Winterfest to take chill out of July

2015-06-25 06:01
Slade Prestwich from Durban was the winner of the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA, and won a wildcard slot into the main event of the JBay Open.            

Slade Prestwich from Durban was the winner of the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA, and won a wildcard slot into the main event of the JBay Open. Photo: JACQUES LE ROUX

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JEFFREYS Bay is gearing up for the third annual JBay Winterfest set to take the town by storm from July 8 to 19.

The festival promises eleven days filled to capacity with adrenalin-packed events - an even bigger and better celebration than 2014 which saw over R100 million flowing into Jeffreys Bay.

The JBay Winterfest comprises many sporting events, as well as a music component, and the Oakley X-Over celebrity cross-over event.

The anchor event of the JBay Winterfest is the JBay Open Of Surfing, event six of the World Surf League Championship Tour. The defending champion is Australian Mick Fanning, and surfers like 11-times world champion Kelly Slater (USA), current world champion Gabriel Medina (Brazil) and local hero and two times JBay event champion Jordy Smith will be in attendance for this tournament. Slade Prestwich from Durban was the winner of the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA, and won a wildcard slot into the main event of the JBay Open. The contest has a waiting period from 8 - 19 July.

A new competition at the festival is the Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS. This event is set to be held at Magnatubes from the 13-17 July. It has a waiting period of 5 days and only needs 3 days to run. The best junior surfers in the country, as well as a crew of international junior surfers, will be in attendance as Magnatubes gets its day as a contest venue for the first time in years.

Another new event is the inaugural Jeffreys Bay Xtreme Trail Run. Presented by Seagull Travel, the JBayX is unique in concept, entailing three individual trail runs - all starting 12-hours apart. The total distance covered will be just over 60km.

The Music Festival will feature acts like Jack Parow, Matthew Mole, Shortstraw, Taxi Violence, PHFAT and Desmond.

The JBay Mountain Bike Open, set to take place from Kabeljous Lagoon, carries a unique distinction of being the only MTB event in Africa to run through a wind farm. This association has now been taken a step further with Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm coming on board as title sponsor of the event.

Kabeljous Lagoon is also the venue for the fishing and trail running events, as well as the Kite Festival.

South Africa’s most extreme open water swimmers will be gathering at Marina Martinique during the JBay Winterfest to take on a 7.5km swim in sub 15 degree Celciuus water wearing nothing more than a speedo type costume, goggles and a swim cap. For the less adventurous there will be a 2.5 km swim where swimmers can wear a wetsuit to offset the icy water.

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