THIS year’s edition of the JBay Winterfest can only be described as a resounding success. “This was the busiest JBay Winterfest ever and we are confident that more than 40 000 people attended this year, which is more than last year,” says Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen.“Saturday, 15 July, saw the most people ever at the JBay Open. There was an estima-ted 12 000 to 15 000 people that came to Supertubes on that day alone.“All the events saw an increase in participants which brought greater economic spend into the town and area.”The events ran as planned, with most of them exceeding expectations - but the jewel in the crown was most definitely the Corona Open JBay.Sporting three South Africans - Dale Staples from St Francis Bay, Mikey February from Cape Town and Jordy Smith from Durban - the waves at Supertubes were excellent throughout the event, and the world’s best surfers enjoyed their finest moments of the year so far. Smith ended up in fifth place at the event, losing out to event winner Filipe Toledo from Brazil in their quarterfinal encounter. He also had the highest heat of the event where he scored a perfect 20-point heat total in round three. In the final, Toledo defeated rookie surfer Frederico Morais from Portugal.The JBay Loggers Classic presented by Vodacom4U at Lower Point was popular and well-attended. This event is the latest contest to be added to the JBay Winterfest and is set to become a regular fixture as a result of such a great inauguration. The Oakley X-Over saw some of the greatest sporting legends and celebrities in JBay to compete for the coveted trophy. Sporting greats like Jean De Villiers, John Smit, Ryan Sandes, Ruan De Smidt, Raynard Tissink and Giniel De Villiers took on all the aspects of the XOver with determination. Disciplines included mountain biking, surfing and golf.Downhill mountain bike champion Greg Minnaar triumphed as the winner. The JBay Windfarm Mountain Bike Classic was another event that has grown in popularity and numbers. Jason Reed from East London claimed victory in the 85km event, while Max Sullivan from Stellenbosch placed se-cond.The 60km multi-staged Endurade JBay X Trail Run was won by Mvuyisi Gcogco (4:29:27.8), while Christiaan Greyling (4:29:34.0) and Bradley Hyman (4:39:36.1) came in second and third respectively.With water temperature reaching a chilly 11.5 degrees Celsius, the Cold Water Swim Classic was just that - cold. The Funduro had a massive 225 entries, with Andrew Wren winning the VZ Freewheelers Expression Session. The Kite Festival was running down at Lower Point alongside the rest of the events in this hub, and the popular Skins Fishing Competition took place at Kabeljouws with most competitors included in the prizes.The JBay Winterfest was proudly sponsored by the Kouga Municipality, Vodacom4U, Oakley and First Choice, and looks set for a bigger and better edition in 2018.