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  • Shark Fin Soup

    Shark Fin Soup

    Thu, 19 April 2018

    Shark huggers, cull callers, brazen Brazilians, angry Aussies, cynical sceptics and all manner of couch clowns are spewing after the Margie shark decision. Get a life! writes Melissa Volker. ..

  • Margaret River Pro Cancelled

    Margaret River Pro Cancelled

    Wed, 18 April 2018

    There have been mixed reactions to the decision to cancel the Margaret River Pro after two surfers were mauled by sharks 6km from the contest beach, writes Spike. ..

  • Cooking Surf Sendoff

    Cooking Surf Sendoff

    Mon, 16 April 2018

    Cranking Nahoon Reef gave the Men's and Junior Men's events a big sendoff at the Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro presented by Reef Wetsuits yesterday. ..

  • Margie Highlights

    Margie Highlights

    Mon, 16 April 2018

    Here is a gallery from Day 3 of the Margaret River Pro that saw Mikey February make it through Round 2 but now has to face Jordy Smith in Round 3, plus lots of the other action at Main Break. ..

  • Pallet and Woolf Take Honours

    Pallet and Woolf Take Honours

    Sun, 15 April 2018

    Nicole Pallet and Kai Woolf yesterday shared the spoils in the Women's and Junior Women's events at the Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro presented by Reef Wetsuits. ..

  • Eye in the Cape Town Sky

    Eye in the Cape Town Sky

    Sun, 15 April 2018

    Here are a few photos of Cape Town with unique views of spots we know so well. Daniel Grebe lost his drone this week, but he will soon be back after raising bucks for a new one.  ..

  • Drone in the Drink

    Drone in the Drink

    Sun, 15 April 2018

    Young photographer Daniel Grebe watched in horror this week as the Atlantic Ocean headed rapidly towards him on the screen of his drone remote. Then it went black, writes Spike. ..

  • Head to Head Will Hurt

    Head to Head Will Hurt

    Sun, 15 April 2018

    Bummer! Mikey February battled through the Round 2 elimination, only to find himself against Jordy Smith in Round 3 of the Margaret River Pro. Sad for both of them. ..

