The global surfing industry brings in approximately $50 billion dollars a year
Africa has the potential to be the world's next top surfing destination.
A recent study estimates the global surfing industry pulls in around $50 billion dollars a year, and some African countries are keen to tap into this economic growth.
Although the surfing industry on the continent is still relatively young, with a coastline of over 19,000 miles, it has the potential to become the world’s next top surfing destination.
Africa’s surf spots have become an attraction to surfers who desire less crowded waves, with South Africa leading the charge.
With a variety of waves and a relatively developed surf culture, South Africa is a huge attraction for surf tourists around the world.
South Africa’s 2,000 kilometres of waves and relatively warm weather conditions have earned it the tag of “surfers paradise.”
Although the surfing scene in Ghana is still relatively small, its uncrowded 550 kilometres of coastline, is an attraction to tourists around the world.
There are many surf spots in the country, however, the small fishing village of Busua, west of Takoradi, has slowly becoming the country’s surfing capital. Surf camps, schools, shops and the likes are springing up across the village. Only a handful of surfers in Ghana are locals with most being tourists from around the world.
Its swells range from two to six feet reaching its highest at eight feet typically around April to September.
Other surf spots in Ghana like Dixcove, Takoradi, Mutrakni are relatively empty even though they boast of swell sizes of about three to five feet.
The geographic location of Dakar, Senegal exposes it to northern and southern hemisphere swells patterns, which ensures that the city sees decent waves all year round.
Surf's up! Catching waves in Dakar
N’gor Island, one of its popular surf spots sees swell sizes of three to 5 feet with its highest at 16 feet and above.
Over the years, Morocco has transformed to a surfing scene thanks to the influx of surfing tourists from around the world.
Taghazout, Morocco its most popular surf spot has metamorphosed from the fishing village it used to be to become something of a surfer’s mecca.
Many tourists are attracted by its waves which go as high as 15 feet especially between October and March.
The southern African nation of Mozambique has a coastline of over 2500km but its waves are relatively unexplored save for Imhambane and Ponto d’Ouro.
The country gets waves through out the year with peaks from June to August at wintertime and stable sea temperatures of 25-25°C all year round.
Some of the more popular surf spots in the country are Barra beach, Guinjala Bay, Tofinho and Ponta d’Ouro.