The Berg - Muizenberg and its surrounds is fast trying to reclaim its former title as South Africa’s premier tourist destination. The laid back lifestyle and natural beauty of the ocean, river and mountain attracts many people from all walks of life. Steeped in history and the birthplace of South African surfing, this seaside suburb is also arguably the best place in the world to learn to surf. “Aweh Bru” is dished out in abundance here, so be prepared to shake hands and make friends. There are very few places in the world where nature, culture and history combine in such a memorable way. Aweh!
Ever since Heather Price first stood up on a longboard in 1919 Muizenberg has been known for surfing.
Recognised worldwide, Muizenberg offers a perfect nursery beach for learners and sometimes the back-line produces excellent waves. In early spring around October, the local surfers designate a day for the attempt on the world record of Most-Surfers-on-One-Wave. Muizenberg has taken the title before with about 100 surfers, but it was lost to Brazil. We won the title back in 2009 with 110 surfers.
There are at least six surf schools in Muizenberg and a similar number of surf shops – surfing is big business here, probably our major industry. In the back streets a handful of dedicated surfboard builders turn out customised boards. Along the beachfront any novice from toddler to granny can hire a board, a wetsuit and a trainer, and get started.
A new trend has sprung up in Muizenberg in recent years – surfing as a social good. Three or four charitable groups offer free surfing lessons to the underprivileged children who live nearby. They have scavenged old boards and wetsuits, and offer an afternoon activity out of the townships and away from the gangs. It works! A huge relief for those involved.
THE SAVE OUR SEAS Foundation, based in Switzerland, is dedicated to protecting ocean life, in particular sharks and rays. They fund projects worldwide with four permanent centres in various countries, including one in our very own Kalk Bay.