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Which surf school is best for you in Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay sees many travelers from all around the world coming through just to get a taste of the power of the Indian Ocean. There are many surf breaks making it ideal for any surfer to get a wave. While there are many waves there are many surf schools too. The question is “Which surf school is best for you?”.

Here are the top 5 surf schools in Jeffreys Bay.

  1. Salted Surf School

    Surf School Lesson Surf School Showers Surf School Hang

    Salted Surf (previously Son Surf) is a new surf school that was started by a young surfer wanting to share the stoke that surfing has brought in his life. The surf school may be new but he has been a local here for over 20 years and is a big name here in the water. The surf school is modern, clean, and has a wide range of lessons available to cater to all levels. They also have a good range of board rentals. All their coaches are ISA qualified meaning they provide you with the best techniques to improve while also ensuring your safety. They also sell merchandise and other surf equipment.

    This is at the top as it offers the best prices, qualified ISA coaches, a wide range of boards, and amazing surf packages.

    Ranked #1 on Google with 99 reviews and a 5/5 score.

  2. Jeffreys Bay Surf School

    Jbay Surf school

    This was the first surf school to open in Jeffreys Bay in the year 2000. They have taught many, many surfers over the past 21 years. The surf school has front row seats to Dolphin beach and is easy to recognize with its bright orange signage. They have some very talented coaches that are sponsored, so it is really entertaining watching them in-between lessons while they show the crowded beaches what surfing can look like. They also sell some surf equipment if you needing something for your own rig.

    This is second as they have a great location for quick access to the beach, and they have loads of experience over the past 2 decades. It’s also entertaining seeing their coaches on their lunch break at their local break.

    Ranked #2 on Google with 25 reviews and a 4.9/5 score.

  3. Wavecrest Surf School

    3rd

    Wavecrest has also been around for a few moons. They have gone with the hippie look and feel, making you feel like you have stepped back in time to the ’80s when Jbay was only roamed by hippie vans and surfers. The school has signage all over town but they are a little tricky to find as they are hidden down an alley, but if you look for the bright yellow signage you will surely walk back into time.

    They are 3rd on this list as they offer budget-friendly surf and stay packages, and have done a good job of preserving an era of surf history.

    Ranked #3 on Google with 38 reviews and a 4.8/5 score.

  4. Salty Surf School

    Salty Surf Lessons Island

    Salty Surf school is one of the few franchise surf schools in South Africa. It is for people who are wanting to stay at their backpackers. They offer well-priced packages and you normally surf in bigger groups. You end up making friends and progressing together making memories. The Jbay backpackers in on the beachfront so you can see when the waves are pumping and head out straight from there.

    They placed fourth for those who are wanting to have the backpacker’s surf experience.

    Ranked #4 on Google with 369 reviews and a 4.3/5 score.

  5. AfricaSUP

    SUP

    Surfing and Stand Up Paddleboards have had a long history of differences but at the end of the day being in the ocean and standing up to surf a wave is still surfing a wave. So although this is technically a different sport it is equally as fun. AfricaSUP is the only SUP board rental in Jbay. The board range is wide enough to give anyone a chance to give SUP a go. Although they don’t offer lessons, you can always ask for the advice needed to get out there and have some fun while staying safe.

    This placed last as it isn’t a surf school but still can fall within the interest of surfers, especially if there are very small waves and you wanting to still stand above the water.

    Ranked #5 on Google with 4 reviews and a 3/5 score.

    Of course, there are such things as google reviews and trip advisor and they also do a good job of keeping score but this gives you a better overview of what are the main differences and which surf school is best for you.

    If you found other pros that should be added to the list above, add them in the comments below.

10 Things to do this Summer in Jbay

Jbay is a world-renowned surf destination but there is more to this magical little town than just waves. Jeffreys Bay finds itself at the very end of the Garden Route making it a must-see destination for all adventurous travels. Sure, Jbay is laidback but all the locals kick into gear for summer!

Besides doing the obvious vacation todo-list of getting tanned, building a sandcastle, and snorkeling in the beach break. These are the 10 things we recommend doing.

1. Skydive

Jeffreys Bay has a beautiful coastline but it is best seen in the air, falling at about 200km/h. Skydiving is something on most people’s bucket list, and if it isn’t you probably should have it on there. This is number 1 of the 10 things to do this summer in Jbay for a reason. The location is beautiful, the price is great compared to other locations. The people running it make sure you have a great time, making you forget about the fact that you are jumping out of a plane. Just do it! Let us know how it was, once you have.

