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  • Vintner has Come!

    Vintner has Come!

    Wed, 16 August 2017

    Giant surf pounded Stilbaai point on Friday for the Vintners Surf Classic, but the wine ous were fortified (low in tannin, high on sugar with a dash of stabiliser), writes Spike. ..

  • Waveski Champs 2017

    Waveski Champs 2017

    Tue, 15 August 2017

    Some call them goat boats or egg beaters, which is kind of unfair when you consider how the guys ripped at the SA Waveski Champions in Jeffery's Bay over the weekend. ..

  • Thrills and Spills

    Thrills and Spills

    Mon, 14 August 2017

    The Western Cape wine industry held its annual Vintners Surf Classic in heaving surf at Stilbaai last Friday but the wine ous were undeterred, despite big wipeouts. Thys Lombard was there. ..

  • Jordy Smith is #1

    Jordy Smith is #1

    Mon, 14 August 2017

    Jordy Smith has climbed to the #1 spot in the world after his 3rd place in the Billabong Pro Tahiti, with a nailbiting run of four events to go in the WSL Championship Tour. ..

  • Furious Friday!

    Furious Friday!

    Thu, 10 August 2017

    There is heavy rain tomorrow morning in Cape Town, and giant surf spreading into the Eastern Cape, reports Spike in his latest video surf forecast. Batten the hatches! ..

  • Familiar Territory

    Familiar Territory

    Tue, 8 August 2017

    Here's a mega photo package from the Triggerfish Animation SA Adaptive Surfing Champions held on the weekend at Muizenberg. Photos Graeme Field, Sandy Coffey, Steve Pike. ..

  • Second in Command

    Second in Command

    Tue, 8 August 2017

    Michael February sits 2nd on the QS to move within striking distance of the CT next year after his 5th place at the QS10,000 Vans US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach in California. ..

  • All About the Stoke

    All About the Stoke

    Mon, 7 August 2017

    "It's all about the stoke, no troubles" sounds like something Meghan Trainor would sing, but it aptly sums up a great day for South African adaptive surfing on Saturday, writes Spike. ..


