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Supertubes (JBay) to get it’s say in 2013 – Shaloha Guesthouse reports

There is much gossip and talk floating around about the reasons and sanity for dropping Supertubes, Jeffreys bay from the list of the A.S.P’s top 10 destinations for the world surfing tour.

First the fabled right hander was downgraded in 2012 to a qualifying event, and then proceeded to have some of the best conditions seen in years for the competition, leaving a somewhat bitter taste in the mouths of surfing fans world wide.

Why and how can the best right hand pointbreak not feature on the world tour as a top priority? Little surprise that this bitter taste turned to disgust when this year Supertubes didn’t even feature at all on the Pro circuit or the qualifying series. Why had J-Bay been forgotten? What has become of surfing’s top industry dogs that they have lost sight of what the fans want? No J-Bay! No Way!

Billabong, the annual sponsor of the contest, gingerly admitted that they simply do not have the money to run the event, and that the contest in Rio de jeneirohad been prioritised over Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay. On surfing blogs around the world the feeling was unanimous- Rio? Really? Poor waves= boring web-cast= angry fans.

Unfortunately for fans, Billabong really is in that much of a pickle financially, and hordes of Brazilians rushing to buy merchandise and treating a surfing event as a national festivity means Supertubes just can’t compete- It’s cold, far from anywhere, and simply can’t draw anywhere close to the crowds and money that Rio can. But before you start burning your Bong boardshorts in protest take a moment to think about the community of Jeffreys Bay. You may enjoy the J-Bay web-cast, but to the Jeffreys bay locals, the Billabong Pro in July is an event that young and old, surfers and non surfers alike, cherish.

Besides bringing much needed revenue to the town in Low season, it offers a respite from the cold, a reason to party in the rain, and the one and only chance most J-Bay locals will ever get to see their favourite surfers in the flesh. To say it’s a major downer for the fans in Jeffreys is an understatement of note.

Yet the late announcement of a little something called ‘The Jeffreys Bay Open of Surfing’ might offer some respite. Local surf club, the JBU and yes, Billabong, will team up to hold a contest run on local power from the 9th to the 13th of July. Inviting internationals and locals to compete, it’s J-Bays own answer to being sidelined, and if last year is anything to go by, Supertubes will most likely produce a swell that will make any pros that choose to miss it kick themselves.

Nice. At this very moment the Rio contest is taking place- poor waves, nearing the end of its waiting period, disappointment, fan revenue regardless. This is the new surf industry- souless, chasing the dollar, letting down the ‘real’ surfers that saw the industry boom in the first place. For these reasons and more, Shaloha Guesthouse on Supertubes is stoked about this event. Lets give them a taste of what they are missing- real waves, real surfing, J-Bay style. Now the question is- will you be here? Really now, can you miss it? -R-

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CNN- Supertubes Jbay – The best right-hand pointbreak in the World? – report by Shaloha Guesthouse

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Well it’s official- Supertubes is the best right-hand point break in the world according to CNN. World’s 50 best surf spots. Overall, Supertubes comes in at 2nd to the iconic left-hand reef break Pipeline in Hawaii.

So, this is what they have to say about the famous break in front of Shaloha Guesthouse-

“In second place we’ve picked the right-hand ride of your life. J Bay offers long fast barrels off this intense point break and has plenty of choice with the bay divided into sections: Kitchen Windows, Magna Tubes, Boneyards and the mecca of all waves: Supertubes. Expert surfers flock here for rides up to 300 meters long.”

That is quite a feat, especially when you look further down the line: Supertubes came ahead of Bali, Uluwatu, Indonesia, the superbank in Australia, to name a few. These are names that send any surfer’s imagination into overdrive. So it’s quite an honour to be listed so high up.

The next time you are planning a surf trip, book your accommodation at Shaloha Guesthouse on Supertubes, and gaze over one of the wonders of the surfing world from the most luxurious suites available, as close to the waves as you can get … without getting wet of course.

Going green at Shaloha Guesthouse – JBay Accommodation

Magical path in the Noorsekloof, Jeffrey's bay - Jbay Supertubes Accommodation

Here at Shaloha Guesthouse we have a passion for going green, and greening J-bay. Most visitors to Jeffrey’s either flock here to surf or to watch the surfers doing their thing. Few people ever find out that just up the road from the guesthouse is a magical green belt called the Noorsekloof nature reserve.

Here you can hide away from the wind or crowds for a day in fairy land- a forest filled with various bird and wildlife and many tree species found only in this area. Catch a glimpse of a Porcupine, Blue Duiker(one of the smallest antelope in the world!), Tree Dassie or the reclusive Caracal.

