JBay – with just a few short weeks to go, the excitement around the upcoming JBay Winterfest 2017 is tangible. Construction has started on the Corona Open JBay setup, the Lower Point hub is starting to take shape and the event organisers are hard at work in getting their sites and venues prepared.

While the surf contests, mountain bike race and trail run are well-known and popular events at the JBay Winterfest, there are a couple of other events that are becoming increasingly popular and well-attended.

The Cold Water Swim Classic

©Dirk Erasmus

Now in its 5th year, the Cold Water Swim Classic, presented by Nicholas Melck, has become one of the core events on the calendar of the JBay Winterfest.

With water temperatures ranging from an icy 11C to a “warm” 14C last year, the Classic lives up to its billing as an extreme event.

Swimmers have the option of wearing a wetsuit or swimming according to channel rules, which means wearing only a speedo type costume, goggles and a swim cap when taking on the Mile and Double Mile events.

However, the Triple Mile, being an official qualifying swim for the notorious Robben island crossing is only open to swimming wearing nothing more than a speedo.

“The Cold Water Classic is a perfect training swim for anybody wanting to prepare for Robben Island and is the only recognised cold water swim in the Eastern Cape,” said event organiser Brenton Williams.

“The Triple Mile is a qualifying swim, meaning the Cape Long Distance Swim Association will allow all the swimmers who complete the event to apply to swim Robben Island."

The final training swim for the Cold Water Classic will be held on 9 July at Marina Martinique and all swimmers and welcome to join.

Online entries for the event can be done via www.jbaywinterfest.com/events-2017/cold-water-classic/

The Kite Festival

© Wayne de Lange

'Paint The Sky With Colour is our motto for the JBay Winterfest this year. Once again we are gearing up for a dazzling display of all shapes and colours to fill the sky above the beach.

This year the Kite Festival will host world renowned kite experts; the likes of Peter Binsbergen (a top Quad liner) and many others, filling the sky with giant inflatables, flow forms, trains, facet kites, traditional Asian kites and many line fillers.

Peter will be twirling his magic with quad line revolution kites, showing off his stunt flying. As far as some of the key inflatables go, we will be joined by a dinosaur named “Stinky”, various dragons, and of course our favourite piggy aptly named “Piggasus”. There will be plenty of action for the kids of all ages, with our kiting team on hand to offer advice to the novice kiters and show them how to fly the smaller kites and bols. Don’t forget we will once again be doing the traditional “Sweety Drops”.

The display will be held from the 21st till 22nd July, at the Lower Point, on the beach heading towards Kabeljous surf.

Remember to stop in at Brian, who will be at the Lower Point market, selling kites, bols and other wonderful sky dancers, then head onto the beach and help us Paint The Sky With Colour.

The Skins Fishing Comp

© Kody McGregor

The 5th Winterfest Skins Fishing Competition will take place in Jeffrey’s Bay on Saturday 22 July 2017. This event has seen massive growth over the past 5 years, and is now one of the biggest and most unique shore angling competitions in South Africa!

The ‘skins format’ of the event, means that every hour is like a mini competition that gives many more people a shot at the fantastic prizes. It creates a lot of excitement at the prize giving, as no one really knows who will win the various skins. We have had many ladies and juniors winning the main cash prizes over the last few years, making it a fun family event to get hooked on.

The cash prizes will be worth a minimum of R18 000 (R3000/hour x 6)! We also have a Penn Power Hour. During a selected skin the top 5 anglers will each win a fantastic fishing reel from Pure Fishing. There will be various other prizes, including holidays, fishing gear, tackle vouchers, hampers, sunglasses etc. Last year our prizes were valued at more than R100 000. As if this is not enough, PSG and Nissan will give anglers a shot at winning a vehicle.

Area will be from The Gap at Kabeljous to Kitchen Windows restaurant. Two flags will demarcate the boundaries. No fishing will be allowed outside of these flags. Fishing times will be from 7am to 1pm. (All weigh cards to be handed in at prize giving tent before 2.30 pm.) There will be 6 skins each worth R3000 each. The highest scoring fish for each hour will be the winner. Edible fish count 10pts/kg & non-edible fish 1pt/kg. There will be many other prize categories such as top lady, top junior, most species etc. plus many lucky draws. In order to involve the whole family, men can cast for ladies and juniors as long as they are all entered into the competition.

Please note that we support catch and release.

The Funduro 

©Pierre Gerber

Slake Adventures will host the 4th Annual JBay Winterfest Funduro on 22 July 2017 at Mondplaas.

The Funduro is an offroad motorbike fun day aimed at riders of all levels and age, and consists of Kiddies, Intermediate and Pro Loops. The Pro Loop is 15km long and consists of a mixture of flowing and technical terrain, whereas the other loops only cater with flowing terrain for beginners and intermediate riders.

The infamous “Slake Pit” (Obstacle Course) is a common sight at Slake Funduro’s and sure to wow the crowd with spectacular entertainment! Come and see some of the top riders in South Africa take on the unforgiving obstacles that include logs, drop offs, tyres, ramps and the feared balance beam!

As an edition to the Funduro, the Free Wheelers Expression Session will also be a huge crowd entertainer, as riders show off their mad skills with Wheelies, Stoppies and all round motorbike skills.

For more information contact:
Roche 076 135 9443
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www.slakeadventures.com

Other happenings at the JBay Winterfest 2017 include the JBay Windfarm MTB Classic, the Corona Open JBay, The JBay Loggers Classic, the Endurade JBay X Trail Run, The Oakley X Over and more. Events will be elaborated on in forthcoming media releases.

More details at www.jbaywinterfest.com
Co-sponsors include Oakley, Kouga Municipality, Vodacom4U and First Choice.
The event hash tag is #jbaywinterfest
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Website: www.jbaywinterfest.com/
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For JBay Winterfest information contact
Koffie Jacobs
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Event spokesperson:
Brenton Williams
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Media enquiries:
Craig Jarvis
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