Jeffrey’s Bay Photo Diary

Jeffrey’s Bay is one of the best surf spots in South Africa.

Surfers from all over the world travel to this small coastal city year-round to surf pristine right hand point breaks, and the World Surf League even hosted their Corona Open 2019 competition here in July.

From professional athletes and avid surfers, to surfing fans and beach lovers, no trip to South Africa is complete without a stop in Jeffrey’s Bay. The best time to visit is between April and September. It’s winter in South Africa and can get a bit cold, but the waves are better.

Personally, I don’t really surf. I probably wouldn’t have come to J-Bay at all if I was traveling alone. But I was traveling with my boyfriend, and to say he loves surfing is a severe understatement. This guy lives and breathes surfing, so of course we had to stop in J-Bay.

After spending one week in this charming surf town, I was pleasantly surprised with how much fun I had. You don’t have to be a surfer to enjoy J-Bay. The soft white sand stretches on for miles, making it perfect for walking and jogging. Nina’s Restaurant has the biggest menu on the planet, with lots of delicious vegan and vegetarian meal options.

The hostel we stayed in, Beach Bums Dijembe, was super cozy and only a 2 minute walk to the beach. They also offered a free pancake breakfast and the staff members were awesome, so I loved staying here for a week.

Dolphin Beach is ideal for beginner surfers, and there are lots of surf schools for those who want to learn. This is also a nice place for swimming, as the areas with bigger surf have strong currents and more rocks and reefs so they’re not great for swimming.

Supertubes is the famous wave where the pros surf. The waves here can get really heavy and there are lots of locals out that take priority over the foreigners. Probably don’t surf here unless you’re a confident and experienced surfer.

There are lots of other waves in J-Bay but this is the main one. I don’t know enough about surfing to discuss those waves anyway, I’m just here to share my photos 🙂

I was super excited to try out my new camera and zoom lens in J-Bay (Canon EOS Rebel T5, Canon 75-300mm lens, first decent camera I’ve ever bought!). I love watching Matt surf, and it’s even more fun to try and capture the action through photos.

Since I spent many hours on the beach with my camera, I wanted to share some of the photos I took. These next few photos reveal how perfectly-shaped and powerful the waves at Supertubes were.

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barrel wave surf

barrel crashing wave surf

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wave close up

The next four photos are some of my favorites.

Local surfers clearly train their dogs very well because while the surfers were in the water, the dogs would always sit and wait patiently for their humans to return.

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Of course I had to include some shots of my amazingly talented boyfriend. I struggled to get some of the shots in focus because I was zoomed in so far and he was moving quickly, but I did my best. My photography skills are still at a beginner level.

You can read some of Matt’s surfing and travel stories on his blog, Seathrills.com.

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The prime times to surf are sunrise and sunset, due to the lack of crowds and less intense wind. The following photo shows the never-ending rippling waves at sunset. The two photos after that show the serenity of sunrise, still with perfect barreling waves of course.

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To read about more of our adventures in South Africa, check out these articles!

How To Visit The Drakensberg On A Budget

Volunteering In The Wild Coast

Woman Power in Bulungula

Learning Permaculture in the South African Forest

African Safari On A Budget

Nduli Farm Life: East London, South Africa

Budget Travel Guide to Cape Town, South Africa

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