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Official Photographer Kody McGregor: Pt 4

Official Photographer Kody McGregor: Pt 4

19/06/2018, Jeffreys Bay, Multi Sports, J-Bay Open , Article # 27007944

Our final in the four-part ‘official photographer’ series, where we examine Kody McGregor’s favourite images from six years of shooting the JBay Winterfest.

Desmondandthetutus: Always a crazy show, Desmond and the Tutus brought their catchy songs and performace art worthy dance moves to jbay. As crowd favourites, they always have a major presence on stage and did not disappoint the frothing crowd.

 

Fishing: This shot reminds of the dedication and commitment these fishermen bring to their art. With tons of patience standing out on the rocks all day, and the technical knowledge and experience to deal with the fish when they land it, I like how this shots encompasses all of those aspects in it.

 

Gabrielmedina: It was a really windy day but the sets were continuously grinding their way down the point. Gabriel Medina was in the water for his heat and found a wave that lined up nicely all the way to the inside. Here you can see him stalling for the barrel while the wind whips up all the spray around him.

 

Inthezone. I really like how this shot shows a moment of solitude. Away from the cheering crowds, about to paddle out for his heat, this surfer finds a moment of quiet to centre his thoughts and get in the zone for the heat ahead. The colours and slight silhouette help the image feel more solitary.

 

Trailrun: I love how the sun is just peaking out over the horizon as the runner pushes up the last bit of the hill. For me, this shots shows all the greatness in trail running: amazing scenery at a special time of day, with nobody else around.

 



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JBay Winterfest Corona Sunset Sessions – Rubber Duc

JBay Winterfest Corona Sunset Sessions – Rubber Duc

14/06/2018, Jeffreys Bay, Multi Sports, J-Bay Open , Article # 26961912

Gauteng band Rubber Duc will be jamming their unique sounds to the Corona Sunset Sessions during the JBay Winterfest on Friday 06 July.

They will keep the crowds amping and the feet tapping to their infectious and fun sounds. Full lineup at bottom of post.

 

05 July  

Sean Koch 

Sunset Sweatshop

 

06 July

Rubber Duc

Money for Bali

 

07 July 

Desmond & The Tutus

Nic Preen & The World of Birds

 

12 July

Majozi

The Steezies

 

13 July

aKing

Crosscurrent

 

14 July

Shadowclub

Sawyer



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JBay Winterfest Corona Sunset Sessions – Sunset Sweatshop

JBay Winterfest Corona Sunset Sessions – Sunset Sweatshop

12/06/2018, Jeffreys Bay, Multi Sports, J-Bay Open , Article # 26943929

The JBay Winterfest will be hosting the Corona Sunset Sessions, a series of 12 FREE music bands and acts, that will perform at Pepper Street, on the main Corona Open JBay prize-giving stage.

12 of the hottest acts in the country will be performing for all the music and surfing fans in JBay, and there are some massive bands in the mix.

Sunset Sweatshop are one of the acts that will be performing on the opening night of the Corona Sunset Sessions. Hailing from Cape Town, Sunset Sweatshop describe themselves as ‘a proudly South African feel-good rock band with reggae and folk influences!’

Should be good. Check out their hit video Move It below.



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Defending champion Jason Reed looking forward to a big battle at the 2018 JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic

Defending champion Jason Reed looking forward to a big battle at the 2018 JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic

11/06/2018, Jeffreys Bay, Multi Sports, J-Bay Open , Article # 26935438

JBay – East London’s Jason Reed won the 2017 edition of the JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic in emphatic style and is set to return in 2018 to defend his title.

“Max is a classy rider and not sure how I actually beat him last year,” explained Reed, of his closely-fought battle with Stellenbosch’s Max Sullivan who races for Team Mad Macs p/b hazz. “That being said, I will have raised my game and be in better shape on 14 July, along with the fact I am racing on a 29er apposed to a 27.5 which seems to be a faster bike,” he said.

The event, which forms part of the JBay Winterfest is now in its sixth year and is firmly established as one of the favourites on the regional mountain-bike calendar. It caters for a range of fitness and skill levels, welcoming all who want to be part of this popular event. It runs from Kabeljouws Lagoon parking area and features a 25km fun ride; 50km half-marathon and 85km ultra. It is in the ultra where Reed will do battle.

