Surfing in St. Francis Bay
St. Francis Bay is located in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa and is known for having the best and most consistent waves in the country. There you will find a huge amount of perfect point breaks to the right scattered all over the coast. The crown jewel of this area is definitely the extremely long and perfect right handers of Jeffreys Bay. The relentless southwest winter swells and also the occasional east can fire the beach breaks, protected bays and hidden coves at any time of the year. The only reason why this area is not even more popular is due to the cold water and the fact that the waters are known for having lots of sharks. There were around 20 shark attacks in the past two decades, the most famous one involving the 3x world champion Mick Fanning while he was competing in his heat at Jeffreys Bay. Lucky for him he escaped without a single scratch since the shark got tangled in his leash and swam away. The locals recommend not to surf on early mornings or late afternoons which are known for being the times of the day that the sharks are searching for food, and in no circumstances ever paddle out alone.
Best surf spots in St. Francis Bay
The best surf spots are Jeffrey’s Bay, Cape St. Francis, Humewood Beach, King’s Beach, Pollok Beach, Port Elizabeth and Summerstrand.
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