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Billabong Pro Junior to decide SA qualifiers for ASP World Junior Championships

August 31st, 2012 No comments

 

The Billabong Pro Junior, which got underway in one metre waves at Cape St Francis earlier today, will decide which of the country’s top 20-and-under surfers qualify for the ASP World Junior Surfing Championships to be held in Bali at the beginning of October.

Comprising ASP One-Star rated contests for men and women, the Billabong Pro Junior runs from Friday until Sunday (31 August – 2 September) and offers US $5 000 (approx. R42 000) in prize-money with $2 000 plus 250 ranking points going to the winner of the men’s event and the women’s winner receiving $1 000 of the total $2 000 prize-purse.

Slade Prestwich (Scottburgh) leads the men’s rankings after winning the first event in the ASP Africa Pro Junior Series in April. Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) is second with David van Zyl (Glenashley) and Michael February (Kommetjie) equal third and Remi Peterson, Jarred Veldhuis, Regard Smit and Davey Brand are equal fifth in the standings.

The coveted invitations to the ASP World Junior Championships go to the top two ASP Africa members on the ASP World Rankings plus the top three in the ASP Africa yearend standings.

De Vries and February have already secured the two ASP World Rankings slots. While de Vries is in Europe competing in ASP Star Series events, along with van Zyl and Peterson, February will be competing at the Billabong Pro Junior. If he goes on to secure a place in the top three in the ASP Africa rankings then the next highest ranked ASP Africa surfer will qualify for Bali.

The Billabong Pro Junior women’s event is a one-off qualifier with the top two finishers awarded invitations to the ASP World Junior Champs. Bianca Buitendag (George) and Sarah Baum (Durban), currently ranked No’s 5 and 10 on the ASP Women’s World rankings, are the favorites to clinch their places at Cape St Francis this weekend.

The ASP World Junior Championships provides the opportunity to kick-start the professional surfing career of aspiring surfers as, along with the prestige and a prize-purse of $100 000 for men and $30 000 for women, the top finishers receive preferential seeding into the major ASP Prime and Star rated events in the following year.

The top four placed men are guaranteed entry into the Round of 96 in all Prime and 6-Star rated events while those finishing fifth to eighth are seeded into the first round of all 6-Star rated contests.

The Billabong Pro Junior runs until can be followed via http://billabongprojunior.co.za, on Facebook www.facebook.com/Billabong.South.Africa and Twitter @BillabongSA

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Pictured: The Billabong Pro Junior event featuring the country’s top 20-and-under surfers got underway at Cape St Francis this morning

Photo: Roy Harley / Billabong
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ASP Africa
Contact: Colin Fitch – Operations Manager
Tel: 021 534 5738
Email: colin@aspafrica.com

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About ASP: The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the recognized world governing body of professional surfing and has been crowning surfing’s undisputed World Champions since 1976. The ASP sanctions and crowns World Champions for the following tours: the ASP World Tour, the ASP Women’s World Tour, ASP World Junior Tour, ASP World Longboard and Masters Championships. The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world’s best surfing talent in a variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world watches surfing via their webcasts and other media platforms. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Japan, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.

 

Exciting line-up of events at BOS Earthwave Beach Festival at Muizenberg in September

August 17th, 2012 No comments

BOS Earthwave Beach Festival
Guinness World Record attempt + Ocean & Beach events
Sustainable lifestyle event
Surfer’s Corner, Muizenberg, Cape Town
Saturday & Sunday, 29 & 30 September 2012

The BOS Earthwave Beach Festival, where an attempt will be made to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘most surfers riding the same wave’, will feature an exciting line-up of events in wave-riding, paddling, running and beach sports at Muizenberg on the weekend of 29 & 30 September 2012.

The highlight of the festival will be the attempt on the Guinness World Record and any surfer who can stand up and ride for more than 5 seconds is invited to join in to try and surpass the current record of 110 set during the 2009 Earthwave festival at Muizenberg.

This year sees the introduction of the two-day Surf Emporium WP Inter-schools Surfing Championships which will feature the top surfers from Peninsula schools who will also compete in the Bomb Expression Session. There will be plenty of action for beginners and beachgoers in the Community Surfing Initiative and Free Introductory Surf Sessions where anyone can learn how to catch and ride a wave.

The country’s top longboard surfers will again be in action in the Western Province Longboard Surfing Championships, with the finals for the Open Men and Women taking place at the festival site shortly before the paddle-out for the GWR attempt.

Stand Up Paddlers (SUP) will be well catered for in the inaugural Coreban SUP Races which will see paddlers racing from Muizenberg to Kalk Bay or Fish Hoek and back (weather and conditions permitting) and around-the-cans in the surfline, along with displays and the opportunity to try out the latest state-of-art equipment.

