South Africa's Jeffreys Bay is back on the map for the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour. The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) announced that the renowned surf spot is now on the 2014 schedule.
Jeffreys Bay will be stop number six of eleven total stops during the J-Bay Open from July 10th to July 20th, 2014. The event signed a three-year contract with ASP, meaning the best of the best will be showing up at J-Bay to shred from 2014 to 2016.
"On behalf of the local surf community and the town of Jeffreys Bay, we would like to welcome ASP back to Jeffreys Bay,“ Director of the JBay WinterFest and JBay OPEN event coordinater Koffie Jacobs said. "We 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."
J-Bay served as an ASP tour spot from 1996 to 2011, and will be replacing Bali this year. It is considered to house some of the best waves in the world, and surfers are excited about its return as a leg of the ASP World Championship Tour.
“The fact that J-Bay is back on?! Well it's about damn time!” world-class surfer Jordy Smith said. "I'm proud to be a South African and to have one of the ‘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.” Smith won the 2010 and 2011 Billabong Pro competitions at Jeffreys Bay, both part of the ASP World Championship Tour.
“It’s only fitting that one of the world’s premiere waves provides the canvas for the world’s premiere surfers again,” ASP CEO Paul Speaker said.