Archive for September, 2014

Hurley SA Junior Champs to showcase the country’s top young surfers at Jeffreys Bay

September 29th, 2014 No comments
Matt McGillivray (EP) was crowned the South African U17 Boys Champion in the perfect waves at Jeffreys Bay in 2013 and will be going for his second successive title at this year’s Hurley SA Junior Champs  Photo: Alan van Gysen

Matt McGillivray (EP) was crowned the South African U17 Boys Champion in the perfect waves at Jeffreys Bay in 2013 and will be going for his second successive title at this year’s Hurley SA Junior Champs  Photo: Alan van Gysen

The 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs will showcase the country’s top surfers aged 17-and-younger in the iconic, high-performance waves of the Lower Point at Jeffreys Bay when the premier junior event on the South African surfing calendar runs from 8 to 12 October.

Competing for coveted team and individual national titles, national team blazers and lucrative specialty awards, the event features the best surfers from the entire coastline who have qualified for their respective provincial teams via cutthroat selection trials.

“Junior surfing is the future of our sport in South Africa and the South African Junior Champs has to be the most exciting event of the year for any Junior surfer hoping to make their mark on the local scene,” says Hurley South Africa MD, Jevon Le Roux. “We are proud to be associated with junior surfing and everyone is looking forward to an exciting event in Jeffreys Bay.”

Defending team champions Western Province will be determined to take the prestigious Freedom Cup home again after dethroning hosts Eastern Province at Jeffreys Bay last year. Meanwhile perennial top contenders KwaZulu-Natal Central along with Southern KZN, Border, Boland, Zululand, Southern Cape and the SA Development Academy will be going all out to clinch individual national titles and rack up team points.

“The Hurley SA Junior Championships is the most important junior tournament on the South African calendar and attracts the best young surfers from around the country to the best wave in the country,” says Robin de Kock, GM of Surfing South Africa (SSA). “This is where the future of South African surfing takes centre stage and we are extremely grateful and proud to be associated with Hurley whose support and commitment has seen the event become really special.”

Adding to the prestige of the coveted national titles at stake and securing their place in South African surfing history, surfers will also be competing for several special awards totalling more than R12 000. These include the Red Bull Best Air, Oakley Highest Heat Score, Island Tribe Best Tube, Skullcandy Team Spirit Award and two surfboards shaped by Matt Biolos from Mayhem.

All Aboard Travel ( will be giving one lucky surfer a flight to join a photo-shoot surf trip with Zigzag Surf Mag ( that will see them featured in one of the magazine’s photo editorials.

For a taste of the action see the video preview for the 2014 event at

The Hurley SA Junior Champs can be followed via:

Hurley South Africa |
Twitter (Official):
Hurley SA | @HurleyZA |
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SA Junior Champs | @SAJuniorChamps |
Daily blogs, interviews, photos, videos and results will be posted on with results also to be found at

As part of Surfing South Africa’s commitment to transformation, the South African Development Academy team is participating thanks to a grant from Sport and Recreation South Africa.

The Hurley SA Junior Champs is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA) which is recognised by the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and Sport and Recreation SA as the national governing body for the sport. SSA is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA), the world’s governing body for surfing.

The 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs is supported by Red Bull, Vans, Skullcandy, Neff, Island Tribe, Oakley, All Aboard Travel, Christian Surfers, Zigzag, Supertubes Foundation and Surfing South Africa.


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Jordy Smith Wins Hurley Pro in USA

September 19th, 2014 No comments
Jordy Smith (Durban) throws a sheet of spray on his way to victory in the Hurley Pro at Trestles in California  Image: ASP / Rowland

Jordy Smith (Durban) throws a sheet of spray on his way to victory in the Hurley Pro at Trestles in California  Image: ASP / Rowland

SAN CLEMENTE, CA/USA (Thursday, September 18, 2014): South Africa’s Jordy Smith today claimed a last-minute victory over Hawaii’s John John Florence at the Hurley Pro at Trestles in San Clemente, California, to put a season of close calls behind him and move up to No. 11 on the WCT rankings.

Smith, 27, recently relocated to San Clemente and his local knowledge proved crucial in the powerful but wind-affected and unruly 1.2 to 2 metre (4 – 6 foot) surf for the Final. With wave selection vital, Smith opened his account with a heat high score of 9.33 but had to wait until the dying moments of the 35 minute encounter before posting a 7.27 to snatch victory from Florence.

The Hurley Pro, Stop No. 8 of 11 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), was the first Final of the year for both surfers and marked the fourth win of Smith’s career after claiming titles at the 2010 and 2011 Billabong Pro J-Bay events and at the 2013 Billabong Pro Rio.

Smith’s road to the Final saw him post an excellent Round 1 win to advance directly to Round 3 where he was visibly elated after snapping a four heat losing streak by grinding out a low-scoring win over Julian Wilson (AUS). Slipping to third in his Round 4 encounter, Smith went on to post a narrow win over Michel Bourez (PYF) to reach the Quarterfinals where he defeated reigning three-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) before surviving a nail-biting Semifinal clash with Adrian Buchan (AUS).

