In 2008 Surfing Magazine’s video of Corey Lopez surfing what was probably the longest barrel ever recorded, made Namibia the next surf travel destination for most adventurous surfers. If you’re familiar with Kepa Acero, who has been travelling the world's most remote surf spots which include Patagonia, then you have probably seen his videos on Namibia too!
Surfaris in Namibia are you’re best choice and for experienced surfers only. We’d recommend you to start in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, west from Windhoek, Namibia's capital.
Namibia is “sandwiched” between the Kalahari Desert and the raw Atlantic Ocean receiving swell from the cold Benguela current. With a long coastline of 1,572 km, Namibia has plenty of surf spots still completely virgin. Here are only a few that became more popular until now:
This is the most famous surf spot in Namibia. The wave was named after the area “The Skeleton Bay” and it will not be the cleaner you’ll see. It claims so many titles that it’s hard to choose or sum all of them; these are only some of the most well-known: “The longest Gopro Barrel ever”, “The longest sand-bottomed left in the known universe”; and “sand dredging barrel”.
The barrels in Skeleton Bay do not always show up as it needs very large swells to get going. however, when it works, it's a long...long...long peeling left that rolls like there’s no end to it. The barrel is not necessarily pro level but you’ll have to be well experienced surfer.
As soon as you take off, you’ll have to grab that wall by the balls into the pocket and adjust the line avoiding to get sucked in. Some days the swell is that solid that can reach 3 meters (double head high) and the lip of the wave gets super thick and gnarly. This is without any doubt one of the TOP 10 lefts in the world.
There are sharks in these waters but up until today there are no records of any shark attack. The very shallow sandy bottom, rips and currents are the most dangerous “things” on these waters.
The Skeleton Coast and further north is quite inaccessible; you’ll need a good 4x4 and also good directions from our local surf guides and surf camps in Namibia.
The swell is not consistent and this wave might break less than 10 days per year so if you don’t get the right reading, you’ll be very sorry as there’s nothing else to do here.
In Swakopmund you’ll find a sewage pipe close to Strandstreet. This surf spot is a nice reef break that should work best at high tide. Often only surfed by locals. Depending on the swell's direction you’ll also have some cool surf spots up and down from the town.
Bocock’s Bay is located 160 km north of Swakopmund. This surf spot is a point break not recommended between October and April when it lacks swell and also you should know that this is the shark season.
This surf spot is located 30 km from Bacock’s Bay. It’s a fun long left pointbreak. Access can be a problem as authorities ban surfing for several times during the year, since it's home to one of the largest colony of seals in the world. Being banned means fines! Also you should know that seals also bite!
In southern Namibia you’ll find three main point breaks that are quite noticeable by looking at the map of Affenrücken.
Chameis Bay, Bakers Bay and Delaray Point offer world class waves here. Stay in the main areas only as there is a private diamond mining industry at Affenrücken and foreigners are usually told to stay out.
This was Namibia’s most famous wave before Skeleton Bay became famous. Close to the surf action of Swakomund it’s still a great option to surf in Namibia, especially if you want to stay closer to the towns and avoid the long distance driving to Skeleton Bay. It works best with light winds from the northeast.
This is another powerful surf spot and its name says it all. This wave is close to Swakomund.