Celebrities and top athletes at JBay Winterfest

Oakley South Africa is running an inaugural celebrity event in the middle of the ASP JBay Open World Tour surfing event and the JBay Winterfest.

The Oakley X-Over Challenge is a multi-disciplined cross-over challenge which will see invited athletes and celebrities participating in the three sports – surfing, golf and mountain biking – from 15 – 16 July.

Invited athletes are Bob Skinstad, Butch James, Dale Steyn, David Miller, Greg Minnaar, John Smit, Jordy Smith, Kevin Evans, Ruan de Smidt, Ryan O’Connor, Raynard Tissink and Ryan Sandes, as well as a few special guests.

Participants will find the events challenging. One of the athletes, ultra marathon runner Ryan Sandes, might be one of the fittest guys around, but can he hit a golf ball?

“I m super stoked to be taking part in the Oakley X-Over Challenge with some of South Africa’s top athletes,” said Sandes. “It’s such a cool concept and I am really interested to see how the various athletes perform outside of their known sports. I am a bit worred about my golfing capabilities, but it is going to be lots of fun.”


Ryan Sandes in action © Kolesky/Nikon/Lexar
Ryan Sandes in action © Kolesky/Nikon/Lexar

 Jordy Smith will be competing in the ASP JBay Open Of Surfing World Tour event, to be held at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay during the same period. Jordy is a two-times winner of the event, and is odds-on favourite to win it again. The event will be webcast live to a global audience at www.aspworldtour.com.

Jordy will face stiff competition from the likes of multiple world champion and current ratings leader Kelly Slater, current world champion and former event winner Mick Fanning, and former JBay Open runner-up Adam Melling.

The Oakley athletes in the X-Over Challenge remain committed to this unique event and are all set to take JBay by storm at this time. The event will culminate with a prize giving on the evening of the 16 July at The Jolly Dolphin. This will be followed by a performance of The Parlotones at the Jolly Dolphin.

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