Julian Wilson © WSL/Cestari

Jeffreys Bay – With just over three weeks to go before the start of the 2019 Corona JBay Open, the town of Jeffreys Bay is getting ready for the biggest surfing event in South Africa.

What you need to know about the Corona JBay Open and the JBay Winterfest Jeffreys Bay – With just over three weeks to go before the start of the 2019 Corona JBay Open, the town of Jeffreys Bay is getting ready for the biggest surfing event in South Africa.

One of the quieter small beaches during December

During July, August and September this year the on-shore days NE to SE were on average only 16% (5days), in comparison to the same months last year which were 33% (10 days).

The dolphins will still be here surfing amongst the surfers in the morning and the evening.

August and September is the best time for surf in Jeffreys Bay! The WSL Corona JBay Open has come and gone with Felipe Toledo once again taking the title and Stephanie Gilmore taking the women's title

JBay – the 2018 JBay Winterfest preparations are kicking into gear, and this year looks to be the best edition of the festival thus far. Entering its 6th year, this year has a number of additions that will undoubtedly elevate it to the biggest sport and cultural festival in the Eastern Cape.

To elevate the JBay Winterfest to the next level, the Corona Open JBay event sponsor has introduced the Corona Sunset Sessions, where 12 of the best bands in South Africa will perform live at the contest venue, free of charge. These bands will perform in Pepper Street, the Corona Open JBay contest site, and will actually perform on the prize-giving stage.

January had 17 days onshore, 14 days offshore so a 50/50 split. Wind speed topped 40kms/h on 17 days not necessarily all onshore. Surf was generally small with 4/5 days over 6ft. Water temperature has been up in the 24/25 region classic except after a heavy onshore when upwelling occurs and it drops to 18 for a day or two. The winner of the best day in January was Tues 9th hope you were on it.

If you have never been to Jeffreys Bay during December you have been missing out on one of the greatest shows on earth. December is summer break with everybody on holiday and thousands descending on the coastal areas for fun in the sun by the sea. The sleepy little town of Jeffreys Bay with a population of 15,000 swells to a crazy 120,000 with all the resultant chaos of traffic snarl-ups, queues at all the supermarkets, restaurants and liquor stores.

Accompanied by the increase in the noise factor generated by this additional 100,000 people who one would think come on holiday to relax and unwind after a long hard year of slogging in the salt mines, but no it’s party time and the drinking and barbecuing start at 10 in the morning and continue until 2am the next morning when the clubs and bars close. Luckily our “At the Beach” apartment acommodation is secluded and private and although right on the beach you do not have people on either side so you can escape from the noise to your own private sanctuary.

December produced 7 good days of surf unusual for summertime but of course the crowds in the surf increased as well, everybody wants to surf JBay.

We now head into the best time of the year February, March and April with temperatures in the upper 20’s Celsius and the wind averaging 10 kmph the best time of the year with warm water and uncrowded waves.
See you in the surf.