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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Wednesday 16th August 2017
vintner-has-come Breaking News
Giant surf pounded Stilbaai point on Friday for the Vintners Surf Classic, but the wine ous were fortified (low in tannin, high on sugar with a dash of stabiliser), writes Spike.
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Tuesday 15th August 2017
waveski-champs-2017 Breaking News
Some call them goat boats or egg beaters, which is kind of unfair when you consider how the guys ripped at the SA Waveski Champions in Jeffery's Bay over the weekend.
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Monday 14th August 2017
thrills-and-spills Featured Slideshows
The Western Cape wine industry held its annual Vintners Surf Classic in heaving surf at Stilbaai last Friday but the wine ous were undeterred, despite big wipeouts. Thys Lombard was there.
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Monday 14th August 2017
jordy-smith-is-1 Breaking News
Jordy Smith has climbed to the #1 spot in the world after his 3rd place in the Billabong Pro Tahiti, with a nailbiting run of four events to go in the WSL Championship Tour.
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Thursday 10th August 2017
furious-friday Video
There is heavy rain tomorrow morning in Cape Town, and giant surf spreading into the Eastern Cape, reports Spike in his latest video surf forecast. Batten the hatches!
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Tuesday 8th August 2017
familiar-territory Featured Slideshows
Here's a mega photo package from the Triggerfish Animation SA Adaptive Surfing Champions held on the weekend at Muizenberg. Photos Graeme Field, Sandy Coffey, Steve Pike.
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Tuesday 8th August 2017
second-in-command Breaking News
Michael February sits 2nd on the QS to move within striking distance of the CT next year after his 5th place at the QS10,000 Vans US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach in California.
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Monday 7th August 2017
adaptive-power Breaking News
"It's all about the stoke, no troubles" sounds like something Meghan Trainor would sing, but it aptly sums up a great day for South African adaptive surfing on Saturday, writes Spike.
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Friday 4th August 2017
left-of-field Featured Slideshows
The waves at Huntington Beach have actually been pretty good, as you can see in this gallery from the Vans US Open of Surfing at the iconic Californian spot. Photos courtesy WSL.
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Friday 4th August 2017
snap-back-to-the-future Breaking News
The quest for 2018 CT inclusion lies ever closer for Michael February after his highest heat score at Huntington Beach helped him hop into Round 4 and the top 24, writes Spike.
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Thursday 3rd August 2017
fish-people-emerge Breaking News
A sold-out screening of the Patagonia film FISHPEOPLE in Cape Town last night capped off a mid-winter component of the Wavescape Festival, which included a bumper stint in Durban.
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Thursday 3rd August 2017
crystal-voyagers Featured Slideshows
Deep in the southern climes of Africa, somewhere between Hotazel and Hotagterklip, lies a chandlery that sells barrels of stoke. Grant Scholtz stocks up on some crystal victuals.
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Tuesday 1st August 2017
poseidon-bombs-puerto Featured Slideshows
It was ugly. It was gnarly. The Puerto Escondido Challenge was just that, as the photos in this gallery from the photography team at the first WSL Big Wave Tour of 2017 will attest.
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Tuesday 1st August 2017
twiggy-s-make-or-break Breaking News
Hawaiian Kai Lenny won the 2017 Puerto Escondido Challenge in gnarly 20-25 foot surf to beat 23 of the world's best big wave surfers including reigning champ Grant Twiggy Baker.
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Tuesday 1st August 2017
bound-for-denmark Breaking News
Surfing South Africa has announced the team to represent South Africa at the 6th ISA World Stand-up Paddleboard Championships in Denmark from 31 August to 10 September.
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Monday 31st July 2017
classical-musings Featured Slideshows
As the photos in this gallery show, it was a classic day out at SA's first all-women longboard event at Muizenberg yesterday. Grant Scholtz captured moments from the La Muse Classic.
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Friday 28th July 2017
just-cruising-thru-bru Featured Slideshows
Muizenberg played host to a sublime longboarding day at The Corner yesterday. All manner of man, woman and child was there to make hay while the swell pumped. Photos Grant Scholtz.
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Friday 28th July 2017
twiggy-green-light Breaking News
Grant “Twiggy” Baker starts his world Big Wave Tour title defence on Sunday as a 25 foot beast of a swell bears down on Mexico for the Puerto Escondido Challenge.
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Friday 28th July 2017
rock-power Featured Slideshows
Winter has come alive along the coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, and this thumping gallery of Cave Rock last Friday by Durban photographer Simon Smith shows the power the Rock packs.
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Friday 28th July 2017
women-only Breaking News
Half the women in South Africa’s first all-women longboard contest this weekend have never surfed competitively, organiser Cheree Thompson tells Spike.
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Friday 28th July 2017
magic-moments Featured Slideshows
Here are some of the most outstanding photos from the JBay contest, with emphasis on creative angles and cool colours. Photos Robbie Irlam, Sean Thompson and Kelly Cestari.
