Learning to surf

Learning to surf in Cape Town is fairly straight forward if you know where to go. Some of the surf spots are not beginner friendly, but there are a couple that are.

The two best places to go for lessons or renting equipment is Muizenburg and Big Bay. These two places are quite far away from each other, so depending on where you stay just head to the closest one.

Muizenburg is in False Bay which means it will be a little warmer than Big Bay, but is also more sharky. They do have shark spotters on the beach at Muizenburg and if they spot something they put up flags and blast a horn.

This is a map of where Big Bay and Muizenburg are. The top pin is Big Bay and the bottom pin it Muizenburg.

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Here are the contact details for two places who can organise board/wetsuit hire and lessons if you want to be organised and plan in advance. I would recommend planning a lesson in advance, but hiring equipment can be done on the day. Remember to take something you can leave with them as a deposit, like an ID or car keys.

Big Bay: Surf Zone: +27 (21) 554 9633 / gigs [at] surfzone.co.za
Muizenburg: Gary’s Surf School: Tel: +27 (21) 788 9839 / +27 83 324 5110 / gary [at] garysurf.com


6 Responses to Learning to surf

  1. Donata Schaefer says:

    Hi! I wanna do a surfcourse (beginner) in November – is that possible at all? What would be the lesson-hours? Will be in Cape Town for 2 weeks – probably Nov 19-Dec 1

    Many thanks! Donata

  2. ben eyal says:

    hi capetown surfer.
    im ben. i born in cape town and moved to israel in 1994 , i 21 year and i will coming to capetown soon but i looking for a job around the sea , i also in the surf buisnes.
    if you can help it will be great. thanks a lot ben.

  3. Cool website bra! I am at Muizenberg often teaching surfing and may need a water photographer from time to time, as will be offering this service to my students in the near future. Can we connect to discuss sometime. What is your email address? thanks, Grant Byram.

  4. Aurélien Roussel says:

    Hi Cape Town,

    I am Aurélien a french guy and i would like to precise that Gary’s surf school is not the only surf school in Muizenberg! I took lesson with Learn 2 Surf and everything was very professionnal and awesome in particular the instructor! I recommand this school for everyone want to learn. Look at http://www.learn2surf.co.za
    Bien à vous

  5. Kirsten says:

    Thank you very much! Perfect information I needed! Was told about Muzienburg being sharky so a bit nervous there, do you know if that number for Big Bay is still valid before I make the call?

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