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Five surfers to watch at the Billabong Pro Junior

In Winterfest 2015 by Kev

The premier Pro Junior (U20 boys) division up-coming Billabong Pro Junior presented by BOS is going to be an international affair, with some big name juniors and QS campaigners entered. Here is a few Saffas we think will be up to the task. Bevan Willis A month or three ago Willis would still have been classed a dark horse, that …

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Crazy Kites and Family Fun

In Winterfest 2015 by Administrator W

Big waving tentacles of a mega floating puppet in the sky ogling the many little ones on Kabeljous Beach were the first signs of the Kite Festival in Jeffrey’s Bay this morning. Little heads bending backwards, aspiring kite fliers launched their smaller acquisitions somewhat out of the way of the daunting shadow of the professional sky riders. With stalls for …

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Wildcard Wins Oakley X-Over

In Winterfest 2015 by Administrator W

Plettenberg Bay’s Wihann Kotze outguns the pros to win revolutionary cross-over event. A cross-over event is a tried and tested concept, but usually the sports are, at the very least, slightly related and the athletes all fairly skilled in all of them. When the three disciplines are as diverse as in the Oakley X-Over presented by Seartec, which took place …

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JBay Open’ing Surprises

In Winterfest 2015 by Administrator W

The opening day of the JBay Open started off with a total surprise for everyone, as really fun and contestable three-foot waves ran down the point, with a slight onshore wind ruffling some lips and turning the best pointbreak in the world into ramp city. All eyes were on wildcard Dane Reynolds, and he didn’t disappoint. He took to the …

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Surprising start to Mikey February’s day

In Winterfest 2015 by Administrator W

This morning, while anticipating a fun day watching his heroes after a leisurely breakfast, Michael February (22) had to grab his wetsuit and surfboard and paddle out for a heat with a mere 30 minutes’ warning. This was after Mike Banting of Australia had to withdraw from the JBay Open of Surfing, a 2015 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour …

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Slade Prestwich takes on his first WSL Championship Tour event

In Winterfest 2015 by Administrator W

With a golden tan and easy smile the winner of  the JBU Supertrials presented by RVCA, and the wildcard entry into the JBay Open, Slade Prestwich (20) held the support of all locals and fellow South Africans in his hands. He paddled out this morning into an intimidating three man line up. Round one of the JBay Open, the surfing event of the …

Exciting Start To The JBay Winterfest 

In Winterfest 2015 by Liam Bradley

 Jeffreys Bay – It was an action-packed day at the JBay Winterfest presented by Woodlands, as the first events got underway. The Oakley X-Over, which started yesterday with their Mountain Bike and Golfing events, finished off today at The Lower Point with their surfing tournament. In the 3-foot onshore conditions, it was wildcard Wihann Kotze who emerged as the winner of …

Oakley X-Over – Day 1 Highlights

In Winterfest 2015 by Administrator W

Jeffreys Bay – There were thrills and spills aplenty as the Oakley X-Over presented by Seartec kicked off at Impala Ranch with the MTB event. Overnight rain had turned the trails and tracks into a muddy mess making for difficult conditions. It was always going to be a tight race between SA MTB marathon legend Kevin Evans and Greg Minnaar, …

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JBay Open Press Conference

In Winterfest 2015 by Kev

Tuesday night saw the press conference for the JBay Open take place at InFood in JBay. The World Surfing League CEO Paul Speaker gave a quick introductory speech before the local councillor took over the mic and thanked the WSL as well as the JBU, Koffie Jacobs and Arthur Joubert for having the event return to JBay. Then the 1989 …