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Southern KZN team clinch historic President’s Cup victory at Cool Shoe South African Surfing Championships

June 30th, 2013 No comments
Casey Grant (SKZN) clinched his second successive SA Men’s title at the 2013 Cool Shoe SA Surfing Champs at Durban's New Pier today (Sunday). Grant’s victory helped his Southern KwaZulu-Natal team to capture the President’s Cup for the first time in the 48 year  history of the event  Photo: © Karen / D-Vine Images

Casey Grant (SKZN) clinched his second successive SA Men’s title at the 2013 Cool Shoe SA Surfing Champs at Durban’s New Pier today (Sunday). Grant’s victory helped his Southern KwaZulu-Natal team to capture the President’s Cup for the first time in the 48 year history of the event Photo: © Karen / D-Vine Images

New Pier, Durban (Sunday 30 June 2013) – The Southern KwaZulu-Natal (SKZN) surfing team made history today when they clinched the coveted President’s Cup by winning the team title at the Cool Shoe South African Surfing Championships for the first time in the 48 year history of the event.

The closest finish to the team event in the modern era saw SKZN finish just 26 points ahead of 2012 champions Western Province with host province KwaZulu-Natal Central (KZNC) taking third place 112 points further back and 2011 champions Border in fourth spot.

In the individual SA titles, Casey Grant (SKZN) successfully defended his Men’s crown, Nikita Robb (Border) won the Women’s division for the third successive year and was also named the Surfer of the Contest while Mikey February (WP) reclaimed the U20 Boys’ title he won last year and Emma Smith (EP) was crowned the U20 Girls’ champion for the first time.

The organisers decision to start the final day’s proceedings 30 minutes earlier than the preceding three days paid off when the very contestable one metre surf faded as the tide went out with virtually no waves coming through in the last 10 minutes of the men’s final.

Casey Grant contributed a massive 4 000 points to his team’s winning total by holding off the challenge of the vastly experienced ISA World Masters champion Greg Emslie (Border). Using a powerful array of powerful carving manoeuvres, Grant posted a title-winning total of 13.25 out of 20 early in the final leaving Emslie, third placed Klee Strachan (SKZN) and fourth placed Matt Bromley (WP) scratching for waves with any scoring potential as time ran out.

Former WCT campaigner Nikita Robb dominated every heat she contested during the event, including the final, and finished well ahead of runner-up Heather Clark (SKZN), the 42 year former two-time ISA World Women’s Masters champion. Lynne Mackey (KZNC) collected the bronze medal for third place in her first final at a nationally rated event and Tanika Hoffman (WP) earned the copper medal.

Mikey February, a member of the SA Senior team that won the team title at the ISA World Surfing Games in Panama in April, racked up a heat total of 16.75 points in the U20 Boys’ final, the highest recorded on the last day. The lanky Capetonian finished well ahead of SA Junior team members David van Zyl (KZNC), Dylan Lightfoot (EP) and Max Armstrong (WP) who placed second to fourth respectively.

Emma Smith was a deserved winner of the U20 Girl’s title when she convincingly outscored Nicole Pallet (KZNC), Anoush Zakarian (Boland) and Chanelle Botha (SKZN) who finished in that order.

The awards ceremony held on the beach at New Pier in Durban after the event saw the finalists in each division receiving gold, silver, bronze and copper medals with Nikita Robb named the Surfer of the Contest and Southern KwaZulu-Natal collecting the coveted President’s Cup.

Cool Shoes SA Surfing Championships (New Pier, Durban)
Final Results

Team Title
1. Southern KZN 22 856 pts Gold Medal & President’s Cup
2. Western Province 22 830 pts Silver Medal
3. KZN Central 22 718 pts Bronze Medal
4. Border 21 266pts Copper Medal
5. Eastern Province 20 836 pts
6. Boland 17 170 pts
7. Zululand 15 652 pts
8. Southern Cape 13 790 pts

Men
1. Casey Grant (SKZN) 13.25 Gold Medal
2. Greg Emslie (Border) 10.30 Silver Medal
3. Klee Strachan (SKZN) 8.35 Bronze Medal
4. Matt Bromley (WP) 7.85 Copper Medal

Women
1. Nikita Robb (Border) 15.25 Gold Medal
2. Heather Cark (SKZN) 11.75 Silver Medal
3. Lynne Mackey (KZNC) 6.80 Bronze Medal
4. Tanika Hoffman (WP) 4.75 Copper Medal

U20 Boys
1. Michael February (WP) 16.75 Gold Medal
2. David van Zyl (KZNC) 11.0 Silver Medal
3. Dylan Lightfoot (EP) 8.10 Bronze Medal
4. Max Armstrong (WP) 7.75 Copper Medal

U20 Girls
1. Emma Smith (EP) 13.50 Gold Medal
2. Nicole Pallet (KZNC) 9.45 Silver Medal
3. Anoush Zakarian (Bol) 6.10 Bronze Medal
4. Chanelle Botha (SKZN) 2.95 Copper Medal

All the results from the event can be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za.

ENDS

About The Cool Shoe Corporation

“The essence of Cool Shoe is based on our love of the ocean, fashion and extreme sports.”
Straight out of America’s surf skate and snow heartland, the COOL SHOE CORPORATION has been walking, running, hiking and trekking the planet since 1980. COOL SHOE made it big when an American company reached an agreement with a French company to develop the product in Europe.
In 1984 a French firm decided to innovate and revolutionize “flip flops” resulting in the concept of a rocking chair “Cool Original” flip flop with its rounded and large shape.
Then, and now, our product designers remain true to the original concept that made the brand famous: Creative originality and quality.
Cool Shoe is sponsoring the SA Surfing Champs because it’s the cool thing to do, helping surfing grow whilst creating brand awareness.
Cool Shoe products are available at selected stores in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Jeffreys Bay and Durban.
For more information go to www.cool-shoe.com or contact Georgia Carpenter on georgie1@live.co.za

About Surfing South Africa
Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognised by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA) as the governing body for the sport in South Africa.
SSA is made up of eight provinces: Boland, Border, Eastern Province, KwaZulu-Natal Central, Southern Cape, Southern KZN, Western Province and Zululand.
The South African Bodyboarding Association, the South African Longboarding Association, Stand Up Paddle South Africa and USASSA (student surfing) are all affiliated to Surfing South Africa.
SSA sanctions the annual Pro Surf Tour (PST), coordinates and runs National Surfing Championships, selects National teams and is responsible for the administration of the sport.

