Cold water junkies - hottest attraction to WinterFest

2016-07-07 06:00

Top surfers, iconic athletes, mountain bike enthusiasts and cold water junkies headline this year’s JBay WinterFest.

Now in its fourth year, the annual JBay Winterfest sponsored by Woodlands, started yesterday and commences until July 17th.

The exciting line-up taps into the festival mood with some bold new events on the calendar, as well as refreshingly different formats for some existing events.

The anchor event of the festival is the JBay Open of Surfing, which brings the world’s best surfers to town, including legends like Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning. Local support will lie with Steven Sawyer from Jeffreys Bay, as well South African Jordy Smith who won two titles back in Jeffreys Bay in 2010 and 2011.

The majority of the events that rocked Jeffreys Bay in 2015, will be back this year.

New on the menu is the Quiksilver Junior Pro and the Roxy Junior Pro at Magnatubes from July 8 to 10. The event caters for surfers in the u.18, u.16 and u.12 divisions.

Iconic athletes like Jordy Smith, John Smit, Ryan Sandes, Garreth ‘Soldierboy’ McLellan, Bob Skinstad, Greg Minnaar, Gugu Zulu, Schalk Burger, Giniel De Villiers, Seabelo Senatla, Nick De Wit and Jean De Villiers will compete against one another during the Oakley X-Over Challenge set to take place at JBay MTB, the Links Golf Course and at the Point in Jeffreys Bay from July 13 - 14.

Jolly Dolphin will host the Winter MusicFest with top South African acts like PHFAT, Timo ODV and Jack Parow on July 8 - 9, followed by Strange Love and Cut Snake on July 14.

Other not-to-be-missed events include the Kite Festival at Kabeljous from July 15 - 17, the JBay Windfarm MTB Classic on July 16, the Cold Water Swim Classic at Marina Martinique on July 16, the JBay X-Trail Run at Impala Ranch from July 16 - 17 and the Lumo Fun Run for Kids at Kabeljous on July 15.

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