JBay Winterfest

Pepper Street
Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape
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by Lizanne G.
(25 Aug 16 @ 3:05 pm)

JBay Winterfest creates quite a buzz in town. I love the atmosphere and vibe. Awesome to watch the events and be part of this exciting time every year!

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by Lize M.
(5 Aug 16 @ 10:29 am)

I am such a fan of the JBay Winterfest! They always have their act together and never have I ever been disappointed. The festive brings in so much business to our little town and I am a proud supporter.

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JBay Winterfest 2016 is approaching. It has an amazing line-up of events and happenings, including Championship Tour surfing, a music festival, the Oakley X-Over celebrity event including Jean De Villers, Dale Steyn, John Smit, Schalk Burger, Ryan Sandes, Butch James and a host of others, a mountain bike event, a night trail running event, Quiksilver junior surfing events and more. Thank you to our sponsors for making the 2016 JBay Winterfest a reality. JBay Winterfest - 6 - 17 July

The JBay Winterfest is anchored by the JBay Open, stop number 6 on the World Surf League’s Championship Tour. Surfers like multiple event winner South African Jordy Smith, 11 times world champion Kelly Slater from America, and current world champion Adriano de Souza from Brazil will all be competing amongst the excellent waves of Supertubes.

Prior to this event is the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA, a trials event for the wildcard slot into the JBay Open. The winner of the JBU Supertrial gets an automatic entry into the main event, is guaranteed points and prizemoney, as well as the possibility of a giant leapfrog into a career as a professional surfer.

The new surfing tournament at the JBay Winterfest is the Quiksilver Junior JBay Pro and the Roxy Junior JBay Pro. These will take place at Magnatubes, another prime wave in the area, and walking distance from Supertubes. These contests are the first event in the Quiksilver Junior Pro / Roxy Junior Pro series 2016.

Other events include:

The JBay Mountain Bike Open, with tracks that go through the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm as well as the Impala Ranch, and will feature 40km, 60km and 85km routes.

The JBay X Trail run is a three-stage trail run, including an exciting night run, with all three legs totalling just over 60kms. Runners can enter all three events, or individual legs. There is also a 5km ‘fun’ night trail run, suitable for familes and friends and first time trail runners.

The Oakley X-Over presented by Seartec is a cross-over celebrity competition, with mountain biking, golf and surfing as the three sporting categories. Celebrities such as Bob Skinstad, Butch James, John Smit, Jordy Smith and Garreth McClellan will be in attendance, along with new faces Jean de Villiers, Gugu Zulu, Schalk Burger and Giniel De Villiers. This popular event is a highlight of the Winterfest.

Exhibiting an array of 13 sporting events the JBay Winter Fest attracts a field of national and international competitors to participate in a line up of disciplines open to the public and along with invite only speciality events. Spear-headed by the JBay Open of Surfing, an event drawing over 10 000 spectators for the final day, the town of Jeffreys Bay also hosts a Mountain Bike Open with several distances ranging from 25kms to a technical 85kms route, a three stage trail run, Oakley’s X-Over Championship and a Winter Music Festival featuring the country’s leading acts.

The festival is further amplified by a number of associated events including a fishing skins competition 16th and catch a Nissan 17th, a Funduro, a Cold-Water Swim Classic and a Kite Festival



  • JBay Open of Surfing
  • Cold Water Classic
  • JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic
  • JBay X Trail Run
  • Oakley X-Over Powered by Seartec / Sharp
  • JBay Funduro
  • Fishing Skins Competition and catch a Nissan
  • Quicksilver JBay Junior Pro | Roxy JBay Junior Pro
  • National Kite Festival
  • JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA
  • Kabeljous Hub

Music Festival Event:

  • Timo ODV and Phfat - Friday 8 July, 10pm at Jolly Dolphin
  • Jack Parow - Saturday 9 July, 10pm at Jolly Dolphin
  • Colour Party and Beer Pong - Wednesday 13 July, 10pm at Jolly Dolphin
  • Cut Snake and strange loving - Thursday 14 July, 9pm at Jolly Dolphin
  • Locnville - Friday 15 July, 10pm at Jolly Dolphin
  • Sketchy Bongo - Saturday 16 July, 11pm at Jolly Dolphin