Staples wins JBU Supertrial

2017-06-15 06:00
St Francis Bay surfer, Dale Staples, won the 2017 JBU Supertrial in excellent six-foot surf at Supertubes last week.Photo:ALAN VAN GYSEN

St Francis Bay surfer, Dale Staples, won the 2017 JBU Supertrial in excellent six-foot surf at Supertubes last week.Photo:ALAN VAN GYSEN

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IN an inspired performance, Dale Staples won the 2017 JBU Supertrial in excellent six-foot surf at Supertubes last week.

Dale, from St Francis Bay, has been surfing the fabled waves of Supertubes since he was a junior surfer, and knows the intricate wave better than most, and even though the conditions were tricky, Dale totally dominated.

The 26-year-old surfer has been competing in the World Qualifying Series for a number of years now, fighting to get onto the Championship Tour of Surfing. This win is going to help him immensely in his quest. The first prize for this event win is the priceless Wild Card ticket into the Corona Open JBay, the Championship Tour event that comes to JBay next month as the cornerstone event for the JBay Winterfest.

  • What a wildcard means is that Dale gets a stand Gabriel Medina.

Staples, who actually made it into the main event when he was younger, was ecstatic about the wildcard. ”I am so stoked to be in the main event,” says. Staples. “I was in the main event before, when I was 17, but now I’m a lot older and more experienced. I really hope to do well in the event, and am so happy to be surfing in this event in front of a home crowd.”

Jordy Smith, who won the event twice, has often spoken about the home crowd cheering one on and how much it helps. Dale will soon be feeling this energy. “I really hope to do well in the event, and am grateful for the win and for the chance to compete against the best surfers in the world.”

Staples has plenty of experience out there among the waves of Supertubes, whether free-surfing or in competition. In 2012 the event was a WQS 6 star named the Billabong Pro, and he went on to finish in the quarterfinals, eliminating current world champion John John Florence along the way.

Staples has been campaigning in the WQS for such a long time now, and this win comes at a unique point in his competitive life. “I’m going to continue to surf in a few events going forward,” says Staples. “We are going into a busy period of surf competition here in South Africa, so I’ll keep going and push it a bit further.”

Staples, however, has changed his approach slightly, to see where it progresses. “I’m not going to take it too seriously though. I’m going to make sure that I have fun, and not stress too much about competition.”

JBU Supertrial Final Results

1. Dale Staples (St Francis Bay)

2. Dylan Lightfoot (JBay)

3. Matt McGillivray (JBay)

4. Mikey February (Kommetjie)

  • The Corona Open JBay has a waiting period from July 12 to 23, and is part of the JBay Winterfest.

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