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  • Jordy Out

    Jordy Out

    Mon, 18 December 2017

    Jordy Smith is out of the 2017 title race after a nail-biting matchup with wily veteran Kelly Slater, who is back from injury to break South African hearts. Spike fiddles with the press release. ..

  • Slumtown Slab

    Slumtown Slab

    Sat, 16 December 2017

    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. ..

  • Tubular Bonus

    Tubular Bonus

    Tue, 12 December 2017

    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. ..

  • Oceans Seven

    Oceans Seven

    Tue, 12 December 2017

    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. ..

  • Favouring the Brave

    Favouring the Brave

    Tue, 12 December 2017

    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. ..

  • Is Everybody In? The Show is About to Begin

    Is Everybody In? The Show is About to Begin

    Mon, 11 December 2017

    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. ..

  • Pipe Wildcards Decided

    Pipe Wildcards Decided

    Sun, 10 December 2017

    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. ..

  • Bunker Spreckels One Time

    Bunker Spreckels One Time

    Sat, 9 December 2017

    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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Monday 18th December 2017
jordy-out Breaking News
Jordy Smith is out of the 2017 title race after a nail-biting matchup with wily veteran Kelly Slater, who is back from injury to break South African hearts. Spike fiddles with the press release.
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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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Tuesday 21st November 2017
exciting-times-for-2018 Breaking News
The World Surf League (WSL) has added a women's Championship Tour event to J-Bay next year, while the Bali Pro in Indo replaces Fiji and of course a wave pool event joins the fray.
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Saturday 18th November 2017
blasting-from-the-past Breaking News
The future just came true with the announcement by the World Surf League that Kelly's wave pool is going to host a Championship Tour event in 2018. Spike discovers some sad ironies.
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Friday 17th November 2017
more-african-adventure Breaking News
Round 2 of the @mamiwatasurf @WavescapeSA #surfafrica Photo Competition is done and dusted and the selection by Alan Van Gysen puts these three into the final round. Enter Round 3 now!
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Thursday 16th November 2017
surf-light-action Breaking News
The Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival will focus on women in an expanded lineup of the usual ocean-conscious and surfing-themed events in the summer of 2017 in Cape Town.
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Wednesday 15th November 2017
goodwave-amber-on Breaking News
The amber alert has been called off for the Cell C Goodwave after it was decided the swell would not be from the ideal direction for the New Pier to run in proper Goodwave conditions.
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Tuesday 14th November 2017
swell-heads-for-durbs Video
The heads are up and wagging on the beachfront in Durban as an epic SE swell plans its cyclo-genesis this week. Spike gives the rundown in his video report, but with one small concern. 
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Monday 13th November 2017
hawaii-set-to-ban-sunscreen Breaking News
A ban on most sunscreens by Hawaii could spark a global bid to save sensitive coral reefs from death by the toxic chemicals found in suncare products, writes Anne van Huyssteen of RAspect.
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Monday 13th November 2017
the-wave-that-broke-my-back Breaking News
Moments after this photo of British surfer Andrew Cotton surfing Nazare in Portugal was taken on Wednesday, the wave broke on his head and broke his back. Here's how it happened.
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Monday 13th November 2017
three-divides-by-one Breaking News
Things are hotting up in Hawaii as three hungry surfers gear up for a helluva showdown. Craig Jarvis predicts a fiery finale while previewing where surfing is headed in 2018.
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Thursday 9th November 2017
choose-the-blue-fish-2 Breaking News
Wavescape has teamed up with the Marine Stewardship Council to reward three lucky readers with a Fish surfboard by entering the #choosethebluefish competition on Twitter. Check it out.
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Wednesday 8th November 2017
we-pledge-to-save-the-sea Breaking News
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a swirling mass of plastic bigger than Trump's ego. Melissa Volker helps us understand the biggest threat facing Earth, apart from Donald Trump.
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Friday 3rd November 2017
turtles-and-rays Breaking News
South African surfers will be pleased to learn of RAspect Surf Salvation, an all-natural water-resistant sunscreen that is launching in surf shops and other stores this summer.
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Monday 30th October 2017
houston-liftoff-2017 Breaking News
Never mind boosts, South African bodyboarding is at an all time high after Jared Houston won the last event on the APB World Tour, the Gran Canaria Fronton King Pro 2017.
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Monday 30th October 2017
bromdog-slab-sequence Featured Slideshows
Here's a sequence (stills and moving) of photos with our very own Matt Bromdog Bromley negotiating the glassy wall of Cape Town's favourite big wave spot. Photos Grant Scholtz
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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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