Africa :: hear the rain; taste the ad­ven­ture

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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.

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