The entries for the JBU Supertrial closed on Monday, and there were 54 entries in total.
Only 24 surfers will be invited to compete in this prestigious event, with first prize being a wildcard slot into the WSL JBay Open of Surfing.
This surfer will receive a minimum prize of R 109 000.
The JBay Open is the anchor event of the JBay Winterfest
These surfers entered through the www.zigzag.co.za portal, were involved in a public vote, and were finally selected by a panel representing JBU, Zigzag and the World Surf League (WSL).
They are a mix of hard-earned experience and young blood, of local Supertubes surfers, and others from as far afield as Durban and Cape Town.
“The first batch of surfers has been anounced, and there is some red-hot talent in there,” said RVCA’s Arno Lane. “We will be announcing the next 8 surfers next week.”
There has been a slight contest format change from last year.
These 8 selected surfers have been seeded directly into the quarterfinals of the event, and the next 16 surfers will surf a first round of heats to find out who will be meeting the 8 seeds in the quarterfinals.
In no particular order:
Beyrick De Vries
Last year’s finalists, in Lightfoot, February, Prestwich and McGillivray, are all included in the first 8.
“I am stoked to get into the event,” said Lightfoot. “I have been surfing Supers non-stop the last few weeks so have had loads of practise. I always look forward to surfing Supers with just three other guys out. Hopefully we get a good run of swell this year.”
Sean Holmes, still recognised as the best wildcard at JBay, and known throughout the surfing world as ‘The Nemesis’ was equally excited about his inclusion.
“I’m super excited to be selected for the JBU Supertrial. It’s such a cool event with a real local feel,” said Holmes on hearing the news about his inclusion. “The fact that it presents an opportunity to possibly surf against the best in the world on local soil is the cherry on the cake! Thanks to everyone for all the support over the years.”
Nixon South Africa will be awarding a Nixon Tangent Sports Watch valued at R6 000 for the surfer who rides the best tube in the event, as well as a Nixon Blaster for the event winner.
The JBU Supertrial precedes the JBay Open WSL Championship Tour event, which takes place during the JBay Winterfest.
For more information about the JBay Winterfest, including the dates of all the events, click here