Here is a list of places to go surfing and body boarding in and around Ballito: The Top 10 surfing spots for the best breaks and wave action : Salmon Bay - Clark Bay - Willard Beach - Bog - Bathers - Surfers - Sunrise - Thompsons Bay - Salt Rock -Tinley Manor.
Surfing & Body Boarding
When the surf is "cooking" you will find the popular surf spots jammed with the local surfers and foreigners from the south.
With light winds in the right direction surfers can expect waves up to six feet breaking to the right and if you are in the spot you will also get a rare brilliant left break.
Ballito most popular surf spots are from south to north Salmon Bay, Clark Bay, Willard's Beach, Bog , Bathers, Surfers, Sunrise, Thompson Bay, Salt Rock and Tiffany's all are renown for great breaks and wave action with the right weather conditions.
When there is a land breeze you are sure to find a brillant left break at Salmon Bay. As for Willard's which has four defined surfing areas - Bog, Bathers, Surfers & Sunrise - which are predominantly right breaks, this also applies to the surfing spots at Thompsons Bay, Salt Rock, Tiffany's, Tinley Manor, Blythedale and Zinkwazi.
During the winter months the surf is normally at its best and the waves are more consistent. Especially in the mornings when there is light land breeze.
A light wetsuit may be required as the sea temperature sometimes drops below 20°C in the winter season.
Surf festival 2018
Ballito Pro Surf Festival presented by Billabong Brings World’s Best to Willards Beach Ballito from the 22 June - 1 July 2018.
The World Surf League’s top ranked performers will be joined by the cream of South Africa’s men, women and junior surfers for a 10 day festival of high performance action in the waves of Willard Beach in Ballito.
Ballito and the North Coast of KwaZulu Natal will welcoming 112 of the world’s top competing male surfers from over 20 different countries for the WSL Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 rated event with a prize-pool of R3.4 million and the highest available ranking points on offer.
The QS1000 rated women’s event will also be back as well as the three day Billabong Junior Series which will include events for men and women aged 18 and under at Ballito.
Dubbed the biggest beach festival in Africa, the Ballito Pro includes three nights of free beach concerts featuring some of SA’s top artists as well as The epic beach festival including beach sports, extreme sports, daily live entertainment and a retail arena.