Surfing in Africa – 10 must-see spots to jump into the water: From Morocco to South Africa, through Madagascar, Angola or Ghana, FLA presents you the best surf spots of the African continent.
Surfing in Africa– 10 must-see spots to jump into the water
Enjoy our selection, confirmed by experts.
Surfing in Africa- 10 must-see spots to jump into the water:
The small town of Taghazout, in southern Morocco, located in the prefecture of Agadir Ida-Outanane, has become over the decades, since the explosion of surfing in the 1950s-1960s, a surfing destination known worldwide. The Taghazout coastline offers a multitude of spots renowned for their consistency and regularity. One of the best known is Anchor Point. This point, discovered by Australian surfers in the 1960s, exposed to northwest swells, is reserved for experienced surfers as soon as the conditions become imposing.
Safi is a world-class sand spot that only works during big swells. Reserved for experienced surfers, Saphi offers long, deep barrels surfable only at low tide.
Les Almadies (Senegal)
With 530 km of coastline facing the Atlantic, Senegal is a country offering many possibilities for surfing, the practice of which is quite recent in the country. The most famous spots are in Dakar, at the tip of Almadies (north-west of the Cape Verde peninsula) – the most western of Africa – and are called Virage, Yoff, Malika, or Ngor, Club Med, Secret, Vivier and Ouakam for the reefs (rocks).
In 2009, the first surfing competition ever organized in Senegal, the N’Gor Surf Trophy, was held there. In a pleasant setting and mild water, with regular conditions all year round – the coast receives swells from the North, West and South), all surfers, beginners or experienced, will find their pleasure.
Skeleton Bay (Namibia/Angola)
The Namibian coast is perhaps one of the places that most feeds the fantasies of surfers around the world. Hours away from any sign of civilization, hundreds and hundreds of kilometers of sandy beach are offered to the Atlantic swells. The images brought back from the Bay of Skeletons leave you dreaming. To turn the dream into reality: don’t be afraid to go for miles, forget about the great white sharks that linger off shore.
The Gabonese coasts offer numerous quality spots (sandy and rocky bottom) for all levels. North of Libreville there is the sandy beach of Guegue which offers waves accessible to all. On the other hand, the most courageous will be able, like these French surfers in the video below, to try to find unknown spots in the south of the country.
Mumba point – Robertsport (Liberia)
Liberia appeared on the map of surfers around the world after the broadcast of a documentary filmed in 2006 by Nicholai Lidow and Britton Caillouette. It tells the story of Alfred Lomax, who became the country’s first surfer after finding a bodyboard in a Monrovia garbage dump while trying to escape from rebels. The award-winning film has attracted surfers from America and Europe, but has also inspired expatriates in Monrovia.
The best waves in Liberia are found around the village of Sam Brown, accessible by foot from Sierra Leone, on the Cape Mount Peninsula, just above Lake Piso which dominates western Liberia. A trail winding through cassava fields, oil palm plantations and thick forest leads to “Robertsport”. “Mumba Point, in Monrovia, is the other well known spot.
Busua, located near the city of Takoradi (west of the capital Accra) is the most developed spot in Ghana. It even has a surf shop where you can take lessons. The beach is one of the most beautiful in the country, its sandy bottom makes it less dangerous, even if the waves are very powerful when the swell is strong. It is also possible to surf around Busua, in Axim, or Dixcove (10 to 15 min walk).
Benin is not well known to surfers, but it has a certain potential. Several spots are worth the trip. The best one is in Cotonou. Nicknamed “Méduse”, it offers, when conditions are good, hollow and powerful waves. Ouidah, 50 km east of the Beninese capital, also offers a quality wave, mostly at low tide.
Very famous, the Malagasy spots offer world class waves. Difficult of access, they are however dangerous. Most of them are reef spots located on the coral reefs around Anakao. The famous tubular left of Flame Ball, north of Nosy Ve, Tiforone or Jelly Babies, the beautiful right of the southern tip of Anakao and Antoleft off Nosy Satrana.
Jeffrey’s Bay (South Africa)
Located in the Eastern Cape, Jeffrey’s Bay is a must for all major international competitions (World Championship, Billabong pro). The place is famous for the perfection of its pointbreak (rocky or sandy overhang where the wave starts), offering a dozen sections. It goes without saying that when there is action, the spot will not suit the Sunday surfer!
Morocco wins the African Nations Surfing Championship
Moroccan surfers have climbed to the top of the podium in both male and female categories during this competition, organized by the African Surfing Confederation and the Royal Moroccan Surfing Federation.
In detail, Tifa Bouchka took the first place in the senior Surf Open category, followed by Charif Fall, from Senegal, and another Moroccan, Chadi Lahroui.
In the male category of under 18 years, Mehdi Tsouli won the first place, followed by the Senegalese Sirgine Falo Bosso.
As for the female category, the victory went to the Moroccan Lilias Tebbaa, who preceded his compatriot Ines Tebbaa and Nelly Logige, Mauritius.
The competition aimed to contribute to increasing the visibility of surfing in Africa and the development of this sport in many countries of the continent.
The sporting event saw the participation of surfers representing, in addition to Morocco, Senegal, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mauritius, Burkina Faso, and the Republic of Congo.