Price starting from R2400
Time: 1hr

2. Beach Horse Riding

Horse riding is always a fun thing to do and there is plenty of locations that are beautiful to do it. Horse riding on the beach is however a magnificent experience. The location you ride has big sand dunes with hardly another soul in sight. We have sent many guests there and they always come back with a smile.

Price R450
Time: 2hrs

 

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3. Quad bikin

The quad bikes are set up in a quarry where you first test drive your quad to make sure you are comfortable. After you have become accustomed to your bike, then you go on an adventurous ride around a canyon to a waterfall. The waterfall is something you wouldn’t expect to be nestled in the dry area and yet it is a beautiful site once you are there. Pro-tip, go just after it has rained, it is fun to get dirty and slip and slide.

 

Price R500
Time: 2hrs

4. Die Watergat

Although you get to ride to the waterfall you don’t get to jump. That is why you should combo it and go back to the waterfall right after. This waterfall has a zip line, 4m, 6m, & 8m jump plus a waterfall slide that not many people are aware of. It is estimated to be about 12 – 20m deep so no need to worry about touching the bottom. There is a place to braai and sometimes if it is really busy there is a little food stall there, but it is always safer to bring your own snacks.

 

Price R50
Time: n/a

5. Sand-Boarding

If there are no waves why not ride the dunes. Standing on a board is standing on a board, so why not get that extra practice? While Jeffreys Bay doesn’t have the biggest dunes around, it still has dunes that are well maintained and sometimes even have little ramps to get some air time. Sandboarding is very similar to snowboarding for those from colder regions.


Price R508 for 2 people
Time: 2hrs

6. Fishing or Whale Watching

We are fortunate to still have an ocean with an abundance of fish. Port St Francis Harbour is a beautiful port that sees many fishermen bringing home dinner daily. Summer is practically busier and so are the fish. The swell is also a lot less making the trip more relaxing and overall more relaxing. You can either bottom fish or trawl, and catch some sporty fish. If your captain is okay with it, it is awesome to take a dip every now and then to cool down (use lots of sunblocks, a hat, and a thin shirt). Whales are better known to be around in October, but that doesn’t mean you don’t see them after that. Dolphins are no strangers in the summertime, so make sure you looking out for them.

Price R2850 for 3 people
Time: 4 – 5 hrs

7. Addo Elephant Park

Addo Elephant Park is South Africa’s third-largest park and home to the Big 5. The park is considered to be a major success from starting with only 11 elephants to and now being roughly 600 alive. The park has a unique feeling as in certain parts of the park you can see the ocean at a close distance. The drive is beautiful as you travel through various vegetation types.

Price R80(RSA)/R380(INT)
Time: n/a

 

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8. Bunjee jumping

The Bloukrans bridge used to be the highest bridge bungee in the world, while that isn’t true anymore as America had to just beat us, the Bloukrans is still an adrenaline junkie’s dream. Some people are already weak in the knees from the bridge walk. The instructors really know how to get your heart pumping and play some upbeat music to get you prepared for that leap forward with nothing other than a trap holding you at the ankles. The experience is amazing and the view while hanging makes it a must-do.

 Price from R1400
Time: 1hr 30mins

9. Golfing at St Francis Links

St Francis Links is a golf course like no other. It surpasses every experience you may have had when playing golf in SA. The Golf course keeps the old age transitions of golf but brought in new advancements to keep up with the times and always ensure you are capable of playing your best game. Pro-tip, take the e-bike. It is just a little more fun.

Price from R900
Time: 3 hrs +

10.  Surfing

We all knew this one was coming but saved the best for last. Jeffreys Bay is a world-class wave and deserves the most attention when in Jeffreys Bay. There is a wave for every surfer, from Advanced to beginner. Salted Surf School is a fantastic school that offers amazing packages for all types of surfers. There is waves all year round, meaning there is never a bad time to give it a go. We have seen 5 – 85-year-olds get in the water, showing that age is never a problem.

Price from R320
Time: 1hr 30mins

11. Bonus – Thai Massage

Yeah, we said it. All the above is there to take it out of you, but sometimes you need that one thing that will give back to you. A Thai Massage is the one thing that will restore you and all your stress to ground zero. Jeffreys Bay has some really amazing massage spas, but there is one whose price is amazing and well centered in the JBay Surf Village.

