JBay Winterfest to be a humdinger

2015-04-30 17:22

THE dates for the 2015 JBay Winterfest have been announced and the surf mecca of South Africa will be pumping from 19 July 8 - 19.

The third edition of the JBay Winterfest is shaping up to be a humdinger, with accommodation establishments already reporting that they are filling up, especially in the Wavecrest beachfront area.

Let’s take a look back at what made the 2014 JBay Winterfest so special.

The anchor event of the Festival is the JBay Open of Surfing, and the waves absolutely cranked for the World Surf Championship event.

Who could ever forget Mick Fanning starting the final with a nine point (out of 10) ride in huge Supertubes to take control from the outset and beat fellow Australian Joel Parkinson.

The weather that brought the big waves ensured a tough JBay Open Mountain Bike event, with riders getting wet and muddy as they rode through the farmlands surrounding Jeffreys Bay.

The big cold fronts that hammered the coastline caused very chilly water in Marina Martinique for the JBay Cold Water Classic open water swim that saw the brave participants take on 12°C water wearing nothing more than speedo type costumes, goggles and a swim cap.

Jeffreys Bay reputation as a fishing destination of note was enhanced with many fish and even a black ray being caught and released during the JBay Skins fishing competition, with the National Kite Festival also taking place from the same venue on Kabeljous Beach.

There were thrills and spills in the Core Sokkie Jol, with skaters negotiating the tricky course in downtown Jeffreys Bay, with lots of fun and entertainment for participants and spectators alike.

The JBay Funduro saw bikers from all over the Eastern Cape try out the track set out by Slake Adventures, with spectacular jumps wowing the crowds.

The Oakley X Over was a tough challenge with rugby players John Smit and Bob Skinstad getting pummelled by the waves at point, with former Bok flyhalf Butch James emerging as the winner of this inaugural event.

The dates of all the events taking place in JBay Winterfest will be announced shortly

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.