12 July, 2015 12 July, 2015

Wildcard Wihann Kotze Wins The Oakley X-Over 2015 Presented by Seartec

Other than the main show at J-Bay, featuring the world’s best battle it out at Supers, the Oakley X-Over is also gaining momentum as one of the funnest events for athletes and fans to look forward to at J-Bay’s Winterfest. This year’s event was completed yesterday, with wildcard entry Wihaan Kotze taking the win, while Kevin Evans and Butch James came second and third respectively.

Wildcard Wihaan Kotze won the surfing division of the contest, doing well enough at the mountain biking and golf to take the overall win.

The competition works similarly to a triathlon, consisting of three different sporting categories: golf, mountain biking and surfing. Scores are awarded in congruence with how well each athlete does in the respective categories, and tallied up at the end to decide the overall winner. Butch James won the event last year and did well again to come third this time round. Overall, a good time was had by all, with another successful year for the X-Over ensuring it’s continuity at future Winterfests.

Read the full press release below for more details.


Press release
For immediate release
11 July 2015

Wildcard Wihann Kotze Wins The Oakley X-Over 2015 Presented By Seartec, Distributors Of Sharp

The surf was tricky but the most was made in the small conditions.

Lower Point, Jeffreys Bay – The wind was light onshore and the waves were fairly tricky as the athletes in the Oakley X-Over headed out for the final leg in this 3-discipline ‘cross-over’ challenge at Lower Point, Jeffreys Bay. With many of the athletes being very inexperienced surfers, the waves proved to be a bit more challenging than anticipated.

The event organisers utilized jetskies to get the contestants out to the backline, as well as assist them onto waves, which helped everyone with their wave count.
Plettenberg Bay goofyfooter Wihann Kotze used his knowledge of Lookout to get the best waves out there. “It was very similar to onshore Lookout out there,” he said. His performance was enough for him to secure the win in the surfing event, ahead of Greg Minnaar and Kevin Evans.

“It’s my favourite event of the year,” said second placed Greg Minnaar. “I had two killer waves in the beginning, but towards the end I was cramping, so I was just wobbling like a jellyfish.”
Wihann, who won his slot into the event via the Social Media competition, also found the conditions quite challenging. “It was hard work, and I tried to catch as many waves as I could.”
John Smit was another athlete who stood out in the surf event, showing determination in his heat, and catching a multitude of waves, including one of the bigger waves of the day.

A very stoked John Smit.

Oakley X-Over defending champion Butch James didn’t finish in the top three in the surfing contest, but had a good event either way. “It was hard work out there,” said Butch after the event. “It was good fun and good banter with the boys, but I don’t think I did enough to win the event again.”

Surfing results:
1. Wihann Kotze
2. Greg Minnaar
3. Kevin Evans

Then it was time to add up the scores over the two days and three events – golf, mountain biking and surfing –  that made up the entire challenge, and see who was going to emerge as the Oakley X-Over 2015 winner.

After the scorecards were tallied, and all the numbers double-checked, the Plettenberg Wildcard Wihann Kotze was named as the Oakley X-Over 2015 Champion. Second place went to Kevin Evans, and last year’s X-Over champion Butch James was in third.

Butch James, Wihann Kotze and Kevin Evans at prizegiving.

“It was another great event this year, and we’re looking forward to a bigger and better event next year” said Oakley Sports Marketing Manager and X-Over founder Seth Hulley. “It’s such a special event, and there is such a good vibe throughout the tournament. We look forward to working with the JBay Winterfest again next year.”

The JBay Winterfest presented by Woodlands Dairy is currently taking place, and is set to continue till 19 July. It comprises the Oakley X-Over, the JBay Open WSL Championship Tour surfing event, The Billabong Junior event, skate events, extreme trail running, mountain biking, fishing, music, kite festival, open water swim events and much more. For more info go to www.jbaywinterfest.com

The Oakley X-Over event hashtag is #XOVER15
Oakley X-Over Powered by Seartec and Sharp
Co-sponsors: Jeep, ID Construction, JBay Winterfest, Trek, Striped Horse Beer.
Partners: Red Bull, Seashells, Jolly Dolphin, GoPro, Skull Candy and Aguila Game Reserve.

For more info contact:
Seth Hulley –
e. Seth.Hulley@za.luxottica.com
 / t. 021 4866100
For media enquiries contact:
Craig Jarvis –
e. info@craigjarvis.co.za
 / t. 082 376 44

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