Price from R300
Time: From 30mins

 

Perfect Beach Front Accommodation

When you want to go on holiday, especially during these times, you don’t want to have to hassle about anything. Everyone also has a different idea for holiday. Some want all the action a Jeffreys Bay has to offer and needs to be busy all day, while others want to stare at the ocean and drink a cocktail. If you traveling with friends and family it becomes harder to tick all the boxes of what you all might need. This is why Surf Lodge South Africa is the Perfect Beach Front Accommodation.

What does the lodge have to offer?

We are a seafront wooden house that has an uninterrupted sea view. Being able to sleep up to 20 guests has made this the ideal place for large families or groups of friends to all travel to together. We have 6 private rooms (all double beds) and 1 dorm that sleeps, 8 people. There are loads of entertainment areas, such as the Jacuzzi area, TV room, Swimming Pool, Braai area, table tennis area, board room, indoor fireplace, and chef kitchen. The outside deck has enough seating for everyone, including those who want to just tan all day. The beach is less than 2mins walk away on our very own private boardwalk, talk about perfect beach front accommodation.

Jeffreys Bay is well known for its surfing but its beaches are equally reputable. Paradise Beach is a lesser populated beach making it feel more private-like. The beach is safe to swim (if you know how to swim) or you can always walk to the swimming area which is roughly a 7mins walk down the beach. There are some waves out front, either a longboard wave or a 1-turn-wonder if you prefer to shortboard. The beach has been praised for having an abundance of fish, making it ideal for the anglers to sit and try their luck. It is an iconic white sand beach so you can either take a walk from Paradise to St Francis or tan and build sandcastles.

Why is Surf Lodge the perfect Beach Front Accommodation?

The magic happens from Sunrise to Sunset. Waking up to the sounds of the birds chirping, the sun rising over the ocean, and dancing over the water. That morning coffee energizing you for your morning surf. You go downstairs and grab a board and go surf, maybe some dolphins come past. You have already had the best start to any given day. After you catch the wave you have been waiting for, you come back, make some breakfast and this is where your mood takes you. Tan time? Fishing? Canoeing? Hiking? Site seeing? Shopping? More sleep? Swimming? Massage? Or maybe some Yoga? After your eventful day, you light up a fire for some lekker braai-food and maybe turn the jacuzzi on and play some music with beer-pong? Or keep it chilled and light a fire inside and read a book with some wine with the sunset?

The lodge has become a space to host birthdays, retreats, engagement parties, gender reveals, and even small weddings. Yes, we are hosting weddings, click here to learn more. So far we have been enjoying hosting these whole-house rentals as you get the privacy you need and the house is filled with people who are here for the same reason. Whether it be the just a place to sleep or we fit your ‘perfect beach front accommodation’ profile.

Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay

When to come to Jeffrey Bay?

 

Summer and winter both have their pros and cons. From December – March the summer days go on forever. The warm weather feeling and cheer leave Jeffreys Bay with many events and parties to attend and not enough time. All the teens have just finished school and looking to forget about their class days. Every day is sunny and chilled, with longboarders cruising in the lineup. Winter is when the waves come alive, and it becomes a hotspot for surfers all around the world. With the JBay Winter Fest, it is like our 2nd summer. Jbay is filled with loads of people in town, with contests, events, and parties happening all around. The WSL brings in musicians, popup shops, and different talent from all over South Africa.

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Surf Camp package

What makes Surf Lodge SA the best Surf Camp in Jbay

There are many things to consider when looking for a surf camp. What is a surf camp? Why go to a surf camp? And is it a surf camp for everyone? I will be aiming to answer all those questions and more details you need before considering booking a package at the best surf camp in Jeffreys Bay.

What is a surf camp?

A place where you stay and surf. It isn’t a rocket scientist answer but it is important to note that surfing and staying at any odd accommodation (maybe even seaside accommodation) doesn’t make it a surf camp. A surf camp is a space attracting guests sharing the same passion (stoke) and desire to surf, or maybe wanting to learn to surf.

Why go to a surf camp?

The idea is to meet people who you can journey on with and know you not alone, no matter what level. This makes it a great space for you to chat about your surf after your session and maybe break down what you saw vs what your new friend saw. This conversation could go on for hours with all the surf theory and ways of understanding the ocean. There are loads of websites, books, and surf movies that love to give you their breakdown of a wave and when it is best to surf it, but there is one thing that Trumps them all, local knowledge.

