Grahamstown's DSG holds five-day surf camp in Jeffreys Bay

MARCH 3, 2016

Jeffrey’s Bay, home to the Perfect Wave and Endless Summers, a surfer’s haven on the Sunshine Coast in the Eastern Cape and one of the five most famous surfing destinations in the world.

"It was with this ‘headline’ in mind that twelve ‘surfer girls’  from The Diocesan School for Girls headed off on a five day surf camp to learn the basics of wave riding and the importance of ocean safety.

"Every morning, equipped with their surfboards and wetsuits, the girls spent two hours at Dolphin Beach, a stretch of sand and surf awarded international Blue Flag status. It was at these sessions that the surf instructors set about converting the girls from a ‘Barney’ (an inexperienced surfer) to someone who can ‘Carve’ a wave in ‘Epic’ conditions without ‘Grubbing’ (falling off your board). After five days of intense training the wave riding became effortless with the girls enjoying the sensation of being able to surf," described Cherié Wille, Communications Officer at the school.

"For the more adventurous, an exciting afternoon was spent at Die SwemGat, which as the name suggests, is a deep swimming hole at the bottom of a waterfall surrounded by steep cliffs. Many of the girls set about jumping from the various cliffs, with heights ranging from ten to twenty metres, not for the faint hearted."

According to Willie, when not in the warm ocean water, lazy afternoons were spent at Park Lane Market Square and the Billabong Village at the centre of Jeffrey’s Bay, a bustle of shops and restaurants.  

"Here another life skill was worked on , shopping for some of the best clothing bargains and where they got to buy loads of cheap surf gear at the Surf Factory Shops: Billabong, Quicksilver and Roxy to name but a few. These strenuous excursions were normally completed with an Iced Chai Coffee while watching the slow paced life of J-Bay drifting past.

"Before we knew it the last day had come and with it rumours about surfing ‘scouts’ and contracts being offered to various members of the DSG Surfing 1st Team. With the taste of the salt water lingering in their mouths and the thought of professional surfing contracts etched in their minds, the twelve happy and exhausted surfers climbed into the bus for the trip back to Grahamstown," she adds.

"The girls would like to thank Mr and Mrs York for accompanying them and also Eric for the safe transportation."

Image: Left to right excluding coach: Catherine Myburg, Siphokazi Thabeda, Jess Rushmere, Carlota Da Costa and Nicky Macarthy.