Ride world-class waves
Jeffreys Bay is a magical place and fully deserves its reputation as the Mecca of surfing with some of the world’s best right hand point breaks on offer. You'll be coached by the best throughout your 10 day surf camp, as the current South Africa surf team coach Etienne Venter, will be correcting and fine-tuning your surfing, during early dawnies or evening glass-offs.
What to Expect
Expect the ultimate Jeffreys Bay surfing experience! When your arms need a break, you'll spend time with a local environmental volunteer project and help keep the beaches as they should be - breathtakingly beautiful, safe and clean. A trip to the famous St Francis will also show you yet more world-class waves. Need more convincing?
The surf coaching is specific to your level of surfing, so don't sweat it if the ocean isn't your best buddy yet, or if you're looking for more advice on how to improve your down the line speed or cutback - we've got it covered! With photo and video analysis and top daily coaching in consistent waves, you'll soon take your surfing to the next level.
- Airport transfers
- Daily surf guiding
- Video and photo analysis
- Transfer to and from the surf breaks
- Involvement in local community initiatives
- Accommodation in beachside surf camp
- Full UK support pre-departure
- Surfboard and wetsuit rentals
You'll stay in a dorm on a bluff overlooking the second of Jeffreys Bay’s famous waves – Kitchen Windows. Island Vibe Backpackers is renowned throughout South Africa for its vibrant atmosphere, beautiful setting and is buzzing with travellers from around the world. Located right on the beach, you'll never miss out on the late evening glass-off. While the good food and good times at the bar and pool table with your new found surfing friends will mean you'll never want to leave.
Secret Waterfall Head up to this beautiful spot to relax on the rocks, in the cool pools and have fun on the zipline.
Cape St Francis Head out to St Francis to see Bruce’s Beauties and Seal Point of Endless Summer fame. This will be your final coaching session under Etienne's watchful eye.
Surf Camp Accommodation
Trip Leaders For Duration
Video Surf Analysis
All Surf Lessons
Surf Guiding To The Best Beaches
All Surf Transport
Involvement In Community Projects
Photos Of Your Surfing
Additional Excursions And Activities
Optional Food Add On
Here you'll find a day by day breakdown of your course.
Master the basics and iron out the bad habitsYou'll get picked up from Port Elizabeth airport by one of your Trip Leaders and driven to the backpackers with a quick stop-off at the world-famous Supertubes. If you're a beginner, the first few days will be all about learning the lineup and mastering the basics of catching waves and popping up. For the more experienced surfer, you'll be ironing out the bad habits with corrective coaching.
ProgressionScreaming down the line on your first open face, or slashing your first cutback - you'll see your surfing improving in no time. With Etienne's expert advice, as well as your Trip Leader's constant in-water coaching, you'll take your surfing to the next level. A trip to the waterfall and doing something good for the environment will also form part of your trip itinerary.
Surfing goalsFinishing off your ride can be the most fun. During your last few days, we'll focus on where your surfing can go next and what it will take to get you there! You'll also head off to St Francis Bay for the day to surf some new waves and go on a tour of the surfboard factory.
What past riders say
I had a wicked time and even extended my trip by adding on three weeks in Mozambique. The staff are all awesome! Ticket to Ride have a great team and the people we met along the way were all amazing as well. Loved the surf, loved the stops and will miss it for sure!Tia Seymour
I was totally bored of working a normal 9-5 office job in cold, wet England, so I decided to have a look at learning some new skills while traveling. Ticket to Ride seemed to provide me with my dream trip, so I signed up straight away. Traveling a beautiful wave filled country like South Africa has been insane. It didn’t just live up to my expectations, it smashed them to pieces. I made friends with some of the best people (and a few animals) I've ever met.
