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South Africa claim team Bronze medal at Billabong ISA World Surfing Games in Peru

October 28th, 2010 No comments

Pictured: SA’s Chantelle Rautenbach in action on the final day of the 2010 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games in Peru. The 20 year-old from Melkbosstrand placed fifth overall in the women’s division as Team SA claimed the Bronze medal for third place in the 31 nation ‘Olympics of Surfing’. Photo: ISA / Marotta 
The South African surfing team claimed the team Bronze medal by placing third amongst the 31 nations at the 2010 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games presented by Amarok of Volkswagen in Peru yesterday, matching the country’s best result in foreign waters since winning the Gold medal in Durban in 2002.

Despite having only one surfer in contention for an individual medal going into the final day of competition, Chantelle Rautenbach who placed fifth overall in the women’s division, Team SA equaled the third place finish achieved in Ecuador in 2004 thanks to the excellent results posted by each and every team member earlier in the event.

Host nation Peru clinched the team gold in the ‘Olympics of surfing’ for the first time, staving off the challenge of multiple ISA champions Australia, while SA finished ahead of Brazil with Tahiti fifth and defending champions USA slipping to sixth.

The men’s title went to Hira Teriinatoofa from Tahiti, Australia’s Chelsea Hedges won the women’s gold and Rodrigo Sphyer from Brazil took the longboard crown in the finals held in pulsing 1.5 metre left-breaking waves at Senoritas in Punta Hermosa, 60 Kms south of the capital Lima.

South African eyes were focused on Rautenbach on the final day. The 20 year-old from Melkbosstrand had stormed through the top-class women’s field, posting three heat victories and a second place to reach the qualifying stream final.

After a 50 minute delay during which three of the four girls left the water while the organisers reduced the judging panel from eight to the customary five, the heat got underway with former World and ISA champions and current World Nos. 3 and 6, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) and Chelsea Hedges (AUS) respectively, dominating proceedings and advancing directly to the Grand Final.

Rautenbach then contested the repecharge final and despite giving her all in an inspired performance she again placed third, this time behind former World Junior champion Pauline Ado (FRA) and current World No. 9 Paige Hareb (NZL), to end the event in fifth place overall, just outside the medals but contributing a priceless 1 220 points towards the team total.

Chad du Toit (Durban) was the star of SA’s men’s squad, placing seventh out of 114 in the biggest division, while captain Greg Emslie (East London) led by example, posting several of the highest scores on his way to seventh spot. Casey Grant (Scottburgh) went unbeaten until the penultimate day of the eight day event, finishing equal 11th overall and Durbanite Warwick Wright, now living in Cape Town, ended his campaign equal 21st.

Two-time ISA World Longboard champion Matthew Moir (Cape Town) couldn’t clinch a third title but contributed handsomely to the team effort by placing seventh with fellow longboarder Brad Weare coming in 15th. And Stacey Guy delighted her teammates by claiming an excellent ninth place in the women’s division.

Team SA was well managed by Mike Sheppard and expertly coached by the legendary Graham Hynes, who celebrates his 81st birthday today, and former World Pro Am champion and multiple ISA Masters medalist David Malherbe.

All the news and results from the 2010 Billabong ISA Word Surfing Games can be found at www.billabongisaworldsurfinggames.com, along with plenty of images and videos of daily highlights. Daily updates and images have been posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and further updates are available on the Facebook page Surfing SA. 

The 2010 South African surfing team is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and Surfing South Africa along with Skullcandy, PowerBalance and Future Life.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognized by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) as the governing body for the sport. SSA is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA).

Billabong ISA World Surfing Games

Punta Hermosa, Peru

Final Results:

Teams:
GOLD – Peru – 14370 points
SILVER – Australia – 13160 points
BRONZE – South Africa – 11820 points
COPPER – Brazil– 11340 points

Open Men:
Gold: Hira Teriinatoofa (TAH)
Silver: Gabriel Villarán (PER)
Bronze: Alan Jhones (BRA)
Copper: Mick Campbell(AUS)

South Africans:
Chad du Toit – 7th
Greg Emslie – 9th
Casey Grant – 11th
Warwick Wright – 21st

Open Women:
Gold: Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 
Silver: Paige Hareb (NZ)
Bronze: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 
Copper: Pauline Ado (FRA) 

South Africans:
Chantelle Rautenbach – 5th
Stacey Guy – 9th

Longboard:
Gold: Rodrigo Sphyer (BRA)
Silver: Josh Constable (AUS)
Bronze: Harley Ingleby (AUS)
Copper: Benoit Clemente (PER) 

South Africans:
Matthew Moir – 7th
Brad Weare – 15th

Final Nations Ranking:

1 – Peru
2 – Australia
3 – South Africa
4 – Brazil
5 – Tahiti
6 - USA
7 - France
8 – New Zealand
9 – Costa Rica
10 – Spain
11 – Venezuela
12 – Puerto Rico
13 – Chile
14 – Argentina
15 – México
16 – Great Britain
17 – Panamá
18 – Japan
19 – Ecuador
20 – Germany
21 – Uruguay
22 – Switzerland
23 – Guatemala
24 – Portugal
25 – Canada
26 – Sweden
27 – Dominican Republic
28 – Israel
29 – Jamaica
30 – Ireland
31 – Barbados

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Team SA assured of a team medal at Billabong ISA World Surfing Games

October 27th, 2010 No comments

Pictured: SA’s Chantelle Rautenbach cuts back on a bumpy wave at Senoritas on her way to a berth in the women’s qualifying stream final at the 2010 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games in Peru on Tuesday. Rautenbach will be the only SA surfer in action on today’s final day of the event. Photo: ISA / Lopez

Team South Africa slipped out of contention for the team gold medal at the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games presented by Amarok of Volkswagen in Peru after a disastrous penultimate day of competition where five of the remaining six team members were eliminated from the event yesterday.

