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  • Super Tubos!

    Super Tubos!

    Mon, 23 October 2017

    In this cracking highlights gallery, Supertubos in Peniche lives up to its name as cranking 8 foot barrels blast across the sandbank for the surfers in the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal yesterday. ..

  • All But Dashed

    All But Dashed

    Mon, 23 October 2017

    Jordy Smith's world title hope took a massive blow yesterday after another Round 3 exit, this time at the hands of Josh Kerr in 6-8 foot barrels at Supertubos in Portugal. ..

  • The Man to Beat

    The Man to Beat

    Fri, 20 October 2017

    In a few days, John John Florence could win the world title in Portugual. He did last year. Yikes! If not, seven other surfers sit in a tangled web of possibility at the top of the elite world tou..

  • The Big Three

    The Big Three

    Sun, 15 October 2017

    The winter season of the Northern Hemisphere WSL Big Wave Tour has opened with the window period for Nazare and Jaws starting simultaneously today. ..

  • France Magnified

    France Magnified

    Sun, 15 October 2017

    As this gallery from the finals of the Quiksilver Pro depicts, camera technology has become unbelievably good. You can even read the shaper pencil deets on Kohohe Andino's board!  ..

  • Mission Medina

    Mission Medina

    Sun, 15 October 2017

    Quiksilver Pro winner Gabriel Medina has soared 5 spots to No 3 in the world, while reigning world champ John John Florence has reeled in Jordy Smith to take top spot, writes Spike. ..

  • New SA World Champ!

    New SA World Champ!

    Sun, 15 October 2017

    Durbanite Iain Campbell, 26, won the APB world bodyboard title despite losing the final of the Nazare Pro in cranking 6-8' surf at Praia Do Norte this week, with one event to go. ..

  • White Knuckle Time for SA

    White Knuckle Time for SA

    Fri, 13 October 2017

    Bad luck! Jordy Smith is out of the Quik Pro. John John Florence is on fire with two events to go, and he's just getting started. SA fans are starting to sputter and gasp, writes Spike. ..


