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  • Two Decades Later

    Two Decades Later

    Mon, 19 February 2018

    Home-grown WSL commentator Gigs Cilliers went to the US for some WSL stuff and ended up winning the US Kneeboard Champs at Huntington Beach, 22 years after he won the world champs there. ..

  • Gifts from the Givers

    Gifts from the Givers

    Mon, 19 February 2018

    On Monwabisi beach, opposite Khayelitsha, nearly 300 kids are feeling the stoke of surfing with Mikey Feb and the perpetually smiling Gudauskas brothers, writes Karen Rutter. ..

  • Foiling Around

    Foiling Around

    Mon, 19 February 2018

    Fifteen-year-old Cape Town version of Kai Lenny Nate van Vuuren and the West Coast foil crew, with big wave surfer James Taylor, score a few epic summer sessions in Cape Town. Here's the video edi..

  • Blowpipe Lens Blast

    Blowpipe Lens Blast

    Thu, 15 February 2018

    Our roving lensman who seeks alternative views Dan Bielich turned his beady lens onto the notorious Hawaiian reef they call Banzai Pipeline, while on a visit there from Australia this winter. ..

  • Smoking Gun

    Smoking Gun

    Wed, 14 February 2018

    Bullets flew at the Globe Llandudno Boardriders Shootout in barelling 6-8 foot smokers that went off with a loud bang at the Gat (gun) in Llandudno recently, writes Liam Wood for Wavescape. ..

  • A Healthy Glow

    A Healthy Glow

    Wed, 14 February 2018

    After the last article on how non-burning exposure to sunshine protects skin against cancer, Anne of RAspect looks at other health benefits. Part 3 of our #MindSetFree series. ..

  • New School !

    New School !

    Mon, 12 February 2018

    Reigning WSL Big Wave Tour Champion Twiggy Baker, 43, battled through three rounds of difficult 20'+ waves to take 5th in the Nazare Challenge at Praia de Norte, Portugal yesterday. ..

  • Cheers for Chianca

    Cheers for Chianca

    Sun, 11 February 2018

    It was his first Big Wave Tour final, but Brazilian Lucas Chianca, 21, was not fazed, even trying an aerial while dominating the Nazare Challenge today. Twiggy took 5th. Photo highlights. ..

