Surfing in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
Nowadays, surfing is considered as a really good way of staying fit and healthy. Some surfers will travel the world to find the best breaks but, if they live close to South Africa, they won’t have to travel very far.
Jeffreys Bay, also known as J-Bay, is located in the Eastern Cape area of South Africa and is one of the best surf breaks in the world. J-Bay is one of the five most famous surfing locations in the world and hosts some of the most renowned surfing competitions, like WSL (World Surf League) Championship Tour. It’s known to be a very long and fast right (regular footers rejoice!) which breaks break along the west portion of the bay.
To many people climate is a very big factor for surfing. Some surfers don’t like to surf in the cold while others hate the rain. Luckily, the climate in the Eastern Cape of South Africa is pretty perfect year round. Unfortunalty, the same can’t be said for the surf. Being in the southern hemisphere, J-Bay experiences it’s hottest months in December and January. During this time of the year it stays relatively dry with prevailing winds out of the north west. While there are southern swells that can produce some ridable surf, the summer tends to be flat which keeps the tourists at bay – no pun intended – but the water is warmer (about 72 degrees Fahrenheit/22 degrees Celsius). It does, however, make a great place to go stand up paddle boarding!
During peak the summer months of July-August is when Jeffreys Bay earns it’s namesake as one of the best surf break in the world. High energy weather systems out of the Antarctic push huge swells across the south of Africa. Overhead to double overhead swells are common and provide enjoyable surfing for days on end. It does tend to get crowded so be aware of your surroundings (and don’t be a kook!). Winter rains are also typical so expect daily rain showers or thunderstorms. Water temperatures drop to the upper 60’s F (upper teens, Celsius) so be sure to bring a wet suit.
The J-Bay Break
When it comes to talking about wave, the best waves for surfing would only occur in a place like Jeffreys bay. The highest wave is almost about 5.5 feet tall, while the lowest one is about 2 feet tall. It would be best to take proper precautions for it, as the waves might often cause serious injury. This is the type of wave that calls for a step-up surfboard, a larger board for you which helps you get into the bigger waves.
The breaks in Jeffreys Bay are also divided into many sections so there is something to offer surfers of all skill levels. Typically, the more experienced surfers sit all the way out front waiting for the bombers to come through while those less familiar with J-Bay sit further back. There are also several beaches nearby, like Dolphin Beach and Aston Beach, which are worth the travel if you can spare the time on your vacation.
Overall, Jeffreys Bay is an amazing, stunning and outstanding place where people can visit anytime during their holidays if they have extreme eagerness to surf and visit the attractive beaches and breaks nearby.
Extended J-Bay Coverage
Image Credits: gaftels