The 2018 JBay Winterfest Opens Today.

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JBay – The 6th edition of the JBay Winterfest opened today, with the waiting period of the Corona Open JBay officially starting this morning. All the top Championship Tour (CT) surfers are in town, and expectations are high for a great event.

The forecast is looking very promising for an excellent run of surf, starting to filter through this afternoon (Monday 2) and pouring through for the period Tuesday 3rd – Thursday 5th, with surf in the four to six-foot range in the forecast. For now the contest is on hold, and updates can be found on the World Surf League website,

South Africa is well represented in this year’s edition of the Corona Open JBay, with both Jordy Smith and Mikey February representing as CT surfers, with local surfer Matt McGillivray in the event as a wildcard, along with former CT surfer Bianca Buitendag in as the wildcard in the women’s event.

Jordy Smith in action on day one of the Corona Open JBay during the JBay Winterfest © Kody McGregor

Corona Sunset Sessions

As part of the Corona Open JBay there will also be the free music sessions – the Corona Sunset Sessions – at the contest site on Pepper Street. Thursday 05 July will see Sean Koch and Sunset Sweatshop performing; on Friday 06 July it’ll be Rubber Duc and Money for Bali, while Saturday 07 July will feature Desmond & The Tutus and Nic Preen & The World of Birds. All shows are free of charge, so come down and enjoy the vibes.

Money For Bali will be performing at the Corona Sunset Sessions

Funduro  – 7 July

On Saturday 7 July Slake Adventures will be hosting their fifth Funduro, hosted by the JBay Winterfest.

This is a Fun Ride and that no competitor licenses or club memberships are needed. Riders of all levels, together with family and friends are welcome. The event will take place at Seaview Vlakte, just above the Mondplaas petrol garage on the R102.

The loop consists of 15 km single track and is measured as easy-to-medium in difficulty. The terrain will consist of both flat and technical riding. The new unridden terrain will be super fun with some surprises on the way!


Funduro action © Kody McGregor

Cold Water Swim Classic – 8 July

The Coldwater Swim Classic takes place in the saltwater canals of Marina Martinique on 8 July. This swim features sub-15 C water, icy air temperatures. The Marina is renowned world wide as an open water swim venue, and the Swim Classic has been promoted to be an official Robben Island qualifying event. There are three distances on offer during the JBay Winterfest – a Mile, Double Mile and a grueling Triple Mile. All races start at 9:30am.