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2016 Jeffreys Bay Winter Fest South Africa

JBay Winterfest 2016 is approaching. It has an amazing line-up of events and happenings, including Championship Tour surfing, a music festival, the Oakley X-Over celebrity event

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2015 saw the JBay Winter Fest establish itself as one of the country’s premier sporting and music events, attracting some 45000 festival goers over the 10-day period.

Exhibiting an array of 13 sporting events the JBay Winter Fest attracts a field of national and international competitors to participate in a line up of disciplines open to the public and along with invite only speciality events. Spear-headed by the JBay Open of Surfing, an event drawing over 10 000 spectators for the final day, the town of Jeffreys Bay also hosts a Mountain Bike Open with several distances ranging from an easy 20kms for kids and beginners to a technical 85kms route, a Downhill Sokkie Jol with ramps and obstacles for skateboarders, Oakley’s X-Over Championship and a Winter Music Festival featuring the country’s leading acts.

The festival is further amplified by a number of associated events including a skins fishing competition, a Funduro, a Cold-Water Swim Classic, a Kite Festival and a multi-distance trail run.

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 Jeffreys 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 6-17 July 2016 J-Bay will be sensational. Visit Jeffreys Bay Winter Fest page for more info.

For latest news and updates visit Winter Fest on Facebook

“I love surfing at Jeffreys Bay,” said Jordy. “I spent so much time surfing there when I was younger, and it always feels good to come back to JBay.”

Jordy Smith lays down the law at Supers. Photo: ASP

Past Jeffreys Bay Champions:  

1981     Shaun Tomson (SA)                Beach Hotel Classic

1982     Greg Day (Aus)                      Country Feeling Surf Classic

1983     David Barr (USA)                    Country Feeling Surf Classic

1984    Mark Occhilupo (Aus)               Country Feeling Surf Classic

1985    No event

1986    No event

1987    Grant Myrdal (SA)                   Billabong/Country Feeling Surf Classic

1988    Mike Burness (SA)                   Billabong/Country Feeling Surf Classic

1989    Justin Strong (SA)                   Billabong/Country Feeling Surf Classic

1990    Marcus Brabant (Aus)              Billabong/Country Feeling Surf Classic

1991    Luke Egan (Aus)                      Dream Sequence

1991    Pierre Tostee (SA)                   Billabong/Country Feeling Surf Classic

1992    Seth Hulley (SA)                      Billabong/Country Feeling Surf Classic

1993    Munga Barry (Aus)                   Billabong/Country Feeling Surf Classic (WQS)

1994    Justin Strong (SA)                   Billabong/Country Feeling Surf Classic (WQS)

1995    Seth Hulley (SA)                      Billabong/Country Feeling Surf Classic (WQS)

1995     Kelly Slater (USA)                   Billabong Challenge

1996     Shane Thorne (SA)                  Billabong/Country Feeling Surf Classic (WQS)        

1996     Kelly Slater (USA)                   CSI / Billabong Pro (WCT)

1997     Jevon Le Roux (SA)                 Billabong/Country Feeling Surf Classic (WQS)

1998     Munga Barry (Aus)                  Billabong /MSF Pro (WCT)

1999     Joel Parkinson (Aus)                Billabong /MSF Pro (WCT) 

2000     Jake Paterson (Aus)                 Billabong /MSF Pro (WCT)

2001     Jake Paterson Aus)                  Billabong Pro (WCT)

2002     Mick Fanning (Aus)                  Billabong Pro (WCT)

2003     Kelly Slater (USA)                   Billabong Pro (WCT)

2004     Andy Irons (Haw)                    Billabong Pro (WCT)

2005     Kelly Slater (USA)                   Billabong Pro (WCT)

2006     Kelly Slater (USA)                   Billabong Pro (WCT)

2007     Mick Fanning (Aus)                   Billabong Pro (WCT)

2008     Kelly Slater (USA)                   Billabong Pro (WCT)

2009     Joel Parkinson (USA)                Billabong Pro (WCT)

2010     Jordy Smith (SA)                    Billabong Pro (WCT)

2011     Jordy Smith (SA)                    Billabong Pro (WCT)

2012     Jordy Smith (SA)                    Billabong WQS (WCT)

   The Wave:

For over forty years J-Bay has lured surfers from across the globe to the legendary break of ‘Supertubes’ and its ruler straight hollow cylinders. The multiple sections of the lengthy wave grant its deserved reputation as one of the world’s best right hand point breaks. Despite freezing winds and chilly water when the Bay becomes stacked to the horizon with corduroy-like swell lines the elements become a minor factor to surfers. The break relies on a long, curving lava reef that begins as a jagged south-facing outcrop and continues for at least a mile down the inside edge of the bay. Gaps in the reef line are supplanted by sand flow from beaches to the west, occasionally altering the character of some of the sections. From the top, J-Bay consists of Magnatubes, a peaky right and semi-left, more exposed to swell than most of the stretch, yet never linking to the major lineup, instead fizzling into a small sandy bay between it and the next section; Boneyards, a quick hollow right reef that predominates on smaller days and an occasional left, begins to close out toward the start of J-Bay's splendid premier section; Supertubes, an aptly named long slabby powerful wall, drawing larger swell energy from the upper reefs and funneling it for around 200 yards, letting the skilled surfer dictate the terms of a ride without ever seeming weak or unchallenging; Impossibles, often also aptly named, a series of shallow lava beds with long deepwater holes interrupting the wave, except during times of unusual sand buildup when the whole 150-yard section can become an extended barrel; Tubes, where the wave begins to slow and ease into the final connected section of wave; the Point, a mellow, playful wall flowing down into a final closeout across weed-softened reef and Albatross, farther across the bay, which is another piece of reef featuring a quick right. Some diehard J-Bay surfers claim that Albatross operates as the end section on rare giant days.

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Support the efforts of All Africa Volunteers in Jeffreys Bay by donating any unwanted boards and suits to the community surf development project. This equipment is needed to be used for teaching street children and other disadvantaged children to surf.



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