Surf Cape Town's Coastline

Learn to surf from paddling to standing during two days on the False Bay coast. 2 days.

  • South Africa
  • July, October—December
  • Cape Town International Airport, Cape Town (CPT)

Learn to surf from two different beaches along the False Bay Coast, just 40 minutes from Cape Town. You’ll be shown the basics from paddling to standing, how to read the waves and surfing etiquette. By the end of these two days, you’ll be comfortable in the surf and have experienced the best food, wine, waves and views through the eyes of a local.

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • 3 x 2-hour surfing lessons
  • 1 night in hostel accommodation
  • Local, certified guide
  • All surfing equipment for lessons
  • Meals
  • Photographs taken during your lessons
  • Organised wine tasting
  • Kalk Bay excursion
  • Surf movie night
  • Local transfers
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for

Anyone who ever fancied giving surfing a try. No previous experience required; you’ll be taught from the beginning by guides that will give you an authentic surf experience. You must be able to swim.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to and from Cape Town Airport
  • Airport transfers
  • Pre and post camp accommodation
  • Yoga lesson
  • Snacks and drink
  • Lunch day 1
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

This trip will run with a minimum of 6 people, and a maximum of 18.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

This trip is only suitable for anyone from the age of 18, unless if you’re booking as a private group.

You will be provided you with a wetsuit and surfboard to use for each surf lesson. For those who have never surfed or who have only surfed a handful of times, your hosts use the beginner, specific soft boards, making it easy to catch waves and stand up. As you progress through your lessons, the coach may move you onto different boards and you may even find yourself riding a regular ‘hard’ board by the end of the camp. For those who have surfed before and have an understanding of how to catch waves and handle a board in crowded conditions, your hosts can offer regular epoxy or fibreglass boards.

Your hosts use 4:3mm wetsuits that are well maintained and are sure to keep you warm for the duration of each 2-hour session.

Your host recommends to pack: - Waterproof sunscreen (zinc and or ‘Island Tribe’ recommended) - Towel - Bathing suit/boardshorts - Warm jacket - Sandals - Bottle of water

Other recommendations are: - Camera - Mobile phone - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

Dietary restrictions such as vegan, vegetarian, lactose intolerant and allergies can be catered for. Just let your hosts know at the point of booking.

You will be allocated a dorm room; should you require more privacy, your host may be able to secure a single or double room subject to the backpackers availability and pricing.

Start point?

Your host will collect you from a predetermined meet-point in and around central Cape Town between 08:00-08:15. Your host will be in contact beforehand to finalise the details.

Finish point?

Your host will drop you off back at your predetermined meet-point at around 18:00 on the last day.

Getting there and away?

Cape Town Airport (CPT) is served by flights from all over Europe. You’re free to book whichever flights you like as long as they meet the included transfer times. We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

Simple answer, no.

Muizenberg beach has a shark warning system in place, with spotters located at high lookout points. If a shark is seen nearby, the water is cleared until it swims away from the area.

Muizenberg Beach is the safest beach at which to learn to surf in South Africa for two reasons. Firstly Muizenberg has spotters on lookout and a shark warning system in place. If a shark is spotted anywhere near the water is cleared until the shark is gone. Secondly, the shallow sandbank that creates the gentle breaking waves also ensures the sharks stay out at sea - far away from any surfers!

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Location

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False Bay is an effortless coast that stretches in an arc all the way from Hangklip, close to Pringle Bay, through to Cape Point on the peninsula. Along the coast is a continuous collection of seaside villages and hamlets with narrow avenues lined with quirky and quaint shops, hotels, restaurants and pubs. Some of the most popular in and around Cape Town include Muizenberg; popular amongst surfers and swimmers alike, Kalk Bay; a little fishing village with a vibrant day and nightlife, and Simon’s Town; the historical naval village. With it’s frequent and gentle rolling waves Muizenberg is one of the best breaks for beginner surfers in the world!

Start point

Your host will collect you from a predetermined meet-point in and around central Cape Town between 08:00-09:00. Your host will be in contact beforehand to finalise the details.

Finish point

Your host will drop you off back at your predetermined meet-point at around 18:00.

What to Expect

Saturday: Catch your First Waves

Your host will collect you from the city and transfer you to Strand beach ready to start your first lesson. You’ll begin with the very basics of safety and ocean awareness on the beach. Then when you enter the water you’ll be taught how to paddle and catch a wave, and finally how to stand up on the board.

You’ll then follow the coastal road to the picturesque Kalk Bay where we’ll enjoy lunch and a walk along the harbour wall on the lookout for seals. Belly’s full, you’ll visit a local wine farm and enjoy tasting some of the local produce.

As the day comes to an end, you’ll take a drive along Chapmans Peak to enjoy the sunset from an impressive viewpoint before heading back to our accommodation in Muizenberg. There, you’ll enjoy dinner whilst watching a slideshow of the day’s surfing photos and a surf movie.

Sunday: Become a Confident Surfer

You’ll start early this morning with an optional yoga class at 07:30. After breakfast, you’ll commence with a lesson at a longer break where you can catch longer, mellow waves. You’ll grab a take-out lunch from the best local café where you can relax and catch some rays.

After lunch, you’ll continue with lesson three, where you’ll begin to feel more comfortable with directional changes in the white water and understand what the ‘surf check’ is all about. At the end of your final lesson, you’ll be transferred back to Cape Town feeling like a true surfer.

Please note: As the tides, wind and swell conditions may affect our lessons, your host may need to swap the lessons, locations and activities around to offer the best experience.

Accommodation

You will be staying at the wonderful backpackers, located in the historic Kent Building right on the Muizenberg Beach Front, overlooking the beautiful False Bay.

This hostel offers comfortable dorm room accommodation, amazing views of the surf from the deck, a bar, a self-catering kitchen and communal areas to relax.

Upgrades to private single or double rooms are available upon request and subject to availability.

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Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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