Array of action sports at Winterfest

2016-06-30 06:00
=Joshé Faulkner from Jeffreys Bay in action.      Photo: IAN THURTEL

=Joshé Faulkner from Jeffreys Bay in action. Photo: IAN THURTEL

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Magnatubes, Jeffrey’s Bay will play host to the inaugural Quiksilver and Roxy J-Bay Junior Pro’s taking place during J-Bay Winterfest from 6th to 17th July.

These events will attract the best junior surfers, both male and female, that South Africa has to offer. Winterfest, which has been building massive momentum over the years, will once again feature an array of sporting events including the J-Bay Open of Surfing, mountain biking, Oakley’s X-Over Championships, swimming events, fishing, music events and more.

Once again thousands of eager spectators are expected to converge upon the coastal town of Jeffreys Bay.

“We are very excited about staging an event in J-Bay again. It’s such an awesome venue for the young surfers. We expect to see a very high calibre of surfing. The fact that competitors also get to watch the world’s best at the J-Bay Open at the infamous Supertubes is a huge bonus,” said Quiksilver’s Dane Patterson.

The highly anticipated junior event will run from Friday the 8th of July until Sunday the 10th of July and will cater for surfers in the U18, U16, U14 and U12 divisions. There is a 3A PST Surfing South Africa rating attached to the events and a total of R22 000 in prize money as well as some amazing prizes on offer.

In the premier U18 boys division competition will be fierce with the likes of Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay), Adin Masencamp (Strand) and Jeffreys Bay local Joshe Faulkner all capable of taking the title.

Sebastian Williams (Durban) and Koby Oberholzer (Warner Beach) have both been in good form and remain two of the favourites in the boys U16 division.

The Kommetjie duo of Travis Pearce and Manoa Robb as well as Mitch Du Preez (East London) seem to be the form U14 surfers tipped to win. Christian Venter (Melkbosstrand) and Luke Thompson (Durban) are two surfers in the U12 division that are both looking to stake their claim and impress in Jeffreys Bay.

In the Roxy Junior Pro U18 division, favourites include Sophie Bell (Salt Rock), Teal Hogg (Umhlanga Rocks), Taghiti Gericke (Southern Cape) and Chrystal Hulett (St Francis Bay).

Surfing gets underway on Friday 8th of June at 08:00 with the finals expected to take place on Sunday 10th of June around 14:00.

The Quiksilver and Roxy J-Bay Junior Pro events are proudly supported by Skullcandy, Neff, Red Bull, DC Shoes, Gunslinger and Surfing South Africa.

  • For more information about J-Bay Winterfest go to: http://www.jbaywinterfest.com

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