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SURFER SPOTS: JEFFREYS BAY

| posted on July 22, 2010



Supertubes
The famed Super’s is ranked as one of the 10
best waves in the world. On the right days,
which occur mainly in the winter months of May
to August, Supers provides rides of up to half a
kilometer in length. It’s an easy takeoff into these
absolutely perfect rights, speeding up until you
get to the inside section in front of the car park
known as Impossibles. This is where the brave
and fearless pull into spectacular tubes.

Supers
breaks very close to mussel-covered rocks. Full
wetsuits and booties are advised. Not only for
warmth but also as protection against the razor
sharp mussels (you can paddle out in the chan-
nel and come in at the Gulley to bypass the
sharp mussels). Works best on a full S swell normally pushed in by passing cold fronts. Can be
ridden from 4 to 15 feet. Ask locals about location of the paddling channel if you’re not sure.

Boneyards
To the extreme right of Supers. Good righthand
barrels. Note: the WCT surf contest has moved
to Boneyards and the waves have been excellent in recent years. Heavily localized.

The Surf
Best time to plan a trip to J-Bay is during the
winter months of May to Sept. This is when the
passing cold fronts push in swell regularly from
the south. The prevailing winds are then offshore
from the W to SW (during this time of the year
also has the dreaded devil wind, the NW wind
that blows up the point and ruffles the waves,
but it usually blows itself out within an hour or
two of sunrise). However this is not the rule as
this area has been known to have excellent
waves of fair size in the middle of summer.

Most
of the winter swells last two to four days, except
for the times when fronts stack up one after the
other and swell can last for up to two weeks.
Most of the waves break on rock bottoms, but
are not as powerful as would be expected.
During spring the winds tend to go more around
to the SW and S direction. Generally a fair time
for surfing but excellent for boardsailing.

Boardsailing was big in the ‘80s, but has died off
since then. The months of Sept. to Nov. have
average wind speed to 15 to 30 knots, mainly
SW, which is cross/offshore at Kabeljous,
Kitchen Windows, Kromme Rivermouth and
Shelley Beach. Spring daytime air temps are in
the 60s, water temp averages 70F. The month
of Nov., being early summer, is poor for surfing.

The percentage of calm days is lower than ten
percent. Average winds of 20-35 knots prevail
from the SE to E and swell frequency is erratic.
Average swell size is 4 feet. During the summer
months, which go right through to late March,
the surf is mainly pretty flat, with the odd one-
day swells. However, Seal Point still produces
fair waves regularly. Winds are mainly from the
SW to SE and average wind speed is 15 knots.
The Kromme River Lagoon for flatwater sailors
and the surrounding beaches are all packed with
windsurfers.

The autumn months of April to
June are particularly good for surf on all the
beachbreaks and at times at the points. Average
daytime air temps are in the lower 70s and water
temp cools to around 65F. Prevailing winds in
autumn are NW to SW in this region from 15-20
knots. The high incidence of coastal lows that
causes the warm offshore Berg winds make this
a good time for surfing.

More Info:
Spot on Spot – A Revisionist Glance at Historic Surfing Locales: J Bay

  • corbynn

    I would like to make a trip to jeffreys bay but don’t no when the best time is to surf or what month love to surf it its one of. My dreams please can sumone help me to know