JBay Winterfest
Tom Curren beats Occy at Supertubes

The JBay Winterfest saw two of the world’s most iconic surfers take on the classic walls of Supertubes, during the JBay Open.

Tom Curren at JBay during the Winterfest. Photo: ASP Cestari

Tom Curren at JBay during the Winterfest. Photo: ASP Cestari

Legendary American Tom Curren against Australian Mark ‘Occy’ Occhilupo’s backhand attack in 8 foot JBay in front of 10 000 spectators at Supertubes – it just doesn’t get any better than that!

The double overhead surf on offer at JBay provided the perfect canvas for two legends of the sport to do battle.

The California style master and now touring musician earned the first score of merit, flying down the JBay wall with a series of seemingly effortless turns for a 5.83.

The “Raging Bull” answered back, etching a 4.0 and eventually a 6.83 when he used his powerful frame to unload his trademark aggressive, top-to-bottom backhand combos, getting back in the heat.

Occy! Photo: ASP Kelly Cestari

Occy! Photo: ASP Kelly Cestari

The regular-footer responded in Jedi-like fashion, catching a flawless JBay bomb. With Curren’s perfect style on display, two seamless carves and two barrels garnered an excellent 8.80, solidifying a healthy lead over the Australian at the 25-minute mark.

Ten minutes after his excellent score, Curren was far from finished.

The three-time ASP World Champion surgically dissected a JBay wall, slicing three massive carves and a deep barrel for a perfect 10-point ride.

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While Curren held a stranglehold on the heat, exchanges continued. Occy took off late on a bomb, riding the set the length of the point. Curren carved up the wave behind, with neither score affecting the heat’s outcome.

Curren made an early exit from the water, solidifying a convincing victory over Occhilupo.

The JBay Winterfest took place from 10 – 20 July in Jeffreys Bay and featured many different sports and entertainment, including the Oakley X Over and the Music Fest.

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