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Six surprising surf spots in Africa

Craig Jarvis
01 April 2014

Craig Jarvis rounds up six African hot spots for huge waves and a cool surfer crowd

1. Namibia: Skeleton Bay
In 2007, California-based Surfing magazine ran a unique online contest asking readers to send in Google Earth images of potential undiscovered surf breaks anywhere in the world. US software developer Brian Gable contributed Skeleton Bay, a remarkable combination of sand, swell, wind and tide. 

2. Nigeria: Tarkwa Bay
Tarkwa Bay, at the mouth of the harbour in Lagos, has a perfect little right-hand wave that was discovered a few years ago. Great for beginners. 

3. Mozambique: Tofinho 
The waves in the south are well known, but the area around Tofinho in Inhambane province is where there is the most potential for finding new spots, as SA's top surfer Jordy Smith did last year.

4. Madagascar: east coast
The south of the island has long been visited by SA surfers, but Grant Baker has found a very secret river-mouth wave on the east coast. 

5. South Africa: Madiba's Left
Madiba's Left, off Robben Island, was discovered soon after 1994, when the island was no longer a restricted zone. Jordy Smith and friends went back to surf it last year.

6. Angola: west coast
An emerging 'new' destination for travellers, with a 3km wave that has reset the bar. Brothers Davey and Benji Brand surfed it at its best last year, but they're not telling where it is, apart from the fact that it's in the south...