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  • Time to Reach Out

    Time to Reach Out

    Tue, 16 January 2018

    Pull into The Surf Outreach programme Summer Sounds fundraiser in Muizenberg this Saturday to support this up and coming support programme. Tickets available at quicket.co.za ..

  • Now for Berguitta!

    Now for Berguitta!

    Tue, 16 January 2018

    A bumper cyclone season lies ahead as already the 2nd cyclone of 2018 Berguitta goes like the clappers east of Madagascar, and prepares to slam into Mauritius and Reunion. ..

  • Spray, Lights, Action

    Spray, Lights, Action

    Fri, 12 January 2018

    Here's some highlights from the recent World Junior Champs in Australia. Adin Masencamp 'top scored' with a 9th place. Four of the other six Saffas in the event got 13ths, and two got 25ths. ..

  • Summer Bummer

    Summer Bummer

    Thu, 11 January 2018

    Summer in Durban brings slip slops and sloppy slush. Free surf prodigy Ricky Basnett digs into a short session, scooting on his Haydenshapes rocket. A short film by Richard Hambloch.  ..

  • Foiled Again, and Again

    Foiled Again, and Again

    Tue, 9 January 2018

    Some people are happy to get five waves in a two hour surf session. Not Kai Lenny! Watch him catch 11 waves on his hydro foil in a mere six minutes. You get exhausted just watching him.  ..

  • Golden Moments

    Golden Moments

    Tue, 9 January 2018

    For some, 2017 was a horrid year. For surfers around South Africa, there were some sublime moments, captured in this highlights gallery by Grant Scholtz. Part One. ..

  • Cyclone Ava Warning

    Cyclone Ava Warning

    Mon, 8 January 2018

    A long period east swell has set Durban in its sights as Cyclone Ava begins to peep out from SE Madagascar after her weekend of rabble rousing down the island's east coast, writes Spike. ..

  • Sign of the Times!

    Sign of the Times!

    Mon, 8 January 2018

    Check the cool sign style for young Adin Masencamp as he upsets one of the top seeds on Day 5 earlier today at the Jeep World Junior Championship at Bombo Beach in Australia. ..

