Jeffreys Bay is back on calendar for world surfing tour

2014-02-26 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) has announced the return of South Africa’s Jeffreys Bay to the elite Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) schedule for the 2014 season.

According to the ASP World Tour website, taking place from July 10 to 20, 2014, the J-Bay Open will serve as the sixth of 11 stops on the schedule and has signed a three-year agreement to host the world’s best surfers from 2014-2016.

“It’s only fitting that one of the world’s premier waves provides the canvas for the world’s premier surfers again,” ASP CEO Paul Speaker said.

“Jeffreys Bay has an incredible heritage with the sport and the local community have been instrumental in returning the ASP Top 34 to South Africa this season. We’re very thankful and we look forward to the 2014 instalment of the event.”

The J-Bay Open enjoys the full support of the JBU Surf Club, the local council and Surfing South Africa and will be the major draw card of the J-Bay WinterFest taking place during the same time period.

“On behalf of the local surf community and the town of Jeffreys Bay, we would like to welcome ASP back to Jeffreys Bay,” stated director of the J-Bay WinterFest and J-Bay Open event co-ordinater, Koffie Jacobs.

“We obviously believe there is no finer right-hand point-break in the world and ASP World Tour is not complete without Supertubes on the calendar,” he said.

“We are extremely pleased that the best surfers in the world will be back at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay this July,” said vice-president of Surfing South Africa, Johnny Bakker. “SSA is proud to be working with the ASP, the local surfing community and the Kouga Municipality on the J-Bay Open of Surfing.”

An elite ASP WCT venue from 1996 to 2011, Jeffreys Bay is universally-regarded as one of the best right-hand pointbreaks on the planet and will replace Bali on the 2014 schedule.

“We were very fortunate to have brought the world’s best surfers to Bali in 2013 and Keramas delivered in amazing fashion for the event,” ASP commissioner Kieren Perrow said.

“However, the opportunity to bring the WCT back to South Africa made sense to us and we look forward to the Top 34 showcased on J-Bay’s world-class walls this July.”

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