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Monday 19th February 2018
two-decades-later-for-gigs Breaking News
Home-grown WSL commentator Gigs Cilliers went to the US for some WSL stuff and ended up winning the US Kneeboard Champs at Huntington Beach, 22 years after he won the world champs there.
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Monday 19th February 2018
gifts-from-the-givers Breaking News
On Monwabisi beach, opposite Khayelitsha, nearly 300 kids are feeling the stoke of surfing with Mikey Feb and the perpetually smiling Gudauskas brothers, writes Karen Rutter.
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Monday 19th February 2018
foiling-around-again Video
Fifteen-year-old Cape Town version of Kai Lenny Nate van Vuuren and the West Coast foil crew, with big wave surfer James Taylor, score a few epic summer sessions in Cape Town. Here's the video edit.
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Thursday 15th February 2018
blowpipe-lens-blast Featured Slideshows
Our roving lensman who seeks alternative views Dan Bielich turned his beady lens onto the notorious Hawaiian reef they call Banzai Pipeline, while on a visit there from Australia this winter.
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Wednesday 14th February 2018
smoking-gun-2018 Breaking News
Bullets flew at the Globe Llandudno Boardriders Shootout in barelling 6-8 foot smokers that went off with a loud bang at the Gat (gun) in Llandudno recently, writes Liam Wood for Wavescape.
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Wednesday 14th February 2018
a-healthy-glow Breaking News
After the last article on how non-burning exposure to sunshine protects skin against cancer, Anne of RAspect looks at other health benefits. Part 3 of our #MindSetFree series.
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Monday 12th February 2018
new-school-big-wave-surfers-2018 Breaking News
Reigning WSL Big Wave Tour Champion Twiggy Baker, 43, battled through three rounds of difficult 20'+ waves to take 5th in the Nazare Challenge at Praia de Norte, Portugal yesterday.
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Sunday 11th February 2018
cheers-for-chianca Featured Slideshows
It was his first Big Wave Tour final, but Brazilian Lucas Chianca, 21, was not fazed, even trying an aerial while dominating the Nazare Challenge today. Twiggy took 5th. Photo highlights.
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Friday 9th February 2018
saffas-stop-start-aussie-qs Breaking News
South African Shane Sykes is through to Round 4 of the QS1,000 Vissla Great Lakes Pro presented by D'Blanc after compatriots Ford Van Jaarsveldt and Jake Elkington dropped out in Round 3.
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Thursday 8th February 2018
dumping-grounds-hawaii-2018 Breaking News
What lies behind the spat between WSL and Honolulu authorities that has nothing to gain and everything to lose, including an end to the WSL on the North Shore. Spike ponders.
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Wednesday 7th February 2018
meanwhile,-in-the-actual-surf Video
While the WSL and North Shore authorities bicker over permits for the 2019 season, lets rather focus on the video highlights of the QS3,000 Volcom Pipe Pro won by local hero Joshua Moniz.
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Tuesday 6th February 2018
outward-bound Breaking News
How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is clearly Ocean, marvels Spike during a recent demonstration by the NSRI aboard a RIB from Station 26 out of Kommetjie.
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Monday 5th February 2018
sky-high-king-of-the-air-2018 Featured Slideshows
This gallery of photos indicates the crazy air time the pros get during the Red Bull King of the Air in Cape Town. Here's the gallery of Round 2 of the event, won by Dutchman Kevin Langeree.
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Wednesday 31st January 2018
light-bulb-for-adaptive-surfers Breaking News
Getting into a wetsuit when you're physically challenged has to be one of the toughest obstacles to get out there into the briny blue. Spike finds out about a unique design contest.
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Wednesday 31st January 2018
xxxl-nazare Video
A few videos to jolt you straight after a milestone mega-swell at Nazare. Brazilian Maya Gabeira bagged a batch, as did Lisbon surfer Hugo Vau, who survived this crazy froth monster.
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Wednesday 31st January 2018
sliding-the-breeze-2018 Breaking News
The stylish wave sliding of women loggers in South Africa last year was a highlight for Melissa Volker, who chats exclusively for Wavescape to wave phenom Shannon Hughes.
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Tuesday 30th January 2018
invasion-of-the-water-worms Video
In this understated "A Short Clip" by Brother Bear Creative, prepare to have your head blown off by the intensity of these barrels a few days ago in Durban, courtesy Cyclone Berguitta.
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Tuesday 30th January 2018
hanging-with-julia-and-angus Breaking News
As mere mortals, most of us are thrilled to hang out with celebrities. Spike tells the story of a chance meeting in the backline at Muizenberg during the east swell last week.
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Tuesday 30th January 2018
take-2-from-berguitta Featured Slideshows
Just when we thought the cyclone swell would fade, last Thursday dawned with epic waves before the wind spoiled the party. Jordy Smith joined the locals. Karen Wilson shot this gallery.
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Monday 29th January 2018
oom-hunks-for-the-win Featured Slideshows
A stiff SE boosted Day 1 of the Red Bull King of the Air on Saturday, with Day 2 set for Tuesday. Lee-Anne Curtis-Cox was there, and so was Craig Kolesky of Red Bull. Unbelievable air.
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Monday 29th January 2018
durban,-meet-cebile Breaking News
Intense Tropical Cyclone Cebile is spewing swell 1,500 miles east of La Réunion, but she's a whopping 3,000 miles from Durban. Spike looks at the wave potential.
