The night before I leave on a surf trip I always get butterflies in stomach in anticipation of the waves I might score and mostly I keep myself occupied for the entire night because I can't sleep. This trip was no different and the waves delivered and all was well.
Victoria Bay is a small haven of unspoilt beauty on the east coast of South Africa with just one modest street of houses and two camping sites nestled slightly higher on the mountain. It's pretty much the perfect destination for a surf trip: the camp site is cheap, it has a magical view on the bay and is about a one minute walk away from the wave. The water is warm and sharks are scarce. The wave is a gentle point break that is super consistent and mostly uncrowded during the week. Somehow this little village escaped the J-Bay hype, most probably because the wave isn't quite as good (but good enough for me any day!) On the odd chance that there is no wave, there are several other spots nearby that pick up even more swell.
After the second day and far too many hours of surfing we were surfed out and visited the skatepark in George, a small town near Vic Bay. As you will see below, my cousin Sam kills it at skating - a real pleasure to photograph. The following day we took a beautiful walk along the railway tracks to visit a friend of my aunt's that lives in a cave (if you plan on visiting him, bring a donation!). Below is a random collection of photos I took on the way. I recommend you go to Vic Bay as much as possible before it gets more popular, which it undoubtedly will!