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Quiksilver & Roxy J Bay Junior Pro

Magnatubes, Jeffreys Bay – From July 8th, 9th & 10th, 2016

Quicksilver J-Bay Junior

The Quiksilver and Roxy J Bay Junior Pro takes its place alongside an array of sporting events including the WSL World Tour J-Bay Open of Surfing, Oakley’s X-Over Championships as well as swimming, fishing and music events.

The Jeffrey’s Bay Winterfest runs from Wednesday July 6th to Sunday July17th and thousands of spectators are expected to converge upon the popular coastal town.

The Quiksilver and Roxy J-Bay Junior Pro contest is an exciting edition to the Surfing South Africa contest calendar. Dane Patterson of Quiksilver was enthusiastic about bring the contest to J Bay “We are very excited about staging an event in J-Bay again. It is such an awesome venue for the young surfers and we expect to see a very high calibre of surfing. The fact that competitors also get to watch the world’s best at the J-Bay Open at the Supertubes is a huge bonus.”

The contest has attracted 32 surfers in the premier U18 Boys Division where Jake Elkington, Ford Van Jaarsveldt (both Kommetjie) and Adin Masencamp (Strand) are the top three seeds.

Others to watch in this Division are current South Africa U17 Champion Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay), J Bay local Joshe Faulkner and Bevan Willis (Salt Rock).

Max Elkington (Kommetjie), J Bay local Dillon Hendricks and Bryce du Preez (East London) are the top seeded U16 Division surfers. However this highly competitive division usually provides its share of upsets and Kommetjie surfers Eli Beukes and Travis Pearce (Kommetjie) along with Sebastian Williams (Durban) and Koby Oberholzer (Warner Beach) could all be in the running for honours.

Mitch Du Preez (East London), Nate Spalding (Durban) and winner of the last PST event, Manoa Robb (Kommetjie) are the in form U14 boys while the talented Daniel Emslie (East London), Christian Venter (Melkbosstrand), Luke Thompson (Durban) and previous PST contest winner, Alex Townsend (Kommetjie) are the favourites in the U12 Division.

In the Roxy Junior Pro U18 division, Natasha Van Greunen (Muizenberg), Sophie Bell (Salt Rock),Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) and Danica Stockigt are the top seeds. Bell, Kayla Nogueira (Umhlanga), Olivia Izzard (La Lucia) and Woolf head the U16 group.

Nogueira, Gabi Lailvaux (Westbrook) and S’Nenhlanhla Makhubu are the top seeds in the U14 Girls Division.

Surfing gets underway on Friday June 8th at 8.00am with the finals expected to take place on Sunday June 10th from 11am to 2.00pm.

The Quiksilver and Roxy J-Bay Junior Pro events is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa and proudly supported by Skullcandy, Neff, Red Bull, DC Shoes, and Gunslinger.

To check the heats and event schedule go to

For J-Bay Winterfest info go to:

About Surfing South Africa

The Quiksilver J-Bay Junior Pro & Roxy J-Bay Junior Pro is sanctioned and run by Surfing South Africa. Surfing South Africa, the national controlling body for the sport, is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

About Quiksilver:

Since its beginnings in 1969, Quiksilver has combined function, fit, art and fashion to develop boardshorts and clothing for mountain and ocean lovers across the globe. While still sticking to the core roots of the mountain and the wave, Quiksilver has become recognized as the premium youth lifestyle and culture clothing brand within the action sports market. Quiksilver has an ever-changing array of materials, prints, and technologies. In addition to boardshorts, Quiksilver designs and produces an entire line of lifestyle apparel, wetsuits, and snow outerwear available across the globe. Our elite team of athletes have become icons throughout the world. Our mission is inspire the youth and progress as the world around us evolves.

Fanning announces return to South Africa for J-Bay Open

Mick Fanning returns for J-Bay Open

Three times World Surfing Champ return to the event this season after becoming the subject of international headlines during last year’s event where he was attacked on live television by what is believed to be a 12-to-15-foot Great White Shark. The attack took place during the Final heat of the event as Fanning was waiting for his opening wave. Both Fanning and fellow Finalist Julian Wilson (AUS) survived the ordeal, with the event ultimately called off, and went on to compete throughout the remainder of the year.

Following a season that involved the shark attack, a world runner-up finish and the tragic passing of his brother, Fanning is taking a personal year in 2016, surfing in only select events. However, the Australian icon has committed to returning to Jeffreys Bay, an event he has won three times (2002, 2006, 2014).

