JBU Supertrial - next five surfers named

2016-04-21 06:00

THE next five top-class surfers invited to compete in the prestigious JBU Supertrial have been announced - there is a mix of experience, talent and Supertubes know-how.

The invitees are Jeffreys Bay surfer Dylan Lightfoot, former World Championship Tour surfer Ricky Basnett from St Francis Bay, excellent tube rider and spontaneous surfer Sean Holmes, talented young natural-footer Matt McGillivray from Jeffreys Bay, and SA Surfing Championships winner Da-vey van Zyl.

The JBU Supertrial, presented by RVCA, is a hotly-contested event, throwing out a wildcard into the JBay Open as first prize.

The invite-only format of this tournament sees some very talented South African surfers putting their hands up to get a possible slot into the contest, but there are only 20 surfers invited in total. The first prize wildcard is much-coveted, as the JBay Open is the only World Surf League Championship Tour contest in the country.

Dylan is a former event champion, who has been competing successfully on the WQS.

Basnett has been surfing the local waves, as well as putting some serious time in at Supertubes. Sean Holmes is another surfer who needs little introduction when it comes to competing at Supertubes. Holmes has had a string of successful results at Supers as a wildcard surfer, including beating previous world champions like Kelly Slater and the late Andy Irons. McGillivray is competing to great success on the World Qualifying Series and has represented South Africa at both the ISA World Junior Championships and the ISA World Surfing Games. He is the current South African men’s champion, having won the title at the 50th SA Surfing Championships in Richards Bay last year.

The waiting period for the JBU Supertrial is June 1 - 12 and forms part of the JBay Winterfest from July 6 to 17.

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