Sunshine Coast, South Africa
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Home to the most famous South Africa surf spots, Jeffrey’s Bay and Bruce’s Beauties, the Sunshine Coast holds a wide variety of surf and conditions for all ability levels. Not directly exposed to southwest swells, this sretch of coast often produces slightly smaller but more groomed conditions.

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Sunshine Coast South Africa Surf Breaks


Seal Point – Sunshine Coast

Surf Location Look for the lighthouse
Best Swell Direction South to Southeast; Southwest has to refract and bend
Best Tide High
Best Wind Direction Northwest
Best Surf Season Summer
Wave Quality Long right-hand point break. Big swell will allow waves to break from the outside all the way through, about 400 yards. Small waves are broken into 2 sections by The Rock, which is located in the middle of the wave. Be Careful!
The Surfers Can get crowded. Mellow vibe.
Boards Shortboard, funboard, fish, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate to hard
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Watch Out For… The Rock, rip currents, urchins, sharks
Water Condition Cold
 

Cape St. Francis, Bruce’s Beauties – Sunshine Coast

Surf Location Cape St. Francis
Best Swell Direction East-Southeast
Best Tide Low
Best Wind Direction Southwest
Best Surf Season Summer
Wave Quality Legendary right-hand point break made famous in the original Endless Summer movie. Perfect, totally hollow waves peel down the point.
The Surfers Can get crowded
Boards Shortboard, funboard, fish, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced, depending on the swell
Watch Out For… Rocks, urchins
Water Condition Clean, emerald green water
 

Jeffrey’s Bay – Sunshine Coast

Surf Location Southeast coast of South Africa
Best Swell Direction South
Best Tide High
Best Wind Direction West-Northwest
Best Surf Season Fall, Winter, Spring
Wave Quality Totally legendary, right-hand point break. Often referred to as the most perfect wave on the planet. J-Bay is a perfect peeling right-hander with many legendary sections: Boneyards, Super Tubes, Salad Bowls, The Point and Albatross, just to name a few. J-bay has it all: speed, size, power and tubes, incredible tubes.
The Surfers Totally crowded with locals, visitors and pros. Mind your manners.
Boards Shortboard
Paddle Out Moderate to hard
Skill Level Advanced
Watch Out For… Rocks, reef, urchins, sharks
Water Condition Cold

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Main Rights – Sunshine Coast

Surf Location Past Jeffery’s Bay as you head west. One of the last spots on the Sunshine Coast.
Best Swell Direction South, Southeast
Best Tide Mid Low/High tides
Best Wind Direction West-Northwest
Best Surf Season Fall, Winter, Spring
Wave Quality Right-hand reef/point break. Good, fun, mellow wave.
The Surfers Lots of locals, but everyone is mellow
Boards Shortboard, funboard, fish, longboard
Paddle Out Easy to moderate
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Watch Out For… Rocks, reef, urchins, sharks
Water Condition Cold
 

Virgin Bay – Algoa Bay, Sunshine Coast

Surf Location 15-minute walk south of Cape Recife reserve
Best Swell Direction Small to medium Southwest
Best Tide Low to incoming high
Best Wind Direction West, light Northeast
Best Surf Season Fall, Winter, Spring
Wave Quality Good sandbar break, producing mostly rights
The Surfers Few locals, mellow vibe
Boards Shortboard, funboard, fish, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Watch Out For… Sharks
Water Condition Cold
 

Cobbles – Algoa Bay, Sunshine Coast

Surf Location Cape Recife Bay
Best Swell Direction South
Best Tide High
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season Fall, Winter, Spring
Wave Quality Mellow, slo,w right-hand point that can produce some long rides. Great longboard wave.
The Surfers Longboarders dominate the point, but plenty of waves to be had
Boards Funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Watch Out For… Rocks, reef, urchins, sharks
Water Condition Cold
 

Humewood – Sunshine Coast, Port Elizabeth Surf

Surf Location Next to the old pier in Port Elizabeth
Best Swell Direction East
Best Tide Any
Best Wind Direction South
Best Surf Season Fall, Winter, Spring
Wave Quality Sandbar right off the pier. Good barrels. One of the better waves in the area.
The Surfers Gets crowded with locals.
Boards Shortboard, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Watch Out For… The pier, sharks
Water Condition Cold
 

East Pier – East Cape, Sunshine Coast

Surf Location East side of the Kowie River
Best Swell Direction South
Best Tide Low tide pushing in
Best Wind Direction West-Northwest
Best Surf Season Fall, Winter, Spring
Wave Quality Incredible. Great barrels that wrap into long freight training walls. Bring your "down the line" speed.
The Surfers Gets crowded with good surfers
Boards Shortboard, fish, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate to hard
Skill Level Advanced
Watch Out For… Sharks, other surfers
Water Condition Cold
 

Nahoon Reef – East London

Surf Location In the Nahoon suburb of East London
Best Swell Direction South
Best Tide Low
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season Fall, Winter, Spring
Wave Quality Right-hand reef break
The Surfers Lots of locals
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate to hard
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Watch Out For… Reef, urchins, there have been a few shark attacks here
Water Condition Cold
 

The Point – East London

Surf Location Gonubie
Best Swell Direction Southeast
Best Tide Low
Best Wind Direction West
Best Surf Season Fall, Winter, Spring
Wave Quality Left-hand point break. Not a long wave: it's short, but has an epic barrel.
The Surfers Moderate crowds, so mind your manners
Boards Shortboard, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Watch Out For… Rocks, reef, urchins, sharks
Water Condition Cold
 

Kwelera Point – East London

Surf Location South of the Kwelera River mouth
Best Swell Direction South, Southeast
Best Tide High
Best Wind Direction Northwest
Best Surf Season Fall, Winter, Spring
Wave Quality Fun, consistent beach break. Good tube sections.
The Surfers Can be crowded on good days. Mellow vibe.
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Watch Out For… Currents, getting caught on the inside, sharks
Water Condition Cold
 

Glen Garriff – East London

Surf Location West side of East London
Best Swell Direction South, Southeast
Best Tide High
Best Wind Direction Northeast and light west
Best Surf Season Fall, Winter, Spring
Wave Quality Long right-hand point break. Good longboard wave.
The Surfers Moderate crowds, mellow vibe
Boards Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
Watch Out For… Sharks
Water Condition Cold
 

Queensberry Bay – East London

Surf Location Queensberry Bay in East London
Best Swell Direction South, Southeast
Best Tide High
Best Wind Direction Northeast
Best Surf Season Fall, Winter, Spring
Wave Quality Speedy waves break over a rock slab for a powerful, juicy barrel. Short rides. Can be epic.
The Surfers Can get crowded, small takeoff area
Boards Shortboard, longboard
Paddle Out Moderate
Skill Level Intermediate to Advanced
Watch Out For… Sharks
Water Condition Cold
 
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