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Official Photographer Kody Mcgregor: pt 2

Official Photographer Kody Mcgregor: pt 2

21/05/2018, Jeffreys Bay, Multi Sports, J-Bay Open , Article # 26750292

Where we catch up with our official photographer and look back at some of his favourite photos from the last five years of JBay Winterfest

Kites: I really enjoyed the tranquility and playfulness of the kite display. Even more so when the big ones would come close to the ground, and you can truly see and appreciate how large they really are.

Mickfanning: There had been rumours that Mick had hurt his ankle and might not be able to surf. But in one of the first heats of the day, he paddle out and obliterated his way to victory (albeit with a taped up ankle)

Taxiviolence: There a few rock bands these days that can still put on a show with as much power and drive as Taxi Violence. Always a crowd favourite, I love watching them live and this was one of their best shows.

Trailrun: The turbines are still a relatively new landmark in the area, but to be able to get up close to them is amazing to see. With just the sound of your footsteps and their trance like whirring, it was one of my favourite moments from the trail runs.

Winnerwinnerchickendinner: After a sharky shaky ending to the previous years competition, it was really special to see Mick come back to jbay and dominate the event from start to finish. Watching him lift the trophy with current reigning world champ showering him in Corona, it was hard not to be stoked for him.
Official Photographer Kody McGregor: pt 1.

Official Photographer Kody McGregor: pt 1.

15/05/2018, Jeffreys Bay, Multi Sports, J-Bay Open , Article # 26705836

Kody McGregor has been shooting the JBay Winterfest since inception, and has made a name over the last few years as a talented photographer and a great guy to work with. Over these years he has shot some amazing images in and around the JBay Winterfest.

We stopped to have a chat, and to get him to lay down some of his personal favourite images from his work over the years. This is Part 1.


So, how long have you been working on the JBWF?

I’ve been working on the JBWF since its inception in 2014/2015. I also worked at the JBay Open in 2013 when it wasn’t a CT or QS event, so you could say I’ve been around for the past 5 years or so. It’s amazing to see how it has grown and evolved over the years!

What has been your best moment during this time?

There have been many times that I could call my best, so to single one moment out wouldn’t do the Winterfest any justice. To name a few: Watching the worlds best surfers shred Supertubes (of course); getting the chance to go into the wind farm and see the trail runners tackle this area; the buzz of the town and the amount of stoked people around is really rad to see; but the number one best moment for me is actually being able to be involved in the Winterfest and see it from all angles as a photographer!

What has been your worst?

I wouldn’t say there are any moments that have been the worst, but as a photographer it has been tough covering so many events and aspects in such a short space of time. Very difficult to manage, but so much fun!

What has been the most scary moment?

I think the shark incidents have been the scariest for me. I have swum and surfed many times in JBay and never seen a shark, so to see Mick get tangled up with one, and then to have that big boy cruise up the lineup last year was a bit of a reality check. That being said though, I will still not hesitate to get in the water.

Who has been the coolest athlete you’ve worked with over the years at JBWF?

I have been given the opportunity to work with many athletes over the years so its really tough to single out anyone as the coolest. I have really enjoyed being able to photograph Jordy Smith, Filipe Toledo, and John John. Brad Hyman and Mvuyisi Gcogco from the trail running side are awesome to shoot. I also find that most of the athletes and people I deal with during the Winterfest are really stoked and happy to be there, so everyone is friendly, accommodating and just generally rad.

What equipment do you use?

I shoot with two Nikon bodies, the D4s and D3. I have 3 main lenses that I work with, the 24-70mm, 70 -200mm and the big boy, the 500mm. I also have waterhousing so I can swim out and get in the action.

Your top 5 part 1?

Cutsnake: I felt like Cutsnake and their frisky beats perfectly captured the mood during the Winterfest. Their music injected pure fun and good vibes into the crowd, and I loved how this shot seems to have all of that emotion in it.

FilipeToledo: The waves had been firing the entire contest, and Filipe was a man on fire. This shot sums up his desire and form from the event, as well as shows the full out commitment and energy he puts into every wave.

Funduro: The funduro is all about riding with your mates and enjoying every moment on your bike. Whilst all the riders were out on the track, a mini jump was being tested with only the attention of a girl trying to get the Instagram shot.

Jordysmith: I love the passion that Jordy puts into his surfing, especially on home turf. After a crazy, wave for wave battle, he found a bomb and continued to smash it all the way to the inside, emotions spilling over in the final few seconds of his ride.

Trailrun: I love trail running and the sights that are seen along the way. It’s often areas that hardly anyone visits which makes it more special. With the sun just rising, the first runner came cruising along the track, and it just felt right.
The Twenty Point Heat with Jordy Smith.

The Twenty Point Heat with Jordy Smith.

