Yesterday was a perfect winter’s day in Jeffreys Bay. The sun was out, the air was warm and there were big waves breaking. Main Beach is a perfect swimming beach with few dangerous currents and no rocks to worry about in the swimming area.

The Kouga Swim Club decided to spend the afternoon at the beach body surfing instead of doing pool training. Although the water had a nip to it, the swimmers were not deterred and all caught some big waves while bodysurfing under the watchful eye of swim coach Brenton Williams.

The next generation of open water swimmers from Jeffreys Bay.

The local swim club has a strong open water ethos and it is important to expose the young swimmers to ocean conditions explained Brenton.

“We have had a few open water training session in Marina Matinique during the winter and will have some swims at Main Beach to prepare our swimmers for the upcoming open water season that will start at the end of September”, said Brenton. “There is a committed core of junior swimmers who are keen on doing open water swimming with Sune Koen and the Ellis brothers leading the way at present”.

There were some big waves breaking. Christiaan Carstens & MC Strydom deciding that survival was more important that body surfing.

A body surfing competion was held with Kai Sampson and Sune Koen winning for getting the longest rides. Peter Gradwell Kim Seyfert also had some good waves.

There were some solid sets breaking in nippy water at Main Beach

The Swim Club is based at the Training Edge Gym where squad training and learn to swim takes place, with open water training happening at Marina Martinique. The next open water training is at  11:00 am on Saturday 17 July.

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Kai Sampson and Sune Koen: winners of the body surfing contest,

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