20th May 2013

Meet Pro Surfer Tanika Hoffman

Learn 2 Surf caught up with South African professional surfer Tanika Hoffman just a few hours after she flew in from the recent Panama World Surfing Games, where she and the South African surf team won GOLD medals!

Tanika Hoffman surfing

Tanika Hoffman enjoying the warmer waters of False Bay in Cape Town

Tanika, the 20 year old gorgeous goofy-footed surfer, started surfing at age 9 in ‘Surfers Corner’ at Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town with her good friend Tarryn Chudleigh. Although her surfing skills are suited for shortboarding waves far more advanced and powerful than Muizenberg’s gentle swells, she still enjoys the occasional visit to the warmer waters of her original home break to play on a longboard with her friends.

Her favourite waves to surf in Cape Town are ‘Off The Wall’ in Sea Point and ‘Longbeach’ in Kommetjie (when it’s uncrowded). Internationally her favourite surfing spot is on Reunion Island.

Tanika Hoffman Surfing

Tanika Hoffman charging some solids swells at “Off the wall”

On her recent trip to the world surfing games, she spoke of how well the South African surfing team got along together and how she struggled in her heats due to tricky surfing conditions because of a lack of swell and onshore winds. Nevertheless the outstanding performance by the team as a whole, especially Shaun Joubert who won gold the mens event, saw Team South Africa being crowned the ISA World Team Champions. South Africa triumphed over the other 23 national teams and 120 surfers at the event.

World Surfing Games Awards Ceremony

Tanika Hoffman and the South African Surfing Team receiving their gold medals at the world surfing games in Panama.

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Huge thank you to photographers Pete Thompson & Greg Chapman for their amazing photos!

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