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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Busua Beach

Ghana

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 4° 48.402' N
Longitude: 1° 55.676' W

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 Access

Busua is a 4-5 hour journey from Accra by private car (5-6 hours by public transport), the roads are relatively good and there is regular transport to and from. You can expect to pay from $9 for a shared air con van with 15 passengers

English (Translate this text in English): Busua is a 4-5 hour journey from Accra by private car (5-6 hours by public transport), the roads are relatively good and there is regular transport to and from. You can expect to pay from $9 for a shared air con van with 15 passengers

English (Translate this text in English): Busua is a 4-5 hour journey from Accra by private car (5-6 hours by public transport), the roads are relatively good and there is regular transport to and from. You can expect to pay from $9 for a shared air con van with 15 passengers

English (Translate this text in English): Busua is a 4-5 hour journey from Accra by private car (5-6 hours by public transport), the roads are relatively good and there is regular transport to and from. You can expect to pay from $9 for a shared air con van with 15 passengers

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

Power

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthShort (< 50m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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 Additional Information

Busua Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Ghana. Fun punchy wave with lots of power on large swells, but closes out a fair bit at low tide. Best to surf on incoming high tide where it seems to get bigger with the tidal push. The beach is about 3 km long, the east of the beach picks up more swell but close's out more than the west. The west end of the beach breaks better but the swell is smaller as the small offshore island seems to reduce the swell. Also the west end has a point break but the swell needs to be alot bigger for it to break properly. The Island has a right and left wave breaking from it. The right seems to have a better shape and the left seems to close out, but very shallow without a bigger swell. The Island can play on the nerves if surfing alone.

English (Translate this text in English): Busua Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Ghana. Fun punchy wave with lots of power on large swells, but closes out a fair bit at low tide. Best to surf on incoming high tide where it seems to get bigger with the tidal push. The beach is about 3 km long, the east of the beach picks up more swell but close's out more than the west. The west end of the beach breaks better but the swell is smaller as the small offshore island seems to reduce the swell. Also the west end has a point break but the swell needs to be alot bigger for it to break properly. The Island has a right and left wave breaking from it. The right seems to have a better shape and the left seems to close out, but very shallow without a bigger swell. The Island can play on the nerves if surfing alone.

English (Translate this text in English): Busua Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Ghana. Fun punchy wave with lots of power on large swells, but closes out a fair bit at low tide. Best to surf on incoming high tide where it seems to get bigger with the tidal push. The beach is about 3 km long, the east of the beach picks up more swell but close's out more than the west. The west end of the beach breaks better but the swell is smaller as the small offshore island seems to reduce the swell. Also the west end has a point break but the swell needs to be alot bigger for it to break properly. The Island has a right and left wave breaking from it. The right seems to have a better shape and the left seems to close out, but very shallow without a bigger swell. The Island can play on the nerves if surfing alone.

English (Translate this text in English): Busua Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Ghana. Fun punchy wave with lots of power on large swells, but closes out a fair bit at low tide. Best to surf on incoming high tide where it seems to get bigger with the tidal push. The beach is about 3 km long, the east of the beach picks up more swell but close's out more than the west. The west end of the beach breaks better but the swell is smaller as the small offshore island seems to reduce the swell. Also the west end has a point break but the swell needs to be alot bigger for it to break properly. The Island has a right and left wave breaking from it. The right seems to have a better shape and the left seems to close out, but very shallow without a bigger swell. The Island can play on the nerves if surfing alone.

Atmosphere

Great beach, friendly people. Nice and cheap guest houses to stay in and lobster dinners, fresh fruit juice, and banana pancakes for breakfast. The island is also a nice spot to camp at.

English (Translate this text in English): Great beach, friendly people. Nice and cheap guest houses to stay in and lobster dinners, fresh fruit juice, and banana pancakes for breakfast. The island is also a nice spot to camp at.

English (Translate this text in English): Great beach, friendly people. Nice and cheap guest houses to stay in and lobster dinners, fresh fruit juice, and banana pancakes for breakfast. The island is also a nice spot to camp at.

English (Translate this text in English): Great beach, friendly people. Nice and cheap guest houses to stay in and lobster dinners, fresh fruit juice, and banana pancakes for breakfast. The island is also a nice spot to camp at.

General

Great spot with fantastic scenery. Also, another consistent and locally known wave is at Dixcove with about a 10-15 mn walk. Push on further to Akwidaa and Cape Three Points for adventure.

English (Translate this text in English): Great spot with fantastic scenery. Also, another consistent and locally known wave is at Dixcove with about a 10-15 mn walk. Push on further to Akwidaa and Cape Three Points for adventure.

English (Translate this text in English): Great spot with fantastic scenery. Also, another consistent and locally known wave is at Dixcove with about a 10-15 mn walk. Push on further to Akwidaa and Cape Three Points for adventure.

English (Translate this text in English): Great spot with fantastic scenery. Also, another consistent and locally known wave is at Dixcove with about a 10-15 mn walk. Push on further to Akwidaa and Cape Three Points for adventure.

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By mandrrecycling@yahoo.co.uk , 05-05-2005

In Ghana on May 15th - hi there. Im heading to Accra on May 15th, its my second time now, I was last there in Oct 04. I surfed Fete Shoulder height and krokobite, mush. I'll be working til the Friday am, then heading up the coast to look for waves. Flying back to the UK on the Following Monday. Not much time, but well up for a surf if anyone wants to hook up and get some waves together for the weekend. CheersMark (Langland, Wales, UK)

By tedwebb58@hotmail.com , 20-02-2005

- A friend and I travelled to Ghana last summer for three weeks to surf. We surfed all the spots listed here. To be honest the surf wasn't the best, but we a good time. Busua is a great place to hang out. Just west of the town there appears to be a nice point break, but it would need more swell than we had.Not the best surf, but a fun experience. We didn't have any problems with currents and from what I have read there isn't a problem with inner-coastal sharks. The fishermen back that up.

By coolghoward@hotmail.com , 19-02-2005

what about the strong currents - can any one that has surfed in ghana tell whether it is safe because i have been told that you cant swim very far out to sea because of very strong currents.

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