Will John Smit or Bob Skinstad win the Oakley X-Over at JBay WinterFest

Jeffreys Bay is gearing up for the the Oakley X-Over Challenge, a celebrity event at the JBay WinterFest.

Ryan Sandes. Photo: Kolesky
Ryan Sandes. Photo: Kolesky

Much excitement surrounds this multi-disciplined cross-over challenge, and the invited athletes and celebrities are already in ‘serious training’ for this fun event .

The Oakley X-Over is set to run from 15 – 16 July, which is in the middle of the ASP JBay Open World Tour surfing event waiting period, as well as in the middle of the 10 day JBay Winterfest.

With surfing, golf and mountain biking as the three disciplines in this invite-only event, the athletes are going to find the going challenging. One of the athletes, ultra marathon runner Ryan Sandes, might be one of the fittest guys around, but can he hit a golf ball?

“I am super stoked to be taking part in the Oakley X-Over Challenge with some of South Africa’s top athletes,” said Sandes. “It’s such a cool concept and I am really interested to see how the various athletes perform outside of their known sports. I am a bit worried about my golfing capabilities, but it is going to be lots of fun.”

Jordy Smith. Photo: ASP
Jordy Smith. Photo: ASP

Invited athletes are Bob Skinstad, Butch James, Dale Steyn, David Miller, Greg Minnaar, John Smit, Jordy Smith, Kevin Evans, Ruan de Smidt, Ryan O’Connor, Raynard Tissink and Ryan Sandes, as well as a few special guests.

Jordy Smith will be competing in the ASP JBay Open Of Surfing World Tour event, to be held at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay during the same period. Jordy is a two-times winner of the event, and is odds-on favourite to win it again.

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Jordy will face stiff competition from the likes of multiple world champion and current ratings leader Kelly Slater, current world champion and former event winner Mick Fanning, and former JBay Open runner-up Adam Melling.


The Oakley athletes in the X-Over Challenge remain committed to this unique event, and are all set to take JBay by storm at this time.

The event will culminate with a prizegiving on the evening of the 16th at The Jolly Dolphin. This will be followed by a performance of The Parlotones at the Jolly Dolphin.

For more info on the JBay Winterfest and the Oakley X-Over Challenge go to www.jbaywinterfest.com

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