The world’s best are coming to J-Bay, but first we need to find out who challenges them at Supers.
The days are counting down before the start of the JBU Super Trial, which will decide who gets the coveted wildcard into the J-Bay Open Dream Tour event in July. The waiting period for the trials are open for the entire month of June, during which time organisers will be looking to run the event on the best possible day.
So far 12 surfers have been announced as invitees, with a further four more still to be decided to make up the sixteen Saffa shredders who will be looking for a spot in the main event to challenge the world’s best at Supertubes.
Local surfer, Remi Peterson, is one of the most stylish surfers in the lineup on any given day at Supers.
This week, Beyrick De Vries, Remi Peterson, Matt Bromley and Mikey February were named the four surfers that will be joining Greg Emslie, Joshe Faulkner, Shaun Joubert, Matt McGillivray, Sean Holmes, Dylan Lightfoot, Warren Dean and Slade Prestwich in the heat draw.
Check out the official press release below, and stay tuned for the announcement of the remaining four competitors.
FOUR MORE SURFERS ANNOUNCED IN THE JBU SUPER TRIAL PRESENTED BY RVCA
Jeffreys Bay – The next four surfers invited into the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA have been announced. They are Matt Bromley, Mikey February, Beyrick De Vries and Remi Peterson.
The JBU Supertrial will take place over one day in the Month of June, and will result in a wild card for the Jeffreys Bay Open Of Surfing, an ASP World Tour surfing event to be held at Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay. The World Tour event has a waiting period from 10-21 July, and is the anchor event in the JBay Winterfest – #JBayWinterfest.
The four surfers represent the JBay locals, the young chargers, the new school, and the next generation of young South African surfers who are stepping up to the plate on a local and an international scale.
Remi Petersen is the local JBay surfer who has a reputation for tight and fast surfing in his backyard of Supertubes, and an affinity for finding the biggest and deepest barrels on his backhand. He is the perfect example of local knowledge and will be a dangerman in any heat.
Matt Bromley is a Cape-based charger who stands out in big waves and who has shown his skills time and again at Supers, whether it be in free surfs or with a competitive singlet on. His clean and powerful surfing is perfectly suited to the perfect Supers walls, and when it gets bigger he really starts showing his supremacy and competitive experience.
“It’s going to be a cracker bash between the innovation from the groms and the power from the ballies,” reckoned Bromley when he heard the news about his invite. “New school takes on experience. Hope the waves are firing.”
Mikey February from Kommetjie has been one of the outstanding junior surfers for many years now, and he has stepped out of the junior leagues and has shown no signs of slowing down. Mikey has an incredible new-school arsenal of futuristic moves, an imaginative way of looking at waves and that powerful Big Match Temperament that gets him all the way to the winner’s podium in so many events. Also hungry to win, Mikey could turn the tables on any surfers whatever their pedigree and is definitely one to watch in the barrel.
Beyrick De Vries from Umhlanga has been on the forefront of competitive surfing in South Africa for many years now, and he’s still only 21 years of age. Last year at Sunset Beach in Hawaii, he caught the best wave of the contest, with some calling it the best wave of the year and more, scoring a 10-point ride and the acclaim of the contest officials, the judges and his peers. Wanna watch that wave? Here you go. Beyrick is a powerful surfer and a determined contestant, and has the competitive acumen and skills to win the event and get that much sought after wildcard.
Nixon are also giving away a R10,000 Nixon watch to the JBU Supertrial event winner. The watch is the Capital Automatic, it is Swiss-made, adorned by 25 jewels, and is a work of art. For more info on Nixon South Africa go to their Facebook Page here www.facebook.com/Nixon.South.Africa
The JBU Supertrial is also co-sponsored by Arbor Skateboards and Firewire Surfboards. Trailists so far: Greg Emslie, Joshe Faulkner, Shaun Joubert, Matt McGillivray – who was the RVCA Junior Challenge winner, Sean Holmes, Dylan Lightfoot, Warren Dean, Slade Prestwich, Mikey February, Beyrick De Vries, Remi Petersen and Matt Bromley.