Durban, or Surf City, as it is often called, is the centre of the surf industry in South Africa. Pioneered by old surfing legends such as Tony Heard, Leith and Derek Jardine, Shorty Bronkhorst, Ant Van Der Heuwel and Baron Stander, Durban was the place to be in the late 40s and early 50s, when the rest of South Africa was fast asleep, when it came to surfing anyway.
Durban probably has the highest proportion of surfers in the country, and therefore the highest number of shapers, surf shops, clothing and equipment factories. The main surfing beaches of the city are also insanely crowded when there are waves. Durban is the third biggest city in the country, and is in the middle of a lush sub-tropical zone.
It as a vibrant nightlife and there is plenty to see and do during the day, when you are not surfing.
Duncan Scott in a Durban delight.
Photo: Al Mackinnon