SA’s medal hopes now rest on the shoulders of Chantelle Rautenbach who placed second behind former ISA and ASP World champion and local heroine Sofia Mulanovich (PER) in a stacked women’s qualifying Round 4 heat where she outscored World Tour campaigner Paige Hareb (NZL) and Kulia Doherty (USA).

By reaching the qualifying final Rautenbach now has two chances of reaching the women’s Grand Final and earning an individual medal, either by placing in the top two in her next heat and advancing directly or, if she finishes third or fourth there, the 20 year-old from Melkbosstrand can still progress with a top two finish in the repecharge final.

Thanks to the great performances by the whole team earlier in the event, Team SA is still assured of a team medal, a significant step up from their fifth place finish in last year’s event in Costa Rica. Whether that medal will be bronze (third overall) or copper (fourth) will be determined by Rautenbach’s final placing in the event as Brazil is a slender 180 points behind SA but still has two surfers in contention for honours.

The team title will be fought out by multiple champions Australia and host nation Peru who will be bidding for their first ISA World Surfing Games title. The teams are neck and neck with each still having six members in contention going into the eighth and final day of the event.

In yesterday’s action, Matthew Moir was the first South African to take to the head-high left breaking waves of Senoritas and the two-time former ISA World Longboard champion lost his first heat in three events when he was relegated to the repecharge rounds after placing third.

Despite convincingly winning his next heat, Moir did not find the best waves in repecharge Round 7 at the end of the day and was eliminated in equal seventh place overall in the longboard division, contributing 1 110 points to the team total.

Next up for Team SA was Casey Grant whose eye-catching repertoire of radical fins-free turns and aerial manoeuvres had seen him advance to the last eight in the men’s qualifying stream. However it was not be the Scottburgh local’s day and after placing fourth and dropping into the repecharge rounds, Grant again failed to post a double digit heat total and was ousted in 11th place overall with 1 900 team points.

Stacey Guy was the next to go when she too struggled to find the best waves in her women’s repecharge Round 6 heat where she finished third behind former World Junior champion Pauline Ado (FRA) and Kulia Doherty (USA) to end her campaign in creditable ninth place overall and contributing 1 000 points to Team SA’s total.

Team captain Greg Emslie, who had surfed superbly through seven rounds of cutthroat repecharge heats and contributed several of the highest of the highest heat totals of the entire event, finally came up short against fellow former World Tour campaigners Drew Courtney and Mick Campbell, both Australians.

Needing any one of the half-a-dozen 8.0 point rides he had recorded earlier in the event to progress to the next round, Emslie’s last ride came in at 7.17 and the East Londoner ended ninth overall with 2 000 points.

Meanwhile Chad du Toit, the youngest of the four SA men, posted an outstanding 14.43 point heat total to clinch second place in his first heat of the day, advancing to repecharge Round 9. Up against the selfsame Aussie duo of Courtney and Campbell in his next heat, the 20 year-old Durbanite led early on with a solid 6.33 ride.

However, despite riding another five waves, du Toit was significantly disadvantaged by a shocking display of sub-standard officiating when the judges only recorded his second and third rides with two minutes remaining in the 20 minute clash, and dropped his final three scores after the heat ended. Had the commentators been able to tell him that he only required a 5.50 to snatch second place and a spot in the repecharge final, du Toit would have been more selective and waited for the bigger waves with higher scoring potential instead of catching every wave that he could get onto.

As it turned out, he ended up third, just 0.17 of a point behind Courtney. Nevertheless, du Toit was SA’s highest ranked member in the men’s division, placing seventh overall and adding 2 220 points to the team tally.

Today’s final day of action gets underway at 3.30pm SA time with Chantelle Rautenbach set to compete in women’s qualifying final, the second heat of the day, around 20 minutes later. The contest continues with the repecharge finals, featuring the top two competitors in the repecharge stream against those who finish third and fourth in the qualifying finals.

After a 45 minute demonstration of Caballos de Tortora, the reed fishing canoes that Peruvians have ridden waves in for thousands of years, the Grand Finals of the longboard, women and men’s divisions start at approximately 6.30pm

Surfline, the official surf forecasters for the event, expect a new swell to fill in today producing head-high and occasional bigger waves at Senoritas.

All the action at the 2010 Billabong ISA Word Surfing Games can be followed live on www.billabongisaworldsurfinggames.com starting at 8.30am daily (3.30pm in South Africa). Daily updates and images will be posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and further updates will be available on the Facebook page Surfing SA. 

