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Durban Sand bars, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

By Jazz Kuschke

The old guard may grumble about ‘how good it used to be’ but the concrete constructions in Durban’s Bay of Plenty were responsible for the creation of the waves known as New Pier, North Beach and Dairy Bowl. Durban is the centre of the South African surf industry which means it can be a pretty competitive place to surf – on any given day you might share the waves with jet-setting pros, retired competitors and future world beaters. The likes of Chad du Toit and his High Performance Surfing Academy student Surprise Maphumulo are always on it.

When it’s good, the brothers Redman rule along with stalwarts such as Brandon Jackson. The piers offer a wide range of waves, from super high performance peaks offering multiple ramp sections, to heavy, hollow down-the-line barrels. You need a full quiver for Durban, and it will now doubt.

Photographs by: Alan Van Gysen

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