Two times event champion and currently ranked third in the world, Jordy Smith will hit the water in heat 5 of round one. ©WSL/Kirstin Scholtz

JBay Winterfest: World Class Surfing Conditions Forecast For JBay

In Corona Open JBay, Featured, Latest News, Media by Craig Jarvis

Supertubes, JBay – The World Surf League (WSL) Commissioner’s Office at the Corona Open JBay have put the contest on hold again today (Friday) as they wait expectantly for what promises to be epic conditions approaching. The surf at Supertubes is contestable today, but the northwest devil wind is making it bumpy and unpleasant.

The country is about to be hit by a strong storm and very cold conditions, with snow forecast in many places, and the resultant weather should see excellent waves make landfall at JBay.

The good surf should start filling in at Supertubes on Saturday afternoon, and the forecast is looking strong for the rest of next week. Contest officials are watching the swell maps closely and will continue to monitor the approaching storm.

“Three storms will supply a lot of open ocean swell from Sunday to the end of the swell period. At this stage it’s a bit of a challenge to see how much bends into JBay,” said Spike from “These storms will bring varied surf conditions all the way through to the end of the waiting period, with the third storm bringing swell with a better direction Friday into Saturday.”

South African surfers Jordy Smith, Dale Staples and Mikey February are all in the event, and will be competing in the first round when the contest commences.

The cold weather approaching is going to see the Cold Water Swim Classic presented by Nicholas Melck live up to its name. The swim has been part of the JBay Winterfest since the festival’s inception, and this year will be the fifth year this extreme event takes place.

The swim takes place on Sunday 16 July, and the Mile, Double Mile and Triple Mile all start at 9:30am. The water will be chilly for the event, and the air temperature for the morning of the event is showing a fresh 11 degrees on the forecast.

Minimum ages on race day apply as follows – 1 Mile (9 years), 2 Mile (12 years). For the 3 Mile, swimmers have to be 14 years or older in the year of the event.

Registrations are open, and more information can be found at

Other happenings at the JBay Winterfest 2017 include the JBay Windfarm MTB Classic, The JBay Loggers Classic, the Endurade JBay X Trail Run, The Oakley X Over, a Kite Festival, the Fishing Skins tournament, a Funduro and more.