J-Bay Open

5 Reasons to Love J-Bay

Anna Dimond

The J-Bay Open kicks off July 6, at the southern tip of the African continent. There are infinite reasons to return every year, and these are just a few.

5. The Dream

J-Bay Trailer Key Art Situated at the southernmost end of South Africa, Jeffreys Bay is wild, beautiful and dreamlike. - WSL

4. Best Backhanders

Owen Wright at J-Bay
Mark Occhilupo set the bar for goofyfooters at J-Bay with his big performance at the 1984 Country Feeling Classic. Since then, many others have pushed the level at Supertubes, including Owen Wright. In 2014, the Australian knocked Gabriel Medina out of the contest with waves like this one.

3. Heavy Matchups

Slater vs. Fanning, 2015
From Sean Holmes vs. Andy Irons to Jordy Smith vs. the world, J-Bay's heavy heats are historic. Last year, Slater and Fanning deployed searing turns, tube rides and rail work against each other in the Semis.

2. The Speed

Nat Young (USA) enjoys a freesurf during the 2014 J-Bay Open. J-Bay is known for it's long walls and high-octane rides. - WSL / Kelly Cestari

1. The Legends

Mick Fanning (AUS) winning the J-Bay Open. The list of winners at Jeffreys Bay reads like a who's-who of surfing's biggest icons. Mick Fanning, Kelly Slater, Jordy Smith, Taj Burrow, Andy Irons, and Jake Paterson have collectively dominated there for the past 20 years. Tune in July 6 to see who will make list of legends. - WSL / Kirstin Scholtz