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Friday 28th July 2017
figurehead Featured Slideshows
Check this stylish gallery of photos from the recent Loggers Classic at the JBay Winterfest. The guys and girls had cranking 3-4' lines at Lower Point to strut their stuff. Photos Kody McGregor
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Friday 28th July 2017
by-a-thread Video
After a near-death moment surfing a big wave bommie recently, O'Neill team rider Russell Bierke has made a remarkable comeback, and is charging waves like this. Here's the video.
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Wednesday 26th July 2017
surfing-at-slab-speed Featured Slideshows
Like South Africa, Australia has also been cranking as this gallery of photos from Sydney's famous slab will attest recently. Dan Bielich plays with his shutter and aperture settings.
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Tuesday 25th July 2017
memories-are-made-of-this Breaking News
The 2017 iteration of the JBay Winterfest will be remembered for a long time after an action-packed year that is largely thanks to a sublime run of insane surf and kiff winter weather.
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Monday 24th July 2017
i-will Breaking News
Iconic South African surfer Shaun Tomson has been rebuilding his links to his home country, with an extended visit to Jeffrey's Bay. Melissa Volker attended his talk.
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Thursday 20th July 2017
bye-bye-jay-bay Featured Slideshows
In these photo highlights from J-Bay, we laud the surfers, but give credit where it is due: Lord Neptune and his cheeky minions delivered a thrilling spectacle, an opera of oceanic proportion.
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Thursday 20th July 2017
what-a-week Breaking News
What a week of waves. The whole coast has been cooking and the pros got to score Supers with no-one out. Filipe Toledo won the Corona Open J-Bay today to cap off an amazing event.
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Wednesday 19th July 2017
what-another-shark Breaking News
When will the drama end after a white shark decided to cruise through the lineup in the quarters of the Corona Open J-Bay? Here's seven major dramas so far this year.
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Wednesday 19th July 2017
insane-surfing-in-jbay Featured Slideshows
Here's a gallery of photos from cranking Supers from the world's best who have been laying down some moves that can only be described as phenomenal. Photos Sean Thompson and WSL
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Tuesday 18th July 2017
10-10-10-10 Breaking News
What drama! Kelly's bust foot, the 10th perfect 20 ever (1st at JBay), and a breaching mako? The most eventful two days in WSL history? Spike thinks so. Photos Sean Thompson
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Tuesday 18th July 2017
bonus-for-rocket-elf Breaking News
Silver-haired rocket elf Filipe Toledo gets a direct pass to Round 4 after Kelly Slater's injury as pumping Supertubes presided over elimination Round 2 of the Corona Open JBay yesterday.
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Tuesday 18th July 2017
boneyards-claims-kelly Breaking News
Eina! Kelly Slater snapped three bones in his foot surfing aptly named Boneyards in cranking J-Bay yesterday and is on a flight home for surgery. Photos Sean Thompson and WSL
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Sunday 16th July 2017
speed-merchants Featured Slideshows
Speed lines, big carves, huge airs and that was just the free surfing before the Corona Open JBay. Here's the highlights gallery from Round 1 and before. Photos Sean Thompson and WSL
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Sunday 16th July 2017
saffa-vs-saffa Breaking News
Jordy Smith is the only South African left at the Corona Open JBay after wildcards Mikey Feb and Dale Staples were knocked out in slow, wintery conditions this morning.
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Thursday 13th July 2017
jack-o’neill-celebrated-world-wide Video
Here's a short film depicting the worldwide paddle outs in memory of Jack O'Neill - from Santa Cruz, California, to Australia; from Belgium to Canada;  France to Netherlands; and UK to South Africa.
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Wednesday 12th July 2017
nooit-smith-vs-february-again Breaking News
Jordy Smith and Michael February have been drawn in the same Round 1 heat of the Corona Open J-Bay as the event window opened today. A lay day has been called until some swell arrives.
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Tuesday 11th July 2017
winter-is-about-to-come Breaking News
The 2017 JBay Winterfest kicks off tomorrow with the opening of the Corona Open JBay, the only Championship Tour surfing tournament in South Africa.
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Tuesday 11th July 2017
sa-surfers-paddle-for-jack Breaking News
Jordy Smith and friends joined locals and visiting surfers for a memorial paddle out to honour Jack O’Neill at Lower Point yesterday: part of a series of paddle outs around the world.
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Monday 10th July 2017
wavescape-festival-in-durban Breaking News
Wavescape comes to Durban from Sunday 16 July to Friday 21st with six days of 19 epic surf films, including a bumper crop of homegrown African movies. See you at the Bay of Plenty on Sunday!
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Sunday 9th July 2017
ballito-photo-bombs Featured Slideshows
Catch up with the best photos from Rounds 3 through to the finals of the Ballito Pro presented by Billabong, which was won by O'Neill team rider Jordy Smith. Nice One!
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Sunday 9th July 2017
i-knew-a-man-he-was-a-good-man Video
Peter Hamblin, who gave us the kiff Let's Be Frank movie, has just dropped this tribute to Jack O'Neill on the Interwebs in the leadup to global O'Neill paddleouts over the next 2 days.
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