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Thursday 19th April 2018
kak-cull-call Breaking News
Shark huggers, cull callers, brazen Brazilians, angry Aussies, cynical sceptics and all manner of couch clowns are spewing after the Margie shark decision. Get a life! writes Melissa Volker.
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Wednesday 18th April 2018
margie-pro-cancelled-2018 Breaking News
There have been mixed reactions to the decision to cancel the Margaret River Pro after two surfers were mauled by sharks 6km from the contest beach, writes Spike.
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Monday 16th April 2018
cooking-surf-sendoff-at-nahoon Breaking News
Cranking Nahoon Reef gave the Men's and Junior Men's events a big sendoff at the Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro presented by Reef Wetsuits yesterday.
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Monday 16th April 2018
highs-in-margie-pro Featured Slideshows
Here is a gallery from Day 3 of the Margaret River Pro that saw Mikey February make it through Round 2 but now has to face Jordy Smith in Round 3, plus lots of the other action at Main Break.
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Sunday 15th April 2018
pallet-and-woolf-take-honours Breaking News
Nicole Pallet and Kai Woolf yesterday shared the spoils in the Women's and Junior Women's events at the Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro presented by Reef Wetsuits.
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Sunday 15th April 2018
eye-in-the-sky-2018 Featured Slideshows
Here are a few photos of Cape Town with unique views of spots we know so well. Daniel Grebe lost his drone this week, but he will soon be back after raising bucks for a new one. 
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Sunday 15th April 2018
drone-in-the-drink Breaking News
Young photographer Daniel Grebe watched in horror this week as the Atlantic Ocean headed rapidly towards him on the screen of his drone remote. Then it went black, writes Spike.
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Sunday 15th April 2018
head-to-head-will-hurt Breaking News
Bummer! Mikey February battled through the Round 2 elimination, only to find himself against Jordy Smith in Round 3 of the Margaret River Pro. Sad for both of them.
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Saturday 14th April 2018
moments-at-margaret-river-2018 Featured Slideshows
North Point looks like the perfect surfing wave. And with some of the world's best riding it, you get some sweet moments. Here is the gallery from Day 2 of the Margaret River Pro today.
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Saturday 14th April 2018
waikiki-weekend Video
Love this vibey little video that dropped out of Hawaii that depicts the silky, sexy skills of expert longboarding at Queens in Waikiki from groms, wahines and others enjoying some April fun. 
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Saturday 14th April 2018
margie-air-ways Breaking News
The Margaret River Pro continued in heavy six foot surf today, with the men’s Round 1 completed, while WSL history was made as North Point hosted its first women's event.
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Saturday 14th April 2018
seeds-ease-through Breaking News
Typically zippy, clean waves at Nahoon Reef greeted the surfers contesting the Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro presented by Reef on Day One in East London yesterday.
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Friday 13th April 2018
margie-barrels-bru Breaking News
Cranking 6-8' barrels presided as Jordy Smith moved directly into Round 3 of the Margaret River Pro today, while Mikey February must fight it out in the Round 2 elimination.
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Friday 13th April 2018
slummies-next Breaking News
A cranking swell is heading for East London where more than 100 of South Africa's top open and junior surfers are surfing in the Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro presented by Reef Wetsuits.
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Thursday 12th April 2018
a-bowl-of-delicious-soup Featured Slideshows
Winter is coming, as this gallery of glassy autumn photos by Grant Scholtz will testify. Sitting on the hill, he captures the locals feeding out of a smooth bowl of delicious broth.
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Thursday 12th April 2018
marching-on-2018 Featured Slideshows
In March, the world burst alight with human acts of amazing skill and endurance. Here is a multi-sport gallery of insane March highlights from the lens of Red Bull photographers.
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Wednesday 11th April 2018
story-of-a-surfing-life-2018 Video
In this animated movie, Mick Fanning narrates a moving bio of his life through the tough times, including tragedy and injury, right up to his plans for the future after retirement.
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Wednesday 11th April 2018
raising-the-big-wave-bar Featured Slideshows
Here is a gallery of frozen moments on giant waves conquered by an international field of big wave surfers nominated for the WSL Big Wave Awards.
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Wednesday 11th April 2018
the-letter-j-of-bay Video
Join Dylan Lightfoot in the first video in a new web series called J featuring the magic of J-Bay. Includes interviews with Shaun Tomson. We'll be releasing an episode every 2 weeks.
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Wednesday 11th April 2018
big-wave-nominees Breaking News
The nominees for the 2018 World Surf League Big Wave Awards have been officially released, with $350,000 (about R4.2 million) in prizes across seven categories.
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Wednesday 11th April 2018
not-like-this-2018 Breaking News
The opening day of the Margaret River Pro has been called off due to onshore winds and small swell for today and tomorrow, but waves due from Friday 13 ... not like this though!
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Tuesday 10th April 2018
same-as-it-never-was Breaking News