Beach activities will be boosted by the running of the first ever New Balance Beach Run which is open to all athletes and follows a fast out-and-back course from Muizenberg along Strandfontein beach at low tide. Contact Top Events for further details.

There will also be an eight-team Touch Rugby tournament organized by In2Touch, the BOS Dig For Gold where prizes totaling thousands of Rand are buried in the sand and development initiatives for those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

And the action does not stop there as negotiations are in progress to stage a Beach Volleyball tournament, Skateboarding and BMX events, beach sports for children and attempts to break other Guinness World Records at the festival.

All the activities at the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival take place alongside exhibitions and displays of the latest outdoor products and services with presentations by experts on environmental awareness and sustainable lifestyle choices.

To stay abreast of the latest details Like the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival page on Facebook or visit www.kahunasurf.co.za for further details. The organisers can be contacted via kahunasurf@mweb.co.za for particulars on how to become part of this sustainable lifestyle initiative.

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Pictured: Crowds line the beach as Cape Town surfers attempt to break the Guinness World Record at the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival at Muizenberg in 2009

Photo: Lee Slabber /Earthwave

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BOS Earthwave Beach Festival
Contact: Paul Botha
Tel:             +27 (0) 21 783 4965
Email: kahunasurf@mweb.co.za

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Buitendag & Baum aim for Women’s WCT spots + Jordy, Travis and Matt in Tahiti + Beyrick 5th in France

August 13th, 2012 No comments

 

Buitendag & Baum maintain challenge for ASP Women’s World Tour spots

Jordy Smith, Travis Logie and Matthew Bromley get ready for Teahupo’o in Tahiti

Beyrick de Vries takes fifth place in Airwalk Pro Junior in France

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Buitendag & Baum maintain challenge for ASP Women’s World Tour spots

South Africans Bianca Buitendag and Sarah Baum maintained their challenge for coveted spots on the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT) when they finished fifth and ninth respectively in the ASP 6-Star rated Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro at Oceanside in California on Saturday.

Competing in peaky 0.5 to one metre waves, Buitendag, 18, (Victoria Bay) built on her confidence-boosting victory in Peru a fortnight back by advancing through a strong field of WCT and Star Tour competitors to reach the quarterfinals at Oceanside.

There she was ousted by 2012 ASP World No. 5 Courtney Conlogue (USA), placing fifth overall and earning US $1 100 (approx. R9 000) and an invaluable 1 560 rankings points, her second highest haul of the year to date.

The result sees Buitendag maintain her No. 5 ranking on the ASP Women’s Star Rankings but with an increased lead of 773 points over sixth ranked Rebecca Woods (AUS). Six women qualify for the WCT from the Star rankings annually and with three of the four women above her in the rankings – Conlogue, Malia Manuel (HAW) and Paige Hareb (NZL) – having already qualified for the 2013 ASP WCT through their elite tour results, Buitendag is now effectively in second spot.

Baum, 18, (Durban) also had a great run in the Supergirl Pro, winning her opening heat ahead of Buitendag and placing second behind Conlogue to reach the last 12 where she was eliminated by ASP World No. 6 Manuel and Buitendag.

Baum earned US $900 and 920 points for her ninth place result, moving her up from No. 12 to No. 10 in the rankings. With four of those ahead of her already qualified, she currently sits in an effective sixth place and on the cusp of giving South Africa two girls amongst the world’s top 17 ranked female surfers on the 2013 ASP Women’s WCT.

Compatriot Rosanne Hodge (East London), the only other South African competing at Oceanside and a former four-year WCT member, produced her best result of 2012 with a 13th place finish. Hodge placed third behind Baum and Conlogue in their Round 24 encounter, finishing 13th overall pocketing $800 and 650 points to climb to No. 28 in the rankings.

There are three 6-Star rated women’s events still be run – one each in Spain, Portugal and the finale in the Azores Islands. The next event is the Cabreiroa Pantin Classic Pro at Pantin in Spain starting12 September.