A surf camp is run by people who are passionate about surfing, know how to surf, where to surf, when to surf, and what board to surf. Asking your instructor a surf-related question is part of the package we want you to grow in your passion and understanding of the sport so that you can perform to the best of your ability. Surf Theory is an important lesson where we try to fully explain how the ocean works, how waves work, how a board works, how fins work, and how you on your board on all these elements work.

 

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Is a surf camp for everyone?

A surf camp is for everyone. We find that it especially appeals to the people who are interested in wanting to learn to surf. However, there are surf camps where you find pro surfers will stay, simply for the vibe or maybe again that local knowledge. Parents may consider bringing their child to learn to surf although they have no interest in surfing, that is perfectly fine. It’s the perfect family holiday where you can lay back and tan or go to get the exotic massage knowing that your child will be taken care of by a qualified Surf coach.

What else do surf camps offer?

It depends on where your surf camp is located and what value-added services they have to offer. Some surf camps require you to take a boat out to surf the wave, while in others you can only surf a 9ft longboard because the wave never goes above your ankle. Other additional camps have lately been offering surf-skate lessons, which allows you to learn out the water. Optional additional extra’s will be surf video analysis, water photography, yoga, massage beds, and other fitness spaces.

What makes Surf Lodge South Africa the best surf camp in Jeffers Bay, South Africa?

At Surf Lodge South Africa, we are always keeping up with the latest developments in surfing. We strive to ticks all the boxes and with being in Jeffreys Bay, with the world’s greatest wave, we are fortunate to be able to offer beginner lessons, longboard lessons, shortboard lessons, advanced lessons, and now surf-skate lessons. All the additional extras, such as video analysis, surf photography, surf theory, wave hunting (searching for waves when the waves aren’t good out front), yoga, and a missus are just a bonus.
There are multiple surf camp packages to match your budget. There are surf camp packages that range from we organize your airport transfer, breakfast, occasional dinners, transport to extra activities, and additional extras too. Then there are the budget-friendly options. In the dorm, with self-catering and doing the lessons when you can afford.

 

Work and Surf

There is also a new opportunity with SURF-WORK-STAY

This is for those freelance digital nomads that can work anywhere in the world as long as there is good wifi. Well, we are happy to say we have got your back. Surf Lodge South Africa has been hosting nomads for a couple of years now. With the beach being short of 100m away, there is always the opportunity to surf before work, on your lunch break, or after work. You can do a lesson, or rent a board and live your best life in Paradise. The Lodge is surrounded by a green belt making the location quiet to work during the day, maybe being interrupted by the roaring waves. You will forget there is a vibing society 5mins away. We also work with a co-working space in Jeffreys Bay. If you enjoy being surrounded by hard workers and still be a stone throws away from the beach.

SALTED SURF has partnered with us so that you can leave your board, clothes, lunch, and etc. This allows you to go surf and then shower before getting back behind the keyboard.

Can you build your own Surf Camp Package?

We have multiple packages available. However, we also know some people want to stay longer or shorter than the set standard packages. Maybe there are activities you want to add or take off to meet your budget. Whatever your ideal might be, please don’t hesitate to email us at info@surflodgesouthafrica.co.za. We will happily assist you :)

 

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to share them below.

Instagramable places

Trending Instagramable places in JBay 

We all looking for those places that are beautiful but we also looking for the most instagramable places these days too. They should be the same thing but they are not always… So instead of being disappointed and trying to go to a place that is popular but no fun to pull out your camera, I have put together the ultimate trending instagramable places in Jbay.

1. JBay Surf Village

This is a special place as it has loads of Instagrammable spaces. Here are the top two. The inside of the Infood Coffee Roastery is industrial mixed with rustic. Multiple spaces can fit your desired content idea. Check out these photos to see what I mean! 


Then there the iconic JBay mural on a container, this is one of the classics. While the container has been moved into the kiddies playground it still makes for a great background and is always a trendy thing to capture.

 

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Lastly, we have loads of graffiti pieces. There are some obvious pieces around the JBay Surf village but there are very few that are trendy and Instagrammable. This one is down the alley between the Coffee Roastery and Oceaniva. 

