Bay of Plenty: Durban, South Africa
The Spot: The North Bank and New Pier at the Bay of Plenty, located in Durban, South Africa
Why It Matters: Ask an old-school local, and he’ll tell you that the Bay of Plenty was ruined when the city built three piers in the bay during the 1980s. Before the piers, the bay was a Kirra- or G-Land-style barrel. Though the piers changed the sandflows, they created new surfbreaks as sandbars built up along the pier pilings. On the best south swells, North Bank and New Pier offer all-time beach break surfing.
The area picks up swell from many directions, the weather is mild, and there’s surf breaks of every flavor. Rocks, jellyfish, and white sharks are ever-present hazards. But when the waves are good, it’s easy to forget what’s lurking underneath. And on the inevitable flat days, Durban’s “Golden Mile” boasts a happening nightlife.
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