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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Jeffreys Bay

South Africa

J-bay is probably Africas most famous surf spot. The J-Bay area has a stunning amout of surf, good swell and an active surfing population. Fame brings crowds - but don't let that put you off - this is the real-thing

One such event is the Billabong Pro, where local and international surfers converge in the ultimate challenge, which is the halfway point of the ASP World Tour, to rank the world’s number one male surfing champion. Be sure to visit the Shell Museum to experience some of the magnificent diversity gleaned from the South African coastline. Jeffrey's Bay provides travellers with an ideal based from which to explore the enchanting east coast of South Africa.
Day trips t
o addo elephant park ,Tsitsikamma forest, Nature’s Valley, and the seaside towns of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna

English (Translate this text in English): J-bay is probably Africas most famous surf spot. The J-Bay area has a stunning amout of surf, good swell and an active surfing population. Fame brings crowds - but don't let that put you off - this is the real-thing

One such event is the Billabong Pro, where local and international surfers converge in the ultimate challenge, which is the halfway point of the ASP World Tour, to rank the world’s number one male surfing champion. Be sure to visit the Shell Museum to experience some of the magnificent diversity gleaned from the South African coastline. Jeffrey's Bay provides travellers with an ideal based from which to explore the enchanting east coast of South Africa.
Day trips t
o addo elephant park ,Tsitsikamma forest, Nature’s Valley, and the seaside towns of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna

English (Translate this text in English): J-bay is probably Africas most famous surf spot. The J-Bay area has a stunning amout of surf, good swell and an active surfing population. Fame brings crowds - but don't let that put you off - this is the real-thing

One such event is the Billabong Pro, where local and international surfers converge in the ultimate challenge, which is the halfway point of the ASP World Tour, to rank the world’s number one male surfing champion. Be sure to visit the Shell Museum to experience some of the magnificent diversity gleaned from the South African coastline. Jeffrey's Bay provides travellers with an ideal based from which to explore the enchanting east coast of South Africa.
Day trips t
o addo elephant park ,Tsitsikamma forest, Nature’s Valley, and the seaside towns of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna

English (Translate this text in English): J-bay is probably Africas most famous surf spot. The J-Bay area has a stunning amout of surf, good swell and an active surfing population. Fame brings crowds - but don't let that put you off - this is the real-thing

One such event is the Billabong Pro, where local and international surfers converge in the ultimate challenge, which is the halfway point of the ASP World Tour, to rank the world’s number one male surfing champion. Be sure to visit the Shell Museum to experience some of the magnificent diversity gleaned from the South African coastline. Jeffrey's Bay provides travellers with an ideal based from which to explore the enchanting east coast of South Africa.
Day trips t
o addo elephant park ,Tsitsikamma forest, Nature’s Valley, and the seaside towns of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna

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Quality Direction Type Frequ Experience
Albatross - / -
Right Sand-bar All surfers
Anne Avenue (St Francis Bay) 1 / -
Right and left Beach-break Experienced surfers
Boneyards 1 / -
Right and left Point-break Experienced surfers
Boulders - / -
Left Point-break All surfers
Bruce's Beauties 10 / -
Right Point-break Experienced surfers
Cape Saint Francis 5 / -
Right Point-break All surfers
Claptons - / -
Right Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Ducks 1 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Hullets Reef 1 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Impossibles 4 / -
Right Point-break Experienced surfers
Killers 1 / -
Right Reef-rocky Pros or kamikaze only...
Kitchen windows 2 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky All surfers
Kromme Rivermouth - / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Leftovers 1 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Magna Tubes 2 / -
Right Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Oyster Bay - / -
Right and left Sand-bar All surfers
Paradise - / -
Left Beach-break Pros or kamikaze only...
Phantoms - / -
Right Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Salad Bowls 1 / -
Right Point-break Experienced surfers
Seal Point 3 / -
Right Point-break Experienced surfers
Sixty Nines - / -
Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Supertubes (J-Bay) 32 / -
Right Point-break Experienced surfers
The Point 4 / -
Right Point-break All surfers
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Impossibles
South Africa

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South Africa

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South Africa

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South Africa

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The Point
De Pisco23
22 juil. 2009
low tide, good swell - The swell was building, having dropped off after the BongofbillsPro.  The water was noticibly colder today but still fine in a 3/2.  I got worked by a wave after about 20 minutes and my back started blocking and twinging - otherwise I&#39
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The Point
De Pisco23
21 juil. 2009
tale of two halves - Started surfing about 100m up from 'the point' towards impossibles - got a few nice waves and a couple of closeouts - then either the tide was changing or I was out of position because for ages I didn't get any waves.  I eventually p
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Impossibles
De Pisco23
20 juil. 2009
wrong place.. - Not knowing JBay we went in in the middle of Impossibles - and surprise surprise, found the waves really hard to catch for a couple of unfit lame-ass weekend warriors.... we eventually worked our way down to the point and finally had some fun waves
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Supertubes (J-Bay)
De ozsurfer101
4 sept. 1996
- My Comments: first wave speed train 300m. Straight after that another one. Session Highlight: Comment on Swell, Waves and Wind: My Perfectible Points: Air Temperature: Water Temperature:
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Voyage : Road Trip - South Africa
De Pisco23
Du 14 juil. 2009 au 23 juil. 2009
Road Trip - South Africa JoBurg - Durban - JBay - JoBurg. but avoiding the cold waters of CapeTown water....bought some secondhand Clayton boards in Durban, surfed some small beach-breaks to get back into surfing (its been a year since my last
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Voyage : J Bay Sep 1996
De ozsurfer101
Du 3 sept. 1996 au 30 sept. 1996
J Bay- Supers, Boneyards, Tubes, Point; St Francis, Kitchen Windows. Best: Supers 3-8 feet, Kitchen Windows 3-5.
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By marco , 08-08-2009

- Just came back from JBay and found very nice people in the water. The first day I surfed, a local surfer show me the channel to go in and out, better know it if you don't wanna be stuck on sharping mussels rocks..
This place is cool in comparaison with other top spots I ve been. I live on Reunion Island and surfers are not so friendly in St Leu for example. Any way, if you are cool in the water it s most likely that locals will be. Great wave, great scenery and great people in Jbay. Go to wax cafe for great food.

By twiggs , 05-05-2009

Still cooking - J Bay is still cooking. 4-8ft waves have been coming thru every day for almost 2 weeks.
Also Aloha Afrika Backpackers is the place to stay.
Been getting some sick photos.

By Anonymous , 21-01-2008

helpfull advice needed - hey i was born in SA but moved to canada when i was a kid and now im finnaly going back after 11 yrs.my question is where is a good place to go bodyboarding in jbay.lately ive been goin back and forth to newport beach cali AKA the wedge and that surf is sick.also whats the swell like this time of year,ill be heading there in feb for 6 weeks and hoping its huge.so if there is a place like wedge in jbay please ct me back and let me know.
thanx

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