Royden Bryson’s red hot surfing overcame the frigid water and air temperatures, including snow falls on Saturday, to win the O’Neill Cold Water Classic, 6-Star rated ASP World Tour event, at Thurso East in Scotland on Sunday.
The 27 year-old from Cape Town was in sensational form throughout the event, defeating former ASP WQS champion Nathaniel Curren (USA) in the quarters, Shaun Cansdell (AUS) in the semis and experienced former Dream Tour campaigner Yuri Sodre (BRA) in the final.
Bryson, who finished runner-up in the O’Neill Cold Water Classic in Cape Town last year, pocketed US $20 000 (approx. R150 000) and collected 3 000 precious ratings points which rocketed him up to No. 22 on the combined ASP World Rankings, the second highest South African behind Jordy Smith who is currently No. 3.
“I am just so excited to win,” Bryson said. “I feel like I’ve had a lot of close results recently and to actually get there and win again feels amazing.”
Shaun Joubert (Mossel Bay), 17, was the next highest placed Saffa in Scotland, reaching the last 24 before being eliminated by Curren and Bryson for 17th place overall. Brandon Jackson (Durban North), David Weare (Durban) and Casey Grant (Scottburgh) all placed equal 25th.
2010 ASP World Rankings (After event No. 10 – O’Neill Cold Water Classic Scotland)
1 Burrow,Taj AUS 22375
2 Durbidge,Bede AUS 14433
3 Smith,Jordy ZAF 14199
4 Fanning,Mick AUS 14044
5 Slater,Kelly USA 13750
South Africans (Top 200)
22 Bryson,Royden ZAF 6517
76 Jackson,Brandon ZAF 2750
78 Palmboom,Rudy ZAF 2656
89 Logie,Travis ZAF 2253
132 Weare,David ZAF 1466
146 Joubert,Shaun ZAF 1194
178 Fahrenfort,Damien ZAF 775
189 Basnett,Ricky ZAF 705
Shaun Joubert takes Quiksilver Pro Junior title in Durban
Shaun Joubert took the early lead on the 2010 ASP Africa Pro Junior rankings when he literally flew to victory in the Grade 2 Quiksilver Pro Junior at North Beach in Durban over the Easter weekend.
The Southern Cape matriculant, who had been training in Hawaii and competing in Australia prior to returning to SA for the first event on the local series, clinched the title with a spectacular aerial manoeuvre to outpoint Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) in the final.
“It’s so great to win an event again,” said an elated Joubert on the podium. “To be honest one does get a bit despondent sometimes on the WQS (World Qualifying Series) because sometimes you travel so far and get knocked out early, so it’s really good to know that I can still win heats.”
Reigning ASP Africa Pro Junior champion Chad du Toit (Durban) and Matt Bromley (Kommetjie) ended equal third after losing out in the semis while Dale Staples (St Francis Bay), Devin Lane (Umhlanga), 15 year-old Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) and Brendon Gibbens (Kommetjie) placed equal fifth following quarterfinal exits.
The next event on the schedule, the Grade 1 Billabong Pro Junior Dolphin Coast runs from Sunday to Tuesday, 25-27 April using a mobile venue format that will take the contest to the best waves available between Umhlanga and Ballito on each day.
SA girls clash in ASP Women’s World Tour event in Sydney
The Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic, Stop No. 4 of 10 on the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour, sees South Africa’s two representatives – Rosanne Hodge, 23, and Nikita Robb, 21, (both from East London) – matched up against each other in Round 1.
The SA pair also have second seed and former ASP Women’s World Champion Sofia Mulanovich (PER) in their opening heat where the top two advance directly to Round 3 while the third placed finisher has to contest Round 2.
Hodge, in her fourth year at the top level of women’s surfing, has started her 2010 campaign with three consecutive ninth place results and currently shares the No. 11 spot in the rankings, just outside the top 10 who automatically requalify at the end of the year.
Robb, in her rookie year, has posted a ninth and a pair of 17th place finishes and finds herself ranked equal 16th and in need of a good result to kick-start her campaign.
The Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic will run from April 21 through 26, 2010 on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia and will be webcast LIVE via www.beachleyclassic.com
Jordy and Travis head for stop No. 3 in ASP World Title Race in Brazil
Durbanites Jordy Smith and Travis Logie, SA’s representatives in the 2010 ASP World Title Race, will be winging their way to Imbituba in Brazil for the Billabong Santa Catarina Pro, Stop No. 3 of 10, which runs from April 23 to 2 May.
Smith, 22, who is being touted as a possible ASP World Champion in his third year as a Dream Tour campaigner, currently occupies the No. 3 spot in the ASP World Title rankings after reaching his first final in the opening event on Australia’s Gold Coast and following that up with 5th place at Bells Beach.
Brimful of confidence thanks to victories over several of the world’s highest ranked surfers, Smith will be going all out to record his debut ASP World Title event victory in the Brazilian beach breaks.
Logie, who mounted a successful charge to requalify for the top tier last year, has suffered two equal 33rd place results and joins a group of six other competitors who are yet to win a heat this year and are ranked equal 39th.
The 30 year-old whose lightening fast surfing saw him spend four years at the highest level prior to an injury ridden 2008 season saw him drop out of the rankings, will be equally determined to equal or better his best result of 9th in Brazil and force his way into the top 32 before the Dream Tour is cut from 45 members after event No. 5 in Tahiti in August.
Pictured: Royden Bryson (Hout Bay, Cape Town) raises the highland sword event trophy after winning the O’Neill Cold Water Classic Scotland. Photo courtesy O’Neill
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