J-Bay is a true heaven for surfers. This is considered to be the best right-hand surf break in the world. There are epic waves all year round and, even though this is a very famous city, the surf can be uncrowded along the coast.
The best time to visit Jeffrey's Bay is during South African winter, from April to August. This is the prime time season for surf because storms from the roaring 40s send consistent surf to the South African beaches.
Jeffrey's Bay is known worldwide for having amazing world-class waves and all kinds of surf. Although the city attracts surfers from everywhere all year round, this stretch of coastline is still untouched. It is possible to walk for 15 minutes down the beach to a secluded break and have a fantastic surf session on one of the most fabulous beaches you'll ever find.
What to do
J-Bay has a relaxed vibe of a coastal city with lots of excellent restaurants and cafes, perfect for grabbing a bite after the surf session. There's also a great variety of local shops worth a visit, as this reflects the local talent.
The city is bordered by nature reserves and rivers, so it is possible to organize a Safari day during your stay.
When the sea is flat, there's plenty to do. Jeffrey's Bay is a full plate for nature and sports lovers. There is excellent mountain biking and hikes in the area. In addition, it is possible to go skydiving, sandboarding, horseback riding, and a lot more.
J-Bay is located by the road Garden Route, which is also the road that leads to charming cities and parks.
Etienne has been working as a surf guide for a very long time - he was on the second trip ever documented to Skeleton Bay and has been going back for most swells since then.
Etienne grew up in Port Elizabeth and learned to surf at a beautiful A-frame peak in front of his house. He traveled the world as an airline pilot and surfer, which go well together. Surfed professionally growing up and is currently a brand ambassador for Rip Curl. Even though he was a pilot, his main focus has always been free surf travel.
Currently, he's working with a local content-driven surf mag called Board Talk and as a high-performance surf coach.