The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is pleased to announce the return of South Africaâ€™s Jeffreys Bay to the elite Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) schedule for the 2014 season.
Taking place from July 10 â€“ 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 worldâ€™s best surfers from 2014 â€“ 2016.
â€œItâ€™s only fitting that one of the worldâ€™s premiere waves provides the canvas for the worldâ€™s premiere surfers again,â€ Paul Speaker, ASP CEO, said. â€œJeffreys 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. Weâ€™re very thankful and we look forward to the 2014 installment of the event.â€
The J-Bay 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 J-Bay WinterFest taking place during the same time period.
"The true test of a surfer's ability is how he carves turns and J-bay offers the ultimate canvas for pure carving surfing." Shaun Tomson, Mr. J-Bay
"On behalf of the local surf community and the town of Jeffreys Bay, we would like to welcome ASP back to Jeffreys Bay,â€œ stated Koffie Jacobs Director of the J-Bay WinterFest and J-Bay Open event coordinater. â€œWe 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."
â€œWe are extremely pleased that the best surfers in the world will be back at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay this Julyâ€ said Johnny Bakker, Vice President of Surfing South Africa.â€œ SSA is proud to be working with the ASP, the local surfing community and the Kouga Municiaplity on the J-Bay Open of Surfingâ€
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.
â€œWe were very fortunate to have brought the worldâ€™s best surfers to Bali in 2013 and Keramas delivered in amazing fashion for the event,â€ Kieren Perrow, ASP Commissioner, said. â€œHowever, 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-Bayâ€™s world-class walls this July.â€
Universally celebrated as one of the best waves on the planet, Jeffreys Bay has existed as a favorite tour stop for the worldâ€™s best surfers since its inception and it will add a welcome element to this seasonâ€™s ASP World Title race.
"It's by far the best stop on the tour for quality of high performance surfing. It's arguably the best righthand point in the world." Jordy Smith
â€œThe fact that J-Bay is back on?! Well it's about damn time!â€ Jordy Smith, two-time event winner, said. â€œI am really excited that the event is back on. It's by far the best stop on the tour for quality of high performance surfing. Itâ€™s arguably the best righthand point in the world and deserves a spot on the WCT. I'm proud to be a South African and to have one of the â€˜CT spots be in our backyard. It means a lot to our country and the town of Jeffreys Bay. I'm sure the people are going to be really happy to see the event return.â€
â€œSuch exciting news about going back to J-Bay,â€ Mick Fanning, reigning three-time ASP World Champion, said. â€œThe wave is one of my all-time favorites and the place in general is awesome. The people, the animals, the whole area is one of my favorite places on Earth. Can't wait!â€œ
Samsung Galaxy 2014 ASP World Championship Tour
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: March 1 â€“ 12, 2014
Margaret River Pro: April 2 â€“ 13, 2014
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: April 16 â€“ 27, 2014
Billabong Rio Pro: May 7 â€“ 18, 2014
Fiji Pro: June 1 â€“ 13, 2014
J-Bay Open: July 10 â€“ 20, 2014
Billabong Pro Tahiti: August 15 â€“ 26, 2014
Hurley Pro at Trestles: September 9 â€“ 20, 2014
Quiksilver Pro France: September 25 â€“ October 6, 2014
Rip Curl Pro Portugal: October 12 â€“ 23, 2014
Billabong Pipeline Masters: December 8 â€“ 20, 2014
The 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) will commence on March 1 with the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.