Sport fanatics gear up for JBay Winterfest

2017-07-05 06:01
Mikey February in action at the JBU Supertrial.Photo:SUPPLIED

Mikey February in action at the JBU Supertrial.Photo:SUPPLIED

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THE popular JBay Winterfest, set to take place from July 12 to July 23, has an amazing line-up of events, which include the Championship Tour surfing, JBay Logger Classic – a mountain bike event, a night trail running event and more.

The Corona Open JBay is for the elite Championship Tour of surfing, the best competitive surfers in the world, and it takes place at the legendary Supertubes.

Defending champion Mick Fanning from Australia will be present along with current world champion John Florence from Hawaii.

With a healthy number of international entries for the contest, the JBay Logger Classic promises to bring something fresh to the festival with a groovy rendition of style-orientated surfing at the Lower Point.

South Africa will be represented by two-time event winner and current third-ranked surfer in the world, Jordy Smith from Durban, as well as the winner of the JBU Supertrial, Dale Staples from St Francis Bay, who will be surfing in the competition on the wildcard that he won for his victory in the trials tournament.

Now in its fifth edition, the JBay Windfarm MTB Classic will once again offer something for all mountain bike skill and fitness levels, featuring a 25km fun ride, 50km marathon and 85km ultra.

The top three women from 2016 will be back to battle for the podium. This includes three-time winner and defending champion Anriëtte Schoeman. The event will showcase the finest trail riding the Eastern Cape has to offer.

Riders taking part in all three routes will be racing through the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, riding along roads that are interspersed by 80m tall wind turbine towers, spread more than 500m apart.

The most exciting prospect of the 2017 event is that the 85km ultra will feature an all-new route with spectacular new single track. The event runs from Kabeljouws parking lot where there will be a race village setup.

The Endurade JBay X Trail Run has grown in leaps and bounds and 2017 looks to be the breakthrough year for this race.

The run is unique in concept, entailing three individual 20km trail runs, all starting 12-hours apart, showcasing the best of the Jeffreys Bay area.

The total distance covered will be just over 60km.

A 10km and 5km fun trail run or walk will be presented on Sunday, July 23, starting at 9am and 10am respectively.

Both these events will be suitable for families, friends, supporters and first- time trail runners.

This year the race organisers are proud to announce that the golden couple of SA trail running, Landie and Christiaan Greyling, will not only present a trail running workshop at the 2017 Endurade JBayX trail run, but they will also take part in the race. The workshop will take place on Friday, July 21 at 5.30pm.

The workshop, made possible by Sea Whisper Guest House, will have Landie and Christiaan share personal experiences, tips and advice on training, gear, nutrition and more, as well as answering trail running questions.

Other happenings at the JBay Winterfest 2017 include the Cold Water Swim Classic, the Kite Festival, the Skins Fishing Comp, the Funduro and more. More details at www.jbaywinterfest.com.

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