J-Bay 2018 is the sixth stop on the Men’s Surfing Championship Tour 2018.
Jeffreys Bay (J-Bay), South Africa, has the dubious distinction of being the site where Mick Fanning was attacked by a Great White Shark during the final. The incident landed on the front pages of websites and newspapers around the world.
Toothy friends aside, J-Bay is considered the best right-hand point break on the planet—period. Kelly Slater lists it as one of his favorite waves in the world. Thanks to its multitude of moods it has a lot to offer.
When the swell’s pumping and the winds are whipping offshore it’s an impressive sight to see, but there’s other stuff to check out to. A number of nearby animal sanctuaries offer guests the chance to experience a slice of the African safari life. And if you’re just can’t get sharks off your mind, there are a handful of shark cage diving operations that’ll take you out and throw you in the water with some really, really big fish.
As far as where you’ll be staying, the J-Bay area’s grown up considerably the last few years and there are number of hotels that offer bookings, but the bread and butter the tourism business there is still with vacation home rentals. If you’re thinking about heading down to check out the contest, just remember to bring a thick wetsuit and some warm clothes as July on the southern tip of Africa can be a bit chilly.
Check out the highlights from J-Bay Open 2017 Finals Day:
By air – The closest international airport is Cape Town International Airport approximately 650km away. The nearest domestic airport is Port Elizabeth Airport, 75 km’s away.
By car – take the N2 west from Port Elizabeth or from the Garden route take the N2 East.
Public Transport – take the BazBus from Cape Town or intercity buses .
For more information head to World Surf League.
Feature image: Jeremy Flores tunnel time at J-Bay dream at J-Bay 2017. Photo by Pierre Tostee