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Celebrate International Surfing Day by Discovering Cape Town, One of the World’s Best Cities for Surfers

South African SurfToday we celebrate the 10th annual International Surfing Day, “the closest thing surfers have to an international, non-denominational holiday” according to Surfline.

Craig Jarvis, co-author of South African Surf: The Swell Seeker’s Guide, recently wrote a comprehensive article for Stab Magazine in which he shares the many reasons Cape Town deserves the title of one of the world’s best surfing cities.

Listing everything you might need to navigate around the peninsula, from where to find local surf legends to the best place to have a drink with your bro, Jarvis and Brendon Gibbens presents the best of the Mothercity’s swell offerings:

Best kept secret: The Dunes on the southerly cross-shore is a secret. It’s one of those waves that needs an offshore to barrel otherwise it’s nowhere. Or so everyone thinks. As soon as it goes southerly, everyone leaves, but the southerly is the best air-wind and it’s offshore enough to still throw some crazy barrels. The problem is that when it goes southerly it is so empty and feels so sharky.
Cheapest bar: There’s a bar called The Fisherman’s in Kommetjie. It’s pretty rough. It’s a sorry place, one of the most washed-out bars you can go to but it’s home, and I like going there with my friends.
Most expensive bar: Cape Town’s generally a pretty expensive place with some crazy prices. Caprice in Camps Bay is pretty swanky and Belugas is also pretty ritzy.

Ever had to make up an excuse to go surfing? Duck out of work early? Get “caught in traffic” on the way to a date? Call in sick to school? Just..not shown up for something? Of course you have. Maybe all of the above, on a good year. But this Friday, luckily, is the closest thing surfers have to an international, non-denominational holiday. Not that you should skip school or work or anything, but June 20th is the 10th annual International Surfing Day.

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