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Contact: Robin de Kock – General Manager
Mobile: 082 454 1149
Email: surfingsouthafrica@gmail.com

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Performance levels ramp up on Day 3 of Cool Shoe South African Surfing Championships

June 29th, 2013 No comments
Dylan Lightfoot (Eastern Province) posted convincing victories in Rounds 3 and 4 of the U20 Boys division of the Cool Shoe SA Surfing Champs at Durban's New Pier today to advance to the Sunday’s semi-finals  Photo: © Karen / D-Vine Images

Dylan Lightfoot (Eastern Province) posted convincing victories in Rounds 3 and 4 of the U20 Boys division of the Cool Shoe SA Surfing Champs at Durban’s New Pier today to advance to the Sunday’s semi-finals Photo: © Karen / D-Vine Images

Performance levels ramped up on Day 3 of the Cool Shoe South African Surfing Championships as ideal one metre waves, hot weather and light onshore winds at New Pier in Durban saw the top contenders for national titles press their claims for honours at the business end of the event on Saturday.

The finalists for the U20 Girls’ and Women’s divisions were decided and Round 3 and 4 of the U20 Boys’ and Men’s were completed, leaving just the semi-finals and finals to be run tomorrow before the champions are crowned.

Nikita Robb (Border) remained on track to successfully defend her SA Women’s title when she dominated her semi-final, leading from start to finish to move into the final along with second placed Heather Clark (Southern KZN). They will be up against Lynne Mackey (KZN Central), who used her local knowledge to clinch her semi ahead of national team member Tanika Hoffman (Western Province).

Chanelle Botha (SKZN) and Anoush Zakarian (Boland), both of who represented South African in the U16 division at the recent ISA World Junior Championships in Panama, finished first and second in their U20 Girls semi and will be joined in the final by Nicole Pallet (KZNC) and Emma Smith (Eastern Province) who represented SA at U18 level in Panama.

All four of Southern KZN’s Men’s squad are through to the last six with defending champ Casey Grant and Gary van Wieringen facing Western Province’s Matt Bromley in the first semi-final while Klee Strachan and Justin Maisch take on former ASP WCT campaigner and current ISA World Masters champ Greg Emslie (Border) in the second.

The last six in the U20 Boys sees a more representative spread from around the coastline with WP’s Mikey February and Max Armstrong matched up with Diran Zakarian (Boland) while EP’s Dylan Lightfoot and Steven Sawyer do battle with local Davey van Zyl (KZNC). The top two in each encounter advance to the final and a gold, silver, bronze or copper medal.

After three days of action the team title and possession of the highly prized President’s Cup is still wide open. Southern KZN’s dominance of the Men’s division plus a representative in each of the Women’s and Girls’ could swing the result their way while WP, with four team members still in contention are their closest challengers, followed by EP and hosts KZNC with three each and Border and Boland with two each.

Saturday’s final day of action at the Cool Shoe SA Surfing champs will start at7.30 am to take advantage of the morning’s higher tide and will begin with the semi-finals of the U20 Boys and Men’s before the finals in all four divisions are run.

The event concludes with an awards ceremony on the beach where the 2013 Cool Shoe SA Champions will be crowned, the Surfer of the Contest will be named and the country’s top provincial team will be presented with the President’s Cup.

All the results and the schedule for each day of the event can be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za.

ENDS

About The Cool Shoe Corporation

“The essence of Cool Shoe is based on our love of the ocean, fashion and extreme sports.”
Straight out of America’s surf skate and snow heartland, the COOL SHOE CORPORATION has been walking, running, hiking and trekking the planet since 1980. COOL SHOE made it big when an American company reached an agreement with a French company to develop the product in Europe.
In 1984 a French firm decided to innovate and revolutionize “flip flops” resulting in the concept of a rocking chair “Cool Original” flip flop with its rounded and large shape.
Then, and now, our product designers remain true to the original concept that made the brand famous: Creative originality and quality.
Cool Shoe is sponsoring the SA Surfing Champs because it’s the cool thing to do, helping surfing grow whilst creating brand awareness.
Cool Shoe products are available at selected stores in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Jeffreys Bay and Durban.
For more information go to www.cool-shoe.com or contact Georgia Carpenter on georgie1@live.co.za

About Surfing South Africa
Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognised by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA) as the governing body for the sport in South Africa.
SSA is made up of eight provinces: Boland, Border, Eastern Province, KwaZulu-Natal Central, Southern Cape, Southern KZN, Western Province and Zululand.
The South African Bodyboarding Association, the South African Longboarding Association, Stand Up Paddle South Africa and USASSA (student surfing) are all affiliated to Surfing South Africa.
SSA sanctions the annual Pro Surf Tour (PST), coordinates and runs National Surfing Championships, selects National teams and is responsible for the administration of the sport.
Issued on Behalf of:

Surfing South Africa
Contact: Robin de Kock – General Manager
Mobile: 082 454 1149
Email: surfingsouthafrica@gmail.com

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Tel: +27 (0) 21 783 4965
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Email: lifesabeach@mweb.co.za

 

Great conditions on Day 2 of Cool Shoe South African Surfing Championships in Durban

June 28th, 2013 No comments
Reigning SA Women’s Champion, Nikita Robb (Border) continued her winning form in Round 3 at the Cool Shoe SA Surfing Champs at Durban's New Pier today  Photo: © Karen / D-Vine Images

Reigning SA Women’s Champion, Nikita Robb (Border) continued her winning form in Round 3 at the Cool Shoe SA Surfing Champs at Durban’s New Pier today Photo: © Karen / D-Vine Images

Clear skies, light winds and a solid one metre swell greeted the competitors at New Pier in Durban for Day 2 of the Cool Shoe South African Surfing Championships, providing ideal conditions for high performance surfing by the country’s top surfers representing eight provincial teams.

