Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone

Northern Africa
LAST UPDATED 31/08/2008
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Level of surfing

Competent

Quality of surf

Good

Call code

232

Net code

si

Area

71740

Coastline

0 km

Climate

Hazards

Extreme Heat, Difficult Access, Coup / Civil Unrest

Best Months

October - January

Population

5866000

Currency

Leone (SLL)

Time Zone

GMT

Special Requirements

Private Beaches

surfing

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David Hond: Freetown Harbour, Sierra Leone; 2004

Excellent southerly facing coastline this far north of the Antartic regions can be a mixed blessing. S-SW swell is the only energy that will reach this coastline and with all your surfing eggs in the one swell direction basket you need to wait a long time for the energy to travel the 11000 kilometres from down south. Hence it never gets huge in Sierra Leone but whatever does get here is typically off superior shape and period.

Mar to September are the best, the same as it is for southern hemisphere spots that need the southerly swell to feed them. Morning offshores are the most common from March to May making this your best chance to catch some perfection. Make sure you pop your anti malarial tabs between sessions in the rainy season which goes right through the rest of the swell season until September.  A kiss from a female mosquito in these parts is one ladybug you really don’t want to catch.

what to pack

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Flashdance: A pair of very simple Moroccan flip flops called "Cabjuks"; 25 May 2007

Trainers, loose clothing - everything for the tropical weather. Definitely take along some bug repellent spray, good sunscreen and sunglasses! Better take your medicines with you (esp. anti histamine tablets), as the brands can be unfamiliar and cost more.

A wheeled bag is usually the best unless you're backpacking, the distances you have to carry your luggage at some of the train stations and airports can be quite far.

…Nearly forgot! Waterproof camerabag! You don’t want to lose all your pictures, do you?..

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