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Now entering its fifth year, the JBay Winterfest has slowly grown into one of the biggest and most popular winter sports and cultural festivals in the country. Anchored by the massively popular Corona Open JBay World Surf League (WSL) event, this year will see the WSL bring the highly skilled and talented ladies into the event at Supertubes in JBay for the Corona Open JBay Ladies tournament.
Some events have come and gone over the last few years but the stalwarts remain. They are the Corona Open JBay, the JBay Windfarm MTB Classic, The Cold Water Classic Open Water Swim, The Endurade JBay X Trail Run, the Fishing Skins competition and the Funduro. While surfing always holds center stage at the JBay Winterfest, these events are what brings the diversity to the town of Jeffreys Bay, and these are the events that keeps the Winterfest interesting.
The JBay Winterfest has served to bring tourists to JBay over the last five seasons due to the interesting and exciting events on the calendar, and the fact that the event has grown evey year since inception is testimony to the vision of the organisers from the humble beginning five years ago.
The mountain bike race is the only such race in the southern hemisphere to traverse a fully operational wind farm, the trail running has three stages, with one of them being an incredible 20km leg that takes place at night, and a total of 60km is run over the three stages and two days, the open water swimmers are a brave crew of all ages who have encountered freezing winter temperatures during the years, and the fishing skins tournament has grown exponentially in stature and popularity since inception in this fishing-mad town.
The surfing events have also grown in size and popularity, and the Corona Open JBay now stands as the most popular stop on the professional tour for the best surfers in the world. Last year saw the surfers enjoy an incredible 9 days or perfect surf at Supers, as well as some of the most dynamic and futuristic surfing yet seen on tour from the likes of Filipe Toledo from Brazil and two times event champion Jordy Smith from Durban. It will be very exciting to see the best women surfers in the world battle it out at Supers, and the booming female surfing population in our country are sure to all come along and watch their heroes surf it out.
JBay has a lot to give, and we would like to see the JBay Winterfest continue to grow as it is right now, as more people come to our town to embrace what we have to offer. Lets hope for great waves and even greater weather, but we will be more than happy with just the waves.
JBay – This year the Corona Open JBay will have an exciting addition, with the best female surfers in the world returning to surf the perfect waves of Supertubes in JBay. Their event – scheduled for July 09 – 16 – is an exciting addition to the Corona Open JBay as well as the JBay Winterfest, the multi-sports and cultural festival that takes place every year and has the Corona Open JBay as the anchor event.
Most of the Championship Tour Women’s surfers are natural footers, with the top three being the most explosive and dynamic surfers on this tour. Current world champion Tyler Wright from Australia is a fast and powerful surfer with a low slung style and has some powerful hooks in her arsenal. She has surfed Supers before and will be sure to impress all with her great down-the-line technique and fast lines.
Stephanie Gilmore, also from Australia, is one of the most stylish of all the female surfers, and her fluid carving is perfectly suited to the perfection of Supertubes. Steph has an attractive natural style, and her surfing is understated but at the same time radical. She is one of the most experienced surfers on the pro tour, and her tube riding is excellent, which will hold her in good stead at Supers.
Sally Fitzgibbons is one of the most popular Australian surfers competing on the Championship Tour, and her fans always come down in attendance whenever she’s surfing. She will no doubt attract hordes of South African fans in JBay and has a calm and casual way with these fans. Her surfing is fast and red-hot and she is a very determined competitor, always determined for the win and always pushing through until the last second of every heat.
American surfer Courtney Conlogue is another powerful natural-footer who is tenacious competitor with a strong Big Match Temperament. She loves it when the waves get a little bit bigger, when she can really start throwing it around and putting her board on a rail. She is another one who will thrive on big Supertubes, and is not scared of pulling into big tubes when the situation arises. She is also supremely fit, and this will hold her in good stead when for those long and arduous paddles from the gully back up to the top of the point.
For more on the women’ tour go here http://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2018/wct
Jeffreys Bay, home to the planet’s best right-hand point break, Supertubes, host to South Africa’s most prestigious surfing events and wet-dream to every surfer worth their weight in salt. JBay is globally renowned for its world class waves and prominence in the international surfing community.
In 2013 the town of Jefferys Bay launched the inaugural JBay Winter Fest, an extreme sports festival with a basic principal for all athletes and disciplines – Back to Core.
Back to Core champions the primary motivation in each one of us, the impulse that made us first paddled out into surf, why we kept paddling. It’s that initial spark, that infectious enthusiasm that makes us love adventure sport with immaculate joy. Back to Core embodies the belief that our inclination to chase our passion runs deep, and in a bustling world, there’s still space to celebrate the things that bring us fundamental exhilaration.
This year sees the festival return with more events, more athletes and the return of the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) Event.
For ten days over winter, the JBay Winter Fest highlights the culture of Jeffreys Bay with a rush of extreme sports, endurance events and some of South Africa’s biggest bands. From 10-20 July 2014 J-Bay will be sensational.
Supertubes Surfing Foundation Page
The Supertubes Surfing Foundation is a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Section 21 Company that has preserved the waves and beaches and propagated and rescued the indigenous flora of Jeffreys Bay since 1999. It is a joint venture between the surf clubs and the surfing industry in the town.
The Supertubes Surfing Foundation and Enviroman will manage the JBay Winter Festival, green initiatives and waste recycling management at all the events.