JBay Winterfest is in full swing

2017-07-20 06:00
Endurade X Trail Run event co-organiser Eidie Janse van Rensburg with this year’s medal.                                                                                Photo:SUPPLIED

Endurade X Trail Run event co-organiser Eidie Janse van Rensburg with this year’s medal. Photo:SUPPLIED

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WITH only four days left, locals and visitors can look forward to double the star-studded fun and adrenalin-packed activities.

With virtuoso surfing performances in flawless four-to six-foot waves, the world’s top surfers kicked off the fifth annual JBay Winterfest at Supertubes during the anchor event of the festival, the Corona Open JBay.

The Corona Open JBay has a window pe-riod until July 23.

Despite the cold, wet and windy weather, the Cold Water Swim Classic saw top local and national swimmers take to the frigid water of Marina Martinique on July 16.

But the fun and action are far from over. The jam-packed annual JBay Winterfest programme offers something for old and new over the next couple of days.

Locals and visitors can look forward to the star-studded Oakley X-Over that surfs off today, followed by the first-ever JBay Loggers.

Also on the programme is the Endurade JBay X Trail Run, Kite Festival, JBay Windfarm Mountain Bike Classic, Skins Fishing Competition, and Funduro.

Oakley X-Over

The multi-discipline Oakley X-Over, powered by Sharp, is set to test top-athletes’ mettle in surfing, mountain-biking and golf on July 20 and 21.

First-time supreme athletes AB de Villiers, Jean de Villiers and Schalk Burger will be joined by Dale Steyn, Ryan Sandes, Raynard Tissink, Ruan de Smidt, Garreth McLellan, Greg Minnaar, Lance Isaacs, Nick de Wit, Kerim Fitzgerald, Bob Skinstad, Butch James, John Smit, Seabelo Senatla, Tonderai Cha-vhanga, Jordy Smith, Tom Whitaker and Ryan O’Connor.

The Friday will see the start of the fiercely-contested surf event at Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay. The first heat will hit the water at 08:00.

The athletes will then head over to the St Francis Links Golf Course for their nine-hole tournament before the points are tallied to determine the overall winner.

JBay Loggers Classic

International and local fin sliders are set to take to the clean walls of Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay at the inaugural JBay Loggers Classic 2017 on the weekend of July 21 to 22.

Presented by Vodacom 4U, this unique surf-lifestyle event is hosted by the single fin slinging crew of Loggers Union.

Promising a weekend of perfectly peeling point waves, an incredible beach vibe, a wholesome food market and performances by some of SA’s best musical talent, this competition is not about ripping waves apart in a desperate bid for points.

It is a classic exploration of the roots of surfing from drop-knee turns to hanging five and ten, as well as everything else that makes logging smooth and graceful.

Divisions for the event include Men’s Pro, Men’s Amateur and Women’s Open.

Endurade JBay X Trail Run

Athletes can put their endurance to the test at the annual one-of-a-kind Endurade JBayX two-day/ three-stage trail run from July 21 to 23.

Sponsored by Nutritech, the unique Endurade JBayX entails three individual 20km trail runs - with all three runs starting 12 hours apart.

Covering a total distance of 60km, the event will test the mettle and endurance of all participants.

This year, three new spectator-friendly 20km routes have been added to the programme.

There will also be a 10km and 5km trail run on July 23 at 09:00 and 10:00 respectively. These two events are suitable for families, friends, supporters and first-time trail runners.

All the trail runs will start and finish at the Winterfest Hub at Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay.

For route descriptions, maps and profiles, visit www.jbayx.co.za.

Kite Festival

Bright pink bears, big-pawed frogs, friendly whales and big-eyed octopuses are set to co-lour the sky at Lower Point heading towards Kabeljous on July 21 and 22.

Kite expert Peter Binsberger will twirl his magic with quad line revolution kites, showing off his stunt flying.

He will be joined by Stinky the dinosaur, Pigasus the pig and various dragons. There will also be giant inflatables, flow forms, trains, facet kites, traditional Asian kites and line fillers.

Experts will be on site to offer advice to no-vice kiters and help them fly smaller kites and bolls.

JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic

The fifth edition of the JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic will peddle off at Kabeljous on July 22.

Featuring a 25km fun ride, 50km marathon and 85km ultra-marathon, the event caters for mountain bikers of all fitness levels. This year’s event that sees participants racing through the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, boasts some exciting additions and changes.

For information, visit www.jbaymtbclassic.co.za.

Skins Fishing Competition

Anglers can reel in thousands of Rands at this year’s JBay Winterfest Fishing Skins 2017 competition that is set to take place from the Gap at Kabeljous to Kitchen Windows Restaurant from 07:00 to 13:00 on July 22.

This unique shore angling competition, offers a healthy fish population: kabeljou, leerfish, steenbras, grunter, baardman, zebra, blacktail, elf, musselcracker, poenskop, stumpnose, bronze bream and various species of sharks and stingrays.

The competition supports catch-and-release.

Two flags will demarcate the fishing boun-daries. No fishing will be allowed outside of these flags. All weigh cards must be handed in at the prize-giving tent before 14:30.

Men are allowed to cast for ladies and juniors, as long as they are entered into the competition.

Anglers stand a chance of winning R3 000 every hour for six hours.

Other prize categories include top lady, top junior and most species. There will also be a Penn Power Hour. During a selected skin, the top five anglers will each win a fishing reel from Pure Fishing.

Various others prizes, including holidays, fishing gear, tackle vouchers, hampers and sunglasses, will be up for grabs. Anglers will also have a shot at winning a Nissan, sponsored by PSG and Nissan.

Tickets are available at Commercial Marine.

For more information, send an email to fishingoose@gmail.com.

Funduro

Enjoy high-speed, adrenaline-packed action at the fourth JBay Winterfest Funduro hosted by Slake Adventures at Mondplaas from 09:00 on July 22.

This off-road motorbike fun day is aimed at riders of all levels and age, and consists of three categories: kiddies, intermediate and pro-loops. The 15km route consists of a mixture of flowing and technical terrain.

The kiddies and intermediate loops cater for beginners and intermediate riders.

The infamous Slake Pit obstacle course is sure to wow the crowd with spectacular entertainment. Some of South Africa’s top riders will take on logs, drop offs, tyres, ramps and the feared balance beam.

New to this year’s event, is the Von Zipper Free Wheelers Expression Session - a huge crowd entertainer as riders show off their mad skills with wheelies, stoppies and all round motorbike skills.

For more information, visit www.slakeadventures.com or send an email to www.slakeadventures.com.

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