Jeffreys Bay – The next 5 surfers invited to the JBU Supertrial have been announced, and they have an admirable mix of surfing proficiency, flair and hard-earned Supers stripes. The contest organisers look for surfing skills in their invitee list, but experience and knowledge of surfing Supertubes is advantageous for an invite into this prestige event.
This round of invitees however, also includes some of the young blood coming through the surfing ranks in South Africa, where exuberance and passion sits alongside experience and where free-spirited surfing also becomes a box to be ticked by the contest organisers.
“The JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA has always been about having one of the best waves in the world, and about the fact that we want the best surfers in the country to be in attendance,” said JBU Surf Club Chairman Arthur Joubert. “It is therefore important that these surfers have a decent track record at Supers.”
Dale Staples was a quarter-finalist at JBay in 2012, taking out John John Florence en route to that big result and is always a stand out on any good day at the break. His inclusion was a certainty, as well as that of World Qualifying Series competitor Beyrick De Vries.
Umhlanga surfer De Vries has impressed many over the years as a fierce competitor with a good arsenal of air moves as well as a confident big wave game. He will be a serious threat should the surf be solid for this event.
Shane Sykes from Salt Rock was the team captain for the 2015 South African Junior Surfing Team that competed in California in the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, where he was the highest placed South African in the U18 Boys Division. He calls Supers one of his favourite waves, and heads on down whenever he can to meet a JBay swell.
Natural footed Sebastian Williams was crowned the 2015 Quiksilver King Of The Groms, and is part of the new crew represented in this event. With a steady Big Match Temperament and loads of Supers experience, Sebastian could turn heads at this event.
The lone goofy-footer out of the crew, JBay surfer Joshe Faulkner has excellent local knowledge out at the Supers line-up which he will no doubt use to his advantage. Joshe has that sought-after track record at Supers, surfing out there in his backyard whenever there is a swell around.
With only 20 surfers invited into the event, there are only 5 slots remaining. Surfers invited so far are in no particular order:
Ricky Basnett, Calvin Goor, Mikey February, Slade Prestwich, Ryan Payne, Shaun Payne, Matt McGillivray, Dylan Lightfoot, Davey Van Zyl, Sean Holmes, Dale Staples, Beyrick De Vries, Shane Sykes, Sebastian Williams and Joshe Faulkner.
The waiting period for the JBU Supertrial is 1-12 June, with one full day needed to surf the event to completion.
The JBU Supertrial forms part of the JBay Winterfest, the sporting and music festival that will take place in Jeffreys Bay from 6-17 July.
The JBU Supertrial is presented by RVCA. Co-sponsors include Monster Energy, Stance, and Oakley.
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The JBU Supertrial is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa, the recognised governing body for the sport in South Africa.
SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).
The JBU Supertrial also is sanctioned by the World Surf League (WSL).
About the World Surf League
The World Surf League (WSL), formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), is dedicated to celebrating the world’s best surfing on the world’s best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The League, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a truly global sport with regional offices in Australasia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.
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