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Wavescape - Surfing in South Africa

Tue, 31 May 2016

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.


PROMISING: This storm on Wed 8 June has promise, though a High pressure pushes storms down.

Official forecaster for the event, Spike from Wavescape said: “We are watching two storms in the waiting period that we hope will deliver a powerful swell worthy of the contest, although a very south-placed high pressure system has been messing a bit with the development of the type of storms we need.” said Spike. “We will be watching these two storms closely for a possible upgrade over the next few days.”

"A current swell that's on the way looked better a few days ago before the storm behind it had formed. The storm downgraded a bit and the swell is now looking a little too west and from too far away to really kickstart Supers when it begins to peak on Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday, when it's gradually subsiding all day."


JACKED UP: Brandon Jackson shredding it last year. Photo Alan van Gysen

Event organisers are hoping for a pumping day at Supers, and the first 12 days of June is historically a good swell window. With a wild-card into the World Surf League’s JBay Open Championship Tour event as first prize, the 24 invited surfers are all excited about the running of the event, and are keen to get going. The event is all about surf however, and contestants will wait the first few days out.

Competitors are reminded that there will be an opening function for the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA at the @Work Sports Bar venue on Da Gama Road on Wednesday 01 June at 6:30 PM. It is a social evening, and the event organisers will present the event format, as well as host the heat draw.

There is no official alternate list, but should a slot become available, it could be open to anyone who is present on the day and who really wants to surf. The contest organisers will make the decisions on the day as to which of these surfers possibly get a chance to surf in the tournament.

The Supertrial forms part of the JBay Winterfest, the sporting and music festival that will take place in Jeffreys Bay from 6-17 July. The JBU Supertrial is presented by RVCA. Co-sponsors include Monster Energy, Stance, Oakley. Wavescape is the media partner. The event is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa and the World Surf League. Check the Facebook event page and join in the fun.

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