Surfers to vie for World Tour spot

RIDING HIGH: Seasoned SA surfer Greg Emslie has been invited to the JBU Super Trial to be held in Jeffreys Bay in June
RIDING HIGH: Seasoned SA surfer Greg Emslie has been invited to the JBU Super Trial to be held in Jeffreys Bay in June

A TOTAL of 16 surfers will have a chance to qualify for an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Championship Tour event when the JBU Super Trial is held during June.

Presented by RVCA, the JBU Super Trial will be run prior to the Jeffreys Bay Open ASP World Championship Tour surfing contest which will take place during the J-Bay Winterfest.

The trial will produce one wildcard who will get a chance to surf in the main event.

The main event, the J-Bay Open World Championship Tour contest, will take place from July 10-21. This is the first time a World Championship Tour (WCT) event will be held in South Africa since 2011, and the tournament will have a prize pool of $500000 (R5.26- million).

Sixteen surfers will be invited to surf in the Super Trial, with their names being released at periodic intervals. The first four are Greg Emslie, Shaun Joubert, Jose Faulkner and the RVCA Junior Challenge U20 winner.

East London’s Emslie was a seasoned WCT campaigner and is one of South Africa’s most successful professional surfers. He won the J-Bay Open last year and is always a major stand-out at Supertubes.

Joubert, from Mossel Bay, is always one of the top performers at Supertubes, whether in a contest situation or free surfing, as well as being an ex-WQS campaigner.

“I’m very honoured to get a spot in the Super Trial,” Joubert said. “J-Bay is my favourite wave in the world and to get a chance to surf out there when it’s pumping is a privilege.”

Faulkner, from Pellsrus in Jeffreys Bay, has come through the EP and Surfing SA transformation and development programme. He recently came sixth in the ISA World Games and has a bright future.

The fourth surfer will be the RVCA wildcard, awarded to the winner of the U20 division in the RVCA Junior Challenge, an event that draws the top junior surfers in the country.

The JBU Super Trial will have a waiting period of the whole of June, with the contest running on the best day of waves during the month. The 16 surfers will get a chance to pit their skills in what will hopefully be good Supertubes conditions, and an ideal warm-up for the World Tour event.

“The JBU Surf Club are excited about this event, and look forward to some great surfing from the invited surfers,” JBU chairman Arthur Joubert said.


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