 

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2. The Mexican 

This is a beautiful restaurant that makes mouth-watering food. Mexican food is always a great option for food photography as it is usually loads of little bowls of colourful ingredients. Here is a great example of a beautiful foodie shot. 

 

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It doesn’t just look tasty it is tasty! There is also a beautiful hanging chair with great lighting for a second shot!

 

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3. JBay Bru co

This place can fit any person’s vibe! From arrival, you can get ready to start snapping. It is welcomed with a beautiful mosaic graphic capturing JBay along with the restaurant’s logo and mascot. You can even hop on the board for a wave ;)

 

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From there you move on to the classic surfing van VW Kombi, which has been converted into a hipster eating booth.

 

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Lastly, you have a funky cocktail bar that creates an exotic touch to the place. Cocktails couldn’t look and feel sexier.

 

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4. First Light coffee bar

If F.R.I.E.N.D.S ever made an impact in this world it’s this, we all need a local hangout coffee bar! First Light is a beautiful minimalist, all-natural coffee shop even fitted with the perfect comfortable couch. Also at the time of writing, they are making a mural on the outside of their shop, with seeing the first draft my guess is this will also start trending soon.

5. Ninas Real Food

If you are part of the plant-based movement, vegan, vegetarian, sugar-free, or maybe Banting. Well then this restaurant does it all and in style! Everything they make turns into gold and that means capturing it makes it that much easier. My suggestion is to sit in the outdoor area on a nice warm day and get them plants in the background, makes you look like you in a jungle!


6. The mural in the middle

There is a team of people looking to make JBay colourful and full of life. They have painted up all the public toilets and other Municipal beaten-down buildings into something worth stopping by for a quick picture.


7. Supertubes

What could be more Instagrammable than Supertubes? The answer is nothing. This iconic stop is more than a pleasure to surf, it’s a pleasure to view! You can never go wrong going on a picnic date or even a sunrise coffee. There is always something that makes it worth going to, be it the waves, the sunrise, or maybe a school of Dolphins.

 

8. Surf Lodge South Africa

Under every light, it’s a vibe. Sunrise to Sunset and everything in between is a good time. Come be the judge for yourself.

 

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There are many places I can vouch for, that are worth visiting along the coastline of South Africa. But there is something about Jeffreys Bay that sets it apart. So ‘Why Visit Jbay?

First and foremost, Jeffreys Bay houses the World Best Right Hand Point Break

You probably think that this doesn’t mean much if you are not a surfer. But Jeffreys Bay also has a magnificent place to enjoy watching surfing, as it is surrounded by boardwalks and parks. If the waves don’t entertain you from the water, then you can still be entertained on land. This is what makes the World Surf Leagues Champion event here in JBay just that much better!

Watching the surf

Watching the surf

Jeffreys Bay is amazingly surrounded by nature reserves and farmlands.

This allows you to stay connected to the outdoors no matter which way you drive. This also means that there are various beautiful hiking trails, wildlife activities, and indigenous fauna and flora. This is all well preserved and maintained by the Supertubes Foundation.

Supertubes Foundation

Supertubes Foundation

We have the largest Shell Museum in South Africa.

The Shell Museum is definitely a collection to be seen, with over 600 pieces and a collection of micro shells. You can get stuck inside all day looking at them all. Me Charlotte Kritzinger was the original collector. After her passing, a mural was painted in honor of her legacy in JBay. You can find it opposite the Checkers in Da Gama Road.

Shell Museum

Shell Museum

Leading by example.

In Jbay you will find multiple different NPO’s operating and making a difference. There is the JBay Recycling Project, who reward kids who bring in organized recyclables. There is Lets Feed Jbay an initiative to feed those who were affected by the Pandemic. Also organizations like the Joshua Project that is a safe haven for vulnerable children and children living on the street to receive love, support, education, and training.

JBay Recycle Project

JBay Recycle Project

Lastly, Jbay is a fishing town.

There is an abundance of fish in the area and we are particularly known for our abundance in chokka (calamari). You might notice the boats out at sea in the night with spotlights surrounding them. These days fresh fish is hard to come by but in Jeffreys Bay, you are spoilt with muliple top quality restaurants and a variety of options. So if you still asking ‘why visit JBay?’, maybe you should be asking why not?

As we approach the one-year anniversary of our national lockdown, there’s a lot we couldn’t have dreamt would have changed this year. We’re sure you’re aware of all the worldwide changes, but we’d thought we’d give you a taste of what’s changed around our slice of paradise here at Surf Lodge South Africa.

