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Tue, 7 June 2016

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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WALL TO WALL: Some swell is heading for JBay on Friday and Saturday. Photo AVG


A pulse arrives on Friday runs through Saturday. Contest organisers have decided to call the event on for Friday or Saturday. The 24 surfers, from all over the country, have started mobilizing for JBay, and a full turnout of invitees is expected.

According to official swell forecaster Spike from Wavescape, the weekend swell holds good potential.

“A large storm, which reaches a massively powerul 924mb at its core, is forming SW of South Africa along the ice shelf of Antarctica," said Spike.

"While the main brunt of the storm is focused to the east, the good news is that a breakaway fetch area of strong to galeforce SW wind is focusing swell towards the JBay area. With 2 days travel time, it will start filling in on Friday, peaking late Friday and early Saturday. It's looking like there is enough power and size to run the event at this stage, with Saturday looking like the best winds."

Contest organizer Koffie Jacobs has been monitoring the approaching storm. “It’s the last storm of the waiting period, and it looks like it has great potential to produce the surf we want,” said Jacobs. “We’re looking at possibly running on Friday, but we still have good waves on Saturday, should Friday’s predicted swell arrive a little late.”

The winner of the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA wins a wildcard into the World Surf League's JBay Open Championship Tour event, and will bank a minimum of $8,000 (R120k)


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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