There is a short film about the veteran Cape Town waterman who was the first to ride Dungeons. But it's part of something bigger, something refreshing, writes Spike.
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Monday 9th April 2018
kowie-highlights Featured Slideshows
Here's a moody gallery by Ian Thurtell from 4 days of varied, challenging but ultimately cooking conditions at the Royal St Andrews Hotel Port Alfred Classic presented by Quiksilver.
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Monday 9th April 2018
pipeline,-can-you-be-forgiven Video
Her dad Jon died shooting Pipeline in 2005 when she was nine. Today, Amber Mozo is also a photographer. She paddles out to make peace with the wave that took him away from her.
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Monday 9th April 2018
historical-kowie Breaking News
History was busting out all over the show in Kowie this weekend, culminating in the biggest wins in their pro surfing careers for SA's Jordy Maree and Argentine Josefina Ane.
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Saturday 7th April 2018
another-first-for-sa-2018 Breaking News
SA hosts its first ever WSL Qualifying Series longboard event, and its in the kiff little town of Kowie in the Eastern Cape. Here's a rundown of the Royal St Andrews Hotel Port Alfred Classic.
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Friday 6th April 2018
misjudging-jordy-2018 Video
Many people (not just South Africans) think Jordy was robbed in his heat against Wade Carmichael in Rd 3 of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach. Was this turn underscored? See the video. 
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Friday 6th April 2018
bells-bonus-ball Featured Slideshows
Here's a mega slideshow of the best moments from the four days of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach. Sadly for South Africans, Jordy Smith and Mikey February were knocked out early.
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Friday 6th April 2018
goodbye-everybody Breaking News
Mick Fanning came agonisingly close to the perfect sendoff to his illustrious surfing career when he took the runners up spot at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach yesterday.
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Tuesday 3rd April 2018
shark-bite-at-seals Breaking News
A 19-year-old surfer was bitten by a shark at the Seal Point beachbreak this afternoon at 15:10pm as the locals enjoyed surprisingly good waves. Craig Jarvis was there.
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Tuesday 27th March 2018
who-will-ring-the-bell-2018 Breaking News
South Africans will be glued to the live stream of the second stop on the WSL Championship Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, which starts tonight 10pm ZA time.
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Friday 23rd March 2018
best-in-the-west Breaking News
The big guns of the waveski community from around the country have pulled into Lamberts Bay on the West Coast for the annual Western Province Open. Yes its still a thing.
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Thursday 22nd March 2018
doors-open Breaking News
Stuff just got real. Mikey February will surf the whole 2018 tour and the World Surf League just opened the Surf Ranch doors for national squads to train in their wave pool, rewrites Spike.
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Monday 19th March 2018
river-tripping Video
See how beautifully smooth the River Seine is as her tidal bore "le Mascaret" slides through Bordeaux while enabling the flowing foil flying of French waterman Ludovic Dulou. 
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Monday 19th March 2018
the-future-is-official Breaking News
You can't blame Kanoa Igarashi for changing his nationality from the US to Japan. He is guaranteed to surf in the 2020 Olympics according to the newly released qualification system.
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Thursday 15th March 2018
peterson-and-wilson-win Breaking News
Lakey Peterson and Julian Wilson have won the Roxy Pro and Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast in pumping 6-10ft barrels at Kirra on the Gold Coast of Australia.
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Thursday 15th March 2018
nw-swell-in-cape-town Breaking News
How's the mystery NW swell that's running down the west coast right now? Cape Town surfers have been enjoying some unusual surf at spots that north-facing breaks, writes Spike.
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Wednesday 14th March 2018
double-disappointment-for-south-africa Breaking News
Red-eyed fans who stayed up to watch rookie Mikey February surf against Julian Wilson in Round 3 at Snapper had to endure a tense heat as Mikey succumbed by a mere 0.2 points.
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Wednesday 14th March 2018
rolling-retro-2018-photos Featured Slideshows
We look back to when nature smiled on the record crowds and surfers at the Rolling Retro during a fun day out at Llandudno. Ian Thurtell captured it all. Here's the photo highlights.
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Tuesday 13th March 2018
goldie-photo-highlights Featured Slideshows
Here's a mega photo wrap of the first three days of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast at Snapper, including the Roxy Pro up to the semi-finals, as well as Rounds 1 and 2 of the men's event.
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Tuesday 13th March 2018
going-biblical Video
The biblical Cyclone Eliakim eases into the picture next Tuesday but looks at this far out stage to drop quickly away. Here is the latest episode of the video forecast series by Spike.
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Tuesday 13th March 2018
freestyle-february-marches-in Breaking News
Cape Town’s Michael February has emerged triumphant after he brushed aside the enormity of a sudden death face off in his first heat on the WSL elite tour.
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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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