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SUMMARY
+ Mellow waves
+ No crowds
+ Sandy left pointbreaks
+ Calm winds, warm water
+ Fishing paradise
- Inconsistent swells
- Malaria and diseases
- Small mushy waves
- Few flight connections
- Expensive local prices
Blue Tomato



North Gabon, Gabon, AFRICA


Cap Lopez Peninsula, Luc De Tienda

Surf Spots

Ferme aux Crocos
Gueque
Ngombé
Ngombé
Palplanche
Cap Lopez
Ferme aux Cochons
PG2
Olendé
Petit Loango

The Surf

As a surf destination, Gabon remains a mystery to most and all of the known spots are located close to Port-Gentil or the capital, Libreville. Most surfers are French expatriates, but some foreign explorers have scoped the south and found bigger, longer, more powerful lefts over shifting sands in the jungle wilderness of Loango National Park.



When to Go

April to September should see the biggest swells but the extended continental shelf and a predominately W-facing coast produce meagre wave heights of 2ft up to 5ft. Being right on the Equator and lacking straight exposure to S swells, the main surf spots lack consistency. Don’t count on windswell or tidal range to help as 90% of all wind is less than Force 2, usually on a SE-SW quadrant and the biggest tide is a mere 2.1m. There is a constant south to north sideshore drift, getting stronger the further south you go.

SURF STATISTICS
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
dominant swell S -SW S -SW S -SW S -SW S -SW S -SW
swell size (ft) 1 1-2 2-3 3 2 1
consistency (%) 20 40 50 60 40 20
dominant wind S -SW S -SW SE -SW SE -SW S -SW S -SW
average force F3 F3 F3 F3 F3 F3
consistency (%) 69 67 88 90 88 76
water temp (C) 27 28 25 23 24 26
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Population
Port-Gentil - 165,000

Coastline
885km (553mi)

Timezone
GMT +1hr

Travel Information

Weather

Gabon is very hot and humid. Temps vary from 23-33ºC (73-91ºF) and during the 7-month-long rainy season, humidity wavers between 90-100%. The main rainy season is from mid-January to mid-May, with another smaller one from mid-October to mid-December. Only June-September is dry, luckily coinciding with the main swell season. Water temps rarely get below 25ºC (77ºF) but take a light neoprene rash-vest for wind protection.

Nature

There’s plenty of African wildlife (chimps, birds, elephants). Port-Gentil has more restaurants, nightclubs and shops per capita than any other African city and also a casino. The fishing is excellent.

Hazards

Yellow Fever immunisation is a must. Malaria is rife with lots of Nivaquine-resistant mosquitoes. Port-Gentil has a decent hospital. Water dangers include sharks, hippos and the strong equatorial sun.

Hints

Bring all your gear with you as local surfers may buy it for a fair price. You won’t need a gun as longboards/hybrids are ideal.