Supertubes Surfing Foundation at a glance

2015-06-11 06:00

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

SOME 15 years ago, the JBU Surf Club invited the other surf clubs in Jeffreys Bay to form the Supertubes Surfing Foundation to maintain the beaches and to protect the last remaining sand dunes along the Supertubes beachfront.

In the early years, four tons of glass and piles of litter were removed from the beaches.

Prior to the RDP houses being built in Tokyo Sexwale, approximately 3 000 aloes in that area were rescued and planted at Supertubes and the other beach breaks.

Other plants were rescued and then replanted at Supers, Point, Lower Point, Main Beach, Jeffreys Bay Tourism Office, along Da Gama Road, Secrets and Magnatubes.

When bush sleepers started erecting their shacks in the natural coastal bush in the Supertubes Park, the Foundation raised funds to erect razor wire to protect the bush, the tiny duikers and the mongoose that live in there.

Flower beds were dug and the rescued plants planted therein. All of these plants, being indigenous, survived the serious drought of a couple of years ago and required no watering.

The Indigenous Plant Rescue Centre is situated in the Park and the Foundation’s operations take place from there.

The Point garden was started with plants rescued from what is now Die Opstal next to the Caltex garage.

The Supertubes Surfing Foundation has also been involved in community projects such as fixing up the toilets at one of the local schools, planting indigenous trees and plants in the school yard, starting veggie patches both at the school and with private households in Oceanview and is very involved with the JBay Recycling Project.

The Foundation has paved paths and dustbowl areas and made paths wheelchair friendly. It also developed the concept of the penguin recycling bins which are now a feature in the Park and has collected over 10 tons already. Smaller penguins will be placed at certain beach breaks.

Maintenance is now one of the huge tasks of the Foundation from mowing the lawn in the Supertubes Park, Point and Lower Point, maintenance of the various gardens and beach breaks to the upkeep of the boardwalks.

The Supertubes Surfing Foundation only does what it does because of the vision of those surfers 15 years ago, spearheaded by Koffie Jacobs.

The Foundation is also the driving force behind the JBay WinterFest, which takes place in the town from July 10 - 20.

Future plans include a cycle track, more seating at Supertubes, creating a marine reserve, outdoor gym, setting up an education centre, upgrading of the toilets in the Park, moving the showers and the No Nuke at Thyspunt campaign is on going – among others.

Visit the Foundation’s stall in Pepper Street during the JBay Open and you can even show your support and buy some aloe seeds to take home with you

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.