14/05/2018, Jeffreys Bay, Multi Sports, J-Bay Open , Article # 26699073

We Break Down Twenty Point Heat From 2017 With Jordy Smith

We waited until all the loud celebrations had subsided after Jordy’s prefect heat score, before we had a chat to try and break down what actually happened out there last year. It was a big deal, there are not too many 20-point heats in the history of the sport, and this was the first one ever at a Championship Tour level at JBay.

That was a great performance last year. Great waves as well.

At that stage I just felt so blessed. That was an incredible heat and I am so stoked to have surfed that heat last year. There were such unbelievable waves out there. To do it, to get twenty points in front of all my friends and family and all these local fans was also just such an amazing thing. It was on Mandela Day last year as well.  I think Madiba was looking out for me and sent me the bombs.

You obviously heard all the crowds roaring while you were out there. How did that make you feel?

Well, it was pretty windy and noisy out there, but yes, I could hear the crowds and it was really cool. It gets you so pumped. It makes you feel so stoked you know, to have all the support out there.

Jordy Smith in flight © Kirstin / WSL

Your first ten was incredible, but that second ten. When did you feel that you might have something special coming up? You pretty much did everything possible on that wave.

I’m not sure. I think it was towards the end of the wave. That last floater, it was a big section, and a big move, and I already had done so much on the wave. It actually had me a bit stumped. I actually didn’t know what else I could have done on that wave. When I made the floater I though that it might be another ten.

Then you got it.

So stoked. It was just the most amazing feeling.

Your fans on the beach gave you quite a reception when the score dropped.

I know. That was so cool. I stopped and acknowledged all the cheering. That moment was such an incredible feeling.

Where did that leave you, in the bigger picture last year?

Well, the thing is, that score is already in the past, and I’ll have the rest of my life to bask on that result, but it’s done now. It bears no relation to what I need to do this year. I’ll have plenty of time to reflect on that heat in the future but for now I’m just focused on the next event.

You said that you did everything you though you could do on that second ten. Agreed, you had an incredible variety of moves on that wave.

That was exactly it. On a previous wave I did two carves that felt quite similar to each other, and I did two other lip turns that kind of also felt a similar, and as a result I got a score of 8.5. It was clear to me that the only way to get the big score was with a variety of moves, so I was totally focused on my repertoire and making sure that there were no repetitions out there in my turns.

Pulling in along the way to a 20-pointer © WSL/Tostee

There are people who say that JBay is a complicated wave; that it’s a great wave to surf, but a hard wave to surf really good.

Well, the thing is that when you get a good one and you surf it really well, it’s magnified, you know? When you do a big carve or a power turn or get a good barrel, it looks so good at Supers. The problem is that it works both ways. If you do a poor turn it also gets magnified. So if you bog a rail or something on a perfect wave at Supers it looks so bad.

It was solid out there during your heat, and blustery at times. Did you need to change your equipment at all? There were a few surfers who were changing equipment a lot last year.

No, it was my standard board that I was using. There were those incredibly perfect waves out there. I was just gifted with two of the best waves of the heat, and there was no need for any changes in my equipment.

You say gifted, we say wave selection.

For sure there were quite a lot of different waves out there, with the bigger sets pouring through every now and again. You just had to be very careful out there to make sure you had the ones that unloaded. It’s hard when the waves are pumping like that because you just want to ride all the waves. So you have to keep it calm and focus on the right waves. If your waves had too much swing on them, going too wide, then it’s kinda more difficult to get the big scores.

I was sitting upstairs with Grant Baker at the time, and when you landed that final floater we looked at each other and we both said, “Ten point ride,” at the same time. There was no doubt in our minds, so well done. It was a proud moment.
The Pros and Cons Of Trail Running

The Pros and Cons Of Trail Running

14/05/2018, Jeffreys Bay, Multi Sports, J-Bay Open , Article # 26692069

The Pros And Cons Of Trail Running

They say that trail runners are a strange bunch, that they are possibly wired a little differently to normal people, and to other runners. Trail running can be and is exhausting, frustrating, painful, scary and dangerous. It is however, also enlightening, uplifting, courageous, anti-depressive and fun. Let’s unpack.

Eckhart Tolle, a German-born writer living in Canada wrote a very famous book, one of the most famous spiritual books of all time, called ‘The Power Of Now.‘ In it, Tolle explains that in order to be happy, one needs to understand that you have to live in the present, or in ‘the now.’

The Endurade JBay X Trail Run early morning and fresh © Kody McGregor

You can’t live in the past, because that has already happened and you cannot revisit it, and you cannot live in the future, because it hasn’t happened yet and you don’t know what it is going to look like or how it is going to happen. You can only live in the Now, the very moment that you are. The moment you are reading these words, or the moment I am writing them, is all that you have.

