Jeffreys Bay information - Jeffreys Bay surfing
Offering endless beaches and endless summers, Jeffreys Bay is designed for the ordinary, unhurried, unworried, sun-soaked, beach-bashing person.
Holidaymakers first began to flock to this lovely shore after a trading store was set up circa 1894, and was declared a village management board in 1926, graduating to municipal status in 1968. It has since developed and blossomed into the delightful holiday and retirement centre it is today. It now includes Aston Bay, Kabeljous and Paradise Beach and is still a short drive from Port Elizabeth.
Stretching from Cape Receife in the east to Cape St Francis further west, Jeffreys Bay lies like a jewel midway between the Gamtoos and Kromme Rivers and the two estuaries of the Kabeljous and Seekoei Rivers.
Jeffreys Bay is world renowned for its safe beaches and surfing waves, with many different surf breaks, each possessing its own magic. Surfing spots include Kitchen Window, Tubes, Super Tubes, Point and Albatross.
These beaches also have an abundance of shells, and are known for good angling. Fishing in Jeffreys produces Kob, Leerfish (Garrick), Grunter, white Steenbras, Blackmail, Musselcracker, Baardman, red Steenbras, Poenskop, Roman, Dageraad, elf, sharks and rays.
People with a real interest in nature will enjoy the three nature reserves. Although small in size, they offer peace and tranquillity and hiking trails. At Seekoei Nature Reserve you will find the Penguin Rehabilitation Centre, some smaller mammals and about 120 bird species. Kabeljous Nature Reserve offers good waterfowl watching and Noorsekloof Nature Reserve boasts a 3 km trail up the kloof along a stream.
For hikers there are more trails including Cape St Francis Nature Reserve, Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail, Fourcade Trail and trails at Witelsbos and the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area.
Jeffreys Bay is the home of thriving handcraft industries catering for every preference. The Country Feeling clothing shops are synonymous with Jeffreys and all their clothes depict scenes in Jeffreys Bay. Other venues include surf shops, hand-crafted leather shoes and hand-crafted shell art.
Jeffreys Bay is also the hub of the `white gold' (calamari), industry of the Eastern Cape and is thus in the fortunate position of being able to supply visitors with this delicacy in abundance.
Jeffreys Bay Activities
Surf Fishing along beaches from Gamtoos River Mouth to Kabeljous Mouth. Rock fishing from Kabeljous to Paradise Beach.
15km of some of South Africa's widest, most beautiful beaches.
The area is an ideal base from which to explore local marine ecosystems.
Kabeljous Estuary & Nature Reserve
A safe beach ideal for angling and preserving the environment of many indigenous waterfowl species.
Noorsekloof Nature Reserve
A 28ha reserve stretching up the valley to Wavecrest with a 3km trail offering excellent bird-watching.
A picturesque spot on the lagoon at the confluence of the Seekoei and Swart Rivers, the breeding ground of one of the country's largest swan colonies.
12 to 23m deep reefs with 5-15m visibility.
Seekoei River Nature Reserve
A reserve on the Seekoei River estuary with excellent bird watching and hiking facilities. Trails begin with a raft across the lagoon.
Over 600 shells, covering species from all over the world.
Wild Flower Reserve, Bird Sanctuary & Van Staden's River Mouth
One of the finest displays of wild flowers in South Africa with picnic spots, walks, mountain bike trails and a circular route for cars. The river mouth features a magnificent stretch of beach. Inland, alongside the river, is home to local floral and birdlife.
Jeffreys Bay Surfing
Jeffreys Bay is world-renowned for its surfing spots
Many who take to the breaks consider Jeffreys Bay the world's premier surfing spot.
The waves here can get large (up to 10 - 12 feet). They are very fast, and as the name suggests, getting tubed is the name of the game. The swell usually runs in the winter months. Having surfed Supers when itís working, you will be stoked for years.
Boneyards is right next to Supers. You will be able to recognise it with ease, as it is the spot where the waves are breaking almost perfectly, but there are only one or two guys sitting out there.
Don't be fooled, this is a locals only break and they take it as a serious offence if an outsider decides to surf there.
Yeah, it may have the better wave, but that is the bonus of being a local.
Point is situated further down the beach, towards Kabeljous. The waves here tend to be a little smaller than those at Boneyards and Supers. The difference is that you will have a much longer ride here than at the other two.
This is also the place that the guys surf when there is a competition on at Supers and they need to warm up or are not in the competition.
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