Surfing South Africa
Surfing South Africa Logo.jpeg
JurisdictionSouth Africa
Founded1965 (1965)
PresidentDavid Motlhaolwa[1]
Official website
South Africa

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is the governing body for the sport of surfing in South Africa, and a recognised member of the world governing body, the International Surfing Association (ISA).[2] SSA is also an affiliate of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC),[3] which, alongside Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) supervises all organised sport in South Africa.

SSA is responsible for the control of all aspects of Surfing in South Africa, from entry-level participation to the management of the elite level Pro Surf Tour (PST).[4] Provincial bodies, along with the SA Longboarding Association, the SA Bodyboarding Association and the SA Students Surfing Association are all affiliated to Surfing South Africa.


Surfing as a sport in South Africa started in Durban around the 1940s.[5][6] The South African Surfing Association (SAFA) was founded in 1965.[7][8][9] Around the middle of the 1960s surfing began to reach popularity worldwide, surfers from South Africa were at the vanguard of this movement. The popular surf film The Endless Summer endeared many people to the waves of Kwazulu Natal, the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape.

This exposure led to the hosting of many surfing competitions in South Africa. The Gunston 500 was first hosted at Bay of Plenty Beach in Durban in 1969. The Gunston grew into a major South African sporting attraction during the holiday season attracting huge crowds to the Durban beachfront. Other events, including the 1978 ISA World Championships at Nahoon Reef in East London were hosted followed by the Spur Steak Ranch Surfabouts, that used a mobile venue and featured many of the best surfers in the world during the mid 1980s and the Billabong Pro contests hosted in Jeffreys Bay. Following it all was the Quiksilver ISA World Surfing Games held in Durban in 2002 and the Mr Price Pro competition that replaced the Gunston 500


Further information: Category:South African surfers


Further information: Category:Surfing locations in South Africa

See also


  1. ^ New President, Vice President and Board of Directors elected at Surfing South Africa Board AGM., SSA. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  2. ^ Member Directory, ISA. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  3. ^ Surfing South Africa, SASCOC. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  4. ^ New surfing series to kick off, IOL. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  5. ^ Nauright, John (6 April 2012). Sports around the World: History, Culture, and Practice [4 volumes]: History ... p. 161. ISBN 9781598843019. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  6. ^ Cornelissen, Scarlett; Grundlingh, Albert (13 September 2013). Sport Past and Present in South Africa: (Trans)forming the Nation. Routledge. ISBN 9781317988595. Retrieved 6 December 2016 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ "Dr Dude rides waves of SA's surfing history". Times. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Surfing in South Africa Celebrates 50th Anniversary". ISA. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  9. ^ Matt Warshaw (29 April 2011). The History of Surfing. p. 398. ISBN 9781452100944. Retrieved 31 March 2016.