City Surf Series

Fresh off Surfing being added as an Olympic Sport for Tokyo 2020, Surfing South Africa (SSA) and the World Surf League (WSL) have combined to launch the City Surf Series. Commencing in 2017, The City Surf Series will feature both local and international talent, while combing Men, Women and Youth surfing competitions for a truly one of a kind event.

Heading to the cities of Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban, the Series will then conclude with the best of the best competing for the SA Open crown.

Series Format

Held as QS1,000 Events (Entry Level WSL Event), the events will feature 32 Men, 18 Women &  16 U/18 Junior athletes competing for 1,000 points and an evenly split prize pool. Competing in rounds across a number of days, surfers are eliminated until only the best is left standing on the final day.


Keep an eye out for the 2018 dates of the:

Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro

Buffalo City Surf Pro

Corona Durban Surf Pro

Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro

The VW SA Open of Surfing

The Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing


To conclude the annual City Surf Series, 150 surfers from around the world will descend upon Durban’s Golden Mile from the 14th to the 18th of June 2017 for the Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing. This is take shape in a larger QS3,000 men’s event on the World Surfing League’s Qualifying Series. It will boast a R1 million prize purse split between Men, Women, Pro Junior Men, and Pro Junior Women divisions, a great injection into one of only three new sports to be included into the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Not only will Volkswagen headline the crowning event, the VW SA Open of Surfing, but will be the official car of the City Surf Series too, further strengthening their commitment to not only being the surfer’s car of choice, but everyone’s.

Partnership Opportunities

Further details will be provided upon request. There are 3 levels of sponsorship available, namely:

  • City Surf Series Naming rights partner,
  • Individual event Naming rights partner,
  • Individual event partner.

For more information, contact Ryan Payne at 083 658 2127 or email at