2016 saw the Jeffreys Bay Winter Fest establish itself as one of the country’s premier sporting and music events, attracting some 45000 festival goers over the 10day period.
Exhibiting an array of 13 sporting events the Jeffreys Bay Winter Fest attracts a field of national and international competitors to participate in a line up of disciplines open to the public and along with invite only specialty events. Spearheaded by the JBay Open of Surfing, an event drawing over 10 000 spectators for the final day, the town of Jeffreys Bay also hosts a Mountain Bike Open with several distances ranging from an easy 20kms for kids and beginners to a technical 85kms route, a Downhill Sokkie Jol with ramps and obstacles for skateboarders, Oakley’s XOver Championship and a Winter Music Festival featuring the country’s leading acts.
The festival is further amplified by a number of associated events including a skins fishing competition, a Funduro, a ColdWater Swim Classic, a Kite Festival and a multidistance trail run.
Jeffreys Bay, home to the planet’s best righthand point break, Supertubes, host to South Africa’s most prestigious surfing events and wetdream to every surfer worth their weight in salt. Jeffreys Bay is globally renowned for its world class waves and prominence in the international surfing community.
For over forty years Jeffreys Bay has lured surfers from across the globe to the legendary break of ‘Supertubes’ and its ruler straight hollow cylinders. The multiple sections of the lengthy wave grant its deserved reputation as one of the world’s best right hand point breaks. Despite freezing winds and chilly water when the Bay becomes stacked to the horizon with corduroy- like swell lines the elements become a minor factor to surfers. The break relies on a long, curving lava reef that begins as a jagged southfacing outcrop and continues for at least a mile down the inside edge of the bay. Gaps in the reef line are supplanted by sand flow from beaches to the west, occasionally altering the character of some of the sections. From the top, Jeffreys Bay consists of Magnatubes, a peaky right and semileft, more exposed to swell than most of the stretch, yet never linking to the major lineup, instead fizzling into a small sandy bay between it and the next section; Boneyards, a quick hollow right reef that predominates on smaller days and an occasional left, begins to close out toward the start of JBay’s splendid premier section; Supertubes, an aptly named long slabby powerful wall, drawing larger swell energy from the upper reefs and funneling it for around 200 yards, letting the skilled surfer dictate the terms of a ride without ever seeming weak or unchallenging; Impossibles, often also aptly named, a series of shallow lava beds with long deepwater holes interrupting the wave, except during times of unusual sand buildup when the whole 150yard section can become an extended barrel; Tubes, where the wave begins to slow and ease into the final connected section of wave; the Point, a mellow, playful wall flowing down into a final closeout across weed softened reef and Albatross, farther across the bay, which is another piece of reef featuring a quick right. Some diehard Jeffreys Bay surfers claim that Albatross operates as the end section on rare giant days.
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