JBay – The annual JBU Supertrial will take at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay sometime during the normal waiting period of 1-11 June. The event organisers have traditionally held these dates as this is the prime time for early winter swells and his year contestants will be on stand-by for a suitable swell during the waiting period.

The event is an exclusive invite-only tournament and the winner receives a wildcard into the the Corona JBay Open, the World Surf League Championship Tour event that takes place every year in Jeffreys Bay.

The Supertrial is the only contest in the country that offers a stake into a Championship Tour competition and at this event could very easily launch a young South African surfers’ pro career.

The value of a chance to compete against surfers like Kelly Slater, Gabriel Medina, John John Florence or Jordy Smith cannot be measured and that sort of experience is absolutely vital in a surfer’s bid to compete at the top level of our sport.

“This year we will see a change of format, which will be announced shortly, along with the list of invited surfers,” said contest organizer Koffie Jacobs. “The JBU Surf Club is looking forward to hosting this event again and being part of getting a South African surfer the chance to compete at a Championship Tour level. Good luck to all competitors.”

The waves for the 2016 event were all time, and this year looks set for more of the same ©Van Gysen

The JBU Supertrial is a precursor event to the JBay Winterfest that takes place in Jeffreys Bay from July 12- 23. The JBay Winterfest is anchored by the Corona JBay Open Championship Tour competition.

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The JBU Supertrial is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa, the recognised governing body for the sport in South Africa.

About Surfing 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.

For more information contact the event organiser

Koffie Jacobs


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