Surf's Up in Namibia
Namibia has much more to offer than safari and 4x4 driving. The beautiful country’s coastal region is a hidden 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 surfers paradise.
Where to find the perfect wave:
Skeleton bay is a popular coastal spot in Namibia and is well-known for Namibia’s ‘perfect wave’, with a left-hand barrel running for nearly 2 kilometres along the coastal sandbank. Some even refer to the waves at Skeleton bay as “the longest sand-bottomed left in the known universe”. The coastline is 1 572 kilometres long, stretching from the Kunene river in the northern part of Angola, 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 from the South Africa coastline, 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 dangerous, ideally for professional surfers looking for a challenge. Skeleton Bay may be the most sought-after surfer’s spot in Namibia, but there are a few other spots in the country, that are unique for surfing:
Before Skeleton bay claimed its fame, the Guns coast was known for Namibia’s 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 surf spot at Swakopmund is a perfect reef break, which thrives on a high tide. Locals enjoy this surf spot, although the waves are inconsistent.
Bocock’s bay is situated 160 kilometres north of Swakopmund and is known for being a point break surf spot. Locals and travelling surfers are not recommended to visit Bocock’s bay during October and April when the swell is low.