7 Small things you can do to improve your surfing

7 Small things you can do to improve your surfing

Let’s be honest, all surfers, no matter your ability, we all wanna shred. Whether you’re a complete beginner or the GOAT, Mr Kelly Slater, everyone wants to improve. Now there are a ton of things one can do to make yourself a better surfer, literally, hundreds, luckily, we’ve highlighted a couple of key points that will help you along the way. Always remember though, surfing is a journey and there are no overnight successes, it takes copious amounts of time and dedication but when it all comes together, nothing on earth feels better.

Ps: J-Bay is the perfect place to improve your surfing as the waves are long and easy to ride. Read about all the different spots you can surf in J-Bay here. (https://surflodgesouthafrica.co.za/jeffreys-bay-its-not-all-about-supertubes/ )

Watch surf movies.

You wanna be a surfer? You wanna shred? Best you immerse yourself in the subculture of surfing. Surfing is not something you do on holidays once maybe twice a year, it’s someone you are. You are a surfer. You need to begin to think like a surfer. how do you do that? You watch surf movies. Start off with something a bit more tasteful and documentary style like The Endless Summer II and Point Break and then slowly make your way to the more hardcore stuff like Momentum Generation or Kai Neville’s, Dear Suburbia.

There is a host of splendid surf movies for your viewing pleasure being uploaded to the world wide web on a daily basis, simply log onto Stabmag.com or follow the World Surf League for a video a day.

Ride alternate equipment.

It’s so easy to get stuck on your beloved thruster with its classic dimensions. And we understand, generally your classic surfboard is easiest to ride, paddles well and has the perfect dimensions and volume for you. But there’s something wonderful to be said about alternate equipment like fishes, singlefins, bonzers, etc. You can read more about these boards here: (https://lushpalm.com/surfboard/). People ride retro surf equipment because they do things differently, they feel different and they provide you with a contrasting sensation. But most importantly alternate surf equipment makes it easier to draw new lines. And when you draw new lines you’re essentially surfing differently. And once you’ve experienced the joys of alternate surf equipment you can work at incorporating that approach with your standard shortboard.

Wake up for the dawn patrol.

If you’re not a morning person, this might not be the thing you’re wanting to hear. And perhaps it’s more of a metaphor than anything else. But be committed and respectful of surfing. If the wind’s offshore and the surf pumping tomorrow, don’t consume copious amounts of alcohol. Becoming a good surfer takes an investment into today and there’s no easier investment than keeping those 6 beers and 3 tequila shots to 2 beers and no tequila shots. Good surf forecast = no party.

Dawn patrols are great because it coincides with their being fewer people in the lineup and thus you get more waves. More waves ridden, quicker you improve.

Buy a nurse.

In surfing there’s this great term for when you’re not surfing as hard a possible, for when you’re holding back on turns – it’s called ‘nursing it’. And it means you’re pussyfooting. Nobody wants to nurse their turns. You wanna wind that thing an uppercut it as hard as you can. That being said, buying a surfboard that acts as a nurse to you, there’s no shame in that. Let’s be honest, none of us are pro surfers and we will never be pro surfers, thus we need surfboards that will make our lives easier. We’re talking boards that have more volume so they paddle easier, boards that have less rocker so they hold speed through the flats and deliciously full rails so you don’t bog on your turns. Confer with your local shaper, he’ll be able to point you in the right direction.

Understand rhythm.

The ocean works with a certain rhythm. A pattern. A beat if you will. And the rhythm changes at different spots around the world. Wonder why the best surfers are always on the best waves? they’ve figured out the ocean’s rhythm. If you watch guys like Mikey February surf, the ocean will be flat, they paddle 50m down the beach and suddenly there will be a wave there, then he’ll paddle 50m in the opposite direction – and guess what? Boom, there’s another wave! The best surfers understand the ocean’s rhythm and they tap into it. How long is it between sets, where do the set waves break, where do the medium-sized waves break,  how it all changes with rising and falling tides?  Before hopping in your wettie and darting out there like a hyena after a dying bull, take some time, watch the waves and fall into the rhythm of the ocean.

Stretch.

There’s a misconception in surfing that you should be an elastic band to be a good surfer. Untrue. And history hasn’t disagreed. Just look at Occy, Sunny Garcia, Wade Carmichael or Willian Cardoso and tell us we’re lying. That being said, there is value in being flexible. Especially when attempting a big juicy drop wallet or when the 6-foot wave you’re riding decides it doesn’t like you and attempts to transform you into a German pretzel; Forcing your heels to your ears. Then being malleable is extremely helpful. So dedicate time to stretching. You need not continuously listen to Ravi Shanker and break into the downward dog every five minutes, but stretch every now and then – that should do it.

Surf & keep fit.