PAUL MITCHELL SUPERGIRL PRO FINAL
1 – Sage Erickson (USA) 14.00
2 – Paige Hareb (NZL) 13.00

PAUL MITCHELL SUPERGIRL PRO SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Sage Erickson (USA) 13.53 def .Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.23
SF 2: Paige Hareb (NZL) 14.03 def. Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 10.26

PAUL MITCHELL SUPERGIRL PRO QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 16.50 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 8.00
QF 2: Sage Erickson (USA) 14.10 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.27
QF 3: Paige Hareb (NZL) 11.53 def. Philippa Anderson (AUS) 8.87
QF 4: Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 12.83 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 12.43

PAUL MITCHELL SUPERGIRL PRO ROUND OF 12 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.36, Sage Erickson (USA) 12.17, Rebecca
Woods (AUS) 11.77
Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 14.87, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 10.13, Sarah Baum (ZAF) 8.70
Heat 3: Phillipa Anderson (AUS) 10.83, Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 10.70, Laura Enever (AUS) 7.93
Heat 4: Pauline Ado (FRA) 10.70, Paige Hareb (NZL) 9.97, Nage Melamed (HAW) 7.26

CURRENT ASP WOMEN´S STAR 2012 – TOP 10 (After Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro )
1 Conlogue, Courtney USA 11810
2 Erickson, Sage USA 9870
3 Manuel, Malia HAW 9840
4 Hareb, Paige NZL 8170
5 Buitendag, Bianca ZAF 7813
6 Woods, Rebecca AUS 7040
7 Fitzgibbons, Sally AUS 7000
8 Ado, Pauline FRA 6890
9 Mulanovich, Sofia PER 6050
10 Baum, Sarah ZAF 5490

South Africans (More than one event)
28: Rosanne Hodge ZAF 2481
56: Faye Zoetmulder ZAF 1140

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Jordy Smith, Travis Logie and Matthew Bromley get ready for Teahupo’o in Tahiti

Jordy Smith and Travis Logie, the two South Africans who qualified amongst the world’s top 32 ranked surfers for the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), have been joined by Matthew Bromley, 20 (Kommetjie) in Tahiti as they ready themselves for the Billabong Pro Tahiti which gets underway on Thursday 16 August.

Bromley is one of 16 international surfers who have received sought after invitations to compete in the prestigious Air Tahiti Nui VonZipper Trials. They will be joined by16 local Tahitians in the trials at the notorious surfbreak of Teahupo’o with the winner plus the highest finishing Tahitian earning the two wildcards into the main event.

Smith, currently ranked No. 8 on the ASP WCT, will be determined to halt a slide that has seen him finish third, fifth, ninth and 13th in the four events completed this year. He was injured in a controversially re-run Round 3 heat against Logie held in giant surf at Teahupo’o last year and went on to miss the next two events, finishing the year ranked No. 7.

Logie, currently on the cusp of requalification in the No. 24 position, will be looking forward to Tahiti as he went on to post a third place finish in last year’s event, his best result on the ASP WCT, which contributed substantially to him qualifying for another year amongst competitive surfing’s highest echelon.

The 12 day waiting period for the Billabong Pro Tahiti runs from 16—27 August and all the action can be followed live at www.billabongpro.com/tahiti12

Surfline, official forecasters for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, are calling for waist to shoulder high waves until Tuesday and a better, longer-period swell from a current Tasman Sea storm scheduled to move in on Thursday, 16th, and peak Friday with chest to head high surf and inconsistent overhead sets.

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Beyrick de Vries takes fifth place in Airwalk Pro Junior in France

Beyrick de Vries, 19, (Umhlanga) finished in fifth place in the Airwalk Pro Junior at Lacanau in France earlier today (Monday 13 August).

De Vries, in his final year in the Pro Junior division before turning 20 in December, turned heads with his outstanding displays in the tiny surf in France, winning all three of his heats on Day 1 of the event last Friday. He continued this form yesterday with a comfortable Round 32 heat victory and then posted a strong quarter-final win this morning.

However, de Vries only managed a third place in his semi-final encounter and was eliminated in fifth place overall.

De Vries will be joined by compatriots Davey Brand (Kommetjie) and David van Zyl (Glenashley, Durban) in the ASP 5-Star Sooruz Lacanau Pro which runs from 14-19 August at the same venue.

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Pictured: Beyrick de Vries, 19, (Umhlanga) demonstrates the small-wave talent that saw him winn five consecutive heats before bowing out in the semi-finals of the Airwalk Pro Junior at Lacanau in France today

Photo: Aquashot / ASP Europe
Issued on behalf of:

ASP Africa
Contact: Colin Fitch – Operations Manager
Tel: 021 534 5738
Email: colin@aspafrica.com

Compiled and Distributed by:

Life’s a Beach Communications
PO Box 48272, Kommetjie 7976, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 21 783 4965
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 423 1964
Email: lifesabeach@mweb.co.za
About ASP: The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the recognized world governing body of professional surfing and has been crowning surfing’s undisputed World Champions since 1976. The ASP sanctions and crowns World Champions for the following tours: the ASP World Tour, the ASP Women’s World Tour, ASP World Junior Tour, ASP World Longboard and Masters Championships. The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world’s best surfing talent in a variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world watches surfing via their webcasts and other media platforms. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Japan, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.