Like most pristine places on Earth, the Noorsekloof is under threat from development and needs to be managed more successfully. At Shaloha Guesthouse we have a passion for for what makes our town so beautiful, and the nature reserve is on the top of our list.

We are in the process of developing a partner project to Shaloha called ‘J-bay soul’- a non profit organization to preserve these sensitive habitats and re-green Jeffrey’s bay. We will work closely with Alison of the Supertubes foundation (http://www.savesupertubes.com/enviromental.asp) to preserve the dunes in front of Shaloha, and then move up the hill to the nature reserve to combat plant theft, dogs hunting in the forest and illegal sewerage run-off.

Our dream is a forest in the midst of J-bay suburbia that provides a pristine environment for the small creatures who dwell there (they are, after all, the original locals) as well as clearly-marked hiking trails for visitors to experience this unique J-bay natural wonder.

With the awareness of the community and a little bit of knowledge we can realize this dream in no time at all. Add to this a little rumour we heard just the other day: Stone age tools have been found, by amateur diggers, in and around the reserve. This makes it a very probable future heritage site!

So, next time you are staying at Shaloha Guesthouse or anywhere in Jeffreys bay, drop by and get directions to this ancient and beautiful natural area and experience the magic for yourself.

Beach cruising in J-bay

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I was walking back up the beach yesterday after a paddle at Tubes- the sun was going down, some dolphins cruised past, and the water was getting that pink glow that I’ve only seen in Jeffrey’s, and it struck me-There is simply no such thing as an ordinary beach walk in J-bay.

Each time you stroll down onto the sand It’s an inspiration and truly refreshes the soul, which got me to thinking….well…why? What is it about this particular place- the stretch between Shaloha guesthouse at the top of Supertubes to the bottom of Surfers Point that is almost mystical each time you walk it?

Well there’s actually a list of possible reasons.

Lets start with what’s underfoot- an array of thousands of different species of shells rowed up liberally along the beach in tide lines, often so many that it takes a bit of a hop and a skip to avoid crushing them! There are species here found nowhere else, but it’s more the sheer abundance that strikes most people.

People come to Shaloha for the first time and after taking in the amazing views,then they go for a stroll on the beach. Little do they know that a bejewelled wonderland awaits them few feet away.

It’s priceless every time a new guest returns- a childlike gleam in their eyes and hands overflowing with shells, rocks, seaweed and other beach trinkets (we have shell collection baskets for their second walk;)

Anyway, enough about shells, this beach has history. Walking back from the surf one can’t help but think about all the legends that have passed through J-bay and crunched the sand between their toes- John Whitmore (father of South African surfing), Shorty Bronkhorst, Max Wettland, Clive barber, Bruce Gold, Terry Fitzgerald, Larry Levine, Ant(‘the Doc’) Van Den Huewel, Dane Kealoha, Shaun Tomson, Rabbit Bartholomew, Mark Richards, Tom Curren, Occy, Shane Herring, Dave Rastovich, Andy Irons, Kelly Slater and the list just goes on and on.

Each have left new lines on the walls of Supers and their footprints in the sand.

Add to this the ancient history( 180 000 years!) of beach walking as a lifestyle( the ‘strandlopers’) that has existed on this coast for millenia and you get an idea of why this place has such a magic to it……..-R

Anton Joubert’s unique eye on J-bay

Anton Joubert is well known on the World Pro Surfing Circuit and spends most of his time travelling round the globe. He specializes in photos of all the big surfing heroes such as Jordy Smith, Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Shaun Joubert and all the others.

Besides taking great action shots of the surfers on the circuit, it’s Antons artistic eye for line ups and landscape photography that first caught my attention. I was really looking for a particular feel in the photos we posted on the Shaloha Guesthouse page, and after much searching I happened upon Anton’s work.

It was one of those ‘ah ha’ moments when i stumbled upon Anton’s son Shaun’s blog-http://shaunjoubert.wordpress.com/. Here were the high quality images I had been searching for for months. They captured not only the moods of Jeffrey’s bay as I know them from living and surfing here, but also the crisp, modern and luxurious feel we have aimed at in designing Shaloha Guesthouse for the past year.

I quickly started setting about contacting Anton through his son Shaun, but they were on a tight schedule and heading to the U.S in the next 24 hours! Just when i thought all was lost and I would not get the look I was going for, I received a call from Anton’s wife Minette, an absolutely charming and kind woman. She informed me that Anton would only be too happy to let us use the images for the exposure, as he still considers it a hobby of his and in no way considers himself a professional photographer! Needless to say I was over the moon, and quickly went about uploading them.

Immediately the website was transformed, so this is my Thank you to the Joubert family who so graciously went out of their way for a complete stranger.

I can’t wait to meet you guys and you are welcome at Shaloha anytime.