Tonderai Chavhanga drops in on Jean De Villers.© Kody McGregor

JBay Winterfest – Another Day Of Excellent Surf, Alongside Some Music And Golf

In Events, Featured, JBay Loggers Classic, Kite Festival, Latest News, Oakley X-Over Challenge by Kev

It was a big day at the JBay Winterfest today, as a multitude of events either concluded or commenced in and around JBay.

The Oakley X Over powered by Sharp decided to move their surf event down to Kitchen Windows, and the contest was won by Australian wildcard Tom Whitaker. He put on an innovative display in the Kitchen Windows surf, beating Dale Steyn and Greg Minnaar into second and third place.

Then it was into the X Over Golf Tournament, that took place at the Links Golf Course. This was won by Ruan De Smidt from Butch James, and Garreth McLellan. When the final tally was all added up, the eventual winner of the 2017 Oakley X Over was none other than the Downhill Mountain Bike World Champ Greg Minnaar. Butch James was runner up, with John Smit in third position, and the Australian Tom Whitaker in fourth.

The Oakly X Over Winner Greg Minnaar © Kolesky/Nikon/Lexar

The Oakly X Over Winner Greg Minnaar © Kolesky/Nikon/Lexar

The JBay Loggers Classic presented by Vodacom4U kicked off at Lower Point, with some great waves for contestants, and a few mellow bands playing on the grass. While competitors and spectators enjoyed the sounds of Too Many Chiefs and Tall Thief, Lower Point was delivering perfect four-foot waves all afternoon, a great arena for this inaugural event.
Tall Thief at the Loggers Classic ©Kody McGregor

Tall Thief at the Loggers Classic ©Kody McGregor

Men’s Pro division round 1 heat winners at the Logger’s Classic included Sam Christianson, Tristan Lev, Craig Cuff, and Greg Clarke amonsgt others, while Men’s Amateur heat winners included Coert Venter, Chris Heath and Greg Smith. Surfing kicks off again tomorrow 8am 
Craig Cuff styling at Lower Point © Kody McGregor

Craig Cuff styling at Lower Point © Kody McGregor

Alongside the Loggers, there was an amazing Kite Festival going down, with a variety of incredible kites being gusted by the fresh southwesterly winds. The Kite Festival will continue tomorrowSaturday will also see the start of the Endurade JBay X Trail Run, and the JBay Windfarm MTB Classic take place. 

More information on the JBay Winterfest can be found at

Co-sponsors of the festival include Oakley, Kouga Municipality, Vodacom4U and First Choice.

The event hash tag is #jbaywinterfest

The JBay Winterfest social media channels:



Twitter: @jbaywinterfest

Instagram: @jbaywinterfest

For JBay Winterfest information contact

Koffie Jacobs


Event spokesperson:

Brenton Williams


t. 083 549 6795

Media enquiries:

Craig Jarvis


t. 082 376 4443