Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa – A Surfer’s (and everybody else’s) Paradise
March 21, 2014|Posted in: South Africa
I must admit, I hadn’t actually realised how well known Jeffrey’s Bay (or more commonly, J-Bay) was renowned for surfing, which was bad on my part. But as soon as we drove through the town, and saw those long stretches of A-MAZING beaches – you can definitely believe why! And according to Wikipedia (ahem) it’s said to be one of the five most famous surfing destinations (and even number 2 on the ‘best in the world’ list) hosting numerous surfing events throughout the year.
We stayed in what I could probably describe as the best hostel accommodations of the whole of my time in South Africa; a place called Island Vibe. Not only was it decent sized rooms, comfortable beds, but the general atmosphere of the whole place was brilliant – exactly what you want from a hostel, a place to meet new people and have a great time.
So, it was time to get to it. Surfing that is. After a short briefing we (rather undignified I might add) got changed into some rather fetching wetsuits and the customary Billabong t-shirts. Being beginners, we had to use light boards (although, they weren’t anywhere near light!) and drag/carry them to the area of beach were the surf only breaks into relatively ‘small’ waves.
Quick demo on the sand as to how to catch a wave. Easy. Get in the water, sea starts to turn to wave…Drown. Yeah. It’s not so easy. In fact, the majority of the time I spent in the sea, was neither on, nor next to my board, but rather under or in front of it (which resulted in some rather large bumps on the head!) Surfing is not for the faint hearted. Or unfit. It’s A LOT of work, going back and forth and basically just throwing yourself at it and hoping for the best. You will definitely come away with some lovely bruises. Mine lasted for at least 2 weeks, so I guess they were just some free souvenirs!
After a rather taxing morning, and some retail therapy at the vast surfing brand outlets, the group decided to do something else I would have never even thought of doing back home – horseback riding along the beach! Horses have never intrigued me. I’ve never been interested in them or riding them, but I thought what the hell! And I certainly don’t regret it! After getting over the initial fear of the horse spazing out, chucking you off and breaking your back – I loosened up, and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! There’s definitely nothing like galloping along the surf of the sea, riding up and down sand dunes, and just generally getting the feeling of a weird sense of freedom whilst on the back of this slightly edgy animal!
After one hell of an adventure filled day, we headed back to the hostel to grab some well-deserved pizza and drinks. I even got to play barman for a short while. Although, I don’t actually remember what happened after the numerous amounts of African animal themed shots – it was a brilliant night!
One day here was definitely not enough for me, and I would love to go back for a week or so and actually learn to stand up on that surfboard!
Happy Travels! 🙂
Amy is the founder of thewanderlustadventures.com. Currently residing in Reading, UK with a love of adventure travel, writing and photography - she pretty much writes about whatever the hell she wants!