Lightfoot, a Jeffreys Bay local who surfs Supertubes regularly, won a tight final against Cape Town surfer Michael February -- to the delight of crowds packing the beach and boardwalks. Durban surfer Slade Prestwich and J-Bay local, Matt McGillivray, finished in third and fourth place, respectively.
â€œI am so stoked; this is a dream come true,â€ said Lightfoot after the event. â€œI have wanted to surf in the World Championship Tour event in Jeffreys Bay since I was a kid and winning the JBU Supertrial has given me that opportunity.â€
Supertubes delivered the goods, with consistent four-to-six foot waves from beginning to end. Warren Dean claimed Barrel Of The Day in the opening heats, winning a Firewire surfboard for his efforts. But Warren wasn't the only one who took home shiny new gear. Prestwich won an Arbor Skateboard for best carve, and Lightfoot scored a Capital Automatic watch from Nixon, valued at R10,000, for his wildcard victory.
â€œWe are proud to be involved with the JBU Supertrial and itâ€™s great that a local surfer has won the wildcard into the WCT event to be held in July at Supertubes,â€ said Arno Lane, from event sponsor RVCA.
The JBU Supertrial was sanctioned by Surfing South Africa and organized by the JBU Surf Club, who are also organizing the upcoming J-Bay Open. The ASP WCT event will see the top surfers in the world descend upon Jeffreys Bay in their quest to be crowned champion.
The 2014 ASP J-Bay Open will be at Jeffreys Bay with a waiting period from July 10 â€“ 20. Click here for more information on the J-Bay Open World Tour event.