Jordy Smith: playing in home waters

Jeffreys Bay has been added to the 2014 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) schedule.

The inaugural J-Bay Open will be run between 10th-20th July, 2014. The South African competition is locked until 2016.

"Jeffreys 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," says Paul Speaker, CEO at ASP.

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 period.

"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," underlines Koffie Jacobs, director of the JBay WinterFest.

Jeffreys Bay was an elite Dream Tour venue from 1996 to 2011. It is universally-regarded as one of the best righthand pointbreaks on the planet and will replace Bali on the 2014 schedule.

"I 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. I'm proud to be a South African and to have one of the WCT spots be in our backyard," adds Jordy Smith, two-time event winner.

2014 ASP World Championship Tour:

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast: March 1 - 12, 2014
Margaret River Pro: April 2 - 13, 2014
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: April 16 - 27, 2014
Billabong Rio Pro: May 7 - 18, 2014
Fiji Pro: June 1 - 13, 2014
J-Bay Open: July 10 - 20, 2014
Billabong Pro Tahiti: August 15 - 26, 2014
Hurley Pro at Trestles: September 9 - 20, 2014
Quiksilver Pro France: September 25 - October 6, 2014
Rip Curl Pro Portugal: October 12 - 23, 2014
Billabong Pipeline Masters: December 8 - 20, 2014