Popular celebrity crossover event is heading back to JBay

2017-06-07 06:01
John Smit and Hlonipha Skelm from St Francis College share a moment at the 2016 Oakley X Over.Photo: KODY MCGREGOR

John Smit and Hlonipha Skelm from St Francis College share a moment at the 2016 Oakley X Over.Photo: KODY MCGREGOR

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THE fourth edition of the popular celebrity crossover sports event, the Oakley X Over powered by Sharp, is heading back to Jeffreys Bay in July.

The Oakley X Over is one of the highlights of the JBay Winterfest and the high-profile sporting celebrities add much excitement to the festival.

The Oakley X Over comprises three disciplines and the athletes are put through their paces in their hunt for the coveted title.

The golf tournament will take place at The Links Golf Course in St Francis, the mountain bike race will head off from the Fountains Mall in JBay and the much-heralded surfing contest venue is the Lower Point in JBay.

“As the anticipation builds for the Oakley X Over 2017, we have the strongest field of supreme athletes to date, which includes debuts for AB De Villiers, Jean De Villiers and Schalk Burger,” said X Over founder and Oakley South Africa Sports Marketing and Events Manager Seth Hulley.

“This is the fourth year of the event, and the athletes have become a close-knit group of people. They are all friends, but the hunt for the Oakley X Over 2017 title is a serious matter among such competitive people.”

The Oakley X Over powered by Sharp will kick off on July 20 with the Mountain Bike event. The race will start at 12 noon from the Fountains Mall and will consist of a 15km route, finishing back at the mall.

On July 21, the day’s proceedings will start off with the fiercely contested surf event at the Lower Point in JBay. The first group will hit the water at 8am.

The athletes will then head over to the St Francis Links Golf Course after the surfing event for the nine-hole tournament. Hosted by Jeff Clause, the golf tournament is always a popular leg of the X Over and well attended by fans and media.

The golf tournament also signals the end of the event when the points can finally be tallied.

Another highlight of the Oakley X Over is the attendance of the St Francis College learners who want nothing else than to meet their heroes.

To hang out with the likes of Dale Steyn and AB De Villiers, as well as the popular Bob Skinstad, John Smit, Jean de Villiers, Greg Minnaar and Garreth McLellan is like a dream come true for the sports mad youngsters.

“The Oakley X Over is such an awesome event and obviously a highlight of my year,” said event stalwart Bob Skinstad.

Now residing in the UK, Bob will be jetting in to attend this year’s event.

“I can’t wait to meet up with all the athletes and the rest of the crew that make this event so incredible. This year is my title run year.”

The Oakley X Over powered by Sharp will run on July 20 and 21 and form part of the JBay Winterfest which takes place from July 12 to 23.

For more info go to www.jbaywinterfest.com.


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