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Tuesday 16th January 2018
time-to-reach-out Breaking News
Pull into The Surf Outreach programme Summer Sounds fundraiser in Muizenberg this Saturday to support this up and coming support programme. Tickets available at quicket.co.za
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Tuesday 16th January 2018
now-for-berguitta Breaking News
A bumper cyclone season lies ahead as already the 2nd cyclone of 2018 Berguitta goes like the clappers east of Madagascar, and prepares to slam into Mauritius and Reunion.
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Friday 12th January 2018
spray-lights-action Featured Slideshows
Here's some highlights from the recent World Junior Champs in Australia. Adin Masencamp 'top scored' with a 9th place. Four of the other six Saffas in the event got 13ths, and two got 25ths.
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Thursday 11th January 2018
summer-bummer Video
Summer in Durban brings slip slops and sloppy slush. Free surf prodigy Ricky Basnett digs into a short session, scooting on his Haydenshapes rocket. A short film by Richard Hambloch. 
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Tuesday 9th January 2018
foiled-again,-and-again Video
Some people are happy to get five waves in a two hour surf session. Not Kai Lenny! Watch him catch 11 waves on his hydro foil in a mere six minutes. You get exhausted just watching him. 
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Tuesday 9th January 2018
golden-moments Featured Slideshows
For some, 2017 was a horrid year. For surfers around South Africa, there were some sublime moments, captured in this highlights gallery by Grant Scholtz. Part One.
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Monday 8th January 2018
cyclone-ava-warning Breaking News
A long period east swell has set Durban in its sights as Cyclone Ava begins to peep out from SE Madagascar after her weekend of rabble rousing down the island's east coast, writes Spike.
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Monday 8th January 2018
signage-juniors-2018 Breaking News
Check the cool sign style for young Adin Masencamp as he upsets one of the top seeds on Day 5 earlier today at the Jeep World Junior Championship at Bombo Beach in Australia.
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Friday 5th January 2018
slush-puppy-storm-session Video
Happy New Year! The doff named #bombcyclone just brought Arctic weather to the eastern US. In this video and gallery from yesterday, Nantucket surfers paddle out in a strange icy sludge.
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Wednesday 20th December 2017
big-news-for-mfeb Breaking News
In huge news for South African surfing, Mikey February has been announced as the first replacement for the WSL Championship Tour next year. Spike unpacks what this means.
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Tuesday 19th December 2017
pipeline-dreaming Featured Slideshows
It wasn't epic Pipe, but isn't it amazing how a photo brings out the beauty and colour of the barrelling ocean at the world's most iconic reef? Here's a gallery from the WSL to end 2018.
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Tuesday 19th December 2017
less-is-more Breaking News
Changes to the Cell C Goodwave surf contest have boosted the first prize and reduced the surfers for the 2018 iteration, with the winner scooping a massive R120,000.
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Tuesday 19th December 2017
mikey-for-the-wildcard Breaking News
Will Mikey February be given a wildcard to the WSL Championship Tour next year after two double qualifications at Pipeline today? Spike ruminates about the possibilities.
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Tuesday 19th December 2017
shedding-light-on-skin-cancer Breaking News
Humans confuse the sun's health benefits with harmful effects. Anne of RAspect decrypts the solar code in Part 2 of our #MindSetFree series, where we invite you in to see a deeper truth.
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Tuesday 19th December 2017
your-new-world-champ Breaking News
John John Florence became the first male surfer since Andy Irons in 2002/03 to successfully defend a maiden world title ... during the Billabong Pipe Masters today.
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Saturday 16th December 2017
slumtown-slab Featured Slideshows
East London has many surf spots that deliver when the known breaks fail. Waveski guru Bruce Viaene and photographer Dalton Burton find solace in a Slumtown slab.
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Tuesday 12th December 2017
tubular-bonus Video
Here is the video of the heat that saw Jordy Smith scoop the highest heat total so far at the Billabong Masters - by scooping two tight tubes, one of which was a foam ball masterclass.
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Tuesday 12th December 2017
oceans-seven Featured Slideshows
Here's a gallery of the Volvo Ocean Race yachts on arrival, during their inshore race, and when they left again on Sunday on a 6,500 mile leg to Melbourne. Grant Scholtz was there.
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Tuesday 12th December 2017
favouring-the-brave Breaking News
WSL Title contender Jordy Smith was a standout on the first day of the Billabong Pipeline Masters after two ridiculous tubes at Backdoor Pipeline gave him an easy ride to Round 3.
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Monday 11th December 2017
crunch-time-at-pipe Breaking News
It's crunch time! The Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons is about to start with pumping 8-12 foot surf bombing through at the world-famous Banzai Pipeline.
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Sunday 10th December 2017
pipe-wildcards-decided Breaking News
Trials winner Hawaiian Dusty Payne and runner-up South African Benji Brand (he's Hawaiian now, damn) have earned wildcards into the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons.
