The JBay Winterfest officially kicks off on Wednesday 8th July, and the conditions look promising for the World Surf League Championship Tour event – the JBay Open – which is the anchor event of the festival.
The waiting period will start off with a moderate east swell combined with westerly offshore winds, which might see the event begin, but the weather pattern further into the waiting period is what looks promising.
A series of cold fronts are set to make landfall in Cape Town early next week, bringing south-westerly swell and favourable offshore winds from the middle of next week.
“It’s looking very promising,” said Cape St Francis surfer Eric Stedman, the WSL Surf Director for the JBay Open.
“We’re having cold weather, and the wind has been good, so when those fronts hit, we can expect some great waves for the event in JBay.”
Many of the top professional surfers are already in town, and there has been surf at Supers over the last few days for them to get into their boards, and get the feel of the down-the-line waves once more.