The inaugural Jeffreys Bay Surf Challenge presented by BloodScan is a three day surfing event that is set to take place on 28-30 April at The Point, Jeffreys Bay.
The tournament is an open event, incorporating 5 divisions, namely – Open Men’s, U20 Boys, U20 Girls, U14 Boys and U14 Girls. The total prize pool of R74,000 – with all finalists in all divisions receiving cash prizes. The first prize for the Open Division is R15,000.
Each Surf Industry team will consist of four members comprising three surfers plus the fourth surfer who works for the relevant brand, which will help to even out the teams and make sure that there is a fun element in the event.
“We’re very excited about this BloodScan event,” said contest director Koffie Jacobs. “Apart from the prize money and all the divisions catered for, we think that the Surf Industry Cup event will bring together the surf industry at a good time, and hopefully it will pave the way for more synergy across the brands. There has been a great response from the surf industry, which is encouraging and bodes well for the event as well as for the future of the surf industry.”
Teams who have already confirmed so far are Billabong, VonZipper, Zigzag Surfing Magazine, Rip Curl, Oakley, Quiksilver, Lizzard, Bomb Surf, RVCA, Nixon, Hurley and Firewire. All comprise very good surfers and there will be some exciting surfing, as well as some good old rivalries to keep the action going. Surfing South Africa has fielded the Eastern Cape Development Team as well, which will add to the excitement.
Oakley is one brand that have fielded a solid team that could easily walk away with the cup. Greg Emslie, Davey Weare, Royden Bryson and Chappy Adshade make up a formidable team with years of cut-throat World Tour competitive experience behind them. “Oakley is stoked to be part of such an awesome contest as the Jeffrey’s Bay Surf Challenge, and with our solid talent pool between surfers and employees, we will hopefully put together a winning combination,” said Oakley’s Greg Emslie. “Point in Jeffrey’s Bay is a fun, rippable wave, so I think the event will be a huge success and will bring the South African surfing community together.”
Historically, April is a good time for surf in the Eastern Cape, and hopes are high that there will be some good waves for the contest.
The event is sponsored by BloodScan, and will be raising much-needed funds for the Supertubes Surfing Foundation. The Foundation has been preserving the waves and beaches of Jeffrey’s Bay since 1999. The Supertubes Surfing Foundation is a joint venture between the local surf clubs and the surf industry in Jeffreys Bay.
Event co-sponsors are Black Label, Sector9, Element and EP Skydivers. Red Bull will be supplying the energy for all contestants.
For contest entries please contact Laureen Payne on [email protected] or 072 898 1001
For more information contact Koffie Jacobs on [email protected] or on 084 515 7026
For media enquiries please contact Craig Jarvis on [email protected] or on 0823 76 4443