The 2010 South African surfing team is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and Surfing South Africa along with Skullcandy, PowerBalance and Future Life.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognized by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) as the governing body for the sport. SSA is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA).

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Team SA stay in contention for team gold at Billabong ISA World Surfing Games

October 26th, 2010 No comments

Pictured: SA’s Chad du Toit performs a radical air-reverse on his way to victory in his repecharge Round 6 heat at Senoritas on Day 6 of the of the 2010 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games in Peru on Monday. Du Toit will be in action in Round 8 today. Photo: ISA / La Torre
Team South Africa go into today’s penultimate day of the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games presented by Amarok of Volkswagen still in contention for a historic team gold medal despite having two competitors eliminated from the event in the head high waves at Punta Hermosa in Peru yesterday.

SA, who won team gold in home waters in 2001, slipped to second place in the team standings, a minuscule 150 points behind hosts Peru, as the two frontrunners each lost one of their men and a longboarder in the cutthroat repecharge rounds.

Warwick Wright was the first South African to be ousted from the event, the 2002 ISA World Junior champion finishing fourth in his repecharge Round 6 heat to place equal 21st overall in the men’s division.

Longboarder Brad Weare was the next to go. Relegated to the repecharge rounds after placing third in qualifying Round 3, the Durbanite fought his way through his repecharge Round 4 heat but came up short in a high scoring Round 5 heat where he ended fourth to finish the event ranked equal 15th.

Wright’s final placing earned 1 520 points towards SA’s team total while Weare contributed 850. With Peru losing Javier Swayne (1 800 points) and longboarder Juan Jose Corzo (720 points), the host nation now holds a slender statistical lead after six days of competition.

However, both SA and Peru will be watching the powerful Australian team nervously. The multiple ISA World Games champions lost Mark Richardson early in the event and Rebecca Woods in the women’s division yesterday and currently sit 510 points behind SA, while defending team champions USA are 2 880 points further back in fourth place after losing three men and one woman.

In yesterday’s action SA’s Chantelle Rautenbach posted an outstanding heat victory to move into the last eight in the women’s qualifying rounds. The current SA Open women’s champion posted a 15.73 point heat total, comprising rides of 7.33 and 8.40, and will go into today’s heat against World Tour stars Sofia Mulanovich (PER) and Paige Hareb (NZL) and 14 year-old American Kulia Doherty full of confidence.

Meanwhile Stacey Guy put her disappointment at being relegated to the repecharge rounds behind her with two gutsy second place performances to move into today’s Round 6 of the women’s division.

Matthew Moir remained in contention for a third ISA Longboard gold medal in as many events by holding onto second place in his qualifying Round 3 match-up to progress to the last 12 in the division.

Meanwhile SA’s captain courageous, Greg Emslie, continued his charge towards a medal by convincingly winning both his repecharge heats. Emslie, who has vowed not to lose twice in the event after surprisingly dropping into the repecharge rounds in the huge and wild surf on Day 2, even had time to assist teammate Chad du Toit while they were competing against each other in Round 7.

Having already locked in scores of 8.0 and 7.03 for a heat winning 15.03 point tally, Emslie then used the smart heat tactics he perfected in his nine years on the World Tour to ensure that third placed Javier Swayne (PER) did not catch a wave that could see him overtake du Toit for second place, ensuring that both South Africans progressed to the next round.

“As the heats go on, the competition is definitely getting harder and you have to surf smarter,” Emslie said in his post-heat interview.

Today’s second last day of competition will see the event moved to the left breaking waves of Senorita’s which picks up more swell than the right breaking Caballeros on the other side of the Punta Hermosa bay.

The action starts at 3.30pm SA time with the penultimate qualifying rounds of Longboard, Men and Women, featuring SA’s Matt Moir, Casey Grant and Chantelle Rautenbach respectively. That is followed by two rounds of repecharge heats across the three divisions where SA’s Greg Emslie, Chad du Toit and Stacey Guy will be fighting tooth and nail to stay in the top two places in each heat and progress to tomorrow’s final day.

Surfline, the official surf forecasters for the event, expect the current swell to hold up with waves around chest to head high today as a new swell fills in and produces occasional overhead waves that remain for the finals tomorrow.

All the action at the 2010 Billabong ISA Word Surfing Games can be followed live on www.billabongisaworldsurfinggames.com starting at 8.30am daily (3.30pm in South Africa). Daily updates and images will be posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and further updates will be available on the Facebook page Surfing SA. 

The 2010 South African surfing team is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and Surfing South Africa along with Skullcandy, PowerBalance and Future Life.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognized by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) as the governing body for the sport. SSA is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA).

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Another clean sweep for Team SA on Day 5 at Billabong ISA World Surfing Games

October 25th, 2010 No comments

Pictured: SA’s Warwick Wright hits the lip of an overhead wave at Caballeros on Day 5 of the 2010 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games in Peru on Sunday. Wright won both his heats yesterday and will be back in action in men’s in Repecharge Round 6 today. Photo: ISA / La Torre 
Team South Africa completed another clean sweep on Day 5 of the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games presented by Amarok of Volkswagen with team members winning six of the nine heats they contested in Peru yesterday (Sunday) and advancing in second place in the other three.