Round 2 of all four divisions – Men, Women, U20 Boys and U20 Girls – were completed to determine who would join the surfers who advanced directly to Round 3 by winning their heats yesterday, before the Women’s and U20 Girls’ semi-finalists were decided and the Prime Trials run.

Former World Tour campaigner and defending SA Women’s champion Nikita Robb (Border) was the standout performer in Women’s Round 3, comfortably winning her heat to advance to the semis along with second placed Faye Zoetmulder (EP) with SA Masters champ Tasha Mentasti and Kat Steffen (KZNC) eliminated from the event.

Robb and Zoetmulder will be joined in the last six by Heather Clark (SKZN), Lynne Mackey (KZNC) and the Western Province pair of Tarryn Chudleigh and Tanika Hoffman.

A new U20 Girls champion will be crowned this year after 2012 champ Heidi Palmboom (KZNC) finished third in her Round 3 heat behind teammate Nicole Pallet and Roxy Giles (Southern Cape). Those two plus Eastern Province sisters Emma and Gina Smith and SA Junior team members Anoush Zakarian (Boland) and Chanelle Botha (SKZN) will contest the semi-finals tomorrow.

In the Men’s division, Clinton Gravett (Border) celebrated his birthday by bouncing back into contention and moving into Round 3 along with fellow heat winners Llewellyn Whittaker (SC), Gary van Wieringen (SKZN and Neil Zietsman (WP) and their respective runners-up.

There were also few upsets in Round 2 of theU20 Boys where JP Olivier(Bol), Michael Monk (Bor), Slater Rudling and Southern KZN teammate Dylan Gouws won their heats to progress to Round 3, joining those who finished first or second in their opening encounters yesterday.

Today’s proceedings were completed with the Prime Trials featuring 10 of SA’s top emerging talents battling for the last two spots in the 96 man field for the ASP Prime rated Mr Price Pro Ballito which starts on Monday.

Former Mr Price Pro runner-up Casey Grant and fellow KZN South Coast standout Frankie Oberholzer were surprisingly ousted in Round 1 and former ASP Top 30 campaigner Brandon Jackson (Durban North) could not advance out of his semi-final. Young guns Slade Prestwich (Scottburgh), who won the VQS international in Fiji earlier this month, and SA Junior team captain Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) finished first and second respectively to clinch the coveted spots in SA’s biggest and most lucrative international event of 2013.

Saturday’s action at the Cool Shoe SA Surfing champs will see Rounds 3 and 4 of the U20 Boys’ and Men’s divisions completed before the semi-finals for the U20 Girls and Women are run.

The Cool Shoe SA Surfing Championships concludes on Sunday 30 June when the top performers in all four individual divisions will be awarded gold, silver, bronze and copper medals and the country’s top provincial team will celebrate winning the newly refurbished and gleaming President’s Cup at an awards ceremony on the beach around 12 noon.

All the results and the schedule for each day of the event can be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za.

ENDS

About The Cool Shoe Corporation

“The essence of Cool Shoe is based on our love of the ocean, fashion and extreme sports.”
Straight out of America’s surf skate and snow heartland, the COOL SHOE CORPORATION has been walking, running, hiking and trekking the planet since 1980. COOL SHOE made it big when an American company reached an agreement with a French company to develop the product in Europe.
In 1984 a French firm decided to innovate and revolutionize “flip flops” resulting in the concept of a rocking chair “Cool Original” flip flop with its rounded and large shape.
Then, and now, our product designers remain true to the original concept that made the brand famous: Creative originality and quality.
Cool Shoe is sponsoring the SA Surfing Champs because it’s the cool thing to do, helping surfing grow whilst creating brand awareness.
Cool Shoe products are available at selected stores in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Jeffreys Bay and Durban.
For more information go to www.cool-shoe.com or contact Georgia Carpenter on georgie1@live.co.za

About Surfing South Africa
Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognised by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA) as the governing body for the sport in South Africa.
SSA is made up of eight provinces: Boland, Border, Eastern Province, KwaZulu-Natal Central, Southern Cape, Southern KZN, Western Province and Zululand.
The South African Bodyboarding Association, the South African Longboarding Association, Stand Up Paddle South Africa and USASSA (student surfing) are all affiliated to Surfing South Africa.
SSA sanctions the annual Pro Surf Tour (PST), coordinates and runs National Surfing Championships, selects National teams and is responsible for the administration of the sport.
Issued on Behalf of:

Surfing South Africa
Contact: Robin de Kock – General Manager
Mobile: 082 454 1149
Email: surfingsouthafrica@gmail.com

Compiled & 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

Cool Shoe South African Surfing Championships get underway in Durban

June 27th, 2013 No comments
Former multiple SA champion and reigning ISA World Masters champion Greg Emslie representing Border was one of the standout performers on Day 1 of the Cool Shoe SA Surfing Championships in Durban today  Photo: © Karen / D-Vine Images

Former multiple SA champion and reigning ISA World Masters champion Greg Emslie representing Border was one of the standout performers on Day 1 of the Cool Shoe SA Surfing Championships in Durban today Photo: © Karen / D-Vine Images

The Cool Shoe South African Surfing Championships got underway in overcast and rainy weather but great one metre waves at New Pier in Durban today (Thursday) with 96 surfers representing eight provincial teams chasing individual and team glory in the 48th edition of the country’s premier national surfing event.

The 2012 SA champions in the four divisions all started the defense of their respective titles by safely progressing directly to Round 3 with Casey Grant (Southern KZN) in the Men’s, Nikita Robb (Border) in the Women’s and Mikey February (Western Province) in the U20 Boys winning their opening encounters while Heidi Palmboom (KZN Central) finished second in her first match-up.

Western Province, who won the team title in their home surf of Cape Town last year, had a steady start in their bid to win the retain the coveted President’s Cup with three of their 12-person team needing to contest Round 2 heats tomorrow after finishing third in Round 1. Host province KZN Central are determined to wrest the Cup away from their arch-rivals and only have one surfer in Round 2.

