My buddy went to the world cup this year. He spent most of his time in Cape Town for the games and 4 days in Port Elizabeth for surf. He scored waves every day but only had size one or two of the days. It was right before the waiting period for the Billabong Pro, so it was a good time to go, seasonally speaking. Not sure if there is a better place to go besides J-bay this time of year.
He did say that he got the longest wave of his life. 3/10 of a mile on google maps...
He stayed in a hostel which was pretty cheap, which came with a quiver of boards to choose from.
bringing suits isn't a prob. i thought about bringing boards but my buddy suggested to buy a couple used pro models in shops and then just sell them back when im' going to leave. porbably will save $ vs. shipping the boards.
they're giving me an apartment and a car, so i'm pretty set in that dept.