Sao Tome e Principe: perfect warm waves, skilled surfers

São Tomé and Príncipe is an island nation with several different types of waves, and exciting natural attractions.


The Atlantic archipelago is located off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa, about 160 miles (260 kilometers) from the northwestern coast of Gabon.

São Tomé and Príncipe - composed of São Tomé, Príncipe and Rolas - is a perfect surfing destination in Africa. Uncrowded pointbreaks, amazing wildlife and exquisite cocoa and coffee plantations.

The Portuguese-speaking surf paradise has been featured in an emotional surf documentary - "The Lost Wave", by Sam George - in which the director connects with local surfers riding primitive boards.

São Tomé and Príncipe holds tremendous potential for surfing's growth. Most major surf breaks are available on the eastern coast.

Radiation Point (Praia de Algés) is one of the best pointbreaks in the African continent. This right-handers should be avoided in high tide, but the ride is long and perfect.

Batismo (Praia das Pombas), Dique (Santana), Agua Izé, Lo Grande (Praia do Lo), and Porto Grande will surely conquer your heart. At Rolas, the small islet, find Point Zero Lefts and Praia Pestana.

Sao Tome e Principe: surfers ride waves with everything | Photo: The Lost Wave

With warm water and great waves, São Tomé and Príncipe's surfing population is growing rapidly, and the nation is planning to enter the international surf scene, in competition mode.

The best swells for surfing in São Tomé and Príncipe will usually hit the islands between June and September. Southwest winds will definitely make it perfect, and you won't need boardshorts, too.

Before traveling to São Tomé and Príncipe, get vaccination against the yellow fever, and protection drugs against mosquitos. Share your surfboards with the locals. You'll find them riding old wooden sticks.

São Tomé and Príncipe is the 78th member of the International Surfing Association (ISA).