Surf as much as you can, when it’s big, small, onshore, offshore, cold, hot – go surfing. Don’t be a fair-weather surfer. Especially if you want your surfing to be respected. Your mind acts as a hard drive, storing all your surf sessions, building knowledge and understanding. And over time you can use all that knowledge to your advantage in the surf. Also very important, keep fit. Whether that means working on your cardiovascular activities or if you’re landlocked and need to dedicate yourself to swimming lengths in a pool.

Ps: J-Bay is the perfect place to improve your surfing as the waves are long and easy to ride. Read about all the different spots you can surf in J-Bay hereNext wave is yours.

Jeffreys Bay: it’s not all about Supertubes!

Jeffreys Bay: it’s not all about Supertubes!

5 world class beginner to intermediate waves you should try when in J-Bay!

When you think Jeffreys Bay, your mind automatically jumps to Supertubes – and rightfully so, Supertubes is without a doubt one of best waves on planet earth and certainly one of the best righthand point breaks. Supertubes is however, strictly for advanced surfers only; it’s a long stretched out wall that requires above average skill level to ride adequately. But do not fear, J-Bay isn’t all about Supertubes. In fact there are a plethora of waves in and around J-Bay that are perfect for surfers that are just starting out or are in the intermediate stage. Here are five of our favourite beginner to intermediate waves around J-Bay.

Albatross

J-Bay and the surrounds have more right-hand point breaks than most countries have in their entirety. It’s truly a natural footer’s paradise. The final point break on J-Bay’s stretch of coastline is called Albatross. Albatross is one of our favourite waves in J-Bay because it’s slightly off the beaten track and extremely underrated. Most days when everywhere else is packed with crowds, Albatross will only have a handful of people revelling in its point break perfection. Albatross is extremely manageable and when it’s small, it’s perfect for those who have just discovered riding the green wave. When the swell jumps however, we suggest you proceeding with caution.

Lower Point

Probably second in popularity to Supertubes is Lower Point. Lower Point is a longboarder’s paradise. The wave wraps around from Supertubes and gently peals off at the perfect pace down the point. Lower Point is also absolutely wonderful wave for those in the beginner to intermediate level of surfing. There’s a perfect little divide in the rocks to paddle out through known as the Key Hole and the wave is as gentle as a preschool teacher. If you’ve just learned to ride the green wave, you’ll certainly fall in love with Lower Point! The paddle-ins are dreamy and the wave runs for ages! Be sure to clue yourself up on proper surf etiquette to get on the good side of the locals – it goes a long way when in J-Bay.

Kitchen Windows

Kitchen Windows lies opposite the J-Bay Surf Village which contains several coffee shops serving gourmet espresso shots and surf stores flogging your favourite surf brand’s T-shirts and boardshorts. Kitchen Windows is definitely one of our favourite waves in J-Bay. Goofy footers will be pleased to note that Kitchen Windows is one of the only waves in J-Bay that offers a left to compliment its right. Kitchen Windows is a splendid little Point Break, waves generally break from the same place every time and they can run on for an eternity. Much like Lower Point, Kitchen Windows is wonderful for those in the beginning stages of riding the green wall. And if you’re still all about riding them foamies, Kitchen Windows has a lovely little beach break that will suit your needs down to a tee.

Huletts

Out of all the waves listed on this inventory, Huletts is the most benevolent. If Huletts was a person, she would be a gentle, kind, well meaning pre-primary school teacher. If you haven’t yet ridden the green wave and you have strong desire to do just that, best you get well acquainted with Hulette, it’s the perfect place to perfect your green wave endeavours.

Huletts is also a stone’s throw away from Bruce’s Beauties, a world class wave made famous by Bruce Brown, Mike Hynson and Robert August during their filming of the movie Endless Summer. Bruce’s Beauties is an enigma of a wave and only comes out of hibernation once in a blue moon, so to witness her in all her splendour is truly a sight to behold and one worth cherishing. The Surf Lodge offers day trips to Huletts on request.

Seal Point

About 15 minutes from Huletts or a 45 minute drive from J-Bay lies the quaint seaside village known as Cape St Francis. Cape St Francis is home to yet another sterling righthand point break known as Seal Point. Only the Lord knows how ‘Seal Point’ acquired its name because there are never any seals in the nearby vicinity, regardless, the name remains. Seal Point is an extremely rippable and fun point break. The break has two distinct sections separated by a rock affectionately named, ‘Full Stop Rock’ due to its ability to bring many a frothing surfer to a sudden halt upon encounter. If you’re sick of surfing righthand point breaks, no need to fret, Seal Point also has a fantastic beach break, which on its day offers up some world class barrels going in both directions. The Surf Lodge also offers day trips to Seal Point, which is perfect for when the waves are small in J-Bay.

