Jeffreys Bay has been accorded iconic status in the world of surfing since it was discovered in the 1960’s.

Supertubes has been regarded as the finest right hand point break in the world for over 40 years with surfers from all over the planet making the pilgrimage to South Africa to ride its fabled barrels.

The first international surf contest was held in 1981 and was called the Beach Hotel Classic, which was won by South Africa’s first world champion, Shaun Tomson.

Over the past 30 years, most of the big names in surfing have competed in Jeffreys Bay, with the benchmark being set in 1984 by Marc Occhilupo a youngster from Australia, who was sponsored by Billabong, the grass roots surf brand founded by Gordon Merchant.

Occy defined how Supertubes should be surfed by goofy footers when he won the Country Feeling Surf Classic way back in ‘84.

Kelly Slater won the first World Championship Tour (WCT) event in 1996, and the greatest surfer the world has ever seen went on to won the Billabong Pro J’Bay in 2003, 2005, 2006 and in 2008.

Jordy Smith nailed home town victories in 2010 and in 2011, much to the delight of the crowds on the beach who turned up in record numbers to watch Jordy take on Supertubes and defeat the finest surfers in the world.

Past Jeffreys Bay Champions:

1981 Shaun Tomson (SA) Beach Hotel Classic
1982 Greg Day (Aus) Country Feeling Surf Classic
1983 David Barr (USA) Country Feeling Surf Classic
1984 Mark Occhilupo (Aus) Country Feeling Surf Classic
1985 No event
1986 No event
1987 Grant Myrdal (SA) Billabong/Country Feeling Surf Classic
1988 Mike Burness (SA) Billabong/Country Feeling Surf Classic
1989 Justin Strong (SA) Billabong/Country Feeling Surf Classic
1990 Marcus Brabant (Aus) Billabong/Country Feeling Surf Classic
1991 Luke Egan (Aus) Dream Sequence
1991 Pierre Tostee (SA) Billabong/Country Feeling Surf Classic
1992 Seth Hulley (SA) Billabong/Country Feeling Surf Classic
1993 Munga Barry (Aus) Billabong/Country Feeling Surf Classic (WQS)
1994 Justin Strong (SA) Billabong/Country Feeling Surf Classic (WQS)
1995 Seth Hulley (SA) Billabong/Country Feeling Surf Classic (WQS)
1995 Kelly Slater (USA) Billabong Challenge
1996 Shane Thorne (SA) Billabong/Country Feeling Surf Classic (WQS)

1996 Kelly Slater (USA) CSI / Billabong Pro (WCT)
1997 Jevon Le Roux (SA) Billabong/Country Feeling Surf Classic (WQS)
1998 Munga Barry (Aus) Billabong /MSF Pro (WCT)
1999 Joel Parkinson (Aus) Billabong /MSF Pro (WCT)
2000 Jake Paterson (Aus) Billabong /MSF Pro (WCT)
2001 Jake Paterson Aus) Billabong Pro (WCT)
2002 Mick Fanning (Aus) Billabong Pro (WCT)
2003 Kelly Slater (USA) Billabong Pro (WCT)
2004 Andy Irons (Haw) Billabong Pro (WCT)
2005 Kelly Slater (USA) Billabong Pro (WCT)
2006 Mick Fanning (Aus) Billabong Pro (WCT)
2007 Taj Burrow (Aus) Billabong Pro (WCT)
2008 Kelly Slater (USA) Billabong Pro (WCT)
2009 Joel Parkinson (USA) Billabong Pro (WCT)
2010 Jordy Smith (SA) Billabong Pro (WCT)
2011 Jordy Smith (SA) Billabong Pro (WCT)

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