South Africa now heads the team point’s standings along with hosts Peru, who also still have all eight of their competitors still in contention. Each of the other 29 participating nations have ‘lost’ at least one of their team members with three days remaining before the medalists are decided on Wednesday..

Once again team captain Greg Emslie led by example with a devastated performance in his men’s Repecharge Round 4 heat where he racked up scores of 8.33 and 9.33 for a 17.66 heat total, the highest of the day and one of the highest of the entire event, that left second placed Tommy Bursian (CRC) comboed and eliminated USA’s Trevor Thornton from the contest.

Emslie was just as effective in Round 5, opening his account with a ride of over eight points out of 10 for the third heat in succession before adding a 6.50 that left runner-up Julian de Pozo (SPA) needing 8.74 for victory and ousted competitors from Costa Rica and Brazil.

Also competing in the solid two metre right-breaking waves at Caballeros, Warwick Wright utilised the backhand repertoire that took him to the ISA World Junior title back in 2002 to win both his Repecharge heats, accumulating a pair of seven’s for a 14.33 total in the first heat of the day before delivering a pair of 7.50’s for a 15.0 total in Round 5.

Not to be outdone, Chad du Toit earned 12.50 points in both his heats, winning the first and finishing second to Wright in the next that saw all three South Africans safely through to Repecharge Round 6 and among the last 24 men remaining in the event from the 114  that started out last Wednesday.

Meanwhile Casey Grant continued his challenge for a medal through the men’s Qualifying stream by finishing runner-up behind Darren O’Rafferty (AUS) and sending third and fourth placed Cristobal del Col (PER) and Vincent Duvignac (FRA) to the Repecharges.

SA’s two longboarders also got in on the act with Brad Weare, competing in his first ISA event, winning his Round 2 heat. Weare was joined in the last 16 in the Qualifying stream by teammate and two-time ISA World Longboard champion Matthew Moir who, despite losing his record of winning every heat he had contested in three ISA events, still placed second to advance.

The schedule for today’s action in Peru sees Moir and Weare in Longboard Qualifying Round 3 in the rights at Caballeros starting at approximately 3pm (SA time). They are followed by Emslie, Wright and du Toit in men’s Repecharge Round 6 in the lefts at Senoritas from approx. 4.20 pm with the two SA women, Chantelle Rautenbach and Stacey Guy, in women’s Qualifying Round 3 at Caballeros at the same time. Men’s Repecharge Round 7, hopefully featuring Emslie, Wright and du Toit, will be up again at about 8.20pm at Caballeros.

Casey Grant gets the day off as men’s Qualifying Round 5, where he faces 2004 ISA champion Hira Teriinatoofa (TAH), former World Tour campaigner Drew Courtney (AUS) and local hero Gabriel Villaran (PER) in his next heat, will not be run today.

Surfline, the official surf forecasters for the event, expect the surf to drop slightly today but still produce two metre sets before dropping further to head-high tomorrow (Tuesday) with a new swell filling in on Wednesday, the final day, when waves should remain head-high or bigger.

All the action at the 2010 Billabong ISA Word Surfing Games can be followed live on www.billabongisaworldsurfinggames.com starting at 8am daily (3pm in South Africa). Daily updates and images will be posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and further updates will be available on the Facebook page Surfing SA. 

The 2010 South African surfing team is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and Surfing South Africa along with Skullcandy, PowerBalance and Future Life.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognized by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) as the governing body for the sport. SSA is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA).

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Greg Emslie posts highest scores on Day 4 of Billabong ISA World Surfing Games

October 24th, 2010 No comments

Pictured: SA’s Warwick Wright hits the lip at Senoritas on Day 1 of the 2010 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games in Peru last Wednesday. Wright will be back in action in Repecharge Round 4 today. Photo: ISA / La Torre

Team South Africa captain Greg Emslie posted the highest scores of Day 4 of the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games presented by Amarok of Volkswagen as he charged through two rounds of Repecharge heats at Caballeros in Peru yesterday.

A nine-year veteran of the World Tour, the inform Emslie was surprisingly relegated to the Repecharge rounds when he placed third in his Round 2 Qualifying stream heat held in the massive unruly waves on Thursday.

An acknowledged expert in the four-man heat format used at the event, the East Londoner  kick-started his challenge for a medal at the event with an outstanding 8.77 point ride and backed that up with 6.87 on his next wave to completely dominate the Repecharge Round 2 heat with a total of 15.64 out of 20, the highest heat tally of the day.

Two hours later Emslie was back in the two metre surf, racking up opening rides of 6.83 and 8.67 for a 15.0 point total, the second highest of the day, that left his closest opponent needing a near-perfect 9.93 point ride to overtake him.

“It’s very tough out there,” said legendary South African coach Graham Hynes. “But we South Africans love a good fight. When our backs are against the wall, we thrive!”

