JBay Open - trip down memory lane Past Jeffreys Bay Champions:

2015-06-11 06:01

JEFFREYS Bay has been accorded iconic status in the world of surfing since it was discovered in the 1960s.

Supertubes has been regarded as the finest right hand point break in the world for over 50 years with surfers from all over the planet making the pilgrimage to South Africa to ride its fabled barrels.

The first international surf contest was held in 1981 and was called the Beach Hotel Classic, which was won by South Africa’s first world champion, Shaun Tomson.

Over the past 35 years, most of the big names in surfing have competed in Jeffreys Bay, with the benchmark being set in 1984 by Marc Occhilupo a youngster from Australia, who was sponsored by Billabong, the grass roots surf brand founded by Gordon Merchant.

Occhilupo defined how Supertubes should be surfed by goofy footers when he won the Country Feeling Surf Classic way back in ‘84.

The event was then upgraded to Billabong Pro and became a WSL contest in 1996, which was won by Kelly Slater.

The Billabong Pro became one of the most popular events on the WSL Tour and many epic battles took place in the fabled Supertubes line up.

Andy Irons, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and South African Jordy Smith have all won titles in Jeffreys Bay.

The event was rebranded as the JBay Open of Surfing in 2013, following the demise of the Billabong Pro and in 2014 became the only WSL sanctioned Championship Tour event on the African continent.

The JBay Open is also sanctioned by Surf South Africa, Sascoc, EP Surfing Council and has the support of the Kouga Municipality.


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 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)

, 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 Mick Fanning (Aus) Billabong Pro (WCT)

, 2007 Taj Burrow (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 Adriano de Souza (Brazil) Billabong Pro (6 star WQS)

, 2013 Greg Emslie (SA) JBay Open (PST 5 Star)

, 2014 Mick Fanning (Aus) JBay Open (WCT)

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