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  • More African Adventure!

    More African Adventure!

    Fri, 17 November 2017

    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! ..

  • Surfing the Light Fantastic

    Surfing the Light Fantastic

    Thu, 16 November 2017

    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. ..

  • Goodwave Back on Hold

    Goodwave Back on Hold

    Wed, 15 November 2017

    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. ..

  • Swell Heads for Durbs

    Swell Heads for Durbs

    Tue, 14 November 2017

    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.  ..

  • Hawaii Set to Ban Sunscreen

    Hawaii Set to Ban Sunscreen

    Mon, 13 November 2017

    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. ..

  • The Wave That Broke My Back

    The Wave That Broke My Back

    Mon, 13 November 2017

    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. ..

  • Three Divides by One

    Three Divides by One

    Mon, 13 November 2017

    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. ..

  • Choose the Blue Fish!

    Choose the Blue Fish!

    Thu, 9 November 2017

    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. ..


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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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-the-light-fantastical 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 30th October 2017
the-gaping-maw Featured Slideshows
Here's the highlights gallery of some big waves that came through for the Pe'ahi Challenge from the opening round to the finals held earlier today. Photos courtesy WSL
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Monday 30th October 2017
disaster-for-twiggy Breaking News
Tragedy struck Twiggy Baker in his bid to win the Pe’ahi Challenge after a two-day mission to Hawaii was scuppered by three delays and a cancelled flight. Unfortunately he was in the first heat.
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Thursday 26th October 2017
secret-spot-fires Featured Slideshows
Don't broadcast it to too many people, but there has been some pretty big waves at Cape Town spots lately. Grant Scholtz ran the mugging gauntlet to get this long lens gallery.
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Wednesday 25th October 2017
medina-takes-it-to-hawaii Breaking News
The world title just became a four-horse race with the victory of Brazilian Gabriel Medina, who has just won the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, beating Aussie Julian Wilson in the final.
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Tuesday 24th October 2017
a-first-for-foil Breaking News
The first SUP surfing foil heat in Africa was held this weekend at the Mistral South African Standup Paddleboard Championships in Muizenberg, writes Melissa Volker.
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Monday 23rd October 2017
billy-idol-revenge Featured Slideshows
After a quiet winter of few yells, Dungeons coughed up a few screamers for those who chose to surf the Rebel Sessions, with days left before the window shut. Gallery Lee-Anne Curtis-Cox.
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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 Kolohe 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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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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