Journey To J-Bay

California groms John Mel, Tyler Gunter, and Wil Reid trek to South Africa

Sitting on every surfer’s bucket list is a trip to South Africa’s famed righthander, Jeffrey’s Bay. Sure, that whole shark thing happened, but it’s hard not to dream about lines stacking to the horizon, à la corduroy perfection. For California groms John Mel, Tyler Gunter, and Wil Reid, that dream became a reality in July. The boys hopped a series of grueling plane flights before coming face to face with the same waves they’d ogled over over for years. As you can imagine, the boys went mad.