Out with the old, in with the new

We’ve said goodbye to our trusty lodge van after its years of transporting our guests on numerous adventures and surf missions. It’s been time for a change, something smaller, but with just as much power, and soon to carry just as many memories.Surf Lodge car

Baby on Board

In February, our manager Challyn and his wife Ruth have welcomed the birth of their daughter, Arrow Jane. You never know, the next time you arrive, you may just see her in the waves.

 

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Never Refuse to Reuse

At around the same time, we invited Ludi from Valiant Creative Works – as many may remember him as one of the most legendary managers we’ve ever had at the Surf Lodge – to completely flip and renovate a double garage into a home for them. Within a month’s work, the space was unrecognizable. Check out what he’s done – maybe some of you will remember glimpses of the space and how it looked before

Some things to look forward to:

Winter Waves

The seasons are slowly turning… I’m sure you all remember the photos and glimpses of a perfectly clean lineup in our hard lockdown of March 2020. Supertubes was working and so were the police to make sure every surfer stayed off the beach. Here’s a throwback photo to show you what we all missed, and to get us excited for what’s hopefully ahead this time around. #WinterWaves

Winter Waves

Salted – Surf School & Café

2019 birthed Salted. Our vibey surf school situated in Jbay, the greatest post-surf coffee and more importantly, the lifestyle. We closed down the physical surf shop just before lockdown last year, but the legacy has strongly lived in our hearts… we’ve spent the year wondering and mulling over how we could just let it go…

Keep an eye on our social media for some exciting stuff. It’s still in the pipeline but we can’t wait to share what we’ve been up to. #LiveSalted

2021 JBay Bucket-list Challenge!

We all have our new goals and challenges set for 2021. Some are creating good habits, others are being healthier and then some are on a mission to give other people FOMO, yes we are talking about those Instagram influencers! I don’t really carry expert knowledge are creating good habits or living a healthier life, but fortunately, I got enough local knowledge to set some goals for those who want to use the hashtags #wild #adventurous #wanderlust #challengeaccepted while in JBay.

So if you consider yourself to be daring and determined, let’s see how many of these you can tick off! I must add some of these may be seasonal or weather dependant, so don’t get too beat down if you aren’t able to get it right.

1. Surf all eight surf spots

We had to start with the obvious. JBay is famous for Supertubes of course, but the rest of the breaks all have their own flavor. It is easy to tick off 5 of the spots on the right day (Boneyards to the Point). It is possible to knock four off on one wave (Supertubes to the Point) but that is for the more skilled, as the waves need to be at least 8ft. A little extra challenge for the skilled ;)

 

 

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2. Kayak from the Gamtoos River mouth to the “Canyoning Rocks”

This is a heavy one. This is one of those “are you crazy!” things to add. I have personally done it and wasn’t trained or prepared for it but I, fortunately, survived, with major stiff muscles the next day. It is roughly a 5-hour row, maybe longer if you not very fit or if the current is going the opposite way. If you do decide to do this one, please remember to pack all the needed equipment to survive 3 days in the wild, or at least a snack to keep you going with lots of water and a waterproof bag for your phone to contact someone to fetch you when you reach the end. Also, keep your eyes open for many bird species (African Fishh eagles) can be seen en-route.

3. Spear a fish!

JBay is very seldomly known as a strong fishing village, maybe that’s the way the locals like it. never the less, there is plenty of fish in this sea! Spearfishing just has this alarming level of insanity. Swimming deep underwater, and hoping to see a fish or hoping another bigger fish doesn’t see you (yes I’m referring to a shark). Although sharks are pretty rare to see, you still don’t want to be fighting with one over a 10kg Yellowtail. So that’s my challenge, shoot yellowtail.

 

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4. Just Jump!