Further endorsement of Emslie’s skills came from Adam Replogle, Billabong resident pro and one of the contest announcers. “That was a serious demonstration of high performance surfing,” Replogle said. “It was textbook technique coupled with knowledge and confidence.”

Their captain’s stellar performances has ensured that Team SA has joined defending ISA team champions USA, host nation Peru and surprise package Costa Rica as one of just four nations with all eight team members still in contention for honours at the halfway stage of the event.

Powerhouse surfing nations that have slipped down the rankings include Australia, who suffered a major setback when one of their men was eliminated as early as Repecharge Round 3; Brazil, who had one of their girls ousted yesterday, and France, last year’s team runners-up France, who only have one of their four men remaining in the event.

With 31 nations represented at what is dubbed the ‘United Nations of surfing’, there were a number of fairy-tale stories and surfers from the likes of Israel, Sweden, Venezuela, Great Britain, Tahiti, Chile, Switzerland, Uruguay, Germany, Puerto Rico and Canada are still keeping their dreams alive.

While Emslie was the only South African in action yesterday, he and team mates Chad du Toit and Warwick Wright, both of whom dropped into the men’s Repecharge rounds on Friday, will be competing again today when men’s Repecharge Rounds 4 and 5 are run in the right-handers at Caballeros.

The trio faces seven heats of sudden-death Repecharge heats, where anything other than a first or second place finish will see them eliminated, in order to qualify for the Grand Final and a gold, silver, bronze or copper medal.

Also in action on what will be a crucial day in determining the 2010 team champions will be Casey Grant in the last 16 of the men’s Qualifying stream and Matthew Moir and Brad Weare in Qualifying Round 2 of the Longboard event.

SA’s Chantelle Rautenbach and Stacey Guy are already through to the last 16 of the women’s Qualifying rounds and are likely to be back competing tomorrow.

Surfline, the official surf forecasters for the event, expect the surf to remain in the two metre range with occasional bigger waves today (Sunday) before dropping on Monday and Tuesday with a new swell filling in on Wednesday, the final day, when waves should remain head-high or bigger.

All the action at the 2010 Billabong ISA Word Surfing Games can be followed live on www.billabongisaworldsurfinggames.com starting at 8am daily (3pm in South Africa). Daily updates and images will be posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and further updates will be available on the Facebook page Surfing SA. 

The 2010 South African surfing team is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and Surfing South Africa along with Skullcandy, PowerBalance and Future Life.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognized by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) as the governing body for the sport. SSA is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA).

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Casey Grant stars for Team SA in wild surf at Billabong ISA World Surfing Games

October 23rd, 2010 No comments

Pictured: SA’s Casey Grant takes to the air on his way to victory in his Round 3 men’s Qualifying round heat at the 2010 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games in Peru on Friday. Photo: ISA / Marotta

Casey Grant was the star performer for Team South Africa as giant surf continued to pound the coast of Peru on Day 3 of the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games at Punta Hermosa yesterday.

Grant continued his march into the last 16 of the Qualifying stream as wild, overhead waves forced organisers to close down the contest venue at Senoritas and only run the men’s heats at Caballeros on the other side of the bay,.

Selecting the best waves, Grant employed his full repertoire of powerful bottom turns, vertical off the top manoeuvres and even threw in the occasional aerial to post a heat total of 12.74, the third highest of the round. He relegated former Dream Tour campaigner Ben Bourgeois (USA) to the runner-up spot and banished Leandro Usuna (ARG) and former South American champion Gary Saavedra (PAN) to the Repecharge rounds.

Grant’s team mates Warwick Wright and Thursday’s standout Chad du Toit were not so fortunate and will restart their respective challenges for medals in Round 4 of the Repecharge stream when the contest resumes.

Both South Africans surfed well enough to record double-digit heat totals but placed third in their heats with Wright ending behind Mick Campbell (AUS) and Alejandro Moreda (PRC) while du Toit was outscored by Drew Courtney (AUS) and Matias Mulanovich (PER).Men’s Repecharge Round 1, where Guillermo Satt (CHI) upstaged his opponents by scoring the highest total of the day, 16.27 out of 20, was the only other round completed so Team SA remains one of 16 nations with all their competitors still in the race for honours.

However, with team captain Greg Emslie having dropped into Round 2 of the Repecharges on Thursday, the South Africans now have a real battle on their hands for team honours at the event. Defending team champions USA, Australia and hosts Peru all have three men among the last 16 in the Qualifying stream while Brazil has two in the division that contributes the highest scores towards the team total.

Competitors in the Repecharges have to compete in nearly twice as many heats as those who remain in the Qualifying rounds and have the constant threat of being eliminated from the event if they finish anywhere but first or second in each heat.

Surfline, the official surf forecasters for the event, predict that the surf will drop to more manageable proportions for Saturday. The organisers hope to run men’s Repecharge Rounds 2 and 3 at Senoritas, where SA’s Greg Emslie will be in action. Caballeros will host be the venue for longboard Qualifying Round 2, where Matthew Moir and Brad Weare will represent SA, starting at 3pm SA time.