6 Must Do Activities When in Jeffreys Bay.

Surf Camp in Jeffreys Bay

6 Must Do Activities When in Jeffreys Bay for a surf camp.

The surf camp in Jeffreys Bay is an amazing experience, although it is known as a typical surf town, there are days, believe it or not, that the surf goes flat. And on those days, it’s important that you have a host of activities to occupy yourself with and make the most of your African vacation! Luckily for you, Jeffreys Bay and the surrounds, are laden with things to do. In fact, the options are so numerous, the only issue you’ll have will be deciding the optimum way to use your time. Here are 6 Must Do Activities When Visiting Jeffreys Bay.

Schotia Safaris

If you’re vacationing in South Africa and you happen to be from any other continent besides Africa, the African Game Reserve experience is a must-do! About an hour a halves drive outside of Jeffreys Bay, past Port Elizabeth lies the Schotia Safaris Private Game Reserve, the oldest private game reserve in the Eastern Cape.
One of the most densely stocked reserves in Africa, Schotia Safaris has over 40 mammal species and approximately 2000 animals making it consistently good game viewing throughout the year. The first reserve in the Cape Province to have free roaming lions, at Schotia you’re almost guaranteed to see these magnificent carnivores on every game drive, something which other game reserves cannot testify to.
The Eastern Cape Private Game Reserve is owned, managed and run ‘hands on’ by the Bean family, who are now in their sixth generation and have owned the original farm, Orlando since the early 1800’s.
If you’re looking to see the ‘Big 5’ up close and personal while on your surf trip in Jbay, be sure to book one of our day trips to Schotia Safaris! It’s an experience of a lifetime and one that certainly won’t be disappoint.

Bloukrans Bungy

Bit of an adrenaline junky? Well, here’s something to get the adrenaline coursing through your veins like a Ferrari through the Autobahn. Lying at 216 meters above sea level, Bloukrans Bungy is the world’s highest commercial bungy. Bloukrans has also been involved in a number of world record efforts. In 2008 Veronica Dean performed 19 bungy jumps in an hour and Bill Boshoff also in 2008, flung himself over the ledge 101 times in a 24 hour period. We’re not asking you to match Bill Boshoffs or Veronica Dean’s efforts, but certainly, if you enjoy the rush of adrenaline and you are in the Jbay region, a trip to Bloukrans Bridge complimented by a calculated jump from it’s height may be just what your bucket list needs ticking.

Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour

About a 100km drive from Jeffreys Bay, lies the magnificent rain forest region of Tsitsikamma in stark contrast to the rich shrubbery offered by Jeffreys Bay. The Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours are built around the giant Outenique Yellowwood trees that are up to 700 years old! To look down from the crown of those giant trees at the lush forest floor thirty meters below is an experience of a lifetime.
The tour takes about 2½ – 3 hours and includes a safety briefing, kit-up, transport and a light meal afterwards. Be sure to take your camera along for the ride, because you might spot a pair of famous Knysna Loeries or the fantastic red plumage of the ever elusive Narina Trogon.

Monkeyland

A touch further down the N2 from Tsitsikamma lies the beautiful town of Plettenberg Bay and a 12-hectare sanctuary dedicated to primates – the majority of the 400 or so residents rescued from zoos or after being kept as pets.
Monkeyland is the first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary. Monkeyland features primates of all shapes and sizes from the tiny yellow-haired squirrel monkeys to ring-tailed lemurs and even a pair of gibbons. Tours at Monkeyland are held every 20 minutes and last about an hour allowing visitors to get close to the primates and sharing insights on the work the sanctuary is doing to give these animals a second chance in life.

The St Francis Bay

A stones throw away from Jeffreys Bay lies the famous St Francis Bay and Bruce’s Beauties. Made famous by Bruce Brown’s film, The Endless Summer, Robert August and Mike Hynson happen to stumble upon what they called the ‘perfect wave’ in St Francis Bay in the 1960s. Back then the wave was so perfect it looked like it had been made by a machine. Now days however, due to all the housing developments along the coast, the wave is less consistent and doesn’t break as perfectly, but when it does come to life, it’s still a feat to behold. Take a day tour with the SurfLodge to St Francis, see one of South Africa’s most famous waves, enjoy the natural beauty with a hike around the Cape St Francis Lighthouse and then settle your appetite at one of our favourite watering holes, the St Francis Brewing Co. And while you’re there, be sure to indulge in their locally brewed beers. Trust us, they’re deliciously refreshing.

Die Water Gat

Not keen to leave town? Want to relax and enjoy what Jbay has to offer under the blazing African sun? Well then, why not take a trip to a nearby watering hole affectionately known as ‘Die Water Gat’? ‘Die Water Gat’ which literally translates to ‘The Water Hole’ in Afrikaans is a mini waterfall complimented by a rather high rock jump on the outskirts of town.
Pack yourself an afternoon picnic complete with Bluetooth speaker and towel and go and savour the fresh, cool waters of Die Water Gat. And if you’re feeling extra brave and enjoy flinging yourself into pools of water from heights, then Die Water Gat rock jump will be just up your alley, if not, don’t feel obliged, it’s (very) high and we won’t hold it against you.