The Men’s division saw former multiple SA champ and current ISA World Masters champion Greg Emslie win his heat along with fellow Border surfer Wayne Monk, KZN Central’s Matt Kruger, Daniel Redman and Brandon Jackson, Mike Frew (Zululand) and Matthew Bromley (WP).

Nikita Robb was joined in Round 3 of the Women’s division by heat winners Tarryn Chudleigh and Tanika Hoffman from Western Province and the Queen of SA women’s surfing, Heather ‘Fergie’ Clark from Southern KZN.

Western Province’s Max Armstrong and Brandon Benjamin matched teammate Mikey February’s winning start in the U20 Boys category along with Dylan Lightfoot and Steven Sawyer from Eastern Province, David van Zyl and Mikey Venter from KZN Central and Jeandre Blignaut from Boland.

Emma and Gina Smith from Eastern Province, Chanelle Botha (SKZN) and Roxy Giles from Southern Cape were the heat winners in Round 1 of the U20 Girls.

Friday’s action at the Cool Shoe SA Surfing champs will see Round 2 of the Men’s, Women’s, U20 Boy’s and U20 Girl’s divisions completed, followed by Round 3 of the Women and U20 Girls.

The afternoon programme features the Prime Trials, sanctioned by ASP Africa, where 11 of the country’s top emerging talents will battle for two spots in the 96-man field for the US $250 000, ASP Prime rated Mr Price Pro Ballito event that will be contested from 1-7 July at Willard’s Beach in Ballito.

The Cool Shoe SA Surfing Championships runs until Sunday 30 June when the champions in all four individual divisions and the team champions will be crowned at an awards ceremony on the beach around 12 noon.

All the results and the schedule for each day of the event can be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za.

ENDS

About The Cool Shoe Corporation

“The essence of Cool Shoe is based on our love of the ocean, fashion and extreme sports.”
Straight out of America’s surf skate and snow heartland, the COOL SHOE CORPORATION has been walking, running, hiking and trekking the planet since 1980. COOL SHOE made it big when an American company reached an agreement with a French company to develop the product in Europe.
In 1984 a French firm decided to innovate and revolutionize “flip flops” resulting in the concept of a rocking chair “Cool Original” flip flop with its rounded and large shape.
Then, and now, our product designers remain true to the original concept that made the brand famous: Creative originality and quality.
Cool Shoe is sponsoring the SA Surfing Champs because it’s the cool thing to do, helping surfing grow whilst creating brand awareness.
Cool Shoe products are available at selected stores in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Jeffreys Bay and Durban.
For more information go to www.cool-shoe.com or contact Georgia Carpenter on georgie1@live.co.za

About Surfing South Africa
Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognised by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA) as the governing body for the sport in South Africa.
SSA is made up of eight provinces: Boland, Border, Eastern Province, KwaZulu-Natal Central, Southern Cape, Southern KZN, Western Province and Zululand.
The South African Bodyboarding Association, the South African Longboarding Association, Stand Up Paddle South Africa and USASSA (student surfing) are all affiliated to Surfing South Africa.
SSA sanctions the annual Pro Surf Tour (PST), coordinates and runs National Surfing Championships, selects National teams and is responsible for the administration of the sport.
Issued on Behalf of:

Surfing South Africa
Contact: Robin de Kock – General Manager
Mobile: 082 454 1149
Email: surfingsouthafrica@gmail.com

Compiled & 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

Beyrick de Vries clinches career-best second place finish in 6-Star Los Cabos Open of Surfing in Mexico

June 23rd, 2013 No comments
Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga), 20, in action at the Los Cabos Open of Surfing where he placed second and catapulted up to No. 41 on the ASP World Rankings  Photo: ASP / Shadley

Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga), 20, in action at the Los Cabos Open of Surfing where he placed second and catapulted up to No. 41 on the ASP World Rankings Photo: ASP / Shadley

South African Beyrick de Vries posted the best result of his professional surfing career when he finished second in the US $155 000, 6-Star Los Cabos Open of Surf in Mexico on Saturday.

The 20 year-old from Umhlanga, who has just returned to competition after a knee injury and was seeded 39th in the event, overcame a number of the top ranked surfers on his way to the final where he finished runner-up to Dillon Perillo (USA) in the clean one metre surf at the Zippers surf break.

“I came into this contest and was happy to make it from my Round of 96 to 48 because I’m just trying to make it to the midyear cut-off so I can be in the Primes for the second half of the year,” De Vries said.

“I’ve just come off of a knee injury and this is the first event where I’ve been able to put an air in to my repertoire. I’ve been surfing safe at a lot of contests and doing them just to keep a seed. To be able to surf out there and get second, I’m just overwhelmed, I’m so happy.”

De Vries earned $12 500 (approx. R125 000) and 2 640 points which rocketed him 81 places up the ASP World Rankings to No. 41, ensuring his qualification for the seven remaining ASP Prime rated events in 2013 which are vital for any surfer with aspirations of qualifying for one of the 10 spots available on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) each year.

The confidence-boosting result will see de Vries taking plenty of momentum into his next major event, the $250 000 Prime rated Mr Price Pro Ballito, which will be the only ASP rated event to be held in South Africa this year and runs from July 1-7 at Willards Beach, within a couple of kilometres of de Vries’ home in Umhlanga.

Other South Africans in action in Mexico included Dale Staples (St Francis Bay) and Mikey February (Kommetjie), who finished equal 37th when they placed fourth in their respective Round of 48 heats. Shaun Joubert (Mossel Bay) placed equal 49th and David van Zyl (Glenashley) was equal 97th overall.