“When I decided I was only going to do a few events this season, J-Bay was always on the cards,” Fanning said. “Even if I decided I didn’t want to surf in the J-Bay Open, I was always going to go back. I’ve had so many great memories there that to leave J-Bay on the note from last year just didn’t seem right. I want to go back and right the wrongs and move forward.”

The WSL has enhanced its surveillance and response capabilities for this season’s event with additional water patrol in the lineup and is augmenting with emerging sonar technologies to increase information available to event officials.

“I trust the WSL and the measures they’ve put in place,” Fanning said. “It is, however, one of those things where it is the ocean and, ultimately, there is not a lot anyone can do. I’m thinking positive and looking forward to coming back. The first surf is going to be a little bit tricky to get through my head. I’ve surfed lots of different places and have seen sharks since then and haven’t felt too concerned. It’s all part of surfing. We’re not going to go out and put a cage around J-Bay. We want to surf the wave and keeping everyone safe is a collective thing between the WSL and the surfers.”

Much speculation has occurred regarding whether the three-time WSL Champion will return to full-time competition at the end of the season. As of the J-Bay Open, Fanning remains undecided about plans for this year and beyond.

“2016 has been really fun to have some time off and do different things,” Fanning said. “It’s been really fulfilling for me personally to go to places where I haven’t been able to before. I’ve made an effort to distance myself from the tour. As far as 2017 goes, I couldn’t tell you right now – whether I’ll be back or not full time. I probably couldn’t tell you what’s going to happen in a month. I don’t know. I’m enjoying the freedom of doing different things and having no schedule right now.”

Fanning is currently seeded into the opening heat of Round 1.

Other top surfers coming to the J-Bay Open

Matt Wilkinson (AUS), current frontrunner on the WSL Jeep Leaderboard, has had a sensational year in 2016, winning the opening two events (Gold Coast and Bells Beach) as well as finishing Runner-Up at the Fiji Open this month. The dynamic goofy-footer’s backhand has been long celebrated and will be one to watch at the upcoming event in South Africa.

“I’ve always enjoyed coming to Jeffreys Bay and surfing on my backhand,” Wilkinson said. “It’s an amazing wave and carries so much speed. This is obviously my best season, but the past few years, J-Bay has been a spot where I’ve done pretty well. I think I got a 3rd there in 2014. I’m really looking forward to coming back.”

Wilkinson takes on Davey Cathels (AUS) and Steven Sawyer (ZAF) in Round 1 of competition.

Gabriel Medina (BRA), 2014 WSL Champion and winner of the previous event in Fiji, will lead the Brazilian contingent alongside current WSL No. 4 Italo Ferreira (BRA) and reigning WSL Champion Adriano de Souza (BRA). Medina is currently sitting at No. 2 on the elite rankings and will look to close ground between himself and Wilkinson at the J-Bay Open. He faces Dusty Payne (HAW) and Alex Ribeiro (HAW) in the opening round of competition.

Jordy Smith (ZAF), the sole South African on the elite WSL Championship Tour and two-time winner of the J-Bay Open (2010, 2011), will return to the J-Bay Open this season injury free. Smith’s 2015 campaign was derailed by a significant back injury that saw him finish 25th before withdrawing from competition for most of the year.

“It’s great to be back in Africa and be injury-free this year,” Smith said. “Jeffreys Bay has a special place in my heart. It’s where my Dad took me a lot when I was younger and it’s had a huge influence on my surfing and on my career. Very excited to be back in the event this year and hope we get a great swell.”

Smith will take on Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) and Adam Melling (AUS) in Round 1 of competition.

Steven Sawyer (ZAF), winner of the Local Trials, and Dusty Payne (HAW) have been allocated wildcards into the J-Bay Open.

Owen Wright (AUS) and Bede Durbidge (AUS) remain out with injury and have been replaced by Adam Melling (AUS) and Stuart Kennedy (AUS).

When competition commences, up first will be Mick Fanning (AUS), Conner Coffin (USA) and Alejo Muniz (BRA) in the opening heat of Round 1.