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Saturday 9th December 2017
bunker-spreckels-one-time Breaking News
Wavescape is honoured to screen blockbusting doccie Bunker77 one-time only tonight - the story of Bunker Spreckels, the maverick surfing pioneer and playboy who died aged 27.
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Thursday 7th December 2017
world-record-tow Breaking News
Professional Danish kiteboarder just set a tow world height record of almost 1,000 feet in Cape Town yesterday, with help from Volvo ocean yacht Team Brunel, writes Spike.
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Tuesday 5th December 2017
ocean-love-shines-through Breaking News
A packed house at Centre for the Book enjoyed an educational and inspiring evening of talks last night by 10 ocean gurus with a common passion for the ocean.
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Monday 4th December 2017
night-at-the-beach Featured Slideshows
Cool weather didn't stop the 1,500 who pulled in for the Clifton 4th Beach screening of Wavescape Festival films, scooping surfboards, a wetsuit and kiff prizes. Good one! Photos Leah Rolando.
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Monday 4th December 2017
sharing-stoke Featured Slideshows
It was all about the stoke as a record 22 teams from 12 outreach projects took part in the 2017 Sea Harvest Share the Stoke Outreach Games recently. Photo gallery by Grant Scholtz.
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Monday 4th December 2017
silver-and-gold Breaking News
A silver medal by defending world champ in the AS-1 division Ant Smyth helped push Team SA into 6th spot at the 2017 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship, writes Spike.
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Sunday 3rd December 2017
night-of-the-sliders-2017 Breaking News
A salty evening of talks by 10 ocean gurus includes the drama of riding giant waves off Cape Town and the heartwarming tale of how the hake fishery's seabird bycatch has been virtually eliminated.
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Sunday 3rd December 2017
going-for-gold-at-la-jolla Featured Slideshows
Here's photos from Day 3. Catch Ant Smyth, SA's gold medal hope, tonight 10pm SA time at Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Champs. Photos by ISA Bella Van Der Linden Sandy Coffey
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Sunday 3rd December 2017
february-flies-high-but-falls-short-final Breaking News
Michael February fell short of a berth on the 2018 WSL tour after falling in Round 4 of the Vans World Cup at Sunset Beach yesterday, the last qualifying event of the year, writes Spike.
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Saturday 2nd December 2017
february-eyes-the-prize Featured Slideshows
Michael February is ever closer to the elite tour next year after reaching Round 4 of the Vans World Cup in Hawaii. Here's a gallery from the first three days of the event.
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Saturday 2nd December 2017
a-year-in-pictures Featured Slideshows
Here is a portrait from the waves and wins that Aussie Tyler Wright has achieved this year after claiming the WSL women's Championship Tour world title yesterday. Photos WSL
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Saturday 2nd December 2017
adapt-and-live Featured Slideshows
Check this kiff gallery from the 1st 3 days of the Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship in glassy 3' lines at the iconic break La Jolla in San Diego. Photos ISA and Sandy Coffey
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Friday 1st December 2017
two-rights-make-a-wright Breaking News
Australian Tyler Wright, 23, just earned consecutive WSL world titles after a big day of competition at the final event of the women's elite tour, the Maui Women's Pro.
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Friday 1st December 2017
la-jolla-fires-finally Breaking News
Mixed fortunes greeted Team SA as clean hollow surf put the surfers to the test at the 2017 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships presented by Vissla and the City of San Diego.
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Wednesday 29th November 2017
auction-raises-the-bar Breaking News
A record R772,000 was raised last night at the Wavescape Artboard Auction in Cape Town, with the individual record falling to the Kirsten Sims board for a whopping R130,000.
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Tuesday 28th November 2017
oceans-four Breaking News
We have teamed up with the V&A Waterfront to screen four world-class ocean films at Cinema Nouveau as part of their Ocean Life Festival. Book your tickets now!
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Tuesday 28th November 2017
on-board-for-charity-2017 Breaking News
The Wavescape Artboard Auction looks set for a bumper year as art collectors jostle for ownership of artworks by top South African artists at Jack Black Brewery in Cape Town this evening.
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Thursday 23rd November 2017
heat-waving Video
Dale Staples and Dean Hill thread some tricky tubes at a well known tourist spot deep in the Cape of Good Hope. Nice edit Calvin Thompson. Cool retro beats by New Order.
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Thursday 23rd November 2017
yes-please Featured Slideshows
Durban fired last weekend after a kiff SE swell came charging onto the Bluff and northern beaches. This caused Goodwave consternation but lots of barrelling stoke. Nic Aberdein was there.
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Thursday 23rd November 2017
memorial-for-ahmed-collier Breaking News
It is apt that the paddleout for fallen surf legend Ahmed Collier in Muizenberg this weekend takes place on the same day as the Outreach Games for developing youth, writes Spike.
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Tuesday 21st November 2017
