The Garden Route is home to some of the best surf spots in South Africa. Learn to surf in the Indian Ocean one-on-one or in a group, in a fun, friendly and safe environment.
Sessions are tailored to your level of experience – whether you’re a beginner or already up and riding, there’s a wave for everyone. I’ve been surfing for over 27 years around the world and have been based in the Garden Route for the last ten. I'm a qualified lifeguard and experienced surf coach.
Victoria Bay, or Vic Bay, is about midway between Wilderness and George along the N2. Host to different surf competitions throughout the year, this is a world class wave suitable for all surfers. Good waves are consistent regardless of the tide, with a terrific point break as well as a decent beach break ideal for learner surfers. Waves are best with a southerly swell and offshore winds from the north northwest. Just watch out for rocks and other surfers. The bay is small, so it’s often crowded on the weekends, but definitely one of the top spots on the coastline.
Along the N2 between Sedgefield and George, Wilderness beach in the Garden Route is an easily accessibly surf spot with a very consistent wave suitable for surfers with varying degrees of experience. The best tide position to surf this beach is low and mid tide, but watch out for strong rips and a heavy undertow when the waves are big, and keep your eyes open for the odd shark. There are a few different peaks along the beach, but the best is often at the Western end of the beach, or ‘Linkies Klip’, but this generally depends on the changing of the sand banks. Crowds are usually small so there’s plenty of room for new surfers. The scenery is beautiful and there are plenty of hikes along the rivers in the area, while the town itself is small but friendly with a few good pubs and restaurants.
Along the N2 just after George on the way to Mossel Bay, the turnoff to Herolds Bay is well marked. The waves along this exposed reef break are hollow and powerful and pretty consistent throughout the year. The wave mostly breaks left, with the best swell direction from the east southeast. Herolds Bay is rarely crowded, but do watch out for rocks and strong rip currents. One of the heaviest barrelling waves in the area.