Runners live in the Now. Whether it is on the road or on trail, they are living and breathing and experiencing so much as it happens. Going for a run is not about the preparation, nor is it about the post-run beer or the cool down – it is about running with all senses wired, everything is happening, and as your body reacts in many different ways to the exertion, your eyes, ears, nose and your mind react to the constantly changing environment.

Surfing is the same. You’re living and operating in the Now. When you take off on a wave it has the same sort of reaction. Your body adapts and reacts to what it is tasked with doing, and your senses react to the barrage of information that comes with riding a wave, or pulling into a tube. All you have is that moment on the ride, or on the run, exactly where you are.

Night run © Kody McGregor

It was the famous South African surfer and 1977 world surfing champion Shaun Tomson who compared the two sports succinctly. “It’s that feeling of freedom and openness, it is a commonality that surfers and runners share,” said Shaun. “It’s a feeling of being connected and part of a larger world, that you fit in.”

It’s a technique that will help you to run any race, to complete any task, to have strength to get you through situations that you never thought possible. Just to live in the moment. If you are running, and experiencing what you are going through, you don’t need to think of what happened earlier in the day, nor do you need to worry about what might happen this evening. Looking back often gives you regret, and looking into the future will make you nervous.

Shaun Tomson

However, on a physical and more realistic level, there are two main challenges to getting through the three-stage Endurade JBay X Trail Run. The first, according to last year’s Women’s winner and current record time holder Landie Greyling, is running at night. This is not easy for the inexperienced, especially if there are rivers or holes in the tracks. “In your training I would include a night run or two, to adapt to running at night with a headlamp, “ said Landie.

The other challenge is the short break between the first day run and the night run. “This is when you have the least recovery time, and you’ll probably feel a quite stiff,” said Landie.

All you have to do is live in the Now and ignore the stiffness, and you’ll have no problem with smashing the three-stage event. It’s actually that simple.
How To Win The Corona Open JBay

How To Win The Corona Open JBay

09/05/2018, Jeffreys Bay, Multi Sports, J-Bay Open , Article # 26657042

The Corona Open And The World Surf League’s Championship Tour

  • The Corona Open JBay 2018 is the 6th stop on the World Surfing Leagues’ Championship Tour, and marks the mid-point of the professional tour surfers’ yearlong campaign over eleven events.
  • The Championship Tour consists of 34 surfers, who will be joined by two event wildcards at each event. In JBay one of these wild cards is Dale Staples, the winner of the JBU Supertrial powered by Monster Energy. The JBU Supertrial was run off in excellent conditions in June, and Staples hails from St Francis Bay.
  • The surfing event takes place when the waves at Supers are of ‘contestable’ conditions, and there is a contest director and surf technology to help forecast what the waves will be like throughout the event’s waiting period.
  • Historically the waiting period for the contest is a great time for swell and favourable winds at Supertubes, and more often than not the contest is held in some of the best conditions of the year. When Supertubes is in her best form, rides of 300 meters, and ten point rides are fairly common, but more on points scoring coming up.
  • John John Florence © WSL/Tostee


    There are four rounds in Championship Tour surfing contest, with the first round being non-elimination. After the fourth round it is sudden death elimination, all the way to final.

  • The top two waves of each surfer is scored, and the criteria is thus:

– Commitment and degree of difficulty

– Innovative and progressive maneuvers

– Combination of major maneuvers

– Variety of maneuvers

– Speed, power and flow

  • Gabriel Medina © WSL/Cestari

    Judging scale:
    [0.0 — 1.9: Poor] [2.0 — 3.9: Fair] [4.0 — 5.9: Average] [6.0 — 7.9: Good] [8.0 — 10.0: Excellent]

  • 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).
  • First prize for a championship tour event like the Corona Open JBay is $100,000 and 10,000 valuable points counting towards a surfer’s world tour ranking. A win in JBay bodes well for a surfer’s back end of the tour, and promises a good finish.

Connor O’Leary © WSL/Tostee
JBay Winterfest 2018 Quick Facts

JBay Winterfest 2018 Quick Facts

28/04/2018, Jeffreys Bay, Multi Sports, J-Bay Open , Article # 26552869

Press release

For immediate release

28 April 2018

Matt Wilkinson @WSL/Cestari

JBay – The JBay Winterfest 2018 promises to be an action-packed two weeks of sports and cultural events, with an amazing line-up of competitions and happenings. The town of JBay will light up for this festival, with foreign competitors and media flocking into town for the festival, along with local competitors, media, spectators and fans, as all the various tournaments unfold.