Thursday 17th August 2017
surf-african Breaking News
Win a 10k surfboard and a workshop with a top surf photographer for your kiff African lifestyle surfing photo in the Mami Wata and Wavescape #SurfAfrica Photo Competition.
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Monday 23rd October 2017
super-tubos Featured Slideshows
In this cracking highlights gallery, Supertubos in Peniche lives up to its name as cranking 8 foot barrels blast across the sandbank for the surfers in the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal yesterday.
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Monday 23rd October 2017
jordy-smith-world-title-hopes-all-but-dashed Breaking News
Jordy Smith's world title hope took a massive blow yesterday after another Round 3 exit, this time at the hands of Josh Kerr in 6-8 foot barrels at Supertubos in Portugal.
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Friday 20th October 2017
the-man-to-beat Breaking News
In a few days, John John Florence could win the world title in Portugual. He did last year. Yikes! If not, seven other surfers sit in a tangled web of possibility at the top of the elite world tour.
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Sunday 15th October 2017
the-big-three Breaking News
The winter season of the Northern Hemisphere WSL Big Wave Tour has opened with the window period for Nazare and Jaws starting simultaneously today.
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Sunday 15th October 2017
france-magnified Featured Slideshows
As this gallery from the finals of the Quiksilver Pro depicts, camera technology has become unbelievably good. You can even read the shaper pencil deets on Kohohe Andino's board! 
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Sunday 15th October 2017
mission-medina Breaking News
Quiksilver Pro winner Gabriel Medina has soared 5 spots to No 3 in the world, while reigning world champ John John Florence has reeled in Jordy Smith to take top spot, writes Spike.
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Sunday 15th October 2017
new-sa-world-champ Breaking News
Durbanite Iain Campbell, 26, won the APB world bodyboard title despite losing the final of the Nazare Pro in cranking 6-8' surf at Praia Do Norte this week, with one event to go.
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Friday 13th October 2017
white-knuckle-time-for-sa Breaking News
Bad luck! Jordy Smith is out of the Quik Pro. John John Florence is on fire with two events to go, and he's just getting started. SA fans are starting to sputter and gasp, writes Spike.
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Thursday 12th October 2017
glassy-walls-in-sw-france Featured Slideshows
A beautiful glassy eight foot swell hit Hossegor for the 9th stop of the WSL Championship Tour. Enjoy this gallery from the Quiksilver Pro France by WSL photogs Masurel and Poullenot.
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Thursday 12th October 2017
coffee-culture-takes-off-in-durbs Featured Slideshows
A violent storm stirred things up in Durban a few days ago. It also brought a cranking swell to the piers. In this gallery, Nic Aberdein captures the arrival of coffee culture in Durban.
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Thursday 12th October 2017
knife-through-butter Breaking News
Cranking 6-8ft surf presided over shock upsets at the Quiksilver Pro France at La Graviere in Hossegor today, with World #3 Julian Wilson eliminated but Jordy Smith looking dominant.
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Thursday 12th October 2017
four-diamonds-for-ace Featured Slideshows
Ace bodyboarder Mark McCarthy won his fourth Lizzard South African Bodyboard Championships in solid Durban surf recently. Photos by Karen Wilson and Nelis De Jager.
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Tuesday 10th October 2017
nature-s-fury Breaking News
Hurricane-force winds and 100mm of rain ripped through Durban this morning with devastating effect - at least six deaths and a huge container ship jammed in the harbour mouth, writes Spike.
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Monday 9th October 2017
win-for-juniors-2 Breaking News
Cape Town ruled at the 2017 Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS that ended yesterday in clean 3-4' waves at Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay.
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Saturday 7th October 2017
wave-magnet Featured Slideshows
The waves at JBay just keep on coming for the lighteys in the Billabong SA Junior champs. Here's a gallery from today and yesterday by Kody McGregor and Ian Thurtell.
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Friday 6th October 2017
the-future Video
In this frank interview, Kelly Slater explains how his wave pool at Lemoore started, and gives the context around the recent WSL Future Classic that looks set to make an historical precedent.
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Friday 6th October 2017
deep-south-drone Featured Slideshows
Here is a drone-fired gallery of the Cape Town coast, notably a totally fresh angle of a conveyor belt slab that sits in the deep south. By lens pilot Grant Scholtz
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Friday 6th October 2017
highs-at-lower-point Featured Slideshows
Check out this gallery of highlights from the Billabong SA Junior Champs yesterday at Lower Point in JBay, direct from the lenses of Kody McGregor and Ian Thurtell.
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Friday 6th October 2017
hanging-out-in-jbay Breaking News
Clean JBay lines greeted the lighteys at the Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS yesterday as surfers in eight divisions challenged for national titles and team points.
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Monday 2nd October 2017
poised Featured Slideshows
In this gallery from the Cobbles Classic held recently near PE, Kody McGregor captures the poise of the moment to give us a micro-summary of what South African logging is all about.
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Monday 2nd October 2017
