Arriving in Cape Town is more than whelming, the first thing you notice is the warmth and friendly attitude to you surfers. This country has been through so much for the past 30 years and it has always been my dream to set foot on its land to surf the glorious waves that caress its beaches every day. South Africa is blessed with some of the best and most consistent surfing the world has to offer. Pair this with a mild climate and you have a surfing paradise. During the winter in South Africa, the coastline is supplied with almost endless winds and offshore winds due to the constant flow of cold front activity in the southern Atlantic. So as a surfer arriving from Oregon it rains to find amazing warmth and surfing is a dream come true.
My tour involved sessions at many of South Africa’s main surfing spots which included Jeffrey Bay, Seal Point, Victoria Bay, Bruce’s Beauties and many other places that “crank” in the winter. Dylan gathered me after arriving and we all packed up to go along the beach. South African surfers are always so passionate and extraordinary and Dylan did not accept the rules and assured me that he had thorough knowledge of surfing in the area and that he was our tour guide. Furthermore, he practically guaranteed me that I would get to the right places when they were in their best condition, he just failed to tell me that he had set the waves too.
When we arrived at the inn on the outskirts of the city, I was welcomed by other surfers on the tour who arrived one or two days earlier. Dylan whispered in my ear and ensured me with a passionate smile that the tour remained private and limiting the number of people on each tour guaranteed us all a good time. Like all South Africans, he is proud of the countries that surf and then cannot resist telling me again for the fifth time that he will make sure I surf as many African barrels as possible. Umm … I slept with that thought. My second day began with Dylan taking a tour somewhere in Muzuimbrug, the ideal place he convinced me to get to know African Waves. ‘Muzies’ as they are known, are famous for the rolling and very consistent A-Frame waves and endless stretch of coastline. While Dylan provided surfing lessons for some learners on the tour, I pedaled out to enjoy the morning glare on the glass.
After a hearty lunch we embarked on an orientation tour on the stunning Cape Peninsula, Dylan believes this will help us get our land and we also have visits to Cape Point and Cape Towns nature reserves more famous tourist attractions including visits to rock beaches where penguins wildly playing happily.
The morning of the 3rd day is important to me personally because I can’t wait to leave at our first call port which is a 65-meter bungee at Gouritz. This is optional on the tour but it is highly recommended to make you excited and ready for the adventure ahead and I am a game for that. If you plan to do the highest in the world later on the trip, I suggest you do this first to feel it! I did not choose a higher one …
Along the way we stopped at Mossel Bay for surfing sessions, there were 3 breaks to choose from, Indoor and Outdoor Swimming and Ding Dangs. Depending on your conditions and standards, the surfing guide will take you to the most vibrant, and they choose one for me.
The Inner Pool wave breaks very close to the famous outdoor pool from the rocky part, the wall at the best and usually surfs when the Outers are flat. Outdoor Swimming Gets big and challenging in the winter big waves but usually surfs when it is clean and organized in the bright west wind. The outside offers a right hand rest reef break with solid walls and long trips. Ding Dang is a pleasant wave of hotdogs that work when winter swells around St Blaise’s promontory.
After surfing, we set off again on the road, the most beautiful sight when entering the ‘Park Path’ took a breath and most of us all sighed in disbelief at the scenery and panorama that stretched before us. Depending on the time of year, apparently the guide was able to surprise the group and dive for some crayfish (Cape Rock lobster) along the way for dinner, this was not the case for my tour but I gathered it could be the norm.
It was the beginning to get the best swell the next day and we all chose to go to a place called Buffalo Bay Point – the waves that are very similar to Bruce Beauties will also be the highlight of the tour and will come so I take this as a trial event. The point is that it can be superlative in the right conditions by all accounts and before leaving the US, I have heard great reports about the conditions that can be found here, so hope to see the perfect 3ft day.
That night we checked into another local surf lodge, and went out to surf late in the evening! We left for the place I dreamed of since I first watched the film Endless Summer – Bruce’s Beauties – this film is more often split than expected and by knowledge means a long, soft paradise. When cooking, Bruce is the point of the right hand screaming that freight trains run along jagged rocks. “Get ready for the gaping barrels,” Dylan shouted as he disappeared into the water, making us all half turn, run and fall every other step! It’s like a clip from a movie here, I’m going to talk about Endless Summer surfing.
The next day I felt very difficult to get up to be honest, three great days of epic surfing and with a few more to come I could not overcome … my body felt the perfect flight and waves from the night before. . So instead of surfing, I just joined a tour to watch the rest of the group under go some lessons on the beach and sit back enjoying the wild environment that looked as if Portland and US Airport were just forgotten memories. I don’t believe that only 90+ hours ago I was crammed into a bus in Portland with a large longboard crashing into everyone who moved. Now I lie back on the sand listening to the sounds of seabirds and knowing that I am truly peaceful and have the best surfing trip of my life. Of course I have explored some amazing places but to explore the place I have seen more than a thousand videos of my son’s time and then truly enjoying them going better than in the film even surpasses my wildest thoughts surfing in South Africa.
After several days of touring and surfing such as Boneyards, Supertubes, Salad bowls, J-Bay, Tubes, Point and Albatross it’s time to start back towards the Cape. Everyone on the tour has become tired and tired but we are now a surfing family who travel too tired to talk but desperate for one last surfing before the Cape and we were not disappointed because slowly we drove towards Buffalo Bay again and it was just as we left it, perfect …
When we drove to Cape Town the next day Dylan turned to us all and said, “What about Sky diving, or Paragliding? – We can even arrange shark dives if you want!” – in a great choir we all say “shut up … we are exhausted!” One thing you can say about South Africans is that they are very friendly and the stoke of surfing goes far away.
The beauty of the tour that I thought was concluded by the people in it, from 6 surfers who learned to surf for the first time and got lessons every day for all of us who ranged from beginners to advanced. We all surf well and all experience first hand conditions. We all have our own experience and that is something we will all take and the memory of our waves – an amazing surfing trip.