All the action at the 2010 Billabong ISA Word Surfing Games can be followed live on www.isasurf.org starting at 8am daily (3pm in South Africa). Daily updates and images will be posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and further updates will be available on the Facebook page Surfing SA. 

The 2010 South African surfing team is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and Surfing South Africa along with Skullcandy, PowerBalance and Future Life.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognized by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) as the governing body for the sport. SSA is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA).

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Competitors battle giant waves on Day Two of 2010 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games

October 22nd, 2010 No comments

 

Pictured: SA’s Matthew Moir banks off the top of of an overhead wave on his way to victory in his Round 1 Longboard heat at the 2010 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games in Peru on Thursday. Photo: ISA / Le Torre

Team South Africa maintained its position amongst the front-runners for both individual and team honours as competitors battled giant three metre and larger waves on Day 2 of the Billabong ISA World Surfing Games in Peru yesterday.

In ‘victory at sea’ conditions where most heats were decided by totals of less than 10 out of a possible 20 and luck played a massive part in wave selection, seven of the eight SA surfers in action successfully negotiated their way into the next round of their respective Qualifying streams.

Only team captain Greg Emslie fell foul of the conditions, becoming the first SA surfer to drop into the cutthroat men’s Repecharge rounds. The vastly experienced former Dream Tour campaigner could only accumulate 6.20 points from his best two rides to place third behind Brazil’s Alan Jhones (8.66) and local Peruvian big wave hero Gabriel Villaran (7.20).

The rest of the SA team members produced gutsy performances as huge walls of whitewater swept through the two contest areas at Senoritas and Caballeros. Chad du Toit was acknowledged as one of the standouts of the day on the men’s division, relegating 2004 ISA World champion Hira Teriinatoofa (Tahiti) to the runner-up spot while winning their men’s Round 2 heat.

Casey Grant recorded 10.84 points, almost double the total of his three opponents, in winning his heat while Warwick Wright finished second behind Brazilian prodigy Peterson Crisanto to advance to the last 32 in the men’s Qualifying stream.

Both SA girls, Chantelle Rautenbach and Stacey Guy, won their women’s Round 2 encounters on a day when only the two Peruvian girls and current World No. 6 Chelsea Hedges (AUS) could amass double digit heat scores. Rautenbach and Guy are now into the final 16 in the women’s division Qualifiers.

Two-time ISA World Longboard champion Matthew Moir maintained his proud record of having won every heat he has contested at the ISA World Games by delivering one of the four highest scores of the division. Competing in the rights at Caballeros, Moir used his flowing backhand repertoire of big turns interspersed with occasional traditional nose-riding manoeuvres to clinch the heat victory.

Brad Weare, competing in his first ISA event, joined Moir amongst the last 32 in the Longboard division Qualifiers by overcoming the elements and winning his opening encounter.

With only one round of women’s Repecharge heats completed, Team SA remains amongst 21 nations who have yet to have any of their team members eliminated from the event. The double-elimination format used sees competitors stay in the Qualifying stream until they finish lower than first or second in a heat. Placing outside the top two in a Repecharge heat results in elimination.

Every national team has at least one surfer in the Repecharge rounds with South Africa, Australia and France having one men’s division competitor in the do or die situation while defending team champions USA have one women and the rest of the nations are at risk of having more than one competitor eliminated in their next heat.

Surfline, the official surf forecasters for the event, predict even bigger surf for today’s third day of action and the organisers have warned that they may have to close the Senoritas venue. However, they hope to be able to continue running the event at in the right hand breaking waves at Caballeros on the other side of the bay in Punta Hermosa, 60 Kms south of Lima.

All the action can be followed live on www.isasurf.org starting at 8am daily (3pm in South Africa). Daily updates and images will be posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and further updates will be available on the Facebook page Surfing SA.  

The 2010 South African surfing team is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and Surfing South Africa along with Skullcandy, PowerBalance and Future Life.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognized by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) as the governing body for the sport. SSA is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA).

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Clean sweep for Team South Africa on Day One of 2010 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games in Peru

October 21st, 2010 No comments

Pictured: SA’s Casey Grant busts his fins out at Caballeros on his way to winning his Round 1 heat at the 2010 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games in Peru on Wednesday. Photo: ISA / Marotta

Team South Africa completed a confidence building clean sweep on Day 1 of the 2010 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games in Peru yesterday, winning all six of the heats they contested in the “Olympics” of surfing which features national teams from 31 nations and over 200 competitors.

After the colourful Parade of Nations and the moving Sands of the World ceremonies were staged on Tuesday at the Presidential Palace in downtown Lima, the challenge for the gold medals in Men’s, Women’s, Longboard, Tag team and the overall Team trophy got underway under grey skies and inconsistent two metre waves at the two venues of Senoritas and Caballeros in Punta Hermosa.

The opening round of both the men and women were completed yesterday with the seeding matching the SA team members up against surfers from Ecuador, Guatemala, Uruguay and the UK.

Warwick Wright was the first SA surfer to take to the surf and the 2002 ISA World Junior champion set the standard by posting the first double-digit heat total of the event, scoring 12.0 points out of a possible 20 in winning Heat 4.

