Namibia has much more to offer than safaris and 4×4 driving. The beautiful country’s coastal region is a gem for surfers and is slowly gaining popularity for the large swells during June and August every year. The winter swells in Namibia unleash perfect waves for surfing, transforming the coast into a surfer’s paradise.
Where to find the perfect wave?
Skeleton Bay is a popular coastal spot well-known for being home to Namibia’s “perfect wave”, with a left-hand barrel running for nearly two kilometres. Some even refer to the waves at Skeleton Bay as “the longest sand-bottomed left in the known universe”. The coastline is 1 572km long, stretching from the Kunene River in the north, to the Orange River bordering South Africa.
Every year, the surfing population at Skeleton Bay grows in numbers, as local and international surfers uncover this underrated surfing destination. When the huge winter swells start rolling in, they are often welcomed by groups of South African and international surfers, all waiting for their turn to have a go at the “perfect wave”. The waves are strong and ideal for professional surfers looking for a challenge.
Skeleton Bay may be the most sought-after surfers’ spot in Namibia, but there are a few other spots in the country that offer great surfing opportunities:
Before Skeleton Bay claimed its fame, the Guns coast was known for Namibia’s most famous wave. It still remains a great option for surfing in Namibia, especially for its powerful left-breaking reef.
Swakopmund is about four hours away from the Skeleton Coast. The city’s surf spot is a perfect reef break, which thrives during high tide. Locals enjoy this surf spot, although the waves are inconsistent.
Bocock’s Bay is 160km north of Swakopmund and is known for being a point-break surf spot. Locals and travelling surfers are warned not to visit the bay during October and April, when the swell is low.
What you need
Generally, the coast from Walvis Bay to Swakopmund is accessible with a sedan. However, it is recommended that you book a 4×4 with Car Hire Namibia, since exploring beyond this point will require a more capable vehicle.
The cold Benguela current brings plummeting water temperatures with it, especially in winter. Surfers are encouraged to pack a durable 4/3mm wetsuit for year-round protection.
Make sure your board is strong. Surfers are urged to add a little volume to their boards or extra glassing, since many have snapped the boards while taking on the swell at Skeleton Bay.
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