This is a 4-in-1 combo. Jumping is just something people seem to be keen to do around here.
1. Jump off the highest rocks into the pool at the lodge (Alright that’s easy)
2. Jump off the 12m point into the Watergat. (Doing a front-flip if that doesn’t scare you)
3. Jump off a 216m bridge with a bungee rope attached to just your ankles… look down before you jump if you really want to give yourself some extra adrenaline.
4. Jump out of a plane. Skydiving is amazing. However very few aim to skydive solo. So this is the static line challenge (the introduction to solo skydiving, where a string automatically releases the parachute)

 5. Hike or Bike

There are so many paths and trails within and around JBay. It is a challenge on its own to find them all. While some are more well known and others are less traveled. They all have a beautiful moment along the way. These are the trails I can say are worthwhile. Do a minimum of 4!
1. Cape St Francis to Thuispoint (Wild-side Trail)
2. Kalbeljous to Gamtoos mouth (Along the beach)
3. Lady Slipper
4. Falcon Rock Trail
5. 3rivers Trail
6. Kalbelous Nature Reserve
7. Maitland Nature Reserve
8. Formosa Peak

 

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6. Target Capture!

South Africa obviously hosts a variety of wildlife, and Jeffreys Bay is no stranger to these beautiful sightings. This is the list of some wildlife that is found here but requires you to have patience and persistence. Everyone has a different species interested, so I will try to list a variety for the different categories. The challenge is to obviously capture these beautiful creatures in full glory!

Mammals – Cheetah & Bottlenose Dolphin
Birds – Fish Eagle & Flamingoes
Fish – Red Romans & Garrick
Reptiles – Olive House Snake
Amphibians – Sand Toad
Invertebrates – compass jelly Fish & Chokka

 

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Please comment below if you have other suggested 2021 challenges for fellow readers! Or let people know if you have experience and advice for any of the above :) I hope the list adds adventure to your stay :)

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 JBay Summer Guide 2020

 

Summer in JBay is exactly what you would imagine. It’s hot, with a scent of sunscreen in the air, and people walking around in flip-flops holding ice-cream cones. While that is enough incentives to draw anyone from a landlocked city, there is more to this little town. This is our Jbay Summer Guide 2020 to a #DecemberToRemember

surf lessons

 

  1. #Beaches

    Let’s jump to the point. Jeffreys Bay has more than just 1 little fun beach, in actual fact, there are 6. Starting with Kalbeljous, Albertros, Checkers Beach, Main/Dolphin Beach, Pelsurus Beach, and Paradise Beach. Each of them has a unique characteristic worth exploring.

    Kabeljous and Albertros is home to kiting, fishing, and boogie boarding. There is a lot of space so no need to squish like sardines (COVID Friendly).
    Checkers is more for tanning and building sandcastles as swimming is not recommended.
    Main Beach / Dolphin Beach is where all the action is happening. Surf, Beach Volleyball, Beach Soccer, some music shows, and enough popup stores to keep you fed or fill the car with local crafts to take home.
    Lastly, Paradise Beach is in the name. It has a little bit of everything and it never feels overcrowded. Fun waves, fun walks, good fishing spots, and a little lagoon to swim in if that’s more your thing

    Snacks

  2. #Snacks&Beverages

    The beach has its way of keeping you hungry and thirsty all day long. We all have different cravings, so I will try to keep it quick and simple.
    Tasty Table is a great breakfast/lunch stop when you don’t want to leave the beach and lose your parking. They have a creative interior and delicious food.
    Infood Deli has all the freshly baked delights one can think of. Its quality is incomparable, and they cater to all diets.
    First Light is a unique coffee shop with great artisanal coffee and other good snacks.
    Brewhaha is our local craft brewery, with excellent beers but their food is really good and reasonably priced.
    Lastly, The Mexican is a great allrounder. They have healthy foods and smoothies, they have gourmet foods, and lastly, this is where you want to end your day, party style.

  3. #Activities

    By now you have had like 20 beach days in a row and have the darkest tan you have ever seen and looking for something more.
    Surfing is what we are famous for so make sure you check that off first ;)
    Sandboarding… It is not like surfing or like snowboarding, it’s a different kind of fun.
    Mini Golf or waterslide tubing at the Dolphin Beach Entertainment center.
    Horseback riding on the beach or skydive landing on the beach or just a Helicopter tour over JBay. If you looking for more hikes and adventures check our other blog here.

    Truthtops Creative Art

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  4. #JbayLocalShops

    This is to keep local lekker and support local. There are many brands to buy in Jeffreys Bay but not all are local, not to say you shouldn’t check out the factory outlets as they too have some bargains.
    Aleph Surf is a high-quality clothing operation with its catalog found in First Light Coffee Shop, read how they support local and encourage fair trade.
    The Shell Shop has been operating for years, with very quirky items however it is a good souvenir shop.

