Jeffreys Bay

Country: South Africa
Currency: South African Rand
Language: English
Nearest Airport: Port Elizabeth
When to go: May – September
Best Size: 3-12′
Break Type: Point break



When you see Jeffrey’s Bay for the first time, you almost don’t want to surf it right away. Not because it isn’t completely perfect and you won’t be absolutely frothing – it is and you will – but because the wave has such an amazing history in surfing and such mystical qualities about it that you really need to stand in awe for a moment and just take it in. J-Bay is a beautiful right pointbreak that peels down the line in a fast, mechanical way. The bigger it gets, the better it gets and it’s easier to surf with size. When it’s small, you really need to be quick to your feet as certain sections, especially Impossibles and Tubes, will run away from you in a moment of hsitation. When it gets over head high though, the takeoff is less vertical, making it easier to drop in and set up your first bottom turn. From there, the size, power and flow of the wave will offer a brilliant ride that almost unmatched the world over.

J-Bay starts off at Boneyards. This section is probably the most critical as it packs the first punch and can suck hard of the reef. It’s also known as the most localized section, although in my experience that can be somewhat overstated. The wave then hits the Supertubes section. This is the most famous and sought after part of the wave. This is where you’ve seen everyone for Shaun Tomson to Tom Curren to Kelly Slater draw out beautiful bottom turns, carve perfect top turns and get the barrels of their lives. It’s a speedy wave but when it’s bigger it has a lot of face to work with and if you ride it correctly then you’ll be able to do lots of turns without getting caught behind. The next section after Supertubes is Impossibles. This aptly named part of J-Bay is where you’ll see a lot of guys pulling out, after a good run from further up the point. Impossibles is one of the more difficult sections to make but that also helps to break up the crowds so if you aren’t getting many waves at Supers, sit one the lower side of Impossibles and catch the section called Tubes. Tubes is exactly that. It’s a barrel section that’s really fast when it’s small but can be a great alternative when Supers is firing and crowded. From there J-Bay typically transitions into a more mellow wave. The Point is a fun section that is a good bet for beginners and longboarders as the wave slows down a bit here and the serious charges aren’t going to be around to hassle you. Finally, the last section of Jeffreys Bay is Albatross. This is a beachy section that’s more towards the heart of the crescent bay and where the wave ends. Another good area for beginners and those who aren’t keen to trek over the rocks or mix it up with the more advanced surfers further up the wave. Needless to say, Jeffreys Bay is one of the most amazing waves in all the world and it should probably be on everyone’s Top 5 list of waves to surf.