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Jeffrey's Bay

Surfing J Bay

J Bay works best on a south or southwest swell. Temperatures are moderate all year round along the coast, with rain scattered throughout the year. The summers are warm with a very temperate humidity level. A trip in December may even mean leaving the wetsuit at home. From March thru October swells stack up like corduroy as far as you can see with clean waves in the 3-6 foot range and chilly water temps. Winters can be cold: You will need a 3mm+ suit to enjoy the waves.

The J Bay point/headland itself actually consists of five separate point sections. On bigger days with the right swell direction some of these sections can be connected. There is a perfect section along this point for every level of surfer, each possessing its own magic, including:

Super Tubes can get large (up to about 10 - 12 feet). This is the ultimate test of your surfing ability. It is very fast, powerful, very long and as the name suggests, getting tubed is the name of the game.

Salad Bowls and Tubes are short, perfect, hollow waves. Once you master these, you are prepared for Super Tubes.

The Point is 100% enjoyable with cutback sections and everything else you could possibly want from a wave. The waves here tend to be a little smaller than those at Boneyard or Supers. The difference is that you will have a much longer ride here than at the other two.

The biggest decision each morning over a nice cup of hot coffee is which section of the point to surf.

Eleven miles to the southwest, Cape Saint Francis is still there and still breaking, if you want to take a short trip and get a taste of legend. In that area you will also find Seal Point, and then heading back toward J Bay there are reef and beachbreaks at Shelly Beach, Hullets Reef, Kromme Rivermouth and Claptons.