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Originally a tiny fishing village, Jeffrey's Bay became popular with hippies during the 1960s and early 1970s. Today it is one of the fastest-growing urban regions in the country.
Jeffreys Bay, or J-Bay as it’s known among the world’s surfing fraternity, is widely recognised as having some of the best waves in the world.
Situated midway between the Gamtoos and Krom rivers in South Africa's Eastern Cape province, J-Bay stretches from Cape Recife in the east to Cape St Francis in the west.
Although Jeffreys Bay operated as a fishing village long before surfing made it famous, its wave was discovered in the early 1960s by longboarders. What makes J-Bay special is that the wave runs for up to 800m, offering surfers an unbeatable ride.
J-Bay features a number of surf breaks that harness the approaching swell as it meets the offshore reef. The most famous of these is Supertubes, or 'Supers'. On good days, a 4ft to 8ft wave runs from the point along the reef, and includes a classic barrelling section before closing out at a spot called Impossibles.
Further down the point lies Tubes, a barrelling 4ft to 5ft wave with a short, intense, fun ride that’s best on a southerly or south-westerly swell.
Point is the original wave ridden by longboarders in the 1960s. Capable of handling a large swell, it promises heavy take-offs followed by a slow wall that’s ideal for carves, cutbacks and the odd barrel. It's a good place to get used to J-Bay on your first visit, and the wave is ideal in the 3ft to 8ft range.
If uncrowded conditions appeal, head for Albatross, a little out-of-town spot that's best on a north-westerly wind at low tide.
The topmost section of Supers features left and right breaks at Boneyards, and is favoured by locals. The spot has earned its name because it breaks on a shallow reef.
Looking for unpredictable and heavy conditions? Then head for Magnatubes, which works on a north-westerly wind at high tide. Expect 3ft to 5ft power surges.
More on the mellow side, Kitchen Window, or 'Kitchens', fires on the mid-tide, offering a fun wave away from the busier spots.
Waves in J-Bay range from 3ft to 10ft. While 4ft to 8ft waves are more common, it’s advisable to bring two boards, a 6"0' to 6"6' for smaller days, and a 6"10' to 7"6' for the big stuff. Better still, order a custom board that will be waiting for you on arrival.