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Surfing has become a widely used medium for ocean conservation and a platform for change. Through hands on education and exciting exposure to the enjoyment of the ocean, Small Steps Surfing aims to preserve the beauty that this planet has to offer.

Small Steps Surfing is a 21 day surf tour which travels down the east coast of South Africa, Sodwana Bay to Cape Town, focused on not only enjoying the natural beauty of this amazing country, but lending a hand to those that need it most. Jump in the water with the thousands of smiles and share the stoke that is surfing!

Join us now, as we take you to some of the best surf locations in South Africa and show you that these ‘small steps’ are vital to making a difference.

Conservation

During your stay you will encounter:
-Sea turtle nesting / Hatchling encounters
-Game drives to amazing wildlife parks
-Wild animal encounters both in and out of the water
-Beach clean ups
-Interactive days to the Shark Life Center

*Small Steps Surfing works closely with Isimangaliso Wetland Park to bring about a greater sense of conservation to not only the areas of St Lucia & Sodwana Bay but South Africa as a whole. We encourage conservation of every kind.

Education

Learning never stops!
Our educational programs are not bound to just the kids or our guests, but encapsulates all. Together with a forerunner in Mental Health Awareness, Noggin Notes, we follow and study the effects of Surf Therapy and basic healthy human interaction on mental well-being.

We further aim to educate our youth on the importance of Ocean Conservation and the benefits of preserving their natural environments

Participation

The focus of the tour is not just about chasing some of the best waves out there. We also base our tour on human interaction! As you make your way along the coast, you will have scheduled stops at local surf programs including SMALL STEPS SURFING.

Spend the day becoming Coach, Mentor and Friend to the many happy faces you will meet. There will be beach cleanups, lunch for all and an opportunity to SHARE THE STOKE!

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Who is behind Small Steps Surfing?

What originally started as just a long shot holiday idea, grew into a life changing experience. From simple things like logo design to driving around South Africa collecting unwanted surf gear, I was hooked. Straight out of high school I found myself working in the superyacht industry. 6 years of thrills and spills, but no sum of money or exotic location could give me the rush that this interaction has given.

With a broader sense for ocean conservation and using surfing as a medium for positive change within the community, I formed what is now Small Steps Surfing. Seeing the enthusiasm and stoke on the kids faces will change you forever. By simply giving the kids their childhood back and teaching them how to channel their energy, we aim to install a positive surf culture within the small coastal communities.

We aim to share the stoke.
We aim to make a change.
We aim to inspire.

Jurgen Jacobs
Founder/ Director
Small Steps Surfing

Surfing Packages Available

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21 Day Guided Tour

PRICE ON REQUEST

*Payment must be made 2 weeks prior to departure
*Starting price calculated with full 10 person tour
*Prices may vary based on tour size

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Itinerary

Pick up from King Shaka International Airport
(Durban, South Africa)

Sodwana Bay

∼ 4 hour travel by personal minibus to Sodwana Bay
∼ 5 days stay in Sodwana Bay at Blue Turtle Lodge
∼ optional Scuba Diving Courses (beginners and refreshers)
∼ optional free diving courses and free diving trips
∼ turtle tours to view nesting/ hatching sea turtles
∼ interactive day of fun with the small steps surfing community outreach program
∼ guided safari tours to Mkhuze Game Reserve

Ballito/Durban

∼ 4 hour transfer from Sodwana Bay to Ballito
∼ opportunity for world class waves
∼ interactive day of fun with Surfers Not Street Children and The Litterboom Project
∼ option for viewing off the Ballito Pro QS 10000 event ( timing! )

Transkei

∼ 8 hour transfer split up into Port Shepstone, Coffee Bay and Mdumbi
∼ Transkei is arguably one of the most beautiful coast lines in the world
∼ surf, surf and surf some more!!!
∼ the hospitality in the area is top notch, so head out and chat to the locals to get a real feel for the culture

East London

∼ 4 hour transfer to East London
∼ surf!!!!
∼ interactive day of fun with local surf programs

Jeffreys Bay

∼ 4 hour transfer to Jeffreys Bay
∼ the surfing highlight of the trip!!
∼ take the time to explore this beautiful little town and its impressive surf culture
∼ opportunity to watch the J-Bay Open WSL event ( timing!! )

Mossel Bay

∼ 3 hour transfer from Jeffreys Bay
∼ lovely break from the unreal amounts of surfing you would have done in J-Bay
∼ opportunity for shark cage diving!!

