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  • Here comes Katia!

    Here comes Katia!

    Thu, 21 September 2017

    Hurricane Katia 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. ..

  • Five Reasons to Surf

    Five Reasons to Surf

    Thu, 21 September 2017

    Surfing might appear extreme for non-surfers, but it's laid back if you decide to avoid the adrenaline of serious waves. Here are five reasons to surf. ..

  • It Really is Happening!

    It Really is Happening!

    Thu, 21 September 2017

    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. ..

  • It Does What?

    It Does What?

    Wed, 20 September 2017

    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. ..

  • Good Luck Team SA!

    Good Luck Team SA!

    Tue, 19 September 2017

    The 2017 South African Junior Team flew out yesterday to Hyuga in Japan to join more than 40 nations at the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships. Grant Scholtz took the photos. ..

  • Across the Board

    Across the Board

    Tue, 19 September 2017

    Matt Pallet can surf. He can also make movies. Here he combines these two talents, with help from a range of videographers, to sum up an amazing year for him across the board. ..

  • Boks Take Note

    Boks Take Note

    Mon, 18 September 2017

    You may not know this, but South Africans were dominating world bodyboarding even before Durban's Iain Campbell's storming victory at the Sintra Pro in Portugal yesterday, writes Spike. ..

  • From The Top

    From The Top

    Sun, 17 September 2017

    Here's a gallery of photos capturing the highlights as Jordy Smith picks up a 2nd at Trestles and more points at the top of the world tour. Never mind the Boks. Here comes the real deal! ..