Along the way, I learnt a lot about the crazy world and myself. This trip has genuinely changed me and given me two new qualifications I never really thought I’d ever have! The guys and girls I’ve met and those who work for Ticket to Ride are beyond incredible and I hope they’re proud of the ‘lekker’ work they’re doing. Thank you!Ryan Webb
The level of coaching was world-class and my surfing improved a huge amount. Thanks!Tim
The team, trip and course genuinely ticks all the right boxes for me. A dream come true.Lily
JBay is such an awesome place. We stayed right on the beach, so we’d just wake up and go for a surf at sunrise, hang out with a few dolphins, head back to the hostel, knock back a few cheeky drinks and then have another surf in the afternoon.
Etienne, our surf coach was amazing! He knew exactly what you needed to do to improve and I found myself standing up on waves that I thought would always be out of my reach.
I definitely want to go back one day, perhaps take on the super tubes with the pro surfers! It was an epic trip and one that I will never forget!Lauren Barlow
The best decision I ever made! A truly amazing experience and now I have a job as a surf instructor in Cornwall.Alex Douglas
After working three jobs for five months, I can honestly say that ten weeks with Ticket to Ride in South Africa was the best way to spend my hard earned money. Starting the trip as a complete beginner was daunting at first but I can't recommend it highly enough now. The trip has it all and I've enjoyed everything from catching the wave of my life at The Bluff (with Ryan Ribbink close by) to getting to know South Africans in the townships and at the backpackers.
Each location had its memories and two stand out examples would be Jeffreys Bay for its partying scene and Coffee Bay for its insane morning surfs. I not only overcame my fear of heights on this trip by jumping from the world's tallest bungee jump, but also learnt valuable life saving lessons as part of the first aid course. While the instructor element of the trip saw us really come together as a group, as we practiced giving each other surf lessons and helped each other through surfing two lefts and two rights.
I've only been back a week and already feel deprived of surfing. I can't wait to get back in the water as a newly qualified instructor! I can't thank Ticket to Ride enough, especially the Trip Leaders, as it really was a once in a lifetime experience. The best ten weeks of my life.Phoebe Tomlinson
The surf was great, food was great and everyone was super friendly. I've definitely come back with a different perspective on South Africa and on Africa as a whole, and if you have the chance to go to Mozam as well, don't hesitate - go for it! I caught this one wave, it was like 100 metres long, and it sounds ridiculously cheesy but that was when I thought, I'm a surfer now!Ronan Collins
I had barely surfed before joining the trip and I can honestly say that I'm now hooked. You can't really describe the feeling of surfing, once you're riding the face - it's unbelievable. It's what gets people hooked and I'm sure you will be if you join the trip too. The trip exceeded all my expectations and even though it may seem like a big decision to head out here by yourself, once you arrive and meet the group, they'll be like your family from day one. Definitely worth doing!Charlie Darby
I'd done minimal surfing before doing the trip and it's actually incredible how fast you progress by surfing every day, visiting different surf spots and waves. It's been hard work but I've enjoyed it immensely. I've loved being in South Africa and while I was a little concerned about safety before coming out here, I can honestly say I never felt unsafe at any point. All the locals were really friends and everywhere we stayed, we were made to feel very welcome.
The Mozambique leg was completely different to the South Africa part, and I'm so glad I decided to do as it definitely enhanced the trip. It had a raw feel to it and a much more adventurous vibe as you're going around in a 4x4s, checking out new surf spots and waves for the final three weeks.
If you're umming and ahhing over whether or not to book on, then don't - just go for it! The experiences you'll have and the friendships you'll make will be just priceless.Ben Howarth
Ticket to Ride is the ultimate experience for everyone who loves surfing, nature and adventures! I've had an incredible time in a stunning country, and enjoyed every single trip stop along the beautiful coastine of South Africa.Jana Keller
I was a little worried about money before I came on the course - you never really know for sure if it's going to be worth it. I had the best time of my life, met some amazing people, did some pretty incredible things and now I can surf. (Still working on it.) No videos or pictures will ever do it justice, you just gotta experience it!Sam Bass
You will get five surfing lessons with Etienne and plenty of additional lessons lessons from your Trip Leaders who are qualified surf instructors.
After you have been given a debriefing of the surf spots in J-Bay it is all systems go! Just save some of your surfing energy so that you make the most of the expert advice from your coaches.
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