Huge swell forecast for JBU Supertrial

2017-06-08 06:01
Defending JBU Supertrial champion, Steven Swayer, is set to take to the waves this week.                                                      Photo:ALAN VAN GYSEN

Defending JBU Supertrial champion, Steven Swayer, is set to take to the waves this week. Photo:ALAN VAN GYSEN

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THE 2017 edition of the JBU Supertrial will take place this week between Thursday and Saturday.

Swell generated from a giant storm will see huge waves breaking at Supertubes, making for possible optimum conditions to run this prestigious event.

The first prize in this contest is a wildcard entry into the Corona Open JBay, the only World Surf League Championship Tour event in the country. The winner of the JBU Supertrial will get a chance to surf against the best in the world at Supertubes, with surfers like 11-times world champion Kelly Slater from California, three-times world champion Mick Fanning from Australia and reigning world champion John John Florence from Hawaii in attendance. Former world champions Gabriel Medina and Adriano de Souza from Brazil will also be competing in the main event. All eyes will be on South African surfing legend and two times event champion Jordy Smith, who is on a world title run this year. The Corona Open JBay is the key event in the JBay Winterfest and it has a waiting period from July 2 to 23.

The surfers in the mix for the JBU Supertrial include local surfers Matt McGillivray, Dylan Lightfoot and defending champion Steve Sawyer. The rest of the invitees are surfers from around the country including Dale Staples from St Francis Bay, Jordy Maree from Kalk Bay in the Cape, and Mikey February from Kommetjie in Cape Town.

“I’m really excited about the JBU Supertrial 2017,” says defending champion Steve Sawyer. “I’ve waited a year for it. To be honest, last year was an unexpected and super pleasant surprise, but I have no expectation for this year except some awesome waves.”

Matt McGillivray says, “I’m super grateful to have been included in the JBU Supertrial again this year. I am really excited and crossing my fingers for a good sized swell to come through. It’s an incredible opportunity to be able to surf a heat, just four guys out, at one of the best waves in the country.”

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