More on the Los Cabos Open of Surfing can be found at http://loscabosopenofsurf.com/

LOS CABOS OPEN OF SURF FINAL RESULT:
1 – Dillon Perillo (USA) 18.24
2 – Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 13.84

LOS CABOS OPEN OF SURF SEMI-FINALS RESULTS:
1 – Dillon Perillo (USA) 11.47 def. Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 11.13
2 – Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 12.16 def. Vicente Romero (ESP) 10.80

LOS CABOS OPEN OF SURF QUARTER-FINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: Dillon Perillo (USA) 13.94 def. Garrett Parkes (AUS) 13.83
QF 2: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 13.17 def. Heitor Ales (BRA) 11.70
QF 3: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 12.66 def. Richard Christie (NZL) 6.00
QF 4: Vicente Romero (ESP) 12.33 def. Carlos Munoz (CRI) 11.93

LOS CABOS OPEN OF SURF ROUND OF 16 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Garrett Parkes (AUS) 12.50 def. Ian Gentil (HAW) 10.37
Heat 2: Dillon Perillo (AUS) 12.44 def. Jack Freestone (AUS) 11.40
Heat 3: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 14.67 def. Sidney Guimares (BRA) 12.33
Heat 4: Heitor Alves (BRA) 15.44 def. Wade Carmichael (AUS) 13.53
Heat 5: Richard Christie (NZL) 17.17 def. Stu Kennedy (AUS) 13.16
Heat 6: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 13.67 def. Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 12.70
Heat 7: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 15.83 def. Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 11.33
Heat 8: Vicente Romero (ESP) 13.87 def. Mitch Crews (AUS) 13.77

ENDS

 

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Contact: Colin Fitch – Operations Manager
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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.

 

South Africa takes sixth place as Australia wins team gold at DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championships

June 17th, 2013 No comments
Diran Zakarian  was one of South Africa’s top performers at the 2013 DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, finishing equal 11th in the U18 Boys division of the event which ended in Nicaragua on Sunday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Diran Zakarian was one of South Africa’s top performers at the 2013 DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, finishing equal 11th in the U18 Boys division of the event which ended in Nicaragua on Sunday Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

The South African junior surfing team has finished in sixth place amongst the 30 nations competing in the 2013 DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championships presented by Billabong which ended at Jiquiliste Beach in Nicaragua on Sunday.

Team Australia was crowned the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Gold Medal Team when they overtook defending team champions Hawaii with the USA taking third place, France fourth and Peru fifth.

In the individual divisions, Hawaiians clinched three of the four gold medals on offer with Josh Moniz winning the Boys U18 division, Tatiana Weston-Webb the Girls U18’s and Mahina Maeda the Girls U16’s. Australia’s Jacob Wilcox won the Boys U16 division.

Team SA’s sixth place finish was three places better than their ninth place in Panama last year and ensures that the country will receive a better seeding in next year’s event as well as earning a spot amongst the eight teams that will contest the ISA Aloha Cup competition, which was won for the first time by Japan in Nicaragua.

Diran Zakarian and Jordy Maree were Team SA’s top performers, finishing equal 11th in the U18 Boys and U16 Boys respectively. Nicole Pallet and Chanelle Botha were the best of the South African girls, ending equal 16th in the U18 and U16 Girls respectively.

The world’s largest junior surfing event featured nearly 30 surfers from 30 countries and was brought to a close by ISA President Fernando Aguerre.

“This is the end of an amazing World Championship. It’s a happy and sad end. We are very happy because it was a very successful event, but it’s sad because it means we have to leave Nicaragua,” Aguerre said.

“We have confirmed what we discovered last year, a surfing paradise. It was in our dreams, a small nation in Central America full of waves, offshore winds, good people and very accessible. Nicaragua has been so good, that all of us, the 500 people that came for the event, will continue to come back here and tell the rest of the world about it.”
DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship
Official Results:

Overall Team Results:
1. Australia- 24,256 points, Gold Medal plus ISA World Junior Team Champion Trophy
2. Hawaii- 23,828, Silver Medal
3. USA- 18,870, Bronze Medal
4. France- 18,212, Copper Medal
5. Japan- 16,322
6. South Africa- 15,652
7. Peru- 15,316
8. Brazil- 15,300
9. New England- 12,532
10. Portugal- 12,310
11. Costa Rica- 12,232
12. Venezuela- 10,388
13. Germany- 10,312
14. UK- 9,580
15. Argentina- 9,578
16. Tahiti- 8,700
17. Uruguay- 8,408
18. Puerto Rico- 8,276
19. Ecuador- 8,108
20. Nicaragua- 7,648
21. Panama- 7,168
22. Chile- 6,764
23. El Salvador- 5,184
24. Switzerland- 4,180
25. Italy- 3,440
26. Jamaica- 3,328
27. Mexico- 2,320
28. Barbados- 1,340
29. Ireland- 960
30. Russia- 640

Boys Under-18:
Josh Moniz (HAW), Gold Medal
Soli Bailey (AUS), Silver Medal
Andy Criere (FRA), Bronze Medal
Luke Hynd (AUS), Copper Medal

=11. Diran Zakarian (Melkbosstrand)
=13. Benji Brand (Kommetjie)
=19. Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay)
=31. Josh Smit (Warner Beach)

Girls Under-18:
Tatiana Weston Webb (HAW), Gold Medal
Stephanie Single (AUS), Silver Medal
Nikki Veisins (USA), Bronze Medal
Chelsea Tuach (BAR), Copper Medal

=16. Nicole Pallet (Durban)
=19. Gina Smith (Jeffreys Bay)

Boys Under-16:
Jacob Wilcox (AUS), Gold Medal
Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Silver Medal
Jake Marshall (USA), Bronze Medal
Reo Inaba (JPN), Copper Medal

=11. Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay)
=21. Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay)
=33. Steff Burrows (Strand)
=33. Shane Sykes (Salt Rock)

Girls Under-16:
Mahina Maeda (HAW), Gold Medal
Karelle Poppke (TAH), Silver Medal
Dax McGill (HAW), Bronze Medal
Frankie Harrer (USA), Copper Medal

=16. Chanelle Botha (Warner Beach)
=31. Anoush Zakarian (Melkbosstrand)

ISA Aloha Cup:
Japan- 63.77, Gold Medal
USA- 60.73, Silver Medal
Peru- 51.55, Bronze Medal
Australia- 49.08, Copper Medal

For full event coverage including all results, daily videos and photo galleries visit http://www.isawjsc.com/

Team SA’s progress through the event can be found at www.facebook.com/surfing.sa and via www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

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

The 2013 South African Junior Team has been provided with kit by Billabong and Skullcandy. The team’s travel arrangements were made by All Aboard Travel

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Team SA remain on track going into Day 4 at DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championships

June 12th, 2013 No comments
Shane Sykes on his way to victory in his U16 Boys repercharge heat at the DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Nicaragua on Tuesday  Photos: ISA / Tweddle

Shane Sykes on his way to victory in his U16 Boys repercharge heat at the DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Nicaragua on Tuesday Photos: ISA / Tweddle

The South African junior surfing team remain on track for honours going into Day 4 of the eight-day 2013 DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championships presented by Billabong at Jiquiliste Beach in Nicaragua.

