Surf Camp

surf camp africa jeffreys bay surf school j-bay surf camps south africaIsland Vibe surf camp is set up on a sand dune overlooking the Indian ocean and two of Jeffreys Bays famous surf breaks Kitchen windows and Phantoms as well as Dolphin Beach (site of our beginner lessons ) . Although not as epic as supper tubes ( a 5 min shuttle away ) they are ideal for beginner and intermediate surfers and we do have our fare share of the perfect waves coming in to the bay !

Our dune is only a few minutes walk away from town with all the facilities such as banks, restaurants, supermarkets and j bays famous surf shops with Billabong, Quiksilver, Roxy, Lizzard, Rip Curl and Oakley factory outlets as well as Country felling and Surf Africa


The accommodation on offer is all at island vibe surf camp ranging from camping to shared /dormitory style to garden cabins to en suit doubles and family rooms in the beach house.


Island vibe has a wide range of facilities including

  • A fully licensed bar *
  • T.V and social areas including a pool table, fooz ball table, big screen tv for sporting events, movies and surf DVDs
  • A small restaurant serving breakfasts, lunches and home style dinners
  • The ever famous Abunai Pizza company
  • A large garden
  • Private decks perfect for checking out the waves as well as the dolphins and whales that visit the bay.
  • And the SURF CAMP CENTRAL atmosphere that’s just infectious

Surf culture

surf camp south africa j-bay surf camps jeffreys bay surf schoolYour choice to visit Jeffreys Bay has an element of surfing curiosity.  Surfing is the single most influential sport in terms of creating a culture, life style, inspiring fashions and a sense of  “I want to try that”. Surfing is highly addictive and when you learn to surf, you aspire to do better and catch bigger waves.  At J-Bay Surf Camp, our surf school instructors want to give you the opportunity to taste the Jeffreys Bay surfing life style. We want you to experience the awesome feeling of standing on a surf board and moving with the ocean, riding your first wave. 


Surf Camp info

surf camp surf school sa za j-bay surf lessons jeffreys bayThe surf camp is set at Island Vibe Backpackers hostel in Jeffreys Bay where the surf culture will permeate your daily life, whether you come for 1 week or six.  You will not only get daily surf lessons, but also visit shapers who will share custom surf board shaping techniques with you. Other famous surf spots like Magna Tubes, Boneyards and Super Tubes will be visited in J-Bay, where you will learn their characteristics. You will most definitely leave J-Bay as a surfer after attending the Jeffreys Bay surf camp at Island Vibe Backpackers Hostel.

J-Bay Surf Camp package includes budget accommodation at Island Vibe Backpackers Hostel in Jeffreys Bay, meals (breakfast and dinner) as well as all surfing equipment needed for the surf lessons during the surf camp.  The longer your surf camp, the more intense your surf course (Surf lessons) will be.  The pupils doing the 6 week surf camp will learn more theory behind surfing techniques, weather patterns and wave formations.  The one week surf camp (course) is more practically orientated and gears toward daily surf lessons, a visit to a shaper in Jeffreys Bay and most of all to have fun while you learn to surf.  Because you are staying at Island Vibe Backpackers Hostel in J-Bay, you have the added advantage of enjoying all the backpackers events that take place at the hostel, such as full moon parties and mad theme nights in the Island Vibe Backpackers bar.

Surf lessons (Basic lesson plan)

  1. Introduction.
  2. Stretching and warm up.
  3. Safety and Basic surf theory
  4. Entering and exiting the water.
  5. Wave selection and catching the wave.
  6. Standing up.
  7. Surf etiquette.

Lessons are designed to get the beginner surfer to the stage where he or she can ride the green face of a wave within a week. The first 3 days are spent on the beach break getting a feel for the sport and ocean and varying conditions before venturing out with the instructor to an intermediate surf break. As most lessons are in the morning the surfers are encouraged to practice in there own time with other beginners in the camp.

Intermediate surfers are to be assessed on there ability before a course of lessons can be designed to there specific wants and needs to challenge and improve there surfing.

All equipment is supplied

Wet suit

Soft board for beach break lessons.

Intermediate boards for improving.

Authentic South African surfing experience

Meeting surf board shapers and watching them ply there trade learning the different stages of surf board manufacture and basic repair.

Surf museum tour.  Un covering the history behind surfing in j bay once a tiny fishing village made famous by its waves.

Surf safari

A surf trip to Cape St Francis to test what the surfer has learned on a variety of different type of waves.

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Surf camp/school instructors

surf school surf camp south africa surf camps jeffreys bay sa zaJeffreys Bay Surf School instructors are highly qualified, are first aid officers and have been surfing themselves since a tender age.  Advanced pupils have the opportunity to be coached by Etienne Venter, a fully trained S.S.A level 3 S.E instructor and Life Guard, as well as selector of the National Springbok Surf Team and contest director for the S.A. Junior Surf Series