Let’s just call a trade a trade. This morning, the ASP was pleased to announce a Jeffery’s Bay event on the newly ordained Samsung Galaxy World Championship Tour (we’re a loooong wave from Foster’s). They’re pleased, you’re pleased, we’re all pleased, right? Well, yeah…
Unfortunately, the return of J-Bay means the vanishing of Keramas. Keramas — you know, the event that John John landed that alley-oop at last year — is one of the most rippable waves in the world. It’s an epicenter of progressive surfing. Meanwhile, Jeff’s is one of the earth’s flat-out best. It’s historic, unique — quality surfing there is unlike anything else in the world. A spade is a spade, and a trade most certainly is a trade.
"We were very fortunate to have brought the world's best surfers to Bali in 2013 and Keramas delivered in amazing fashion for the event," Kieren Perrow, ASP Commissioner, said. "However, 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-Bay's world-class walls this July."
The event will run July 10 – 20. Filipe Toledo probably won’t win. Joel Parkinson might.