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Rippable waves and warm waters in South Africa's Surf City

Known as South Africa’s ‘Surf City’, Durban lives up to the reputation with its rippable waves and warm waters. Plus famous South African surfers like Jordy Smith and Shaun Tomson were brought up on its waves, so you're definitely in for the best surf of your life. It's the perfect place to jump off the pier straight into running rights like New Pier, or take time to play around in the bowls working on your turns. When you're ready for waves with a bit more power, then Ansteys in front of the backpackers produces some great peaks and barrels.

Your time in Durban will be spent on the Bluff, away from the city centre and home itself to one of South Africa’s best and heaviest waves, Cave Rock. Spending your days on the beach and in the water in board shorts or bikinis is what Durban life is all about.

What to Expect

Expect to wake up early to hit the dawnie at Ansteys with your Trip Leaders, before settling into a home-cooked fry up at Heidi’s cafe. Then head into town to spend the day jumping off the piers and into some of South Africa’s best waves, known as the ‘Golden Mile’. Durban is all about board shorts, bikinis, beach breaks and fun in the sun! Welcome.

Surf Coaching

The coaching is specific to your level of surfing, so don't sweat it if the ocean isn't your best buddy yet. If you're just looking for more advice on how to improve your down the line speed or cutback - we've got it covered! With photo and video analysis, plus top daily coaching in consistent waves and warm waters, you'll soon see your surfing reach new levels of awesome. 


We stay at Anstey’s backpackers run by one of South Africa’s most high-profile surfing families, the Palmbooms. They know all things surf, and between them and your Trip Leaders, you're guaranteed the ultimate warm water sandy surf trip. Dorm rooms at the homely Ansteys backpackers will keep you happy at night, while the cafe, surf shop and comfortable lounge displaying posters of the Palmbooms surfing, will keep you amped for the next session.


Also included


Take a tour around a surfboard factory and see how boards evolve from time in the shaping machine to the final spray. 

What's Included

  • Airport Transfers

  • Surf Camp Accommodation

  • Trip Leaders For Duration

  • All Surf Lessons

  • Surf Guiding To The Best Beaches

  • All Surf Transport

  • Surf Hire

  • Involvement In Community Projects

  • Photos Of Your Surfing

  • Additional Excursions And Activities

  • Free WiFi

Trip Timeline

Here you'll find a day by day breakdown of your course.

  • Settle in and start surfing

    Get picked up from the airport by your smiling Trip Leader and head straight to the backpackers. Get your priorities straight from the very beginning by getting your feet sandy and your hair salty as soon as possible. If you're a beginner, you'll get taught the basics in the easiest way to ensure success, and if you're already a bit of a pro, then we'll help you iron out any bad habits.

  • The Ride

    Now that you're settled in and got over you first sunburn, it's time to really work on your surfing. With professional coaching and the consistent waves at Durban's piers, you will be in the water all day, working on new techniques and manoeuvres to take your surfing up a notch or two.

  • Embrace new surfing challenges

    With your boardshort/bikini tan and new surfing skills, it's time to face the challenge of some new spots by checking out some punchier waves or an exciting barrel or two. You'll also go to Clayton's factory for a tour and maybe even pick up a unique surfboard for your future travels.

Course Video

What past riders say


Got a question about this course? Here's the best place to start. If you don't find your answer here, you can request a callback or get in touch using our contact page.

Not really! Some people like to wear a 2mm short wetsuit, but most people just wear a warm rash vest. You can always get one out here if you don't already have one. 

The food is fantastic and you can get anything you want at great prices. When in Durban you have to try a bunny chow!

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Straight from the surf