Corona Open JBay Men and Women

Now entering its sixth year, the JBay Winterfest is anchored by the Corona Open JBay Men’s and Women’s Championship Tour (CT) surfing event at Supertubes, presented by the World Surf League. World champions, former event champions and everyone else on the CT will be present, including John John Florence, Kelly Slater, Jordy Smith, Filipe Toledo and tour rookie Mikey February. On the Women’s side we can expect Steph Gilmore, Carissa Moore, Lakey Peterson and Tatiana Weston-Web amongst others. The waiting period for the events are from 2-16 July.

Carissa Moore © WSL/Cestari

Other events include:

The Oakley X-Over.

This celebrity cross-over event comprises golf, mountain biking and surfing, and confirmed entries include Jean De Villiers, Butch James, Tonderai Chavhanga, Garreth McClellan, Ruan De Smidt and John Smit, to name a few. It will take place on 5-6 July.


Tom Whitaker © Kolesky/Nikon/Lexar

The Funduro. 

Slake Adventures will be hosting their fifth JBay Winterfest Funduro this year. The main loop consists of 15 km single track and is measured as easy-medium in difficulty. The terrain will consist of both flat and technical riding. The new unridden terrain will be super fun with some surprises on the way. The event will take place on Saturday 7 July.


Funduro action © Kody McGregor

The JBay Windfarm MTB Classic.

Established as one of the top events on the Eastern Cape off-road calendar, the JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic promises to once again be a highlight of the JBay Winterfest.

Over the past five years, organisers of the JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic have worked each year to innovate and improve both the routes and rider experience. The event will take place 14 July


JBay Windfarm MTB Classic © Jazz Kuschke


Endurade JBay X Trail Run

The Endurade JBayX is unique in concept, entailing 3 individual 20Km trail runs, all starting 12-hours apart, showcasing the best of the Jeffreys Bay area. The total distance covered will be just over 60km.

A 10km trail run and 5km fun beach run / walk will be presented on Sunday 15 July, starting at 9:00am and 10:00am respectively. Both these events will be suitable for families, friends, supporters and first time trail runners. This takes place from 13-15 July.

Endurade 2018 JBayX Trail Run

Endurade 2018 JBayX Trail Run © Kody McGregor

Coldwater Classic

Now in its 6th year, the Coldwater Classic forms part of the JBay Winterfest being held from 2nd – 17th July 2018 in Jeffreys Bay.

Swimmers can experience the thrill and challenge of swimming a triple mile in sub 15 degree water where swimmers wear one Speedo type costume, goggles and a standard silicone swim cap (English Channel swimming rules apply).This takes place on 8 July.

Skins Fishing Competition

Cold Water Classic Open Water Swim

The 6th Winterfest Skins Fishing Competition will be taking place during this year’s JBay Winterfest. This event has seen massive growth over the past five years and is now one of the biggest and most unique shore angling competitions in South Africa!

It is literately divided into six mini comps or ‘skins’ each lasting one hour. The person who catches the highest-scoring fish for that hour will win the R3000 cash ‘skin’ and any other prizes allocated to that skin. If it happens that no fish are recorded for any skin, the cash (and other prizes) will carry over to the next skin (this will then be worth R6000) etc. This takes place on 14 July.

127cm cow shark

Fishing Skins Tournament

Co-sponsors include Oakley and the Kouga Municipality.

The event hash tag is #jbaywinterfest

The JBay Winterfest social media channels:



Instagram: @jbaywinterfest

For JBay Winterfest information contact

Koffie Jacobs


Media enquiries:

Craig Jarvis


t. 082 376 4443


23/04/2018, Jeffreys Bay, Multi Sports, J-Bay Open , Article # 26498763


Prepare for the best trails JBay and surrounds has to offer

(JEFFREYS BAY) – The Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm recently reaffirmed its patronage as title sponsor for the JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic. Now in its sixth year, the JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic 2018 will take place on Saturday, 14th July 2018.  The event is created to suite a range of fitness and skill levels, welcoming all who want to be part of this popular event.

“Being a carbon-free, clean sport, mountain-biking fits our wind farm’s ethos perfectly and furthermore, it is a firm favourite within our local community,” said Mark Pickering, General Manager of the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm as he announced that Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm will once again provide support to this much loved local event, which carries the unique distinction of being the only one-day race in Africa to traverse a wind farm.

The event runs from Kabeljouws Lagoon parking area and features a 25km fun ride; 50km half-marathon and 85km ultra.

Route details will be announced soon but early indications are that they will remain largely the same as in 2017, which saw both the 50km marathon featuring new sections of singletrack. The 85km is traditionally an ideal shakedown training ride ahead of Transbaviaans in August and the route is always technical and challenging. Watch the local press and stay tuned to the event’s social media channels for details on an exciting STRAVA initiative ahead of race day.

There will once again be R55 000 worth of prices up for grabs with a R10 000 first prize for both the male and female 85km ultra category winners.