Namaqualand, South Africa
Surf Spots & Information

Little is known about the Namaqualand surfing and coastal region. Much of it is off-limits, owned and heavily restricted by the De Beers Diamond Company. This is not an area in which to be traveling by yourself. However, there are some epic waves to be found here, and many more left to be discovered.

Time it right. This region is often windy and blown out, with thick mist banks.

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Namaqualand Surf Breaks


Klip Baai

Surf Location North of Port Nolloth
Best Swell Direction West
Best Tide High tide only
Best Wind Direction East to Northeast
Best Surf Season Fall and Spring
Wave Quality Righthand reef break with thick lips and great tubes
The Surfers Mellow, but mind your manners
Boards Shortboard, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Bottom Reef, very shallow at low tide
Watch Out For… Great Whites
Water Condition Cold
 

Port Nolloth

Surf Location In the far northern reaches of Namaqualand
Best Swell Direction West
Best Tide High
Best Wind Direction Light east
Best Surf Season Fall and Spring
Wave Quality Outside reef break. Rights peel off the reef that is just outside the harbor. Needs a large groundswell, but can get very good.
The Surfers Lots of locals, but mellow vibe
Boards Shortboard, funboard, fish, longboard
Paddle Out A long, tricky paddling over shallow reef
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Bottom Reef
Watch Out For… The reef and Great Whites
Water Condition Clean and cold
 

Samson’s Bak

Surf Location This area of Namaqualand is prohibited, so be careful
Best Swell Direction West
Best Tide Incoming high tide
Best Wind Direction East
Best Surf Season Fall and Spring
Wave Quality Right-hand point break that can get totally epic. Long walls with thick lips and hollow sections.
The Surfers Moderate amount of locals. Mind your manners, this is one of the better spots in the area.
Boards Shortboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Bottom Sand and some rocks
Watch Out For… Kelp, Great Whites
Water Condition Clean and cold
 
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