With surfing making its debut on the line up at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the sport is going to take off. Judging by the recent summer holidays it seems that everyone wants to be a surfer. Loads of money has been invested into the development of surfing as a sport around South Africa and soon the benefits of this energy and money will be realised.

Surfing is definitely considered to be one of the most challenging sports in the world. Not only are you required to be super fit, agile and strong but you also require a large dose of grit, perseverance, nerves of steel and some good old-fashioned common sense. If you don’t believe me ask any surfer for their surfboard (if they will part with it) and go for a paddle at your local beach break. Stay away from point breaks and reefs until you have built up some experience. Surfing is not for sissies!

Surfing is a way of life that encourages respect for the environment and builds a deep connection with Mother Earth. Many of us are fortunate enough to be part of a surf community and family of like-minded individuals who respect the sport and the opportunities it provides our kids. Being surf moms, we can say for certain that it has made our kids better human beings. They have travelled to amazing places and met great people. They have been mentored by some surfing giants and legends who have a real passion and love for the sea. Giving our children an affinity for the outdoors that most millennials don’t have. Their courage, perseverance and bravery makes any parent proud.

Like all skill sets in life, surfing requires plenty of hours in the water and on your board, learning about the ocean, currents, rips, swells and wind direction. A great opportunity to ignite a love for Geography. Searching for waves, hanging with your mates, having a good laugh, joking at each other’s wipeouts and spending enormous amounts of time in the great outdoors absorbing some good old vitamin D and vitamin sea, is a great way to spend the day. If this sounds like something you could enjoy, grab a board and go for a paddle.

Jeffery’s Bay is a small coastal town that was built on a wave. Surfers from around the world frequent the famous Super Tubes. Most brag that this is the best right-hander wave in the world. If you have what it takes, then you can give it a try, but fair warning this wave is not for beginners. Jbay has plenty of waves for all levels of surfing, Albatros, Lower Point, Tubes, Boneyards, Super Tubes, Magna Tubes and Kitchen Windows. There are only a few rules in the water, respect the locals and don’t drop in on someone else’s wave, in other words, “don’t be a p*** be lekker”.

At Happy Waves, we believe that families that play together stay together. So get your play on and enjoy some surfing sessions in Jbay on South Africa’s Amazing East Coast. See you in the water. There are plenty of waves for everyone.