City Surf Series

The City Surf Series was launched in 2017 and was a resounding success. The Series aims to provide local South African surfers with the opportunity to compete on a regular basis and compete locally in QS events without the expense of travelling overseas. Over R1 Million will be up for grabs over the course of 6 events, dubbed the Race to Nelson Mandela Bay.

With the Tokyo Olympics 2020 in mind, the goal will be to provide our local athletes with the best opportunities to compete and go for gold.

The City Surf Series is unique in that it features both local and international talent, while combing Men, Women and Youth surfing competitions at each event. This year will also see the inclusion of Longboard and Stand Up Paddle Surfing (SUP) competitions, creating a truly spectacular one-of-a-kind surfing festival.

All events will be giving back to the community and environment by incorporating CSI Learn to Surf Initiatives as well as Community Clean-the-Beach programmes, sponsored by Tuffy Plastics. In the 2017 edition of the City Surf Series, over 300 previously disadvantaged kids across the 5 events were taught to surf.

2018 City Surf Series Schedule

VW Nelson Mandela Bay Surf pres. by Billabong:                30 March – 2 April
Royal St Andrews Port Alfred Classic pres. by Quiksilver:  6 – 8 April
Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro pres. by Reef Wetsuits:       13 – 15 April
ZigZag Durban Surf Pro pres. By G-Force:                             18 – 20 May
Jordy Smith CT Surf Pro pres. By O’Neil:                               14 – 17 June
VW SA Open of Surfing pres. By Hurley:                                19 – 24 June

The Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing


The crowning glory of the City Surf Series and the final stop on the race to Nelson Mandela Bay, The Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing will crown the Series Champion. Having relocated from Durban to Nelson Mandela Bay in 2018, the event will bring a welcome economic injection to the metro and exposure to local surfers in an area with a variety of surf spots, with an estimated R18 million cash injection for the city.

The event will consist of a Men’s QS1,500 and a Women’s QS 3,000, making it the biggest women’s QS in Africa and hoping to attract some of the world’s best ahead of the debut of the women’s CT event in JBay a week later.

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 Tasha Mentasti on 083 225 4900 or email at