by Adam Goot, International Studies major, IU Peer Coach, Cox Scholar
Jeffrey’s bay is a little town known for its big waves on the edge of South Africa – about eight hours east of Cape Town. It’s considered one of the best surfing spots in the world and every year J-Bay hosts a world class surf competition.
We arrived late Friday night. Keanu, who started surfing in New York, spent the next day shredding decent sized waves while I filmed. Today I threw on a wet suit and decided to get in the water.
I was never good in the ocean. Being from a landlocked state I like pools and the occasional bubble bath. I lifeguarded in high school but I’m pretty sure I cheated on the 300 meter certification test.
Anyway, today I also learned that I will never attempt to surf again. I think my star sign is a bull, which makes sense because bulls don’t belong in the water. Give me land and I’ll happily take a bath or take pictures of things in the water. Put me in the water and I’ll damn near drown. Much respect to people like Keanu who can use 6 foot pieces of fiberglass to do tricks on massive waves. I’ll be on the sideline for the rest of my time in J-Bay.
Adam Goot studied abroad in South Africa during the spring 2018 semester. He is not shown in the above video, but he recorded and edited it. Enjoy the surf!
Great blog. This was really helpful stuff. I wish you luck as you continue to follow that passion.