waving-the-past-goodbye Featured Slideshows
Here is a gallery of photos from the Future Classic surf event held at Lemoore a few months ago, which hastened the decision to hold the wave pool event on the WSL tour next year.
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Monday 12th June 2017
speeding-lines-at-supertrail-2017 JBU Supertrial
Iconic pointbreak Supertubes in JBay fired for the Supertrial last week, and Garth Robinson was on hand to capture some key moments faster than a speeding tube.
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Saturday 10th June 2017
jbay-supertrial-highlights-2017 JBU Supertrial
As you can see in this highlights reel of the JBU Supertrial, the world's best righthand point bestowed firing surf upon the 12 invited surfers, who revelled in perfect, uncrowded Supertubes.
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Thursday 8th June 2017
dale-staples-it-together JBU Supertrial
Dale Staples from St Francis Bay has won the 2017 JBU Supertrial by powering through some of the biggest and deepest barrels of the day in firing surf at Supertubes today.
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Thursday 8th June 2017
green-light-in-jbay JBU Supertrial
The Cape super storm has brought solid walls winding down the point at Supertubes and the green light has been called for the JBU Supertrial Powered By Monster Energy, writes Spike.
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Wednesday 7th June 2017
storm-swell-heads-for-jbay JBU Supertrial
A heaving storm swell is heading for JBay, and the JBU Supertrial Powered by Monster Energy is ready to run the event tomorrow Thursday, with a short window on Friday, writes Spike.
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Thursday 1st June 2017
dik-wednesday JBU Supertrial
Two storms have set SA in their sights: a little one warms us up, so to speak, before the mother of a purple monster slams into the Mother City on Tuesday, spreading to the Supertrial.
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Thursday 1st June 2017
storm-warning-supertrial-2017 JBU Supertrial
South African surfing eyes are on two winter storms rumbling in from the deep as the 11-day waiting period for the JBU Supertrial officially opens today, writes official forecaster Spike.
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Monday 29th May 2017
mayday-on-may-day JBU Supertrial
There's a bit of swell on the way, but will there be enough for the JBU Supertrial to go ahead? Spike presents another May video forecast with emphasis on Supertubes in J-Bay.
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Thursday 18th May 2017
final-four-for-supers-trial JBU Supertrial
Jordy Maree, Shane Sykes, Dale Staples and Adin Masencamp join the other eight surfers invited to surf in the JBU Supertrial powered by Monster Energy for a wildcard to the Corona Open JBay.
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Thursday 4th May 2017
next-four-for-supertrial JBU Supertrial
Steve Sawyer, Matt Bromley, Joshe Faulkner and Davey Van Zyl are the next four surfers to be invited to the JBU Supertrial powered by Monster Energy in June.
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Wednesday 12th April 2017
suped-up-trial JBU Supertrial
Changes to this year’s JBU Supertrial powered by Monster Energy promises a fast and lively burst of winter swell action at Supertubes for the invited surfers.
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Thursday 16th June 2016
jbay-vid-highlights-rvca-2016 JBU Supertrial
Check the video highlights of the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA, with some great angles, pumping waves, and this interesting drone shot of a curvaceous carving cuttie. Nice one! 
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Tuesday 14th June 2016
you-re-so-right JBU Supertrial
As the spray settles from the weekend, let us remind each other that this is the best righthand pointbreak in the world. Photog Grant Scholtz was there to shoot Supertubes doing its thing. 
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Monday 13th June 2016
portrait-of-a-young-man JBU Supertrial
An elated Steve 'Steezy' Sawyer is recovering from a moerse party after winning the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA. Sandy Coffey catches up with him as the reality sinks in.
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Monday 13th June 2016
highs-from-jbay-supertrial JBU Supertrial
Here are the photo highlights from the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA, with some moody portraits from JBay by veteran photographer Alan Van Gysen. 
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Saturday 11th June 2016
we-have-a-winner JBU Supertrial
Steve Sawyer has won a berth into the World Surf League JBay Open after a blistering performance at the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA in cranking Supertubes in JBay.
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Saturday 11th June 2016
semis-decided JBU Supertrial
We're down to the business end of the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA in cranking 4-6' lines at Supertubes in Jeffrey’s Bay, with the semi-finalists decided.
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Saturday 11th June 2016
supertrial-on JBU Supertrial
Swell has arrived for the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA. Here are photos from the warmup yesterday and the event today. Photos Alan van Gysen and Grant Scholtz
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Friday 10th June 2016
jbay-warmup-2016 JBU Supertrial
The surfers have today been warming up for the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA tomorrow in sporadic 2-4' sets that are due to improve. Pics Grant Scholtz.
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Friday 10th June 2016
lining-up JBU Supertrial
The JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA is set to go tomorrow as a great-looking storm trundles into town with the first real cold snap of the year.