The J-Bay Open has a competitive window from July 6 – 17, 2016 and will be webcast LIVE on as well as the WSL app

Press Release – For more information, please visit


High Performance Surfing Academy Enjoys Great Inauguration In Durban

Calvin Goor in action

Calvin Goor in action at New Pier on Sunday © Flanagan

Durban – The first official High Performance Surfing Academy program was a four-day event that took place last week in Durban. The surfers invited to partake in this program were the series winners from the Future Legends Series that was held over the first few months of the year in Durban. The Future Legends Series had an U13 Boys division, a U16 Girls division and a U16 Boys division, and the top four surfers from each division won a slot into the High Performance Surfing Academy.

These surfers were:

U13 Boys

1. Mitch Du Preez (EL)
2. James Ribbink (DBN)
3. Nate Spaulding (DBN)
4. Alex Townsend (CT)

U16 Girls

1. Kirsty McGillivray (JBay)
2. Anna Jellema Butler (CT)
3. Sne Makubu (DBN)
4. Olivia Izzard (DBN)

U16 Boys

1. Calvin Goor (Salt Rock)
2. Koby Oberholzer (DBN)
3. Angelo Faulkner (JBay)
4. Luke Slijpen (CT)

Unfortunately Angelo Faulkner and Anna Jellema Butler were injured and unable to attend the program.

“Bruce Jackson conceptualised and put together this four-day program, and along with Bruce, the High Performance Surfing Academy has a very simple objective, and that is to get South African surfers back onto the international podiums,” said HPSA’s Jason Ribbink. “It is a coaching and training program in which we empower surfers with knowledge and advice, as well as hands-on surfing training in the water at New Pier. We have some of the best coaches in the country at HPSA, and this first program for these juniors covered everything from heat surfing, nutrition and diet, stretching, biokinetics, core development and fitness, amongst others.”

The program spent much time with the professionals at Core Performance and Wellness Clinic, where the surfers were versed on biokinetics, stretch, diet and nutrition as well as the psychology behind competing and winning.

The program culminated with some great waves at New Pier in Durban on Sunday 19 June, and all athletes got to experience the solid surf while the coaches were all in attendance, watching attentively and giving their valued advice. Bruce Jackson, Peter Lawson, Spider Murphy, Chad Du Toit and Jason Ribbink, as well as the experienced head judge Johno Hutchison were all involved, and the kids took plenty away from the program in their personal bids to become better surfers and competitors.


Coaches and surfers assemble at New Pier © Flanagan

“It was an awesome four days,” said East London surfer Mitch Du Preez. “It was so good to go to different places and learn from the psychologists and physiotherapists and all that.”

“I think that I picked up on my rail surfing,” said Luke Slijpen from Cape Town, on what he felt he was taking away from the HPSA program.

“All the talks on diet and nutrition has inspired me to eat better and get healthy,” said Alex Townsend from Cape Town. “I think that as a result of this program it feels like my surfing has improved rapidly, and it has been really awesome to be a part of it.”

“I’ve learned a lot, especially at the Performance Center, where we got to talk to the dietician and sports psychologists,” said Kirsty McGillivray from Jeffreys Bay. “It was great to learn of all the different aspects that we need to work on for improved surfing.”

The next event for these surfers to compete in and utilise the skills and knowledge from the High Performance Surfing Academy will be the Billabong Pro Junior in Ballito from 22 – 25 June.

Kirsty McGillivray at the Core Medica

Kirsty McGillivray at the Core Medical and Wellness Centre. © Flanagan

The South African Surfing Legends’ High Performance Surfing Academy is set to become the benchmark for surf coaching in the country. The HPSA will be open to anyone who wants to improve their surfing skills, and work on their surfing performance levels. For more information on the HPSA, email Jason Ribbink.

South African Rugby Legends, Richmark, Firewire, Red Bull, Avis, Maverick Printing, and Core Medical and Wellness Centre support South African Surfing Legends.

High Performance Surfing Academy on Instagram – @surfacademysa
High Performance Surfing Academy on Facebook

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Please take note of the dates for the remaining trials for Juniors and Opens.

       24 July     –    Junior Trial 3    Pipe  Port Elizabeth
       31 July     –    Open  Trial 2    Kitchens   J Bay
       7 August     –  Open  Trial 3     Magnas Beach Break

      13 August   –   NMMU/Billabong Annual Contest (Juniors, Opens, Masters)

                               More info to follow. Remember to diarise the date. 

       24 August         –  SA Champs Opening function
5 – 28 August   –  SA Champs   Cape Peninsula

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