By Josie July 17th, 2023
Jeffreys Bay (situated in South africa) annually welcomes the world’s top surfers for the World Surf League’s (WSL) Championship Tour event, the J-Bay Open.
A group of young surfers returned from the ocean saying they had spotted a shark so close they had even been able to see its eyes.
In response to this, a drone was deployed and the footage immediately confirmed their suspicions - a Great White was cruising along the surfers.
Fortunately, the situation resolved without incident.
All surfers promptly exited the water, and the shark calmly continued on its course up the point before eventually moving along.
Jeffreys Bay, locally known as “J-Bay”, is nestled along the picturesque coastline of South Africa and is dubbed a surfer's paradise.
Its unique location allows it to receive both south and southwest swells. As a result, there’s a variety of breaks that cater to surfers of all skill levels.
Also, the region benefits from the sweeping currents of the warm Agulhas Current - keeping the water at a comfortable temperature.
Overall, Jeffreys Bay has gained a reputation as a hotspot for great white shark activity.
Jeffreys Bay benefits from the warm waters of the Agulhas Current - this attracts an abundance of marine life that serves as a food source for great whites.