Africa :: hear the rain; taste the adventure
Africa. Few words come loaded with so much readymade imagery: teeming jungles, baking deserts, dusty savannahs, hungry lionesses and rolling like a warm blanket across it all, the voice of David Attenborough. It's the birthplace of humankind, covers some 20 per cent of the earth's landmass and harbours more countries, cultures and diversity than just about anywhere. While tourists flock to the game parks of Kruger and Serengeti to spot what remains of the Big Five, surfers have their own list of big game to tick off. The majesty of Jeffrey's Bay is the most famous attraction but more than anywhere Africa speaks to the surf adventurer. It speaks of empty waves ripe for discovery and the wild adventures and dependable Land Rovers required to find them. There is around 8000 kilometres of surfable coastline from Somalia to South Africa (and that's just the west coast). Take it on and you'll find plenty of barrels reeling off without a surfer in sight. Some of them jaw-droppingly perfect. Just ask Mick Fanning. During his partial-year off the thrice world champ journeyed to an undisclosed African location where he surfed a sand bottom point that makes the Superbank look not all that super. Apparently only a handful of souls have ever ridden it. While Mick isn't spilling the beans, he may not have to given the excitement stirred up by the discovery. So maybe don't follow the masses out there right now looking for The Snake. Look elsewhere. Go find Africa's next epic wave.