surface is located within the tropics. A humid and rainy climate characterises this area.
The further north or south of the equator you travel, the less it rains and you find yourself in the subtropical region. In this area dry forests increasingly occur and a seasonal humid climate prevails.
Major deserts are found in the Sahara in the north and the Namib and Kalahari in the south of Africa. The climate is mainly controlled by the subtropical anticyclones and the tropical convergence zone.
However geographic realities result in regional variations which generate so called microclimates.
Aside from South Africa, Morocco, Senegal or La Reunion, Africa possibly is the least famous continent for surfing. Africa has many breaks waiting to be surfed for the first time.
If you travel outside of the well known countries it will certainly get adventurous. Good preparation of your equipment is essential and of course a well stocked first aid kit.
On the contrary, the wetsuit can be left at home unless you surf in South Africa or Morocco.
Direct flights to many of Africa’s countries from other continents exist. If a country is not directly accessible, it is reachable via a stop-over in another African country.
A journey by ferry could be an option for those who have more time. The northern part of Africa is well accessible by ferry from Europe.