Thursday 17th August 2017
surf-african Breaking News
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Thursday 21st September 2017
here-comes-katia Breaking News
Hurricane Katia 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
five-reasons-to-surf Breaking News
Surfing might appear extreme for non-surfers, but it's laid back if you decide to avoid the adrenaline of serious waves. Here are five reasons to surf.
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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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Tuesday 19th September 2017
good-luck-team-sa Breaking News
The 2017 South African Junior Team flew out yesterday to Hyuga in Japan to join more than 40 nations at the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships. Grant Scholtz took the photos.
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Tuesday 19th September 2017
across-the-board Video
Matt Pallet can surf. He can also make movies. Here he combines these two talents, with help from a range of videographers, to sum up an amazing year for him across the board.
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Monday 18th September 2017
boks-take-note Breaking News
You may not know this, but South Africans were dominating world bodyboarding even before Durban's Iain Campbell's storming victory at the Sintra Pro in Portugal yesterday, writes Spike.
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Sunday 17th September 2017
from-the-top Featured Slideshows
Here's a gallery of photos capturing the highlights as Jordy Smith picks up a 2nd at Trestles and more points at the top of the world tour. Never mind the Boks. Here comes the real deal!
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Sunday 17th September 2017
smith-pulls-ahead Breaking News
Jordy Smith had to defer to Mother Nature when he lost to Filipe Toledo in the Hurley Pro at Trestles, but increased his lead at the top of the leaderboard with three events to go.
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Friday 15th September 2017
the-power-game Breaking News
The WSL tour was on fire earlier today with explosive surfing in California, but Saffas will be happy after Jordy Smith pushed into the semis with a last-minute BMT blast in the Quarters.
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Thursday 14th September 2017
worldsurfleaks Breaking News
In this era of #GuptaLeaks, the iPhone 8 and threat of nuclear war, Craig Jarvis introduces us to #WorldSurfLeaks and big changes to our surfing world - in South Africa and beyond.
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Thursday 14th September 2017
world-wave-pool Video
Owner of Kelly's wave pool the WSL has been posting videos of pro surfers riding sublime tubes. Here's the latest: Bethany Hamilton, with a couple of other clips. Are they preparing us for something?
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Thursday 14th September 2017
standup-paddle-battle Breaking News
If you stand or kneel on a craft and use a paddle or don't use a paddle to ride along water, what are you? Spike looks at the Olympian power struggle between surfing and canoeing.
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Tuesday 12th September 2017
leading-the-pack Breaking News
Jordy Smith led a tight bunch at the top of the rankings in clean 4' surf on the 8th stop of the WSL Championship Tour, The Hurley Pro at Trestles near San Clemente, California.
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Monday 11th September 2017
turbo-torpedo Breaking News
The Wawa Bodysurf Wavejam was held recently in thumping 8-10ft surf at Llandudno but the torpedo people are made of stern stuff, writes Spike.
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Thursday 7th September 2017
sup-surf-champions Breaking News
Aussie Shakira Westdorp has back-to-back Women's SUP surfing world titles, while Brazil's Luiz Diniz took gold in his first appearance at the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Champs.
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Thursday 7th September 2017
band-of-sisters Breaking News
If they sell surfing as an empowering force, why do surf brands disempower women with their marketing imagery, asks Cape Town surfer Melissa Volker in the wake of the Billabong furore.
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Thursday 7th September 2017
c-c-c-cold-hawaii Breaking News
They call it Cold Hawaii without irony. Is it a gimmick, asks Spike as he watches the world's best SUP stars surf Denmark's North Shore at the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Champs today.
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Wednesday 6th September 2017
surf-travel-launch Breaking News
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Wednesday 6th September 2017
biggish-swell-ahead Video
Two storms rumble towards South Africa over the next five days. The first spews swell along a 1,600 mile fetch with the West Coast in its sights. Here is the surf report vlog by Spike.
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Monday 4th September 2017
spanish-sessions Featured Slideshows
Here's a gallery of photos from the weekend taken in fun surf along the northwest corner of Spain, where the Pull & Bear Pantin Classic Galicia Pro, a QS6000 event, was held.
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Monday 4th September 2017
glitch-in-galicia Breaking News
Mikey February hit a snag in his bid to get on the Championship Tour next year when he was knocked out in Round 2 of the Pull&Bear Pantin Classic Galicia Pro in Spain, writes Spike.
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Saturday 2nd September 2017
spring-board Featured Slideshows
Mothers of the earth and women of the slide came to Muizenberg on the first day of spring to celebrate new growth and ancient wisdom. Grant Scholtz was there to freeze the moment.
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Saturday 2nd September 2017
mikey-and-the-fish Video
This DIY video shows how to make a delicious meal from cooking 3' waves at Long Beach using a stumpnosed Fish and the culinary skills of Michelin Star Mikey February.
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Friday 1st September 2017
spring-loading Featured Slideshows
On this 1st day of spring, here's a throwback to Dungeons at her regal best in the early days of Winter 2017. Kim Bouchier captures key moments from a Sunday at the end of May.
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Wednesday 30th August 2017
wave-irony Video
This video by Andrew Kaineder follows Cape Town native Matt Bromdog Bromley around the world to the heaviest and gnarliest slabs possible for Risky Ripples. 
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Tuesday 29th August 2017
north-wall-breached Video
Spoiler alert: this Red Bull video edit welcomes you to North Point, a heaving Indian Ocean freight train that rumbles down the line in Gracetown, West Australia. How deep can you go?
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Monday 28th August 2017
our-new-champ Breaking News
The small town of Muizenberg can be proud. Rising star Brandon Benjamin has won the Mercedes-Benz SA Surfing Champs. Here's a quick wrap of an incredible six days of surfing.
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Monday 28th August 2017
six-days-of-stoke Featured Slideshows
What a crazy six days of cranking surf. The ocean frothed for the Mercedes-Benz SA Surfing Champs, and so did the surfers who took part. Photo gallery by Ian Thurtell.
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Friday 25th August 2017
sa-champs-gallery Featured Slideshows
Here's a gallery of photos from the Mercedes-Benz SA Surfing Champs in East London over the last three days, including today. As you can see, the surf was rather big. Photos Ian Thurtell
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Friday 25th August 2017
slumtown-goes-large Breaking News
The predicted swell hit East London with a vengeance yesterday, forcing organisers of the SA Surfing Championships to move the event from giant Nahoon Reef to solid Nahoon Corner.
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Thursday 24th August 2017
thumping-thursday Breaking News
You ain't seen nothing yet! After 8ft surf yesterday, surfers at the SA Champs at Nahoon are facing 15' wild and woolly conditions today and tomorrow.
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Wednesday 23rd August 2017
the-purple-people-eater Video
An oncoming purple blob of marine mayhem has Spike eyeing the charts nervously in another surf report vlog for the week. Thursday sees dik swell in the Cape. Batten the hatches!
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Monday 21st August 2017
into-the-light Featured Slideshows
Durban had waves this weekend. Not Goodwave good, but froth worthy enough for the wave-starved minions. Nic Aberdein took some photos on the beachfront Friday and Saturday.
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Friday 18th August 2017
giant-sa-champs Breaking News
East London braces itself for a wintery blast and giant swell this week as more than 200 people arrive for the 52nd Mercedes Benz South African Surfing Championships hosted by Buffalo City.
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Thursday 17th August 2017
goodwave-stands-by Breaking News
A cooking SE swell is bearing down on Durban but the Cell C Goodwave remains on standby due to dodgy winds over the coming weekend and into next week.
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Wednesday 16th August 2017
vintner-has-come Breaking News
Giant surf pounded Stilbaai point on Friday for the Vintners Surf Classic, but the wine ous were fortified (low in tannin, high on sugar with a dash of stabiliser), writes Spike.
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Tuesday 15th August 2017
waveski-champs-2017 Breaking News
Some call them goat boats or egg beaters, which is kind of unfair when you consider how the guys ripped at the SA Waveski Champions in Jeffery's Bay over the weekend.
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Monday 14th August 2017
thrills-and-spills Featured Slideshows
The Western Cape wine industry held its annual Vintners Surf Classic in heaving surf at Stilbaai last Friday but the wine ous were undeterred, despite big wipeouts. Thys Lombard was there.
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Monday 14th August 2017
jordy-smith-is-1 Breaking News
Jordy Smith has climbed to the #1 spot in the world after his 3rd place in the Billabong Pro Tahiti, with a nailbiting run of four events to go in the WSL Championship Tour.
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Thursday 10th August 2017
furious-friday Video
There is heavy rain tomorrow morning in Cape Town, and giant surf spreading into the Eastern Cape, reports Spike in his latest video surf forecast. Batten the hatches!
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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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