The 2015 JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA will see 24 selected surfers competing for one coveted spot in the WSL Championship Tour's Jeffreys Bay Open, where they'll compete against the best surfers on the planet.
The JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA has a waiting period of June 1-12, and the organizers of the event have announced the entry procedure for this contest. The entry requirements are strict, and have to be adhered to explicitly in order to have a chance of an invite into the contest.
First, surfers need to physically enter the event. You will not be automatically invited into the event based on your surfing skills or contest record unless you physically enter the event. No entry, no invite.
Second, all entries will be via the Zigzag magazine website www.zigzag.co.za/supertrial/ - there is no other platform through which to enter.
The aim of your entry is to try and convince the selectors why you are worthy of a slot in the Supertrial. This can be in the form of a video clip, a photo of yourself ripping, a video interview wherein you state your case, a few written paragraphs that will explain your worthiness, or any other form or fancy that you believe will get you entry into the event. Put some effort into your entry and you might find yourself with an entry into the most prestigious event on the South African surf calendar.
"We want to see why you feel you are worthy to be in such a significant event," said event organizer and JBU representative Koffie Jacobs. "We simply want the best 24 South African surfers in the event, the cream of the crop, and we need to work out who you guys are. It's up to you to tell us."
Final selection will be via a panel, consisting of representatives from the World Surf League (WSL), the J-Bay Underground Surf Club (JBU) and Zigzag Surfing Magazine. The Supertrial is only open to South African surfers.
Social media is a great way to get attention to your entry, but your social media reach has no bearing on your selection. An entry with thousands of likes and shares does not automatically trump an entry with very little reach. This reach will reveal to the selectors however, which of the entries are popular with the public, and this might serve to influence them. There will be 24 surfers selected to compete in the tournament this year.
Catch the winner of the Supertrials, along with the Top 34, compete at the J-Bay Open LIVE daily July 8 - 19 at worldsurfleague.com, or on the go with the new WSL app.