After more than 50 of the nearly 300 surfers were eliminated from the event during the repercharge heats run yesterday (Tuesday), Team SA, along with Hawaii, Australia, USA, France and Peru, is one of the six countries out of the 30 attending the contest who still have all 12 of the team members in contention.

However, half of the South African contingent have now dropped into the cutthroat repercharge rounds and face a difficult passage to the business end of the event while the top three nations – Hawaii, Australia and the USA – each still have 11 surfers in the qualifying rounds.

Nicole Pallet was the star performer for Team SA yesterday, posting rides of 8.33, the fifth highest in the division to date, and 5.0 to win her U18 Girls qualifying Round 2 heat ahead of Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW). The pair relegated Ella Williams (NZL) and Marie Troja (FRA) to the repercharge rounds and Pallet is now into the last 12 in the qualifying stream, just three rounds away from the Grand Final in her division.

In the U16 Boys, Steff Burrows, Matt McGillivray and Shane Sykes all produced heat winning performances in their respective repercharge Round 2 heats while vice captain Gina Smith recorded one of the top 10 heat totals in the U18 Girls when she finished second in her repercharge Round 2 heat.

But Team SA’s U16 girls, Chanelle Botha and Anoush Zakarian, had difficulty finding the high scoring rides in the sometimes overhead waves on offer, finishing fourth and third respectively in their qualifying Round 2 heats and will continue their campaigns in the repercharge rounds today.

All the action on Podium 1 at the DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship presented by Billabong can be watched live at www.isawjsc.com with live scoring on Podium 2. The daily webcast begins at 15:40 (SA Time) with The Morning Show hosted by Chris Ernst and Mateo Rojas.

The schedule for today sees all four of SA’s U18 boys in action in their qualifying Round 3 heats in front of Podium 1 where Jordy Maree (U16 Boys) and Nicole Pallet (U18 Girls) will also be competing. Those in the repercharge rounds will go to work in front of Podium 2.

DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship
Program – Day 4 – Wednesday

Podium 1 (Webcast and live scores)
6 Heats Qualify 3 Boys U-18 (SA’s Dylan Lightfoot-Heat 2, Josh Smit & Diran Zakarian-H4, Benji Brand-H5)
8 Heats Qualify 2 Boys U-16 (Jordy Maree-H4)
3 Heats Qualify 3 Girls U-18 (Nicole Pallet-H1)
3 Heats Qualify 3 Girls U-16
6 Heats Repercharge 4 Boys U-18

Podium 2 (Live scores)
6 Heats Repercharge 3 Boys U-18
8 Heats Repercharge 2 Boys U-16 (Steffen Burrows-Heat 1, Matthew McGillivray- H5, Shane Sykes-H7)
6 Heats Repercharge 2 Girls U-18 (Gina Smith-H1)
6 Heats Repercharge 2 Girls U-16 (Chanelle Botha-H1, Anoush Zakarian-H3)
3 Heats Repercharge 3 Girls U-16 (TBA)
3 Heats Repercharge 3 Girls U-18 (TBA)

Team SA’s progress can be followed on www.facebook.com/surfing.sa and via www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

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

The 2013 South African Junior Team has been provided with kit by Billabong and Skullcandy. The team’s travel arrangements were made by All Aboard Travel

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Jordy Smith 5th as Kelly Slater wins Volcom Fiji Pro and takes rankings lead

June 12th, 2013 No comments
Kelly Slater styling inside a huge barrel at Cloudbreak on his way to another perfect 10 point ride and victory in the Volcom Fiji Pro  Image Credit: ASP / Kirstin

Kelly Slater styling inside a huge barrel at Cloudbreak on his way to another perfect 10 point ride and victory in the Volcom Fiji Pro Image Credit: ASP / Kirstin

Cloudbreak, Tavarua/Fiji (Wednesday, June 12, 2013) – South Africa’s Jordy Smith placed fifth as Kelly Slater successfully defended his Volcom Fiji Pro title in pumping two to three metre waves at Cloudbreak and catapulted himself into the No. 1 spot on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) rankings.

Smith could not match the incredible tube-riding skills of Hawaiian standout John John Florence, 20, in the first of the quarter-finals this morning. Opening his account with a near perfect 9.13 out of 10, Florence went on to post his second perfect 10 point ride of the event at the end of the heat, leaving Smith needing to improve on both his counting scores of 7.27 and 6.40.

His fifth place finish earned Smith US $14 500 (approx. R145 000) and 5 200 invaluable points which saw him jump two places up the ASP WCT rankings to No. 3 and right into contention for the 2013 ASP World title with four of the 10 events completed.

Slater (USA), 41, built momentum throughout the Volcom Fiji Pro, peaking on the final day of competition. The 11-time ASP World Champion’s road to victory included a perfect 20-point heat against Sebastian Zeitz (HAW), 25, in the quarter-finals, a victory over Florence in the semi-finals and culminated with a win over Mick Fanning (AUS), 31, in the final that included a near-perfect 19.80 out of 20 heat total.

“What a day,” Slater said. “That was insane. I want to dedicate this to my brother and his wife and their new kid Van. He told me that if I missed the birth of his son, that I’d better win, so this is for you. I want to say hi to everyone at home. What can I say, what a day.”

Slater made history in his quarter-final match against Zietz, collecting only the fourth perfect 20-point heat score on ASP record. Slater’s two unbelievable 10 point rides were earned through deep backhand tube-riding and while the Floridian has netted many perfect 10-point single-wave scores, the perfect 20 heat marks only the second of Slater’s lengthy career.

