Namibia

Namibia

Southern Africa
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LAST UPDATED 27/11/2007
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Level of surfing

Competent

Quality of surf

Good

Call code

264

Net code

na

Area

825418

Coastline

1,572 km

Climate

Desert; hot, dry; rainfall sparse and erratic

Hazards

Very Isolated, Extreme Heat, Difficult Access, Coup / Civil Unrest

Best Months

May - September

Population

2031000

Currency

Namibian Dollar (NAD) Namibian dollars per US dollar - 6.7649 (2006)

Time Zone

WAT (UTC+1) DST WAST (UTC+2)

Special Requirements

Lengthy VISA Process, Non tourist Friendly

surfing

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Foundert: Swakopmund, Namibia; 2006

A spot to watch for the future. Now that stability has returned to the country, many are discovering the fantastic potential this country has to offer. The same swells that power the west coat of south Africa arrive here. Much of the coastline is fairly consistent beach break with little to break up the flow of sand – perfect 3 foot straight handers for the most of it but the points that dot the coast every couple of hundred kilometres are sheer magic.

The coastal city of Swakopmund has more of the better known breaks such as Tiger Reef and Lockjoint but that’s only because few people have travelled and surfed elsewhere. Cape Cross well to the north has three waves equal to any of the best mid size right handers you will find anywhere on the planet. Crowd isn’t a problem either, just you and a couple of thousand seals that make their home here. What is it again that eats seals?   Hmmmmm

what to pack

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Rich Niewiroski Jr.: 62 mm ultra-violet, fluorescent, and polarizing lens filters. Camera used was a Canon 400D; April 9, 2007

Trainers, loose clothing - everything for the hot weather. Definitely take along some bug repellent spray, good sunscreen and sunglasses! Better take your medicines with you (esp. anti histamine tablets), as the brands can be unfamiliar and cost more.

Before heading there, you may want to research on public transport information and possibly print out a list of the bus timetable, taxi stands incase you get lost while you're there.

Also, make a contact list of emails, addresses and phone numberes that you may need during the trip or for any emergencies.

 

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