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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