“It is a tough and testing route which has good singletracks which plays to my strengths as a technical rider,” Reed said. “That, along with the obvious R10 000 prize money which is incredible as most races these days offer very little prize money.”

© Jazz Kuschke

Reed however will not have it all his own way, with Sullivan returning once again and, bringing with him some Mad Macs teammates, including the likes of pro MTB racer, Declan Sidey. Also confirmed to be on the start line this year, is Marco Joubert from Team Imbuko.

“I’m looking forward to another tough battle and the sharp end of the race,” said Reed. “If the competition is expected to be even greater this year that will make for a tough battle for even a top 5 result.”

The JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic takes place on 14 July 2018. The event runs from the Kabeljouws parking lot and will offer something for all mountain-bike skill and fitness levels, featuring a 25km fun ride; 50km half-marathon and 85km ultra. The race carries the unique distinction of being the only one-day race in Africa to traverse a wind farm.

 

 



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JBay Winterfest Corona Sunset Sessions – Sean Koch

JBay Winterfest Corona Sunset Sessions – Sean Koch

10/06/2018, Jeffreys Bay, Multi Sports, J-Bay Open , Article # 26928702

During the JBay Winterfest at the Corona Open JBay there are going to be 12 live music acts who will be performing for free at the prize-giving stage on Pepper Street.

The Corona Sunset Sessions concept is quite a thing. No cost for people to enjoy the music, no tickets, no queuing and just a few jol, incorporating some of the best musical acts in the country.

It will take place during the weekend evenings, starting around 5pm or so, with the music weekends being Thursday 5 July – Saturday 7 July and Thursday 12 July – Saturday 14 July.

Sean Koch will be performing on the first night of the Corona Sunset Sessions – on Thursday 5 July. He is from Kommetjie in the Cape and promises a mix of folk/acoustic/ambient and reggae, which sounds like the perfect vibes to watch the sun go down over Supertubes

 

 

The full lineup of acts at the Corona Sunset Sessions:

Thursday 05 July  

Sean Koch

Sunset Sweatshop

 

Friday 06 July

Rubber Duc

Money for Bali

 

Saturday 07 July 

Desmond & The Tutus

Nic Preen & The World of Birds

 

Thursday 12 July

Majozi

The Steezies

 

Friday 13 July

aKing

Crosscurrent

 

Saturday 14 July

Shadowclub

Sawyer



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Desmond And The Tutus, Shadowclub, aKing and other Top Acts For Corona Sunset Sessions at the JBay W

Desmond And The Tutus, Shadowclub, aKing and other Top Acts For Corona Sunset Sessions at the JBay W

06/06/2018, Jeffreys Bay, Multi Sports, J-Bay Open , Article # 26890401

JBay – The event organisers are proud to announce the music lineup at the Corona Sunset Sessions, to be held at the Corona Open JBay contest site. The Corona Sunset Sessions will take place over both festival weekends 5-7 July and 12-14 July, and will feature some top South African musical acts.

The Corona Sunset  Sessions are all complimentary, and proudly brought to you by the Corona Open JBay. There will be 12 bands or artists over the two weekends, and every one of the shows are completely free of charge. There are no tickets to be bought, no bookings to be made and no queuing for anything. Just pitch up and enjoy the vibes.

The Corona Sunset Sessions will take place in Pepper Street during the weekend evenings. Just make your way to the Corona Open prize-giving stage, where the bands will be setup for the evening shows.

Venerated indie rock outfit Desmond and the Tutus is one of the headline acts, and they will be rocking the house on Saturday 7 July, along with Nic Preen and The World Of Birds.

Friday 13 July, lucky for some, will see the hugely popular Cape Town-based rock act aKing perform, along with young and widely-liked Cape Town indie /rock band Crosscurrent, and looks like it will be a huge night.

aKing

Good old rock ’n roll with a mix of dirty blues is the order of the day on the final evening of the Corona Sunset Sessions, as Jozi-based rock act Shadowclub take to the stage. One of the most celebrated local bands, Shadowclub will get the party going and will finish this year’s free Music Sessions on a high note. It’ll be busy on the final night, so pull in early.

