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Jeffreys Bay Winter Festival 2014 Wrap up

2014 saw the JBay Winter Fest establish itself as one of the country’s premier sporting and music events, attracting some 45000 festivalgoers over the 10-day period.

Congratulations Mick Fanning - JBay Open Champion 2014 ©Sacha Specker
JBay Mountain Bike Open ©Jazz Kuschke
Core Downhill Sokkie Jol ©Grant McLachlan
VW Rally © David Ledbitter

Exhibiting an array of 13 sporting events the JBay Winter Fest attracts a field of national and international competitors to participate in a line up of disciplines open to the public and along with invite only speciality events. Spear-headed by the JBay Open of Surfing, an event drawing over 10 000 spectators for the final day, the town of Jeffreys Bay also hosts a Mountain Bike Open with several distances ranging from an easy 20kms for kids and beginners to a technical 85kms route, a Downhill Sokkie Jol with ramps and obstacles for skateboarders, a stage of the National VW Rally Championships, Oakley’s X-Over Championship and a Winter Music Festival featuring the country’s leading acts.

Open Water Classic © Beautique Photography
Mick Fanning during the finals ©Sacha Specker
Soldier Boy at Oakley X-Over © Kolesky/Nikon/Lexar
The Parlotones at the Music Fest ©Grant McLachlan

The festival is further amplified by a number of associated events including a skins fishing competition, a Funduro, a Cold-Water Swim Classic, a Kite Festival and a multi-distance trail run.

Returning from the 8th-19th July 2015 the JBay Winter Fest is set to expand on the success of 2014. Further information about next year’s festival will be released early 2015.

July is JBay – see you next year!

Winter Waves © Sacha Specker
Funduro © Pierre Gerber
Trail Run © Grant McLaghlen
Supertubes delivering to a massive crowd on the beach © Beautique Photography
Skins Fishing Competition © Robbie Irlam
Monster Drift © Impact Photography

Highlights – 2014