Chad du Toit (13.06) and Casey Grant (12.27) also recorded comfortable victories in their respective encounters before team captain Greg Emslie delivered 13.67 points in Heat 32, the last of the day, to join his compatriots in Round 2 of the Qualifying stream in the double elimination format used at the event.

In the women’s division, Chantelle Rautenbach’s 14.60 point total was too good for her opponents from Ecuador and the UK to match while Stacey Guy triumphed in her wave-starved, low scoring heat to stay on track for higher honours.

The rest of the top five surfing nations suffered mixed results with the powerful Australian team that includes five current or former World Tour surfers losing one of their members to the Repecharge rounds, as did France. USA, the defending ISA team champions have brought a young squad to the event but won all six of their clashes while Brazil saw two of their team dropping into the repecharges.

Of the smaller nations, hosts Peru along with Costa Rica and New Zealand kept all their competitors in the Qualifying stream with a mixture of first and second placed heat results. The teams from Puerto Rico, Mexico and Venezuela performed well and surfers from the UK, Spain, Portugal and Argentina posted heat victories.

The Billabong ISA World Surfing Games continues until Thursday 27 October and today’s schedule sees Qualifying Rounds 2 for women and men in the left-breaking waves at Senoritas while Round 1 of the Longboarding, featuring SA’s two-time ISA World champion Matthew Moir and Brad Weare, takes place in the rights at Caballeros after the women’s Repecharge Round 1.

Surfline, the official surf forecasters for the event, predict massive triple overhead (3 to 5 metre faces) on Thursday and Friday, dropping slowly to 2 to 4 metres over the weekend before a new swell kicks in next week.

All the action can be followed live on www.isasurf.org starting at 8am daily (3pm in South Africa). Daily updates and images will be posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and further updates will be available on the Facebook page Surfing SA. 

The 2010 South African surfing team is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and Surfing South Africa along with Skullcandy, PowerBalance and Future Life.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognized by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) as the governing body for the sport. SSA is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA).

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South African Junior Invitation Team makes its mark in Reunion Island

October 19th, 2010 No comments

Pictured: Brandon Benjamin. Photo: Ewing
David Van Zyl of KZN and Holly Armstrong of Western Province were the toast of the South African Junior Invitation team when they won the U18 Boys and Under 18 Girls titles respectively in the Quiksilver Eco Challenge which was completed on Reunion Island at the weekend.

Van Zyl beat Martin Jannier and Jorgann Couzinet of Reunion into second and third place respectively and plucky Brandon Benjamin of Western Province came fourth. Marchall Reans of Eastern Province came seventh in this division.

In the U18 Girls final Armstrong beat Albane Tatibouet into second place with Emma Smith of Eastern Province taking third place and Sabrina Scott of Western Province the fourth spot.

Alice Mc Gregor of Border came second in the U20 Girls final behind Albane Tatibouet of Reunion with Armstrong ending third and fellow South African Nikita Kekana of Durban taking fourth place while Van Zyl ended fourth in the U20 Boys final behind winner Martin Dambreville, Hugo Du Bosc and Jules Noirbusson (all of Reunion).

In the U16 Girls final Emma Smith of Eastern Province was third behind Alice Lemoigne and Jessie Albert of Reunion. Smith’s teammate Micaela Venter of KZN came seventh in this division. Reunion surfers dominated the U16 Boys results and the best South Africans could do here were a joint 15th place for Benjamin and Reans.

In the Tag Team contest the Reunion Island red team edged the South African gold team into second place. Reunion blue were third, South Africa green were fourth and Madagascar came fifth.

The Team Trophy for the highest combined scores was won by Reunion with South Africa second and Madagascar third.

The Eco Challenge is an annual event hosted by the St Leu Surf Club at the famous St Leu break on the Indian Ocean Island and the South African team was there to participate in the event and compete against surfers from Reunion and Madagascar.

While the contest was a focal point of the week long trip, the project was also used as an opportunity to introduce the South Africans to a different culture. With this in mind all the surfers stayed with local families during the eight day visit.

The South African Junior Invitation team was selected using talent identification criteria and is Surfing South Africa’s most significant talent identification project. Included in the group, which was managed by Isaac February and coached by Craig Johnson, was top South African judge Grant Arendse who used his experience to coordinate the judging programme at the event.

February and Johnson were in charge of the Western Province Junior Team which recently won the South African Junior Championships in Cape Town while Arendse has been adjudicating numerous national and international events in South Africa over the last 18 months.

The team training camps and preparation at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa as well as the cost of sending the group to Reunion Island was made possible thanks to funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognized by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) as the governing body for the sport. SSA is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA).