Shadowclub

The Corona Sunset Sessions is a thank you and acknowledgement to the fans and spectators who come up every year to visit JBay and to watch the worlds’ best surfers competing at Supertubes, and to support our local contingent of surfers. This year we have Jordy Smith as well as Mikey February competing in the Corona Open JBay, as well as a yet-to-be-announced wildcard slot.

Come down and enjoy the surfing and cheer our local surfers on, and then head over to the Corona Sunset Sessions, grab a Corona and enjoy some of the top music acts in the country. Other bands and artists include Sean Koch, Sunset Sweatshop, Sawyer, Rubber Duc, Money For Bali, Majozi and The Steezies.

The full lineup of acts at the Corona Sunset Sessions:

Thursday 05 July  

Sean Koch

Sunset Sweatshop

 

Friday 06 July

Rubber Duc

Money for Bali

 

Saturday 07 July 

Desmond & The Tutus

Nic Preen & The World of Birds

 

Thursday 12 July

Majozi

The Steezies

 

Friday 13 July

aKing

Crosscurrent

 

Saturday 14 July

Shadowclub

Sawyer

 



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Official Photographer Kody McGregor: Pt 3

Official Photographer Kody McGregor: Pt 3

04/06/2018, Jeffreys Bay, Multi Sports, J-Bay Open , Article # 26869013

Welcome to part three of our imagery series, where we showcase some of the favourite images from over the years of JBay Winterfest, taken by the ‘official photographer’ Kody McGregor.

Kody has been in the mix since the start of our sports and culture festival, and has witnessed many classic moments through the years.

 

Funduro:

The funduro event has many different obstacles of varying difficulties, with the tractor tyres being one of the more subtly challenging areas. After watching this rider struggle at the beginning, he regained control and rode out of section with style.

 

Phfat:

Phfat has a blend of hip-hop and rap that gets the crowd amped the second they hear the first beat. This performance was full of power and energy, and halfway through one of the songs, Mike Zietsman felt like he needed to have a quick lie down. 2 seconds later he was back on his feet throwing lyrics at the crowd like ninja stars.

 

Slater:

Kelly has been coming to Jbay for over a decade and his knowledge really shows when he surfs. Often when Supertubes is smaller, the barrels get more difficult to navigate, but the king never misses a beat and continued to get barrel all day long.

Supertubes:

Seeing a good lineup of Supertubes really gets me amped. This day the waves were firing, the light was good and I managed to capture a great lineup. Everytime I look at this shot I just mindsurf all the way from boneyards right down past the carpark section.

Trailrun:

With an early morning start, the runners made their way own the beach towards the first checkpoint. With the sun still about to rise it made for a special moment when most people were still sleeping.



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JBay Winterfest Gears Up For Corona Open JBay

JBay Winterfest Gears Up For Corona Open JBay

29/05/2018, Jeffreys Bay, Multi Sports, J-Bay Open , Article # 26813918

JBay – With the JBay Winterfest a mere six weeks away, plans are in full swing to get the town of Jeffreys Bay ready for the throngs of tourists, athletes, fans and spectators that will be in attendance for the event.

One of the biggest draw cards of the JBay Winterfest is the Corona Open JBay – the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) surfing event that will take place at Supertubes. The event attracts the top competitive surfers in the world, including current world champion John John Florence from Hawaii, multiple world champion Kelly Slater from Florida, previous multiple event winner Jordy Smith from Durban and previous world champion Gabriel Medina from Brazil as well as last year’s event champion Filipe Toledo, also from Brazil.

In the event, Jordy Smith will also be joined by CT rookie Mikey February from Cape Town and a yet-to-be-announced local wildcard who will be chosen from World Qualifying Series ratings points.

This year will also see the women return for their Championship Tour event at JBay, also to be held during the event waiting period 2 – 16 July 2018. The top rated women on the Championship Tour includes Stephanie Gilmore from Australia, Lakey Peterson from USA, Tatiana Weston-Webb from Brazil and Carissa Moore from Hawaii. It is the first time that the women have had an event in JBay since 2000, and everyone is excited to see how the best female surfers in the world express themselves on the flawless walls of Supertubes.

A three hundred-meter long ride, Supertubes is often described as one of the best waves in the world, and the venue is one of the most popular among the surfers on the Championship Tour. The month of July is historically a good month for surf, and contestants are guaranteed to encounter some excellent conditions during their stay in JBay.