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Friday 10th June 2016
winter-is-here JBU Supertrial
If you are not surfing upon this weekend, you could be snowboarding a slippery slope as the first full-scale winter cold front klaps South Africa with a cold, wet fish, writes Spike.
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Tuesday 7th June 2016
jbay-forecast-for-weekend JBU Supertrial
It looks like some waves in JBay for this weekend and a good chance the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA will get contestable surf. Spike looks at the charts to break down the coming swell.
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Tuesday 7th June 2016
supers-set-to-run JBU Supertrial
As the contest organisers of the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA come to the back-end of their event’s waiting period, it looks like there is a chance of waves at Supers this weekend.
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Friday 3rd June 2016
heat-draw JBU Supertrial
The opening function of the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA saw the heat-draw take place, and with 24 of the best surfers in the country, every heat is packed with some serious power.
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Tuesday 31st May 2016
high-expectations JBU Supertrial
Storms are lining up in the deep south for the waiting period of the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA, which opens tomorrow Wednesday 1 June, with a big High pressure lurking.
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Monday 30th May 2016
dan-redman-the-man JBU Supertrial
Dan Redman is a stand-out in big Supertubes. He recently got a last-minute invite into the JBU Supertrial Presented by RVCA, where he's been before. He spoke to Craig Jarvis.
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Friday 27th May 2016
surf-forecast-for-jbay JBU Supertrial
The oceans below South Africa are alive with activity, but are they co-operating for the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA? Spike gives us a video surf forecast to clarify.
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Friday 27th May 2016
stone-cold-jug JBU Supertrial
Quiet and low-key, Supers charger Dylan Stone from Port Elizabeth makes the cut for the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA. Craig Jarvis chatted to him.
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Wednesday 25th May 2016
an-extra-four JBU Supertrial
In a surprise announcement today, the event organisers of the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA have opened up the trial to another four surfers.
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Tuesday 24th May 2016
the-cape-of-jay JBU Supertrial
With the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA opening in a week, Spike gives us the lowdown of what swell you need by comparing JBay and ... Muizenberg. Say what?
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Tuesday 17th May 2016
whose-on-trial JBU Supertrial
Another surfer to look out for at the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA is Matt McGrillivray, the talented young JBay charger whose racking up international experience. Interview by Craig Jarvis.
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Tuesday 17th May 2016
trial-by-fire-ing JBU Supertrial
The edit for this year's JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA has dropped to ramp up the anticipation before the best young surfers in the land congregate in the bay of jay. 
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Thursday 12th May 2016
final-five-on-fire JBU Supertrial
After a cranking start to Winter 2016 event organisers of the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA have released the final five invitees.
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Tuesday 10th May 2016
two-by-two-rvca-supertrial JBU Supertrial
Two surfers in two videos highlight cranking JBay at the past two JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA events held at Supertubes - the aim to single out a wildcard entry into the JBay Open.
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Thursday 5th May 2016
on-a-mission JBU Supertrial
Photographer Alan Van Gysen has captured many surfing moments in his career. He spoke to Craig Jarvis about shooting JBay, and other aspects of life, the universe and alles.
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Thursday 5th May 2016
spray-slash-slade JBU Supertrial
You'll find buckets of spray by Slade Prestwich and others in this gallery of photos from last year's JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA. Man with the golden lens Alan van Gysen was there.
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Tuesday 26th April 2016
supertrial-15-revealed-5-to-go JBU Supertrial
The next 5 surfers invited to the JBU Supertrial have been announced, and they have an admirable mix of surfing proficiency, flair and hard-earned Supers stripes.
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Wednesday 13th April 2016
next-five-surfers JBU Supertrial
The next five surfers invited to compete in the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA have been announced, and they are a mix of experience, talent and Supertubes know-how.
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Tuesday 12th April 2016
february-can-t-wait-for-june JBU Supertrial
We spoke to Mikey February, who is frothing for the 2016 Supertrial after he got a taste of the JBay Open as a last-minute alternate last year. CRAIG JARVIS asked the questions.
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Wednesday 30th March 2016
supertrial-set JBU Supertrial
The prestigious invite-only event, the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA, has announced the dates when it returns to the best righthand pointbreak in the world this year.
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