“The waves are the stars today,” Slater said. “When they come, they’re unbelievable. I missed one in that heat that was insane. It’s a special thing if you can get a 10 in a heat, so I’m really stoked.”

Fanning displayed incredible backhand barrel-riding skills at Cloudbreak, driving through deep tubes and unloading massive turns on his way to the final. Fanning defeated close friend and reigning ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS), 32, in the quarters and deadly goofy-footer C.J. Hobgood (USA), 33, in the semis but was unable to match Slater in the final.

“I’m pretty stoked,” Fanning said. “I started off with the 9.2 and saw Kelly on the one behind it. When Kelly didn’t get a 10 on his first wave, I thought, ‘I’m still in this,’ but then he shut the door on the next one. Overall I’m happy. I didn’t really have a good start to this event and then at the end it came good.”

John John Florence marked an incredible return to competition following an injury sustained on the Gold Coast, collecting two perfect 10-point rides over the course of the event while taking an equal 3rd place finish. Florence looked deadly again on the final day, outscoring South African powerhouse Jordy Smith (ZAF), 25, in their quarter-final clash, but was unable to surpass Slater’s rampage in the semis.

“It would have been nice to go one round further and make the finals, but a third is a good result and we got sick waves throughout the event,” Florence said. “To get a third in my first event back since my injury is a good start and hopefully I can do well in Bali.”

C.J. Hobgood got the best of several scrappy heats throughout the event, but found some excellent barrels in his semi-final match-up against Mick Fanning. Unfortunately for Hobgood, Fanning found a buzzer-beating wave in the final seconds of their match-up, handing Hobgood an equal 3rd place finish.

“I had some really slow heats throughout the event, but making it that far, you always want to make the final,” Hobgood said. “Mick and I actually had some good waves in that heat finally, and he just got me at the end. It’s a bummer to lose at the end of the heat like that, but congrats to Mick on the win.”

For Volcom Fiji Pro highlights log on to www.volcomfijipro.com.

The next stop on the ASP WCT will be the Oakley Pro Bali, which holds a waiting period from June 18-29, 2013.

VOLCOM FIJI PRO FINAL:
1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 19.80
2 – Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.87
VOLCOM FIJI PRO SEMI-FINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.17 def. John John Florence (HAW) 14.00
SF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.07 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 16.70
VOLCOM FIJI PRO QUARTER-FINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: John John Florence (HAW) 19.06 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.67
QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 20 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 4.10
QF 3: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 7.77 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 7.50
QF 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.13 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 11.83

ASP World Championship Tour Rankings (After Volcom Fiji Pro)
1 Kelly Slater (USA) 26950 points
2 Mick Fanning (AUS) 26200
3 Jordy Smith (ZAF) 23450
4 Taj Burrow (AUS) 19700
5 Adriano De Souza (BRA) 19000

20 Travis Logie (ZAF) 8000

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Jordy Smith reaches quarter-finals at Volcom Fiji Pro in Cloudbreak perfection

June 11th, 2013 No comments
Jordy Smith deep inside a Cloudbreak tube on his way to the quarter-finals of the Volcom Fiji Pro  Image Credit: ASP / Kirstin

Jordy Smith deep inside a Cloudbreak tube on his way to the quarter-finals of the Volcom Fiji Pro Image Credit: ASP / Kirstin

Cloudbreak, Tavarua/Fiji (Tuesday, June 11, 2013) – South Africa’s Jordy Smith reached the quarter-finals as the world’s best surfers returned to action today at the Volcom Fiji Pro, completing Rounds 3, 4 and 5 in perfect six-to-eight foot (2 – 2.5 metre) surf at Cloudbreak.

Event No. 4 of 10 on the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Volcom Fiji Pro was treated to a full day of world class ripping, setting up a possible finish for tomorrow.

Smith, 25, the current ASP World No. 1, placed third in his three-man Round 4 heat earlier today but then got the best of a hard-fought heat against barrel-riding standout Jeremy Flores (FRA), 24 in Round 5. After a series of excellent exchanges and with Smith holding the lead and priority, Flores took off on a last second wave, but Smith shut down Flores’ chances of exiting the barrel to earn his quarter-final berth.

“That was an important heat for me,” Smith said. “Any ‘CT heat is important, but getting through Round 5 is especially important to make it to the quarters. It’s too bad because Jeremy (Flores) is a good friend of mine and you hate to be that guy. I shouldn’t have gone on that wave at the end. I’m stoked though, I’ve never made it through to the quarters in the South Pacific leg.”

Smith overtook rankings leader Adriano de Souza to head the ASP WCT leaderboard when the Brazilian was eliminated from the event in Round 2 and Smith progressed to Round 3. The South African will be hoping to get past Hawaiian phenom John John Florence, 20, in their quarter-final match-up to solidify his No. 1 position in the rankings.

Kelly Slater (USA), 41, current ASP World No. 4 and defending Volcom Fiji Pro Champion, was incredible while advancing to the quarterfinals over Flores and Sebastian Zietz (HAW), 25, in Round 4, earning a perfect 10 and a 9.30 for a near-perfect 19.30 out of a possible 20. Slater’s perfect score was earned with a massive double-barrel, which saw the 11-time ASP World Champion drive through two deep tube sections covering the distance of the reef.

“That was unbelievable,” Slater said. “Those were some of the best waves I’ve ever had in a contest. On the 10, I was deep in the barrel and grabbed my rail, but I had to let go to get speed and then I hit the foam ball, I barely made that one. I did the turn and got another tube.”

Florence, who posted a perfect 10 at Restaurants in Round 2, was flawless again at Cloudbreak, collecting his second perfect score with a series of seamless backhand turns followed by a deep barrel. Florence’s effort saw him advance directly to the quarterfinals over rankings leader Smith and veteran Taj Burrow (AUS), 35, in their Round 4 clash.

“I didn’t know what the score was going to be because it was a bit of a smaller wave,” Florence said. “I did a couple of turns and then had the long running barrel on the inside and I was stoked to make it. I’m just going to keep doing what I’ve been doing. I’ve been going out having fun and I’m going to try and do the same thing in the next round.”