Cape Town

∼ 4 hour transfer from Mossel Bay
∼ interactive day of fun with local surf programs
∼ possibility to snorkel with seals!
∼ great surf location

All accommodation includes Breakfast.
Lunches will not be supplied
Dinners are cooked by our amazing tour guides!

10 Day Guided Tours Available

10 Day Guided Tours
Option OneOption TwoOption Three

Beginner to Advanced Levels of Surfing

PRICE ON REQUEST
MINIMUM 6
MAXIMUM 10

ACTIVITIES PACKAGE NOT INCLUDED.


*Payment must be made 2 weeks prior to departure
*Starting price calculated with full 10 person tour
*Prices may vary based on tour size

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Option One

Ponta D’ouro

(subject to availability)
∼ surf a glorious right point break
∼ dolphin encounters
∼ beautiful accommodation
∼ world class scuba diving

Sodwana Bay

∼ wild sea turtle encounters
∼ snorkelling trips
∼ scuba trips
∼ a day of fun with the kids of Small Steps Surfing community outreach program
∼ game drives through Mkhuze Game Reserve

Durban

∼ surf the iconic and famous piers of Durban beach
∼ a day of fun with the local kids of the Durban beach front and surroundings
∼ possibility to view the Ballito Pro QS10000 event (timing)
∼ transfer to King Shaka International Airport

All breakfasts and dinners are included and catered for.
All overnight stays are booked in dorms or twin share rooms depending on group preference.

 

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Option Two

Durban

∼ pick up from King Shaka International Airport
∼ surf the iconic and famous piers of Durban beach
∼ a day of fun with the awesome team at Surfers Not Street-Children
∼ possibility to view the Ballito Pro QS10000 event (timing)

Port Shepstone

∼ beautiful coast line
∼ mainly used as a stop over to lessen travel time between Durban and the Transkei Coffee Bay
∼ stay at the famous Coffe Shack Backpackers
∼ surf the iconic wild coast
∼ explore one of the most beautiful, raw coastlines

Mdumbi

∼ amazing point break
∼ glorious views of the river mouth and ocean from your accommodation
∼ the litterboom project assistance in the area sorting plastics and
assisting in river catchment system installation.

East London

∼ join in the fun for a day with the waves for change team
∼ surf iconic breaks ( *see Nahoon )
∼ transfer to East London airport where we will sadly part ways

All breakfasts and dinners are included and catered for.
All overnight stays are booked in dorms or twin share rooms depending on group preference.

 

 

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Option Three

Cape Town

∼ snorkel with seals
∼ participate in a day of fun with the waves for change team in Muizenberg
∼ surf some of the best waves in South Africa
∼ enjoy the vibe that Cape Town has to offer

Mossel Bay (weather permitting)

∼ opportunity to go shark cage diving!!!!
∼ nice spot to relax
*drive along the beautiful and world famous Garden Route*

Jeffreys Bay

∼ arguably one of the best waves in the world!!
∼ great surf community
∼ great place to improve your surfing
∼ opportunity to view the J-Bay Open WCT event

East London

∼ surf an iconic break in Nahoon ( featured in endless summer surf film )
∼ participate in a day of fun with the waves for change team!!

(This tour can be done in reverse upon request)

All breakfasts and dinners are included and catered for.
All overnight stays are booked in dorms or twin share rooms depending on group preference.

Optional Extra Add-On Package


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Activities Package

PRICE ON REQUEST


Our tours come with an “activities package”. You will need to purchase this package if you would like to participate in what we think are “essential activities” on our tours. The activity package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don’t book the package, the activities won’t be included. We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your activities package to ensure maximum enjoyment.

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All of our tours (21 day and 10 day) include various activities such as:

Opportunity to watch WSL events (Ballito Pro QS10000, & J-Bay Open)
Tours to view nesting and hatching sea turtles (seasonal)
Game drives and guided tours to Mkhuze wildlife park & Thembe elephant
Allocated days to participate in the various non-profit programs that we visit
Snorkel trips
Scuba diving trips
Guided surf tours with a surf instructor
Beach clean ups
Educational ocean conservation programs
Yoga classes (upon request)
Shark cage diving
Participate in our unofficial ‘clinical trial’ on the effects of activity based therapy