Weather Pattern And Swell Forecast Looks Promising For JBay Winterfest Presented By Woodlands Dairy

In Press, Winterfest 2015 by Liam Bradley

Jeffreys Bay – The JBay Winterfest officially kicks off on Wednesday 8th July, and the conditions look promising for the World Surf League Championship Tour event – the JBay Open – which is the anchor event of the festival.

The waiting period will start off with a moderate east swell combined with westerly offshore winds, which might see the event begin, but the weather pattern further into the waiting period is what looks promising. A series of cold fronts are set to make landfall in Cape Town early next week, bringing south-westerly swell and favourable offshore winds from the middle of next week.

“It’s looking very promising,” said Cape St Francis surfer Eric Stedman, the WSL Surf Director for the JBay Open. “We’re having cold weather, and the wind has been good, so when those fronts hit, we can expect some great waves for the event in JBay.”

Many of the top professional surfers are already in town, and there has been surf at Supers over the last few days for them to get into their boards, and get the feel of the down-the-line waves once more.

The Oakley X-Over will take place on the 9th and 10th of July, and the surfing event will commence at Lower Point on the morning of the 10th. The conditions for Lower Point also look promising, and the athletes are no doubt amping for this event, including wildcards Wihann Kotze and Tom Whitaker. For more on the Oakley X-Over –

Ryan Sandes will be competing in the Oakley X-Over on 9-10 July © Kolesky/Nikon/Lexar

The third edition of the Jeffreys Bay Mountain Bike Open presented by Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm will go down on Saturday 11 July 2015, and this year’s event will once again offer something for riders of a range of fitness and skill levels.

The 2015 event will start at Kabeljous Lagoon (also the venue for the fishing and trail running events, as well as the kite festival) and feature three routes, 40km, 60km and 85km. Highlights include the purpose-built wooden bridges and berms of race director Arthur Joubert’s property along the Seekoei River as well as tight and twisty singletrack along an old riverbed and a tunnel of natural vegetation. For more info go here –

The unique Skins Fishing Competition will also be based at the Kabeljous hub on the 11 July, and the emphasis of this competition is a family day out, where men can cast for their kids and ladies. Apart from the sports events run from the Kabeljous hub, we have entertainment for the whole family: food caravans, stalls, beer tent , supervised kiddies play area, music, as well as spot prizes and lucky draws. For more on the Skins Fishing Competition –

Seagull Travel is proud to present the inaugural Jeffreys Bay Xtreme 2-day / 3-event Trail Run, also based at the Kabeljous Hub. The JBayX entails 3 individual Trail Runs, all starting 12-hours apart, showcasing the best of the Jeffreys Bay area. The total distance covered will be just over 60km.
Day 1 will kick off at 7:00am on Saturday 11 July 2015, with a 20Km Trail Run in the Kabeljous Lagoon / Nature Reserve area, followed at 7:00pm, by a 20Km Night Trail Run at Impala Ranch, with part of the route taking runners under the majestic wind turbines of the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.
Day 2 will get under way only 12 hours later at 7:00am on Sunday 12 July 2015, with a 20Km Trail Run in the Seekoeirivier / Aston Bay area. The days event will start & finish at the Happy Hippo Farm on the banks of the Seekoeiriver.
All event venues will have ample entertainment for family & supporters, as well as food & drinks.
Competitors can compete in all 3 events and earn their coveted JBayX Finisher Shirt, or simply enter any or all of the 3 runs individually. More here –

The National Kite Festival is the final event based down at the Kabeljous hub on the 11th July, and it looks to be the most visually exciting event of the group. Power kites will be on display for the adrenaline junkies who love to put their bodies on the line and into the gusts of the wind. A range of stunt kites will perform a seriously impressive array of acrobatic tricks including formation flying, while 4 liner Revolution Kites will cater to the more experienced flyers. The capper is undoubtedly a demonstration by eight South African Kite Masters with their giant show kites set to cast some serious shade on the crowd below. For more on the National Kite Festival –

The JBay Winterfest is proudly presented by Woodlands Dairy.

Co-sponsors include Oakley, Kouga Municipality and RVCA.

Supported by Spar Jeffreys Bay, Arbor, First Choice and the Mandyville Hotel.

The event hashtag is #jbaywinterfest

The JBay Winterfest social media channels:



Twitter: @jbaywinterfest

For JBay Winterfest information contact

Koffie Jacobs


Event spokesperson:

Brenton Williams


t. 083 549 6795

Media enquiries:

Craig Jarvis


t. 082 376 4443