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J-Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.8
Difficulty Level: 3.1
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.4
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 3.6

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J-Bay break guidePhoto by: Antonio Morelli

J-Bay Surf Guide

J-Bay in Jeffreys Bay Coast is an exposed beach and reef break that has dependable surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Offshore winds blow from the west northwest. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell angle is from the south.. Sometimes crowded. Watch out for sharks ,rocks,mussel shells.

J-Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
17.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing J-Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at J-Bay occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf J-Bay (for consistent clean waves)?

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing J-Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 61% of the time in June while 31% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 8% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

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Interactive J-Bay surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The nearest passenger airport to J-Bay is Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ) in South Africa, which is 64 km (40 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to J-Bay is George Airport (GRJ), also in South Africa, 235 km (146 miles) away.

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J-Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 22 April 2021, 05:30 Local Time
Thursday 22
Wave (m) 2.3
Period (s) 8 8 8 8
Wind (km/h) 20
E 15
E 20
ESE 25
Wind State on cross-
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Swell History at J-Bay

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Wind History at J-Bay

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