Top athletes to battle it out at Oakley X-Over OAKLEY X OVER CHALLENGE

2016-06-30 06:00
John Smith, former Springbok rugby captain, concentrating on the road during the Oakley X Over Challenge’s mountain bike race.                        Photo: ERNST OHLLHOFF

John Smith, former Springbok rugby captain, concentrating on the road during the Oakley X Over Challenge’s mountain bike race. Photo: ERNST OHLLHOFF

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THIS year will see the third episode of Oakley’s extremely popular X Over event. The Oakley X Over presented by Seartec is a multi-disciplined cross over challenge where top South African athletes from various sporting codes are invited to battle it out for the champion title.

The Oakley X Over consists of a golf tournament, a mountain bike race and a surfing contest, and is set to take place on July 13 to 14

The Oakley X Over will begin with the golf tournament on the morning of 13 July at The Links Golf Course at St Francis Bay. This will be followed by the Mountain Bike race, set to take place in JBay on the same day. The surfing contest will take place at the Lower Point in JBay, starting in the morning on July 13 to 14.

“With two successful Oakley X Over events behind us, and with the bar set high over the last two years, I’m looking forward to another successful event this year,” said Oakley Sports Marketing and Events Manager Seth Hulley.

“This year we have added six new iconic athletes into the mix. They are Gugu Zulu, Schalk Burger, Giniel De Villiers, Seabelo Senatla, Nick De Wit and Jean De Villiers, and have secured our own show on Supersport, so the public will get to witness their sports heroes pushing their limits in the various sporting categories. Certainly an event not to be missed!”

Jean de Villiers is a new face at the event, and is excited to be involved.

“I’m thrilled to be part of Oakley X Over 2016,” said de Villiers. “It’s great to be associated with such an amazing brand like Oakley, and to be in the presence of such fantastic athletes will be a memorable experience. I’m sure there will be no lack of competitiveness and lots of fun and banter. Can’t wait.”

Apart from the new faces, the Oakley X Over has a number of competitors who have been at the event since inception, and who now consider themselves veterans at this tough but fun event. Athletes like Jordy Smith, John Smit, Ryan Sandes, Garreth ‘Soldierboy’ McLellan, Bob Skinstad and Greg Minnaar will be back, all keen on a win at this prestigious tournament. Minnaar, a multiple Downhill Mountain Bike World Champion, is dead-set on a 2016 victory.

“This year I’m coming in hot and loose,” said Minnaar on his pre-event training regime. “I think in years past I’ve taken this event way too seriously and ended up cracking under pressure, especially in the golf. This year I’ve worked hard on getting my mental game figured out, and getting into the zone! The 2016 Oakley X Over will be mine!” To find out more about the event follow the #XOVER 16 hashtag on social media.

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