As the organisers of the ASP have called a lay day at the J-Bay Open and as the shock of some of the bigger names in the sport being eliminated sinks in, it gives us a chance to answer a question from a Surf Report reader. John-74 has written to ask how long can the wave at Jefferys Bay break for and how many different sections are there?
J-Bay, at Kouga on the Eastern Cape of South Africa is regarded as one of the finest righthand point breaks in the world and is known for its endless walls that peel down the sand bottomed point. On the best of days when swell size, direction and wind all fall into place, 2-4 minute rides of over a kilometre have been recorded!
The ASP J-Bay Open is being held at the fastest section of the wave and at a spot known as Supertubes, which is regarded as the best breaking section of the whole wave. In total there are ten separate sections that can be surfed and can link up, with names such as Impossibles, Coins, Magnatubes and Salad Bowls.
The heaviest part of the wave is at the very start of the point and is known as Boneyards because of the fast breaking, heavy waves that slam against the shallow shelf. Boneyards links into Supertubes which in turn leads to Tubes, before heading down to Point and Albatross. It is here the swell fattens out a little and is a popular starting place for beginners and a good longboarding wave.
For more information on the J-Bay set up take a look at African Ubuntu, a chilled out guesthouse right on the point, or wannasurf that details the ideal conditions for all these spots to work on. The Point Map picture is courtesy of South African Venues and gives you an idea of the sheer scale of J-Bay and the many waves that break along its length.
The video below shows J-Bay doing its thing earlier this year on what happened to be International Surfing Day, with the locals also demonstrating their talents. Have you ever been lucky enough to surf this epic point break, or is it somewhere you plan to visit at some stage?