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SURFING SAFELY DURING COVID-19

SURFING SAFELY DURING COVID-19

Offering a fun experience in a safe environment has always been our priority at Stoked School of Surf. During this time of COVID-19, we have introduced additional health and safety operational procedures to ensure the safety of our staff and clients at all times. We...

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WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO WARM UP BEFORE YOUR SURF LESSON

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO WARM UP BEFORE YOUR SURF LESSON

As you’re already pumped to get started with your first (or maybe 10th surf lesson), you can easily forget to do some warm up exercises to ensure your body is primed and ready for the action to come.  Warming up before you get on your surfboard is crucial for...

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WHAT TO DO IN MUIZENBERG AFTER YOUR STOKED SURF LESSON

WHAT TO DO IN MUIZENBERG AFTER YOUR STOKED SURF LESSON

So you’ve just finished your surf lesson with Stoked School of Surf, now what? What is there to do after learning how to surf?  Muizenberg aka ‘Berg, is one of Cape Town’s most popular beaches because of its friendly waves and great swimming spots. The beach is also a...

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HOW A SURFBOARD IS MADE WITH LYNDON READ SURFBOARDS

HOW A SURFBOARD IS MADE WITH LYNDON READ SURFBOARDS

Finding that perfect surfboard is easier said than done as the generic factory-made boards most likely won’t meet your unique surfing needs. Just as some teenagers need their prom dress to be tailored to suit their unique body shape or some car fanatics want their car...

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HARD- VS SOFTBOARDS: WHICH IS BETTER FOR BEGINNERS SURFERS

HARD- VS SOFTBOARDS: WHICH IS BETTER FOR BEGINNERS SURFERS

So you’ve decided you’re going ahead with surfing lessons, that’s awesome! Whether you’ve decided to buy your first surfboard or you’re renting one from the surf school, you’re probably wondering which is better for a beginner surfer such as yourself, a soft- or hard...

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MAKE SURFING YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION

MAKE SURFING YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION

It's a New Year, and that can mean only one thing: It's time for us to make (or break) our New Year's resolutions. But instead of setting yourself resolutions that you can't keep (like going to the gym), why not try something fun? This year, why not make surfing your...

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BEACH SAFETY THIS DECEMBER

BEACH SAFETY THIS DECEMBER

The thought of balmy weather, a cool ocean breeze, and goofing off with the sand between your toes, allure millions of South Africans to the beach every December.  Whether you’re heading to the coast to rip, trekking the family on annual vacation, plan to spend your...

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WHAT THE SURFER IN YOUR FAMILY WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS

WHAT THE SURFER IN YOUR FAMILY WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS

Christmas is coming up and it’s the stressful time to get all your loved one’s gifts together. Luckily, we’re here to make the process an easier one for you. You probably have a surfer in your family or even a close friend (almost family) and you have NO IDEA what...

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WHY CAPE TOWN SHOULD BE ON YOUR SURFING BUCKET LIST

WHY CAPE TOWN SHOULD BE ON YOUR SURFING BUCKET LIST

The Mother City has much more to offer than just beautiful landscapes, lekker people, and lively places to have a jol with friends. Cape Town has an abundance of popular beaches with perfect waves to get your surf stoke on.  When you are visiting Cape Town, you’ll...

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DIARY OF A FIRST-TIME SURFER

DIARY OF A FIRST-TIME SURFER

I just had the most epic Thursday afternoon filled with surfing and great people but let me start from the beginning.  I was picked up at the McDonald's pickup point in Observatory by one of Stoked School of Surf's vans and one of the coolest drivers I've ever met,...

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STOKED FRIENDS BLOGS

STOKED FRIENDS BLOGS

Here at Stoked School of Surf we love surfing and sharing the surf lifestyle, with as many people as possible; and nothing makes us happier than when our surf students and friends are captivated by the stoke! As we all know, the stoke is a very addictive feeling and...

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SURF GEAR RENTALS IN CAPE TOWN

SURF GEAR RENTALS IN CAPE TOWN

So you’ve done a few lessons or consider yourself an intermediate surfer and think you have the backline sussed. Now you find yourself in Cape Town without surf equipment and the waves are pumping…there are several options available to you. Find the description below...

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SURF THERAPY

SURF THERAPY

Ask any surfer and they will claim that surfing is a cure for all. Anxiety, long days or a general overwhelming of stress can, easily, be overcome by spending a few moments in the water. This is due to the, almost, meditative qualities of surfing and the humbling...

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SUP IN CAPE TOWN

SUP IN CAPE TOWN

Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is a great way to get active outdoors. For those that are a little hesitant to immerse themselves more than knee deep into the ocean but have the desire to try an ocean sport, SUP is a wonderful option, especially flatwater stand up...

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LAURA’S SURF CAMP DIARIES

LAURA’S SURF CAMP DIARIES

Our intern Laura wrote a blog on her experience of January 2018's 3-day 'Stoked on the Southern Cape' surf camp. Read below about the adventures she and the group had: 'It's safe to say that the past few days were some of my favourites of my time in South Africa. I...

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SEA SALT BENEFITS FOR SKIN AND HAIR

SEA SALT BENEFITS FOR SKIN AND HAIR

Because there currently is a very severe water crisis in Cape Town (which we wrote a blog about), you should minimalize the times you shower. Luckily, sea water has great benefits for hair and skin. So, you don’t only have fun in the water while surfing, but you can...

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CAPE TOWN’S WATER CRISIS

CAPE TOWN’S WATER CRISIS

Seen this message popping up at restrooms around the city? Well this is to remind us of one of the many practical ways we can save water during the very serious water crisis Cape Town and its surrounding towns is dealing with. At Stoked School of Surf, we hope that...