Judges analyze the following elements when scoring waves:

• Commitment and degree of difficulty

• Innovative and progressive maneuvers

• Combination of major maneuvers

• Variety of maneuvers

• Speed, power and flow

A panel of five judges scores each wave on a scale of one to ten. For every scoring ride, the highest and lowest scores (of the five judges) are discounted and the surfer receives the average of the remaining three scores. There is no limit on the number of waves that will be scored, but the two best scoring waves (each out of a possible 10) are added together to become a surfer’s heat total (out of a possible 20).

At Supertubes the surfing takes place close enough for the surfers to hear the spectators cheering, and two-times event champion Jordy Smith has often commented on this aspect of the event. “Sometimes you can’t hear it when you’re riding a wave, doing a maneuver or pulling into a barrel, but when you kick out of a wave you can hear the crowd roar,” reckons Smith. “It really is an amazing experience to hear the crowd cheer for you and it gives you a jolt of adrenalin and excitement, it really makes you want to do well.”

Jordy Smith JBay © WSL/Cestari

Oakley, Kouga Municipality, Island Tribe and Bioplus proudly sponsor the JBay Winterfest.

The festival is anchored by the Corona Open JBay, and there is the JBay Windfarm MTB Classicevent, the Cold Water Classic open water swim, the Endurade JBayX Trail Run, the Fishing Skins Tournament and the JBay Winterfest Funduro. More information can be found on the JBay Winterfest website.

The event hash tag is #jbaywinterfest

The JBay Winterfest social media channels:

Website: www.jbaywinterfest.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jbaywinterfest





Instagram: @jbaywinterfest

For JBay Winterfest information contact

Koffie Jacobs

e.koffie@silverbullet.co.za

 

Media enquiries:

Craig Jarvis

e. info@craigjarvis.co.za

t. 082 376 4443



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Mikey February and JBay

Mikey February and JBay

28/05/2018, Jeffreys Bay, Multi Sports, J-Bay Open , Article # 26803439

This year Mikey February has been competing as the second South African surfer on the Championship Tour alongside Jordy Smith. He’s a rookie on the tour, 2018 being the first time that he qualified, but it’s not going to be the first time that he gets to surf at Supertubes on the Championship Tour. He’s got a little backstory when it comes to competing at Supertubes in this event.

In 2015, the Year Of The Shark, Mikey came runner up to Slade Prestwich in the JBU Supertrial, the trials event used to determine the local wildcard into the event. At the last minute, literally minutes before his heat, he was given a slot into the main event by the sudden withdrawal of Matt Banting due to injury. He had a good knock, but was eliminated by Filipe Toledo in round 2.

“I had 30 minutes to prepare back then, and looking back, it actually wasn’t that bad because I didn’t have enough time to get nervous, because I didn’t actually have time to feel any pressure,” remembers February. “This year I’ve got loads of time, and I’ll be way more confident.”

Then last year, after a stellar run in South Africa including making the semifinals of the Ballito Pro presented by Billabong WQS 10,000 event, he was awarded the wildcard for the event again. He had a great year last year prior to the wildcard announcement, including racking up three victories in four final appearances in South African QS events. His wins came at the Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro, the Corona Durban Surf Pro and the Vans Surf Pro Classic. He finished runner up at the Buffalo City Surf Pro.

Despite being on-form and looking good at Supers, Matt Wilkinson defeated him in round 2 with some great power surfing from the Australian goofy-footer. Still, the young Capetonian has gained valuable contest experience in the big leagues at Supertubes, and if he performances in previous JBU Supertrial are anything to go by, he just needs to get two good ones in every heat and he will have the capacity to beat anyone on the Championship Tour, pretty much.

MFeb and his affinity with Supertubes
© Van Gysen

This year the wildcard will go to the highest placed South African surfer on the WQS, and with many events upcoming in the country prior to the Corona Open JBay, that person is hard to predict. Right now JBay local Matt McGillivray is sitting 6th on the WQS ranking, with the next South African being Beyrick De Vries at 23rd and then Adin Masencamp at 34th.

So we can expect to see three South Africans competing in the men’s division at the Corona Open JBay. It’s going to be emotional.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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