Pollywog is South Africa’s core online surf and travel store, born out of a passion for surfing and the ocean, our goal is to recreate the stoke that every surfer feels within the Pollywog experience - just like your legit local surf store.
A one stop online surf store offering a sick selection of product from premium brands, along with hand-picked surf travel packages.
At Pollywog we have been fortunate enough to travel the world and surf some of the best waves staying in some of the coolest spots, so we are well equipped and experienced to offer you a great service in the travel department. Partnering with the largest surf trip operator on the plant, World Surfari's, and our very own un-rivaled customer services team ensures you will get the very best in global hand-picked surf trips.
When it comes to product we have spent a lifetime growing up in surfboard factories, hell we've even worked in them and wetsuit factories too. Even did our time behind the counter of various traditional surf retail stores. So I guess you could say we know a fair bit about the brands and products we sell, to assist you in making an educated decision with your purchase.
The Pollywog team consists of core surfers that understand the market, paired with specialists in the e-commerce space. This combination of people and company policy, focused on customer experience and service, ensures Pollywog will leave you stoked with your online shopping experience.
Our focus is simple, we want to take surfing beyond the beach and into the homes of every South African, ensuring that every purchase gives you the miles of smiles it should, while you are in the ocean or cruising the hood.
WHO ARE WE?
An absolute surf maniac to this day, Richard’s early years were spent competing on the local and international surf circuits. His achievements include South African Masters Champion in 1999, as well as representing his country multiple times in the Springbok blazer. This opened the door to travel and Richard could simply not get enough! After regularly putting together crazy surf trips for friends, without even realizing it - Richard was in the travel game.
After professional surfing and commercial fishing for years, Richard opened a production company, which produced a number of successful television series covering his two biggest passions - surfing and fishing.
With filming happening all over the world, it was a no-brainer for Richard to open his own travel company. Hundreds of trips and almost a decade later, the opportunity to become part of the World Surfari's family and start an African adventure for the premier World Surfari's brand was simply too good to resist.
This was especially important for his plans to become the premier online surf and travel store in Africa. With a passion for business and a contagious energy and excitement around the online space and the opportunities it holds, he is committed to building a business that cares.
Debi grew up on the beach and is passionate about all surf destinations. She has been in the Surf Tourism industry for more than a decade and has worked for several surf tour operators.
Around the African continent, Deb has visited places like Reunion, Madagascar, Mauritius and Mozambique on Travel reconnaissance trips, as well as all the major surf spots in South Africa - Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Cape St Francis and JBay. Beach-wise, her first love remains her home town Durban, where it’s summer all year round.
Deb’s detailed knowledge of surf-related flights and travel is second to none and she delights in getting her clients to the surf holiday of their dreams. Debi prides herself of going the extra mile for her clients, enjoys maintaining excellent client relationships and despite being fiercely efficient, is always friendly and cheerful. We don’t know how she does it but we love her work!
WHY TRAVEL WITH US?
The real reason for traveling with us will only come for many, after the first personal experience. We weave things together in a very unique way for our customers insuring they are getting an unbeatable deal!
Our travel packages are competitively priced but come with the 24/7 back up service of leading global operator, World Surfaris. This means you, your family, loved ones and friends travel with complete peace of mind, safely and securely. As a 20 year old business, representing only the charter boat and surf resort operators, who have a proven to be experts wit vast experience and good track record. This ensures you get the best trip possible at the best possible price.
The thing that makes our prices and overall package unbeatable is the exclusive discounts we offer our travelers. With up to 25% OFF on selected products. Getting properly prepared for a surf trip, as any salty sea-dog will tell you, is the most important thing you can do for yourself. The right surfboards and equipment for the spot you visiting can easily make or break your trip. We have personally surfed a huge number of these spots so are more than qualified to offer sound board and other advice.
We are also offering our inbound travelers free travel insurance for their stay in Africa.
WHY FLY WITH US?
Pollywog is a proud affiliate to Travelstart ZA. This means when you search for flights with us, you'll get results from all the major international airlines and low-cost carriers, neatly displayed in one table – lowest prices first of course - so that you can compare costs with ease and find that perfect ticket that works with your schedule and budget or trip you have booked with us. Once you’ve decided on the best flight for you, book and pay online in one seamless transaction – you can do the same to reserve your surf or island trip with us. Taking the hassle out of your travel planning, our friendly efficient age will professionally assist you with any changes, queries or concerns you might have, so you can focus on the fun stuff, like shopping for new boards, fins and accessories for that next surf trip.
We have a great loyalty program for people booking flights with us. There is a monthly prize for one lucky flyer, anything from a soft top surfboard, watch, wetsuit or surfboard. Every flyer is guaranteed a mystery discount once their flight is booked with us which means significant savings on high ticket items in-store.
Book your domestic or international flight right here https://www.pollywog.co.za/