In pumping waves at Supertubes today, Dylan Lightfoot clinched the most lucrative win of his young career so far by winning the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA. With WCT events offering big Dollar incentives from the very first round, the J-Bay local is in for a solid pay day after earning the wildcard into the J-Bay Open.
It’s not only the promise of Dollars that is the reason for the smile on Dylan’s dial. The wildcard also offers the J-Bay local a chance to compete against the Top 34 at his homebreak, which for a young pro looking to make it to the very top is a great way to gauge his readiness to compete with the best.
Dylan Lightfoot, all smiles after his massive victory.
Dylan won a closely-fought final against Cape Town’s Mikey February, Durban’s Slade Prestwich, and another young J-Bay ripper, Matt McGillivray.
1. Dylan Lightfoot (JBay)
2. Mikey February (CT)
3. Slade Prestwich (DBN)
4. Matt McGillivray (JBay)
We chatted to the JBU Supertrial champ to hear his thoughts on his massive victory:
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Check out the official press release below.
DYLAN LIGHTFOOT VICTORIOUS IN JBU SUPERTRIAL PRESENTED BY RVCA
Jeffreys Bay – Dylan Lightfoot has won the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA, which was held in 4- 6 foot waves at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay today.
Lightfoot, a Jeffreys Bay local who surfs Supertubes regularly, won a tight final with Cape Town surfer Mikey February coming a close second, much to the delight of the crowds who packed the beach and boardwalks.
Durban surfer Slade Prestwich came third with another JBay local surfer Matt McGillivray finishing in fourth position.
“I am so stoked; this is a dream come true,” said Lightfoot after the event. “I have wanted to surf in the World Championship Tour (WCT) event in Jeffreys Bay since I was a kid and winning the JBU Supertrial has given me that opportunity.”
Supertubes delivered the goods since the first heat entered the water, with Warren Dean claiming the Barrel Of The Day early this morning and winning a Firewire Surfboard for his efforts.
Slade Prestwich won the award of an Arbor Skateboard for the best carve of the contest, with Dylan Lightfoot winning a Nixon watch, the Capital Automatic, valued at R10,000, and the coveted Wild card entry into the JBay Open of Surfing, an ASP World Championship Tour event, that will be held in Jeffreys Bay from 10 – 20 July.
The JBay Open forms part of the JBay Winterfest, a multi sport Festival that includes events like mountain biking, skating, cold water swimming and trial running.
“We are proud to be involved with the JBU Supertrial and it’s great that a local surfer has won the wild card into the WCT event to be held in July at Supertubes,” said Arno Lane from event sponsor RVCA.
The JBU Supertrial was sanctioned by Surfing South Africa and organised by the JBU Surf Club, who are also organising the JBay Open, an ASP WCT event that will see the top surfers in the world descend upon Jeffreys Bay in their quest to be crowned the world champion.
“The JBU is stoked that once again JBay will host an ASP WCT event and that a local surfer, Dylan Lightfoot, will be surfing in the main event against guys like Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and Jordy Smith,” said Koffie Jacobs from the JBU.
Other event sponsors were Firewire Surfboards and Arbor Skateboards.