John Smit - stoked to be a part of it all. © Kody McGregor

Date: 20 -21 July 2017
Venue: Lower Point

The celebrity crossover event is set to return with even more punch than last year.

This year the Oakley X-Over looks to be jammed with top South African sports celebrities, all vying for the coveted trophy, as well as the honour of winning such a prestige event.

The Oakley X-Over consists of a golf tournament, a mountain biking race and a surfing event, set in and around the JBay Winterfest.

“It’s one of my favourite events of the year,” said Oakley X-Over stalwart Bob Skinstad. “It’s a great time of year to be in JBay, the town is buzzing with the JBay Open surfing, and I’m looking forward to competing in the event again.”

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

On Friday 21 July the day’s proceedings starts off with the fiercely-contested surf event at the Lower Point in JBay. The first heat will hit the water at 8am, and this discipline is always one of the highlights of the X Over.

The athletes head over to the St Francis Links Golf Course after the surfing event for their nine-hole tournament. Hosted by Jeff Clause, the golf tournament is always a popular leg of the X Over, is well attended by fans and media, and brings the best out of the athletes. The golf also signals the end of the event, and the points can finally be tallied.

The Oakley X-Over Challenge is one of the most popular events of the JBay Winterfest, and there will be a full production crew attending the event for the TV show that will air later on in the year.