With 539 kilometers of varied coastline, Ghana has become a hotspot for surfing in West Africa, and in a country where no two beaches are alike, some are known to be more board friendly than others. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, find out where to catch the perfect wave.
Home to Mr. Brights Surf School, this beach is situated 40 minutes away from the centre of Accra and is the most popular surf spot for everyone, from beginners to seasoned enthusiasts. Home of the Kokrobite Carvers, a group of surfers from the surrounding village and Accra, it is also where the annual International Surf Day Contest is held. Conditions do vary depending on the weather, but the consensus is that sunrise is the best time of day to visit, as the ocean is less choppy and there are gentler wave breaks. Similar conditions can be found here at sunset, but Mr. Bright, an experienced pro surfer, holds lessons all day, from private to group sessions, and is the one to advise on the best times to go out for your level.
Kokrobite surfers have been riding these waves for a couple of years, naming some surf breaks after prominent wave riders, such as the popular ‘Joshua’s Point.’ A twenty minute walk down the beach from Big Milly’s Backyard, the currents and surf breaks are better suited for more experienced surfers if the weather holds. Some lessons are held here, and it is something of a graduation for new surfers to be taken to Muuston; it means you’re strong enough to paddle out deeper.
This is Ghana’s first official surf beach, and where the first surfers in the country set up shop and tested the waves. The best surf beach for beginners, the surrounding sleepy fishing village where Asa Baako festival is celebrated each March is also home to clear blue waters, clean surf breaks and gently rolling waves. It’s a fantastic experience, especially for those who are a little hesitant when surfing or easily intimidated by more volatile areas along the coastline. Gorgeous landscapes surround the bay area with wooded hillsides and endless countryside. It is home to Ahanta waves, run by talented local surfers and situated directly on the beach.
This spot requires quite a trek: it’s a six-hour journey from Accra, but it is totally worth it. Just up the beach from Escape 3 Points Ecolodge (itself a slice of paradise where many surfers stay and boards are sometimes available for rent), serious surfers, families and surf schools all make pilgrimages to the point where a a calm, deserted beach sits in front of the best break in the country. It requires quite a paddle out but the long ride in will more than make up for it. You haven’t really surfed Ghana unless you make the trip, and it’s totally worth it.
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