FULL RESULTS

U20 BOYS

  1. MARTIN DAMBREVILLE (REU)
  2. HUGO DU BOSC (REU)
  3. JULES NOIRBUSSON (REU)
  4. DAVID VAN ZYL (RSA)

U20 GIRLS

  1. ALBANE TATIBOUET (REU)
  2. ALICE MCGREGOR(RSA)
  3. HOLLY ARMSTRONG (RSA)
  4. NIKITA KEKANA (RSA)

U18 BOYS

  1. DAVID VAN ZYL (RSA)
  2. MARTIN JANNIER (REU)
  3. JORGANNE COUZINET (REU)
  4. BRANDON BENJAMIN (RSA)

U18 GIRLS

  1. HOLLY ARMSTRONG (RSA)
  2. ALBANE TATIBOUET (REU)
  3. EMMA SMITH (RSA)
  4. SABRINA SCOTT (RSA)

U16 BOYS

  1. HUGO ROBIN (REU)
  2. MAURICE MEYERWESTPHAL (REU)
  3. JEREMY BARRE (REU)

U16 GIRLS

  1. ALICE LEMOIGNE (REU)
  2. JESSIE ALBERT (REU)
  3. EMMA SMITH (RSA)

TAG TEAM

  1. REUNION RED
  2. SOUTH AFRICA GOLD
  3. REUNION BLUE
  4. SOUTH AFRICA GREEN
  5. MADAGASCAR

TEAM TROPHY ( presented by Surfing South Africa & the Lotto)

  1.  REUNION ISLAND
  2. SOUTH AFRICA
  3. MADAGASCAR

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Team South Africa aims for gold at the 2010 Billabong ISA World Games in Peru

October 18th, 2010 No comments

Pictured: The 2010 South African Surfing Team in Peru. Photo courtesy Surfing South Africa

Team South Africa, the first of 30 national teams to arrive in Peru for the 2010 Billabong ISA World Games, has stated that they mean business in this “Olympics” of surfing which takes place just south of Lima from October 19- 27.

The side, which made the long journey to Punta Hermosa thanks to support from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, is stacked with both experience and youth.

“The Gold medals are our goal!” said team manager Mike Sheppard who is delighted to be in charge of the group. “I’m proud to bring a dedicated side like this to the World Games. We’ve done all the hard work leading up to the event and we’re focused and ready to go.”

Team SA is captained by former World Tour stalwart Greg Emslie and includes proven gold medal winners in two-time ISA World Longboard Champion Matthew Moir and 2002 ISA World Junior champion Warwick Wright.

Emslie brings loads of experience and competitive savvy to the team and is one of the world’s foremost exponents in the four-man heat format used at the World Surfing Games, having qualified for eight of his nine years on the World Tour via the cutthroat World Qualifying Series (WQS).

Emslie is joined in the Men’s division by Chad du Toit, one of South Africa’s top Under 20 stars who has already begun to make his mark around the world, rising SA star Casey Grant, the runner up to World No. 2 Jordy Smith in the Mr. Price Pro in July and Wright, a multiple event winner and experienced WQS campaigner.

Moir has never lost a heat in the ISA World Games, winning the first of his two longboard titles at Huntington Beach in 2006 and the second in Portugal in 2008. Moir, who demonstrated that he has fully recovered from a mild stroke suffered early last year by winning both the Open and Masters divisions at the recent SA Longboard Champs, is joined in this division by the super stylish Brad Weare, the runner-up at the SA Champs.

In the Women’s division, SA will be represented by Chantelle Rautenbach, the 2010 SA Open champion and 2009 Surfing South Africa Pro Surf Tour champion along with 2006 SA Under 23 captain Stacey Guy.

South African sport has been on a high this year following the successful hosting of the Football World Cup while the SA Masters surfing team’s haul of three gold medals, two bronze medals and silver in the ISA World Masters Championships in Panama last month has motivated this team to give of their best.

Thanks to support from the Lotto, the squad has dedicated many hours to making this ISA World Games a success, participating in numerous training camps and attending sessions at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa to ensure that they are at peak fitness for the challenge.

The team has two of South Africa’s best coaches directing their campaign. At 80 years old, Graham Hynes is a living legend, having coached the likes of Shaun Tomson to his World Title back in 1977 and earning the team gold medal for SA in the 1978 and 2002 ISA World Surfing Games.

David Malherbe, the 1990 ASP World Pro Am champion and a multiple ISA World Masters medalist, is the other experienced coach and their combined expertise will be invaluable as Team SA challenge for gold medals at the 2010 Billabong ISA World Games.

The team is based in Punta Hermosa, 60 kms south of Lima, and within sight of Senoritas, which along with nearby Caballeros, is one of the two venues for the nine-day event. Teams from 30 countries will contest medals in the Men’s, Women’s, Longboard, Tag Team and overall Team disciplines.

Surfline, the official surf forecasters for the event, predict that the event will open with waist to chest high waves on Tuesday, building to overhead waves on Wednesday and massive triple overhead (3 to 5 metre faces) on Thursday and Friday. Longer range forecasts show solid surf for the remainder of the event period. The prevailing winds in the area are very seldom offshore with glassy conditions expected every morning, becoming light onshore during the afternoons.

The 2010 South African surfing team is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and Surfing South Africa along with Skullcandy, PowerBalance and Future Life.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognized by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) as the governing body for the sport. SSA is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA).

Watch all the action live on www.isasurf.org. Daily updates and images will be posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and further updates will be available on the Facebook page Surfing SA.  

Ends

From:
Robin de Kock
General Manager
Surfing South Africa
0824541149

surfingsouthafrica@gmail.com

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