J BAY & BE­YOND

Adventure - - Xposure - Words and Im­ages by Pete Head

If you’re a nat­u­ral footer, or one who can ap­pre­ci­ate a long point break, chances are you’ve dreamt about surf­ing Jef­freys Bay in South Africa, more af­fec­tion­ately known as J-Bay. And if you’re as old as I am chances are you’ve seen the cult surf flick “End­less Sum­mer” too. J-Bay had al­ways been on my radar and Mick Fan­ning tick­ling up a great white shark wasn’t go­ing to quash my dream ei­ther. Things in life were start­ing to shape up and the dream was tak­ing shape. I started think­ing - if I’m go­ing to the other side of the world then I was go­ing to do it prop­erly. One thing I’ve learnt in travel over the years is that if you do it cheap you get cheap, if you do it well you’re left with life long mem­o­ries of your trav­els. I was de­ter­mined to make this trip the epit­ome of a South African so­journ. My trav­ellers mind started work­ing over­time and I thought, why stop at J-bay? I mean South Africa is a tiny coun­try within a large con­ti­nent and the culture and wildlife over there fascinates me. So the dream grew, and by the time my partner and 12yr old grom boarded our flight the dream was booked and it was mas­sive… And so was the cost. How­ever, the last thing you’re think­ing about when you’re lost in the mo­ment ab­sorb­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence, is the cost. First stop was J-Bay need­less to say. Be­ing in travel def­i­nitely has its perks (as Steve Dick­in­son well knows!) and the gen­er­ous folk at African Per­fec­tion looked af­ter us with an apart­ment right on the beach in front of “Su­per­tubes” at J-Bay. End­less lines of swell peeled down the point and it was off the hook mes­mer­iz­ing. Our 2-story apart­ment had a bal­cony with the most amaz­ing 180 view and it didn’t take long to get suited up in the 3/2mm rub­ber and grab some ad­vice on en­ter­ing and ex­it­ing the line up through the rocks.

"J-Bay had al­ways been on my radar and Mick Fan­ning tick­ling up a great white shark wasn’t go­ing to quash my dream ei­ther."

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