Jeffreys Bay
First winter swell hits JBay

After a long summer, the JBay local surfers got their first signs that wave season is on its way when a one day swell hit the coast last Thursday.

Shannon Ainslie blasting the lip. Photo: Clive Wright

Shannon Ainslie blasting the lip. Photo: Clive Wright

Some solid 6 foot waves peeled down the Point and although some of the locals were a bit rusty, many waves were had by all.

Supertubes was the focus of attention and there were some good barrels to be had, while locals like Shannon Ainslie were just carving up the long freight train walls on offer.

The big cold fronts that hit the South African coast in winter are responsible for the high quality swells that have made Jeffreys Bay world famous for surfing.

Buzz Friday checking out the surf. Photo: Clive Wright

Buzz Friday checking out the surf. Photo: Clive Wright

Supertubes is regarded as the best right hand point break in the world and is often described as the Mecca of surfing in South Africa.

Supers will also host the JBay Open of Surfing which forms part of the Winter Fest. The JBay Open has been upgraded to a World Championship Tour event and will bring the world’s best surfers back to Jeffreys Bay.

Supers! Photo: Clive Wright

Supers! Photo: Clive Wright

It has replaced the Billabong Pro, after Billabong decided to discontinue their sponsorship of the event.

The Winter Fest takes place from 10 -20 July. The Fest is family based with multiple sports on offer that include a mountain bike race, a trail run, a cold water swim in Marina Martinique, skating events and a funduro.

JBay WinterFest

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