JBay winterfest getting bigger

2016-05-11 06:00

THE JBay Winterfest is returning to the town of Jeffreys Bay, and is set to grow this year, as it has done over the last few years. This year sees some new events and some additions to older events, and the lineup looks fresh and exciting.

The JBay Winterfest is anchored by the JBay Open, stop number 6 on the World Surf League’s Championship Tour. Surfers like multiple event winner South African Jordy Smith, 11 times world champion Kelly Slater from America, and current world champion Adriano de Souza from Brazil will all be competing this year. Prior to this event is the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA, a trials event for the wildcard slot into the JBay Open.

The winner of the JBU Supertrial gets an automatic entry into the main event and is guaranteed points and prizemoney, as well as the possibility of a giant leapfrog into a career as a professional surfer.

The new surfing tournament at the JBay Winterfest is the Quiksilver Junior JBay Pro and the Roxy Junior JBay Pro. These will take place at Magnatubes, another prime wave in the area, and walking distance from Supertubes.

Other events include the JBay Mountain Bike Open which features 40km, 60km and 85km routes.

The JBay X Trail run, a three-stage trail run, including an exciting night run, with all three legs totalling just over 60kms. There is also a 5km ‘fun’ night trail run, suitable for familes and friends and first time trail runners.

The Oakley X-Over presented by Seartec is a cross-over celebrity competition, with mountain biking, golf and surfing as the three sporting categories. Celebrities such as Bob Skinstad, Butch James, John Smit, Jordy Smith and Garreth McClellan will be in attendance, along with new faces Jean de Villiers, Gugu Zulu, Schalk Burger and Giniel De Villiers.

The festival is further amplified by a number of associated events including a Skins Fishing Competition, a Funduro, a Cold-Water Swim Classic and a Kite Festival plus a Winter Music Festival at the Jolly Dolphin featuring the country’s top acts like PHFAT and Jack Parow, as well as international DJ duo Cut Snake in attendance.

Night Relay returns

The fun and exciting Town Lodge Business Night Relay returns to Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on the last Tuesday of the month and once again features the unique 3.5km route through the stadium for teams of 5 runners or 3 walkers. Offering a fantastic team building opportunity for local companies and an awesome evening out with friends and colleagues and a chance to walk away with some lucky draw prizes which total over R10 000 each race night. Also up for grabs are floating trophies and medals for the category winners. Seewww.BusinessNightRelay.co.za for further info and online registration.

Tri-a-Fun this weekend

The final round of the Eastern Province Triathlon Association Tri-a-Fun Series takes place this Sunday morning at Pollok Beach with both individual and team entry available for primary schools, high schools and adults.

A great array of prizes will be up for grabs including prizes for the top 3 in the various disciplines and age groups. Prizes for the event have been sponsored by Sharwoods, Toby’s Caltex, Cytomax, Kauai, Triangle Sports, Adidas, Performance Bikes and Hooke Sea Fishing.

See www.Tri-a-Fun.com for further info and to register before entries close on Friday at 12 noon.

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