Cop The Roaring Forties


Log In to Receive Your Subscriber Discounts.

Not a Subscriber?

A reader-supported surf publication founded in 1992, The Surfer’s Journal is vivid, authoritative, and independent. The goal of each 132-page bimonthly edition? A completely resolved composition. Balance. Color. Story. And purist surf energy from Page One to close-of-book.

In addition to delivery direct to your door, you'll receive unlimited access to every article we've ever published and discounts on TSJ apparel, merchandise, accessories, and more.

Subscribe Now

Note: Purchasing this feature will give you access to a downloadable .pdf of the feature.

Cave Rock was once billed as “South Africa’s answer to Backdoor.” Its photogenic setup garnered spread after spread in surf magazines of the ’80s and ’90s. Today, by comparison, the line-up at Cave Rock is near empty, save for a handful of local surfers paddling for clean peaks in front of the sandstone that gives the wave its name. Will Bendix profiles the current scene at surfing’s happily forgotten poster child.