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HOW TO BUY YOUR FIRST SURFBOARD

HOW TO BUY YOUR FIRST SURFBOARD

The Right Fit So you've completed the 4-surf lesson package, know where the best surfing spots are, and now you're ready to buy your very own surfboard.   But before you do, it is important to consider a surfboard that is a good fit for you and your body type. Your...

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SHARKS AND SURFING IN SA

SHARKS AND SURFING IN SA

I have always been hesitant to write a blog post about sharks and surfing in South Africa due to how controversial the issue has become of late. However, in light of the recent shark attack in Muizenberg (the first attack there in 11 years), which took place on Friday...

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SOUTH AFRICAN SURFING HISTORY

SOUTH AFRICAN SURFING HISTORY

There is a vast selection of tales, that have been told and embraced along our coast, but through it all, one can piece together the stories of various South African legends. These legends, will go on to transform the sport of surfing in South Africa and all over the...

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MUIZENBERG: A SURF LEGACY

MUIZENBERG: A SURF LEGACY

On our recent learn to surf trip along the Southern Cape, we had fun using our mobile phone to capture some of the special moments of this trip. The images below show that these surf trips are more than just learning to surf...they are about embracing the spirit of...

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SURFER SLANG 101

SURFER SLANG 101

Welcome to Surfer Slang 101 I am sure a lot of you have seen that video of the surfer, tyring to explain his wave in what seems to be; a bunch of incoherent sounds.  Well now, you too can learn just what he was ‘talking’ about! Let us start off with the simple ones,...

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SURFILATES

SURFILATES

On the 12th October 2013, Stoked School of Surf teamed up with The Studio Group to put together an innovative 'Surfilates' workshop which was run on Muizenberg beach. Pilates instructors Claire and Nicole, each took a group through some surf specific Pilates movements...

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SOUTH AFRICAN SURFARI

SOUTH AFRICAN SURFARI

May is great time of year to surfari around South Africa, especially if you're headed north. The land and sea temperatures get warmer as you venture further away from the Cape. The winter storms start to roll in fanning swell up the East Coast producing beautiful line...

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ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVE

ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVE

On our recent learn to surf trip along the Southern Cape, we had fun using our mobile phone to capture some of the special moments of this trip. The images below show that these surf trips are more than just learning to surf...they are about embracing the spirit of...

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IMAGES FROM THE ROAD

IMAGES FROM THE ROAD

At Stoked we believe we live the dream. The ocean is our 'office' and the open road our 'drawing board'. Spreading the ‘stoke’ whilst exploring the beauty of our coastline presents many opportunities for some great images.  We’ve put together a couple of the best...

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TROPICALLY STOKED PART 1

TROPICALLY STOKED PART 1

When planning a surf trip one envisions gliding down the face of a crystal clear perfect reeling wave shortly after having your passport stamped at immigration. But the reality is that travel of any kind involves a fair bit of missioning before one can lavish in the...

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FROM SOUTH TO NORTH AND SOUTH AGAIN

FROM SOUTH TO NORTH AND SOUTH AGAIN

It’s May in the Western Cape-the horizon starts to fade to deep shades of charcoal. Sandals are replaced with comfy Ugg boots and the post-surf beer is exchanged for a warming cup of hot chocolate. It’s time to head northwards-direction equator where the sun rays have...

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SURFING IN CAPE TOWN

SURFING IN CAPE TOWN

As Capetonian surfers we are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a spot to surf. The way the Cape Peninsula juts out into the Atlantic ocean creates two defined coastlines known locally as ‘the Atlantic’ and ‘False Bay’ sides.The Atlantic side of the Peninsula...

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SURFERS CODE OF CONDUCT

SURFERS CODE OF CONDUCT

So you’ve done the surf lessons bought the surfboard, know where to surf and now it’s time to get out there. Before setting foot into the ocean outside of the controlled surf lesson environment, there are a few golden rules that we encourage you to abide by to ensure...

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DUNGEONS PADDLE SURF SESSIONS

DUNGEONS PADDLE SURF SESSIONS

Just got back from a morning of watching Cape Town's local big wave chargers brave the 'Dungeon'. 15-18ft mountains of ocean marched in from the roaring forties finding landfall at the famed Dungeons big wave surf spot just off the Sentinel in Hout Bay. This spot...

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WINTER SURF TRIP

WINTER SURF TRIP

Garden Route Surf Trip After a few consecutive weeks of bitterly cold winter weather, a surf trip up the East Coast was a welcomed adventure-warmer water, good surf and the open road. Juliette, Sarah and I cruised along the spectacular Clarens Drive breathing in the...

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WINTER SURFING IN CAPE TOWN

WINTER SURFING IN CAPE TOWN

Living in Cape Town one knows that experiencing all four seasons in one day is very likely due to the geography of the Cape Peninsula. When I left the Stoked Headquarters, the sun was shining between patches of light rain. Despite the dismal weather report, I headed...

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STOKED FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET

STOKED FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET

With the sun rising over the distant hills of the winelands, my mate and I dashed off down the highway to surf the morning glass. The wind had been pumping for days and reports were calling for a light Easterly-so the western side of the Peninsula seemed like a good...

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STOKED GROMS

STOKED GROMS

We were greeted by 5 energetic 8 year olds at Big Bay on Saturday. My assistant coach, Sarah-Jayne with the help of another friend tried very hard to calm the little guys down for a brief moment to put on their wetsuits. They only way we could convince them to...

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INSPIRED BY MY STUDENTS

INSPIRED BY MY STUDENTS

Jenny, Frances and Ed met me at Big Bay yesterday 12pm with smiles of anticipation. All in their 50's and 60's they were keen to give this 'surfing thing' a go.With children as old as I and grandchildren who were already surfers, they thought it was time to show the...

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