At all but one of the eleven events on the Dream Tour, two wild cards are awarded to surfers not on the WCT – giving them a chance to compete against the Top 34 and potentially cause an upset. The other event, the Pipe Masters, sees a number of wild cards awarded to local chargers and Triple Crown challengers.
Sean Holmes has been responsible for some serious upsets as a wildcard at Supertubes in the past.
The J-Bay Open scheduled for 10 – 21 July this year, will therefore have two spots open to surfers not currently on the Dream Tour. The ASP will allocate one of these wild cards, while local trials will be held for the other.
The JBU Super Trial has a waiting period for the entire month of June and will run when swell and conditions are deemed best. 16 Local shredders will be invited to earn the chance to compete against one of the top seeds on the Dream Tour.
With R5,250,000 in total prize money up for grabs at the J-Bay Open, the JBU Super Trial will be hotly contested as only one spot in the main event is up for grabs.
Shaun Joubert is no longer on tour, but as reigning ISA World Champ his fellow invitees will be wary.
So far, four of the 16 JBU Super Trial invitees have been announced. One will be awarded to the winner of the Under 20 division at the RVCA Junior Challenge next month, while the others will be going to Shaun Joubert, Joshe Faulkner, and last year’s J-Bay Open of Surfing champ, Greg Emslie.
Check out the official press release below.
THE JBU SUPER TRIAL PRESENTED BY RVCA TO FORM PART OF THE J-BAY WINTERFEST
Jeffreys Bay – JBU Surf Club are proud to announce the JBU Super Trial presented by RVCA. The JBU Super Trial is a trials-format surfing event to be run prior to the JBay Open ASP World Championship Tour surfing event, set to take place during the JBay Winterfest. The trial will produce one wild card 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 10 – 21 July 2014. This is the first time that a World Championship Tour (WCT) event has returned to South Africa since 2011, and the tournament will have a prize pool of US$500,000 (R5,250,000).
There will be 16 surfers invited to surf in the Super Trial, and their names are to be announced over 4 press releases, with this being the first release. The first four surfers invited to surf in the JBU Super Trial presented by RVCA are Greg Emslie, Shaun Joubert, Jose Faulkner and the RVCA Junior Challenge (#RVCAjunior) U20 winner.
East London’s Greg Emslie was a seasoned World Championship Tour campaigner and one of the most successful professional surfers from South Africa of all time. He won the JBay Open last year and is always a major stand-out at Supertubes.
Shaun Joubert from Mossel Bay is always one of the top performers at Supertubes, whether in a contest situation or just free surfing, and an ex WQS campaigner. “I’m very honoured to get a spot in the Super Trial,” said Shaun on hearing the news. “JBay is my favourite wave in the world and to get a chance to surf out there when it’s pumping is a privilege. Thanks to JBU and RVCA for the opportunity!”
Jose Faulkner comes from Pellsrus in Jeffreys Bay and is a surfer who has come through the Eastern Province and Surfing South Africa transformation and development surfing program. He recently placed 6th in the ISA World Games and has a very bright future ahead of him.
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 other 12 surfers are still to be announced, but they will be handpicked from the best surfers across the country.
The JBU Super Trial will have a waiting period of the whole month of June, with the contest running on the best day of waves during that period. The 16 surfers will get a chance to pit their skills in what will hopefully be good Supertubes conditions, and a great 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,” said JBU chairman Arthur Joubert. “We’re also stoked to be working with RVCA www.facebook.com/RVCA.South.Africa on this event. The club has worked hard at putting this event together, as well as organising the whole JBay Winterfest www.facebook.com/jbaywinterfest and we’re looking at a great winter season for Jeffreys Bay this year.”
The JBU Super Trial presented by RVCA is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa. Surfing South Africa is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), and recognised by the Dept. of Sport and Recreation as the national controlling body for surfing.