The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is pleased to announce the return of South Africa’s Jeffreys Bay to the elite Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) schedule for the 2014 season.
Taking place from July 10 – 20, 2014, the J-Bay Open will serve as the sixth of 11 stops on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP WCT schedule and has signed a three-year agreement to host the world’s best surfers from 2014 – 2016.
“It’s only fitting that one of the world’s premiere waves provides the canvas for the world’s premiere surfers again,” Paul Speaker, ASP CEO, said. “Jeffreys Bay has an incredible heritage with the sport and the local community have been instrumental in returning the ASP Top 34 to South Africa this season. We’re very thankful and we look forward to the 2014 installment of the event.”
The JBay Open enjoys the full support of the JBU Surf Club, the local City Council and Surfing South Africa and will be the major draw card of the JBay WinterFest taking place during the same time period.
"On behalf of the local surf community and the town of Jeffreys Bay, we would like to welcome ASP back to Jeffreys Bay,“ stated Koffie Jacobs Director of the JBay WinterFest and JBay OPEN event co ordinater. “We obviously believe there is no finer right hand point break in the world and ASP World Tour is not complete without Supertubes on the calendar."
“We are extremely pleased that the best surfers in the world will be back at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay this July” said Johnny Bakker, Vice President of Surfing South Africa.“ SSA is proud to be working with the ASP, the local surfing community and the Kouga Municiaplity on the J Bay Open of Surfing”
An elite ASP WCT venue from 1996 to 2011, Jeffreys Bay is universally-regarded as one of the best righthand pointbreaks on the planet and will replace Bali on the 2014 schedule.
“We were very fortunate to have brought the world’s best surfers to Bali in 2013 and Keramas delivered in amazing fashion for the event,” Kieren Perrow, ASP Commissioner, said. “However, the opportunity to bring the WCT back to South Africa made sense to us and we look forward to the Top 34 showcased on J-Bay’s world-class walls this July.”
Universally celebrated as one of the best waves on the planet, Jeffreys Bay has existed as a favorite tour stop for the world’s best surfers since its inception and it will add a welcome element to this season’s ASP World Title race.