Gear up for biggest winter sport festival

2017-05-18 06:00

TOP-class surfing . . . mountain biking . . . swimming . . . golf . . . trail running . . . kite flying . . .

The biggest winter sport festival, the JBay Winterfest, is set to take over Jeffreys Bay and surrounding areas from July 12 to 23 - promising fun and excitement for visitors and competitors alike.

Kicking off the festivities is the main draw card of the JBay Winterfest: the Corona Open JBay at Supertubes from July 12 - 23.

This tournament is the only Championship Tour competition in the country, and will feature the best surfers in the world, including previous world champions Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Gabriel Medina and Adriano De Souza, as well as current world champion John John Florence. South Africa will be represented by the two-times contest champion Jordy Smith, who finished last year as the runner-up to Florence on the Championship Tour ratings.

On July 15, open water swimmers will take to the cold water of Marina Martinique, competing in the Cold Water Classic.

For the first time at the JBay Winterfest there will be a loggers’ tournament at Lower Point in JBay from July 21 - 22. This event is hosted by Loggers Union and is presented by Vodacom4U.

Another highlight of the festival is the Oakley X-Over, the celebrity crossover tournament that takes place every year during the JBay Winterfest. Top sporting celebrities like Butch James, Greg Minnaar, Ryan Sandes, Jordy Smith and the Springbok Captain contingent of Bob Skinstad, Schalk Burger, John Smit and Jean de Villiers will all compete in the golf, mountain bike and surf disciplines for the chance to be the 2017 Oakley X-Over champion.

Last year Raynard Tissink was the event champion, with Australian wild card Tom Whitaker as the runner-up. Greg Minnaar and Butch James came third and fourth respectively.

Other happenings at the JBay Winterfest 2017 include the JBay Windfarm MTB Classic, the Endurade JBay X Trail Run, a Kite Festival, a Skins Fishing competition, and a Funduro.

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