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
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.