Joel Parkinson (AUS), 32, reigning ASP World Champion and current No. 8, was impeccable in the open-ocean lineup of Cloudbreak, and moved directly from Round 4 into the quarters, as did 2001 ASP World Champion and Cloudbreak standout C.J. Hobgood (USA), 33.

Hobgood defeated South Africa’s Travis Logie, 34, in a Round 3 clash that saw the Durbanite pull into a deep tube that he could not exit, bouncing him onto the shallow coral reef, banging his head and scraping plenty of skin off his feet, side and arm. After a quick inspection from his water caddy, Logie resumed his position in the line-up but was unable to overtake Hobgood’s score and was eliminated in equal 13th place overall.

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:30am local time (8.30 pm tonight SA Time) for a possible finish to Volcom Fiji Pro competition.

When Volcom Fiji Pro competition resumes John John Florence will face off against Jordy Smith in Quarterfinal No. 1. Watch the Volcom Fiji Pro LIVE via www.volcomfijipro.com

VOLCOM FIJI PRO ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.00 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 10.50
Heat 5: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 11.60 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 10.73
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 13.87 def. Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 11.03
Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) 11.66 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 5.67
Heat 8: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 9.67 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 7.87
Heat 9: Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.76 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 6.13
Heat 10: Kolohe Andino (USA) 9.00 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 6.00
Heat 11: Nat Young (USA) 15.67 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.93
Heat 12: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.20 def. Yadin Nicol (AUS) 14.40

VOLCOM FIJI PRO ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1: John John Florence (HAW) 17.43, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.43, Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.33
Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.30, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 15.16, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.30
Heat 3: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 12.07, Josh Kerr (AUS) 11.83, Mick Fanning (AUS) 9.77
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.14, Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.07, Nat Young (USA) 8.07

VOLCOM FIJI PRO ROUND 5 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.50 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.43
Heat 2: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 15.97 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.23
Heat 3: Josh Kerr (AUS) 18.76 def. Nat Young (USA) 7.83
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 19.53 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.34

UPCOMING VOLCOM FIJI PRO QUARTER-FINAL MATCH UPS:
QF 1: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
QF 3: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)
QF 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Mick Fanning (AUS)

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Dylan Lightfoot leads the way for Team SA at DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Nicaragua

June 11th, 2013 No comments
Jordy Maree in action on Day 2 of the DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Nicaragua on Monday where he finished second in his U16 Boys qualifying Round 2 heat  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Jordy Maree in action on Day 2 of the DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Nicaragua on Monday where he finished second in his U16 Boys qualifying Round 2 heat Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Dylan Lightfoot, captain of the South African junior surfing team, led by example when he posted another stellar display of contest surfing on Day 2 of the 2013 DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championships presented by Billabong in Nicaragua yesterday Monday).

Competing in excellent head-high offshore waves, the 18 year-old from Jeffreys Bay convincingly won his U18 Boys qualifying Round 2 heat and remained on track to add higher honours to the silver medal he earned in the U16 Boys division in the corresponding event in Peru in 2011.

Lightfoot was joined in U18 Boys Round 3 by his teammates Benji Brand (Kommetjie), Josh Smit (Durban) and Diran Zakarian (Melkbosstrand), all of whom finished second in their respective heats. Zakarian produced an outstanding ride that included a high-flying aerial for a score of 8.70 out of 10, the highest of his heat and second highest in the U18 division to date.

Jordy Maree continued his assault on theU16 Boys division with a second place finish behind Colt Ward (USA) and narrowly ahead of surfers from Japan and Panama to remain in the qualifying stream. Fellow U16 campaigners Steff Burrows (Strand) and Shane Sykes (Salt Rock) both dropped into the do-or-die repercharge rounds when they slipped to third place in their Round 2 heats.

The girls took to the surf for the first time yesterday and Team SA’s Chanelle Botha (Warner Beach) and Anoush Zakarian (Melkbos) finished runner-up in their respective opening encounters to advance to U16 Girls qualifying Round 2.

In the U18 Girls, Nicole Pallet (Durban) maintained her qualifying stream status by earning a comfortable second place finish but Team SA vice-captain Gina Smith (Jeffreys Bay) will have to take the long road to the final through the repercharge rounds after placing fourth in her first match-up.

Although it is still early in the event, which runs until Sunday 16 June, defending team champions Hawaii look hard to beat with all 12 team members still in the qualifying stream while perennial challengers Australia and the USA each only have one surfer in the repercharge rounds after two days of competition.

All the action on Podium 1 at the DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship presented by Billabong can be watched live at www.isawjsc.com with live scoring on Podium 2. The daily webcast begins at 15:40 (SA Time) with The Morning Show hosted by Chris Ernst and Mateo Rojas.

The schedule for Day 2 of the event sees Round 2 of the U18 and U16 Girls qualifying stream competing in front of Podium 1 where Pallet, Botha and Anoush Zakarian will be in action. That is followed by U16 Boys repercharge Round 2 where Burrows, McGillivray and Sykes will do battle to stay in the event and earn as many rankings points as possible towards Team SA’s overall total in the event. Smith will be the lone Saffa in action on Podium 2

DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship
Program – Day 3 – Tuesday

Podium 1 (Webcast and live scores)
6 Heats Qualify 2 Girls U-18 (SA’s Nicole Pallet – Heat 3)
6 Heats Qualify 2 Girls U-16 (Chanelle Botha-H2, Anoush Zakarian-H3)
16 Heats Repercharge 2 Boys U-16 (Steff Burrows-H1, Matt McGillivray-H9, Shane Sykes-H15)
2 Heats Repercharge 1 Girls U-18

Podium 2 (Live scores)
12 Heats Repercharge 1 Boys U-18
12 Heats Repercharge 2 Boys U-18
6 Heats Repercharge 1 Girls U-16
4 Heats Repercharge 1 Girls U-18 (Gina Smith-H2)

Team SA’s progress can be followed on www.facebook.com/surfing.sa and via www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

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

The 2013 South African Junior Team has been provided with kit by Billabong and Skullcandy. The team’s travel arrangements were made by All Aboard Travel

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