    Country Feeling was the first clothing store in Jeffreys Bay and has done well in keeping it original with great designs and top quality.
    Right next door is another JBay classic In Step, although it’s a winter boot, it is always worth investing in.
    Art is something a little more classy mixed with culture. There are many artists however we are supporting right at home with this one, Ruth or TruthtopCreative helps out the lodge and has some amazing art on display in various spaces.

    Festivals

  5. #Festivals

    While regulations still prohibit large gatherings we are still waiting to hear what events are to be happening in and around JBay. However, there are still 3 weekly markets worth visiting.
    JBay Surf Village has a market every Saturday in December. Milkwood Market every Saturday and lastly the St Francis Market every Saturday. Please check the links for any cancellations or updates due to Covid-19.

    Please let us know if there are any other essentials or thoughts that should be added to the list in the comments below :)

old boards

 

Surfing is one of the healthiest lifestyles and sports. It is often associated to an ideal way of living and breathing. I would advocate for that knowing what dedication it takes, and the rewards it bears. Surfing is amazing, but part of the dedication, just like any sport, is the care of equipment. In Jbay you can tell the locals apart from the foreigners/outsiders just based on their board maintenance. Surfboards can be very expensive, so taking care of them is one way to expand their life. This is my 5 rules to keep myself from being broke, before my surfboard is ;) – JBay Surfboard maintenance and Repairs.

Dont ding board

  1. Ding Repairs

    It is a common site to see surfers push some wax into the ding they got to save cash and catch another wave. While this innocently does a quick fix, it inevitably makes the problem worse. I can’t count how many times my shaper, has shouted at me for doing this. It stops maybe 90% of the water getting in, so damage will still occur. On top of that, the hole/ding where the repair has to be repaired, will now need to be bigger to get all the wax out etc. It all adds up and can eventually do harm to the integrity of the board, leading toward board creases or board snaps.Another no-no, is leaving the small cracks. These may look small but they still suck in water and eat away the foam in the board, especially if its epoxy. It may sound dramatic, but the finer details keep your board feeling new. Jbay surfboard maintenance and repairs / ding repair options.

  2. Sun & Heat

    Back in the day it was a real problem if you left your board in the sun, as it would go yellowish. While the new materials don’t do that today, it still can be harmful for the board to be left laying in the sun (maybe you also own a golden oldie). For one, the wax will melt and lose its grip, so also don’t leave the board wax-side up (even if its for 30 seconds). The other thing is it could cause delaminating. This means the deck will lift from the foam and create a bubble under the fibre glass. So it also not good for it to go through big difference in temperatures.

    Enjoying the Surf

  3. Protect your board

    It is an extra 2 minutes of your life to go put the board in a board bag. The board bag should protect it when in storage or whilst traveling. It takes maybe another minute or 2 to take out the fins and a lifetime to get the leash off (this avoids the leashing from over tangling) . Separating all the parts and pieces will save space and prevent them from being knocked in the wrong place. Maybe the fins gets too much pressure added on the side that it snaps. Its all rare cases, but I know the Pro’s do it, so there must be a method to the madness. I would even recommend getting a board sock if you have more than 1 board in the board bag. Which leads me to my next point.

  4. Keep it clean

    I hope you have experienced this at some point in your life. But a wax free, clean board brings back the brand new feeling. I have seen some people who keep their wax on their boards for months, maybe years. It might be a mission to clean it all off but this is the 1 time you ignore rule 2, and let that sun melt the wax, and scrape off all that useless/dirty wax. It makes the board light again, shows its original colour but mostly allows the board to be hydro-dynamic (especially cleaning under the board) and this helps with optimal performance. Another practise is to rinse off all the salt and sand after a surf. This just allows the board to avoid collecting residue.

    A clean well looked after board

  5. Respect and repeat

    Now that your board is constantly staying well looked after. The board will maybe have its pressure dings or one or two fatal dings. However looking after your board will teach you something that is embedded in surf culture, “RESPECT”. This is more than just looking after a board to save money. This is about reducing waste. While eco-boards are available, the a re normally pricy and not commonly used. By looking after the board you are looking after the planet. This is what we want all people to really learn. If you can learn to respect your board, then you will start to respect the ocean, and then the earth, and then mankind. It’s a classic Mr. Miyagi teaching technique “wax-on, wax-off”. Apply it to the small things and it should ripple and repeat into the more important things :)