Star-studded line-up for festival

2018-03-08 06:00
The two-time Corona Open JBay winner (2010 and 2011) Jordy Smith from Durban posted a perfect 20 heat total in his Round 3 match-up with 2017 WSL Rookie Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA).   Photo: JACQUES LE ROUX

The two-time Corona Open JBay winner (2010 and 2011) Jordy Smith from Durban posted a perfect 20 heat total in his Round 3 match-up with 2017 WSL Rookie Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA). Photo: JACQUES LE ROUX

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THE annual JBay Winterfest is set to have a feminine touch this year.

For the first time since 1996, the word’s best women surfers are set to ride the waves at the Corona Open JBay from July 10 to 17 as part of the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour. Current world champion Tyler Wright (AUS) will be in Jeffreys Bay for the event, along with fellow Australians Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons, as well as Courtney Conlogue (USA) and the diminutive Carissa Moore from Hawaii.

They will be preceded by the Men’s Championship Tour from July 2 to 13. Surfers like current world champion John John Florence from Hawaii, 11-times world champion Kelly Slater (USA) and two-times event champion Jordy Smith from Durban will be in attendance, along with last year’s winner Filipe Toledo (BRA) and world champion surfer Gabriel Medina (BRA).

Both these events will form part of the Corona Open JBay - the anchor event of the annual JBay Winterfest that takes place from July 2 to July 17.

“It gives us great pleasure to include the women in the 2018 Corona Open JBay, taking place at the world renowned Supertubes,” says World Surf League (WSL) EVP/ General Manager Tours Graham Stapelberg.

“Expect to see new levels of performance by the women who can’t wait to test their skills at this perfect right hander.”

Cold Water Swim Classic

Apart from world-class surfing, Winterfest-goers will be treated to top-class swimming as South African and local open water swimmers take to the icy water of Marina Martinique for the sixth annual Cold Water Swim Classic.

With water temperatures ranging from 11 degrees Celsius to a warm 14 degrees Celsius, this extreme event is the only recognised cold water swim in the Eastern Cape.

Swimmers competing in the Mile or Double Mile event can either wear a wetsuit or compete according to channel rules and wear only a speedo type costume, goggles and a swim cap. Those competing in the Triple Mile event, which is an official qualifying swim for the notorious Robben Island Crossing, are allowed to wear a speedo only.

JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic

Also on the cards is the sixth edition of the JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic. Featuring a 25km fun ride, 50km marathon and 85km ultra-marathon, the event caters for mountain bikers of all fitness levels.

Endurade JBayX Trail Run

Athletes can furthermore put their endurance to the test at the annual one-of-a-kind Endurade JBayX two-day/ three-stage trail run this month. The unique Endurade JBayX entails three individual 20km trail runs - with all three runs starting 12 hours apart.

Covering a total distance of 60km, the event will test the mettle and endurance of all participants. There will also be a 10km and 5km trail run. These two events are suitable for families, friends, supporters and first-time trail runners.

Oakley X-Over

Not to forget is the star-studded Oakley X-Over. It being one of the highlights of the annual JBay Winterfest, this unique multi-discipline is set to test top athletes’ mettle in surfing, mountain-biking and golf.

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