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Monday 29th January 2018
first-final-for-masencamp Breaking News
Adin Masencamp scooped the best WSL QS result of his career yesterday when he finished runner-up to Australian Nick Squiers in the QS1,000 Flight Centre Burleigh Pro in Australia.
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Thursday 25th January 2018
team-sa-finishes-10th Breaking News
South Africa finished 10th after soul surfer standing Roxy Davis dropped out of the ISA World Longboarding Champs today, while the USA took gold with three from a possible four medals.
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Thursday 25th January 2018
zuckerbergdontsurf Breaking News
World domination is one step closer after the WSL and Facebook announced a historic partnership yesterday for exclusive streaming rights. Spike wonders if the hashtag is justified.
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Wednesday 24th January 2018
nut-cracker-suiite Video
This video of West Australian charger Kerby Brown is literally nuts. He looks like a hipster but he surfs old school, with part reliance on a pair of metaphorically monstrous brass balls. 
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Wednesday 24th January 2018
gift-from-berguitta Featured Slideshows
This gallery of photos showed how perfect Durban got on Sunday when everyone thought the NE was going to klap it. A swarm of bluebottles ended it though. Nic Aberdein was there.
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Wednesday 24th January 2018
hiccup-at-longboard-champs-2018 Breaking News
Roxy Davis is the last surfer standing at the ISA World Longboarding Championship in China, with all other surfers out and Team SA today plunging from 3rd to 8th, reports Spike.
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Tuesday 23rd January 2018
square-root-of-blur Featured Slideshows
Here's an arty collection of photos from the lens of Aussie photog Dan Bielich who shot two recent swells at Shark Island, one in December last year, and another a few days ago.
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Monday 22nd January 2018
mavs-teases-2018 Breaking News
Despite dik waves last week, the Mavericks Challenge (saved from obscurity by the WSL last year) remains on hold, writes Spike who looks at how the event survived to run another day.
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Monday 22nd January 2018
sea-sprite-two-step Featured Slideshows
Here's a gallery of photos fresh from today's action at the ISA World Longboarding Championship that runs until Thursday at Riyue Bay on Hainan Island in China. Photos courtesy ISA.
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Monday 22nd January 2018
styling-in-china Breaking News
At the end of Day 3 at the ISA World longboarding Championship today, South Africa sits in 3rd place, while Team USA nabbed the first gold medal of the event when they won the Aloha Cup.
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Monday 22nd January 2018
matt-tops-qs-leaderboard Breaking News
Matt McGillivray, 20, of Jeffreys Bay starts the 2018 season on top of the QS leaderboard after winning the first event of the year, the SEAT Pro Netanya in Israel.
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Saturday 20th January 2018
glide-of-the-dragon Featured Slideshows
Here's photo highlights from the opening and free surfing (yesterday) and Day 1 of competition (earlier today) of the ISA World Longboard Championship in China. All SA surfers are still in the game.
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Friday 19th January 2018
boomtown-rats Featured Slideshows
Cape Town has been overrun by windsurfers of every shape and nationality who pour their currency into the local economy. Grant Scholtz captures the crowds in the deep south.
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Friday 19th January 2018
go-for-it-my-chinas Breaking News
A record 71 longboarders from 22 nations paraded along the beach of Riyue Bay on Hainan Island, China early today to open the historic ISA World Longboard Surfing Championship.
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Wednesday 17th January 2018
binne-die-kak-hol Featured Slideshows
South Africans know the wormhole to pure soul. Leave Donald Trump to make us more proud of what we have in Part 2 of the 2017 highlights gallery for added poignancy, by Grant Scholtz.
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Tuesday 16th January 2018
time-to-reach-out Breaking News
Pull into The Surf Outreach programme Summer Sounds fundraiser in Muizenberg this Saturday to support this up and coming support programme. Tickets available at quicket.co.za
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Tuesday 16th January 2018
now-for-berguitta Breaking News
A bumper cyclone season lies ahead as already the 2nd cyclone of 2018 Berguitta goes like the clappers east of Madagascar, and prepares to slam into Mauritius and Reunion.
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Friday 12th January 2018
spray-lights-action Featured Slideshows
Here's some highlights from the recent World Junior Champs in Australia. Adin Masencamp 'top scored' with a 9th place. Four of the other six Saffas in the event got 13ths, and two got 25ths.
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Thursday 11th January 2018
summer-bummer Video
Summer in Durban brings slip slops and sloppy slush. Free surf prodigy Ricky Basnett digs into a short session, scooting on his Haydenshapes rocket. A short film by Richard Hambloch. 
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Tuesday 9th January 2018
foiled-again,-and-again Video
Some people are happy to get five waves in a two hour surf session. Not Kai Lenny! Watch him catch 11 waves on his hydro foil in a mere six minutes. You get exhausted just watching him. 
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Tuesday 9th January 2018
golden-moments Featured Slideshows
For some, 2017 was a horrid year. For surfers around South Africa, there were some sublime moments, captured in this highlights gallery by Grant Scholtz. Part One.
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Monday 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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