top of page

All about Surf Launching!

Surf launching is an exhilarating experience for anyone who loves the ocean and is willing to take on the challenge. South Africa, with its long coastline and incredible surf breaks, is a popular destination for ocean enthusiasts from all over the world. If you're planning on surf launching in sunny South Africa, there are a few things you should know to help you prepare for the experience. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at what to expect when surf launching in South Africa.

What is Surf Launching?

Surf launching is a technique used to launch a boat or a vessel into the ocean from a beach. This technique is commonly used by fishermen, and other water enthusiasts like scuba divers who need to get beyond the breakers to reach the open ocean. Surf launching can be challenging, as it involves navigating through the waves, however with Sardine Safari our skippers are well experienced in reading these conditions.

Here are a few things to expect when surf launching:

1. Timing is everything.

Timing is critical when surf launching, your skipper will wait for the right moment to launch the boat, taking into account the waves, currents, and weather conditions.

2. You need to be reasonably physically fit.

Surf launching requires an amount of physical strength and stamina. You'll need to be able to follow instruction from the skipper, and possibly have to help give a little push and shove to hold the boat in the surf. However, this over quickly, and not long the skipper will tell everyone to hop aboard and pass out life jackets.

3. Safety is paramount.

Safety is our top priority when surf launching. The skipper will do a full boat and safety briefing, so that all understand what processes and steps to follow. Your skipper will also ensure that all the necessary safety equipment, including life jackets, flares, and communication devices are aboard.

4. Local knowledge is key.

Local knowledge and a good understanding of the conditions like surf breaks, currents of the area ensures a safe surf launch. Our skippers are all well versed in this skill!

5. Expect the unexpected

Finally, when surf launching in South Africa, the weather and ocean conditions can change rapidly, so you and your skipper need to be prepared for anything. Be flexible and adaptable, and don't be afraid to call off a launch if conditions are not favourable. We do these things for fun, not to put our lives in danger.


Surf launching in South Africa is an incredible experience that can be challenging and rewarding. With the right skipper, understanding and guidance, you can enjoy an unforgettable surf launch and explore the incredible ocean environment that the Sardine Safari can offer.

Recent Posts

See All


Commenting has been turned off.
bottom of page