cobbled-together Breaking News
The best surfer in the water is the one having the most fun. Welcome to the Cobbles Classic near Port Elizabeth. Words Ryan Anderson of the Loggers Union. Photos Kody McGregor
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Monday 2nd October 2017
surfing-destiny Breaking News
Former Springbok surfer and hippy savant Donald Paarman passed away yesterday from lung cancer. Here is a tribute to one of our most enigmatic surfers, by family friend Bernie Shelly.
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Sunday 1st October 2017
fitting-finale Featured Slideshows
Here's the highlights gallery of Days 2 and 3 from Seal Point at Cape St Francis for the finale of the Billabong Junior Series today. Photos by Ian Thurtell and Kody McGregor.
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Sunday 1st October 2017
champaions-crowned Breaking News
The good news coming out of junior surfing is that at last some champions were crowned - at the Billabong Junior Series at Seal Point in Cape St Francis today.
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Sunday 1st October 2017
signed-at-seals Breaking News
Organisers took advantage of cooking 3-4' waves yesterday at the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel to complete the semi-finals in seven divisions.
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Saturday 30th September 2017
spray-spumes Featured Slideshows
Seal Point was smoking as the offshore pumped on Day 1 of the Billabong Junior Series finale. Here's a gallery of highlights from yesterday. Photos Ian Thurtell and Kody McGregor.
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Saturday 30th September 2017
juniors-finale Breaking News
The opening rounds of the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel were completed in 3 foot waves fanned by strengthening offshore winds at Seal Point yesterday.
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Friday 29th September 2017
portuguese-duet Featured Slideshows
See the mixed gallery from the women's CT and men's QS running together in Cascais, Portugal. Bianca Buitendag got to Round 4 and Mikey Feb got to Round 3 respectively.
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Friday 29th September 2017
festival-of-the-tube Featured Slideshows
Near Durban on Wednesday, the tide dropped and it puffed offshore for a sublime festival of tubes. Standouts were Rudy Palmboom Snr and Bruce Donkin. Photos Nic Aberdein.
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Friday 29th September 2017
champions-at-home Breaking News
Junior surfing champions will be crowned on the beach after the finale of the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel taking place at Seal Point from today until Sunday.
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Thursday 28th September 2017
vic-bay-gallery Featured Slideshows
Check out the highlights gallery from the Vic Bay Quad in memory of John Pfaff event held at the southern Cape's funnest right point. Photographer Zane de Lange captured the angles.
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Thursday 28th September 2017
mami-wata-winners Breaking News
The first round of the Mami Wata Wavescape #surfafrica photo contest are out and here are the winners, as judged from more than 60 entries by our first judge Greg Ewing.
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Thursday 28th September 2017
see-saw-south-africa Breaking News
Team South Africa capped a miserable day 5 at the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Japan, with only two of 12 members still in the event, both from Cape Town.
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Wednesday 27th September 2017
slaapstad-prevails-again Breaking News
Well done Cape Town Surfriders who successfully defended their title at the 2017 Vic Bay Quad in memory of John Pfaff when they beat event hosts Eden Surfriders into second place.
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Wednesday 27th September 2017
above-and-beyond Video
Here is Part 1 of a new documentary series that profiles Jordy Smith, with inside access to his life in California, and the route he has travelled in an amazing year.
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Tuesday 26th September 2017
stoking-the-surf Breaking News
With surf trips, if you looked at the ratio of hassle hours versus surf seconds, you'd see it is skewed in favour of the former. Here's the Spikified advertorial. Hey, they're paying okay?
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Tuesday 26th September 2017
then-there-was-1 Breaking News
Things are slipping for Team SA in Japan, with only Adin Masencamp (Strand) in the main event out of 12 South Africans competing at the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.
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Friday 22nd September 2017
speed-merchant Video
Gifted 15-year-old Nate van Vuuren rides his SUP foil in the surf along the Cape Town coast, also overtaking stunned downwinders during an 11km SE speed run. Sure looks like fun.
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Thursday 21st September 2017
here-comes-katia Breaking News
Hurricane Maria is moving into the perfect zone for epic big waves along the East Coast of the USA, writes Spike as he eyes the next storm in one of the strongest hurricane seasons in history.
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Thursday 21st September 2017
it-really-is-happening Featured Slideshows
The professional surfing world, old and new, descended on Kelly Slater's world pool, sorry wave pool, for an historic test run to see how it would work on tour. Here's the gallery.
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Wednesday 20th September 2017
it-does-what Breaking News
Yes. It's happening. The WSL just held a surf contest at Kelly Slater’s wave pool, and Gabriel Medina and Carissa Moore are the winners. It really is frikken happening.
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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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