The JBay Winterfest presented by Woodlands Dairy starts today, and it promises to be a spectacular opening to the festival.
Wild weather, gale force winds and the promise of great waves at Supertubes will most likely see the Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour event, the JBay Open, get off to an early start.
This event, number 6 on the Championship Tour, comprises the best surfers in the world, including previous world champions Kelly Slater (USA), Mick Fanning (AUS), Joel Parkinson (AUS) and Gabriel Medina (BRA), as well as current world champion Adriano de Souza (BRA) and two times event champion Jordy Smith from Durban.
There is a chance of the JBay Open continuing into Thursday, as well as a new swell building for Saturday, so all in all an exciting start for the JBay Winterfest.
Jordy Smith two-time winner of the JBay Open (2010, 2011) and the only South African on the CT, will return to the event this season injury free.
Smith’s 2015 campaign was derailed by a significant back injury that saw him finish 25th before withdrawing from competition for most of the year.
Smith will face Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) and Adam Melling (AUS) in Round 1 of competition.
“I’m feeling 100 percent better than last year,” said Jordy. “I’ve gathered some of my fondest memories here at Jeffreys Bay so it’s a really special place for me.
I’m thankful that the WSL has come back and we get the opportunity to surf this wave.
I’ve been surfing in front of friends and family my entire life so I feel like it’s a big bonus for me rather than added pressure.”
The Quiksilver JBay Junior Pro and the Roxy JBay Junior Pro events are both set to begin at Magnatubes on Friday, running through to a final on Sunday, and the best junior surfers in the country will be in attendance.
For more information, visit www.jbaywinterfest.com
To watch the JBay Open live, visit World Surf League