The local economy is set to get an additional boost in July with the filming of a Hollywood blockbuster in the town.
The sequel to the highly popular movie Blue Crush is being filmed on location on the KZN south coast as well as in Jeffreys Bay. The original grossed $ 51.6 million worldwide and had an estimated budget of $ 30 million.
Sasha Jackson is cast in the lead role in the long awaited sequel that tells the story of a girl following her dream of surfing Jeffreys Bay, one of the iconic waves in the world. Sasha is a natural water person and was a champion pool diver.
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(Above: Sasha Jackson has the lead role and plays Dana in the Blue Crush: Wild Coast)
Rosie Hodge, a professional surfer from East London is the double for the surfing shots. Hodge is no stranger to J’Bay and the hours she has spent surfing Queensberry Bay Point make her a logical choice for the role.
The film crew of Blue Crush will arrive in Jeffreys Bay on the 10th July to set up for filming and will complete their work by the 14th July. The following locations will be used during filming: Supers beach, lower Point beach and grassed area, Supertubes Park, Main beach and parking as well as the beach at the MTN tower.
The filming crew will return to Jeffreys Bay after the Billabong to film the surfing scenes if the surf does not play its part during the initial time frame.
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(Above: Rosie Hodge rips and has done her time at point breaks around South Africa)
The Supertubes Park will be used as a base camp while filming takes place in town.
There will be around 120 crew and cast of Blue Crush 2 and they will arriving in town with 3 x cast trailers (mobile homes), 6 x technical trucks (8 ton trucks), 10 x bakkies, 5 x panel vans and 5 x sedans (cast transport).