Cheat Notes: Jef­freys Bay

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Be­tween Capetown and Morocco, Africa of­fers a huge ar­ray of waves and ex­pe­ri­ences, how­ever there is one place that is on al­most ev­ery surfer’s bucket list – J Bay. With flights hov­er­ing around the $1600 re­turn mark and travel costs su­per-cheap, there has never been a bet­ter time to get your leg burn on at the glo­ri­ous right hand point.

Win­ter Won­der­land

The South­ern Hemi­sphere Win­ter Sea­son (May – Septem­ber) sees a seem­ingly nev­erend­ing bar­rage of pow­er­ful, long pe­riod swell smash­ing the South African coast­line. The ac­com­pa­ny­ing west – south­west winds that blow through these surf-gen­er­at­ing cold fronts groom the swell lines into the ruler edge, J Bay per­fec­tion we all dream about.

Look Beyond Su­per­tubes

Ev­ery­one knows about Su­per­tubes, but what most peo­ple don’t re­alise is that a trip to the famed right point does not only con­sist of ses­sions scream­ing down the line at Su­pers. The point alone has sev­eral, dis­tinct sec­tions (you will have a favourite by the time you leave!). Start­ing at Bone­yards, long pe­riod swells march­ing up from the roar­ing 40s thun­der through Su­per­tubes (the holy grail – watch where the lo­cals pad­dle out at the Key­hole!) run­ning through Car Park, Im­pos­si­ble’ s, Salad Bowls, Tubes, The Point and fi­nally Al­ba­tross. There are a va­ri­ety of ul­tra­con­sis­tent lava reef and beach breaks in the im­me­di­ate area mean­ing that Jef­fery’s Bay is no one trick show-pony. Magana Tubes and Kitchens are world-class on their day and of­ten qui­eter than the points. A 45-minute trip south takes you to Seal Point and the rugged beach breaks of Cape St Fran­cis or maybe, if you are lucky, a ses­sion at the myth­i­cal Bruce’s Beau­ties… Rain­bow Na­tion Eti­quette Trav­el­ling surfers who show re­spect and pa­tience in the lineup will be re­warded. Hassling, drop-ins and back pad­dling will not be tol­er­ated. Re­spect the lo­cals - a uni­ver­sal law - fun­da­men­tal to an en­joy­able trip in these parts.

Glo­ri­ous Food

And after a day of mind bend­ing per­fec­tion… $10 steak din­ners! Cheap wine and cheaper beer, but def­i­nitely not cheap n’ nasty! Watch the set­ting African sun tip per­fect Tres­tles-style A-frames at “Kitchen’s” (un­der­rated surf spot!), whilst sip­ping your bev­er­age of choice at the aptly-named Kitchen Win­dows res­tau­rant. Great steaks and no $25 cock­tails here! Nina’s Real Food is a 5-minute stroll from the Su­per’s car park, a great place to grab a pre-surf cof­fee or a post-surf re­fuel.

No Waves

An hour or so drive takes you to one of the easy view­ing game parks in the area. Do you want the see an ele­phant or a rhino, or maybe some buf­falo? You can go whale/dol­phin watch­ing (if you haven’t had a close en­counter with one of the lo­cal Su­per­tubes pods al­ready). If you are a thrill seeker, Bloukrans Bridge Bungy Jump is the high­est in the world and just over an hour away!

Kit and Crowds

A good 4/ 3 is a must. Bring a spare wet­suit for chilly af­ter­noon ses­sions. Booties for the first few days in J Bay. Cold, heavy feet and mus­sel en­crusted lava rocks don’t make for a great combo. Talk to your shaper about some­thing sleek for long, fast pow­er­ful walls. Leave the sum­mer grov­eler at home. Rounded pins are the go to for the trav­el­ling pro - a bit of ex­tra length for when the waves get over­head. If you have a look around you will find empty waves. With a small surf­ing pop­u­la­tion, week­days and short drives will find you look­ing for some­one to surf with.

J Bay is not just a wave it’s a state of mind.

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