“I feel unbelievable,” said Jordy Smith. “To be able to surf against the best surfer in the world at the moment is incredible. I started the heat really well but right toward to the end I started to think about everyone that’s been supporting me and it helped me nail that last wave. I knew I had to do something good. I’m over the moon, it’s a dream of mine to win Trestles, especially after moving here.”

21-year-old Florence posted the highest two-wave heat total and single-wave score of the competition en-route to the Final. He now sits at No. 8 on the ASP WCT Rankings after defeating Adriano De Souza (BRA) in the Quarterfinals and 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) in the Semifinal.

“I was hoping that Jordy’s wave wasn’t going to be enough but he got it,” said John John Florence. “It was really hard to surf out there and good job to Jordy, he’s been surfing good all week. I’m so bummed, I hate coming that close to winning, but it’s given me some confidence going in to the next event.”

In a shock upset, Adrian Buchan (AUS) eliminated ASP World No. 1 Gabriel Medina (BRA) in the Quarterfinals to give the other title contenders the opportunity to narrow the gap at the top of the ASP WCT rankings. Only Slater gained ground, advancing to the Semifinals to consolidate the No. 2 spot, while Joel Parkinson (AUS) and Fanning also lost in the quarters to remain in 3rd and 4th places respectively. Parkinson lost to Slater in the Quarterfinals.

South Africa’s Travis Logie finished equal 25th overall in the Hurley Pro after losing to Trestles local Kolohe Andino (USA) in Round 2.

The Swatch Women’s Pro Final was an all-Australian rematch of this year’s Fiji Women’s Pro, this time decisively clinched by five-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore, 26, who defeated compatriot Sally Fitzgibbons..

Gilmore notched the event’s only Perfect 10 and added a 9.50 to take the win but second place for Fitzgibbons was sufficient to move her to the No. 1 spot on the rankings. Gilmore sits behind her in second place, and Carissa Moore (HAW), who was eliminated in Round 4, has dropped from first to third. The Swatch Women’s Pro, the first ever women’s WCT at Lower Trestles, was Stop No. 7 on this year’s Samsung Galaxy ASP Women’s World Championship Tour.

“I had a feeling that Sally and I would meet in the Final and I just wanted to get her back from Fiji because I had a really bad performance there,” said Stephanie Gilmore. “This event is really special and to be able to compete here is fantastic, I can’t believe I won. The World Title race just got even harder and more exciting so I’m looking forward to Europe.”

Fitzgibbons was blistering through the final day of the Swatch Women’s Pro, disposing of Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) and Johanne Defay (FRA) successively on route to the Final.

“It was a successful event and I felt really strong,” said Sally Fitzgibbons. “It’s just such a tough feeling to come in and not get the win. I was hearing those really high scores for Steph and I just wanted one of those for myself. I guess I just have to be happy with the way I progressed through the event and with second place. You always want to go one step further and I’ll be working hard to be in the Final at the next event.”

Filipe Toledo (BRA) was awarded the Hurley Innovation Award for his huge backside air-rotation in his Round 2 heat against Adam Melling (AUS). Toledo finished in equal 13th place after being eliminated in Round 3 by fellow Brazilian Adriano De Souza. Lakey Peterson (USA) took the Swatch Innovation Award for her air reverse against Carissa Moore (HAW) in Round 4, and finished in equal 5th.

Hurley Pro at Trestles Final Results:
1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.50
2: John John Florence (HAW) 15.87

Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles Final Results:
1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 19.50
2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.03

Hurley Pro at Trestles Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.10 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.30
SF 2: John John Florence (HAW) 15.10 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 14.10

Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.84 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 13.03
SF 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 17.04 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 14.66

Hurley Pro at Trestles Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.87 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.53
QF 2: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 17.43 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.77
QF 3: John John Florence (HAW) 17.37 def. Adriano De Souza (BRA) 9.26
QF 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.87 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 11.33

Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.17 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 12.23
QF 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 15.67 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.00
QF 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.44 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 10.33
QF 4: Johanne Defay (FRA) 16.20 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 15.13

The next events on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour are the Roxy Pro France, which runs from September 23 – 29, and the Quiksilver Pro France, which runs from September 25 to October 6, 2014.


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SA Surfers Join ASP World Title Contenders for High-Performance Showdown at Trestles

September 9th, 2014 No comments
Travis Logie (seen here on his way to 5th place in 2013) will be determined to post another good result at the 2014 Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles  Image: ASP / Kirstin Scholtz

Travis Logie (seen here on his way to 5th place in 2013) will be determined to post another good result at the 2014 Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles  Image: ASP / Kirstin Scholtz

South Africa’s Jordy Smith (Durban), Travis Logie (Durban) and Bianca Buitendag (George) are amongst the world’s best surfers who have arrived at Southern California’s Lower Trestles to contest the Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles which will be held during the waiting period from 9 – 20 September.

The events are Stops No. 8 and 7 respectively on the Samsung Galaxy ASP Men’s and Women’s World Championship Tours (WCT) which determine the annual ASP World Surfing Champions

“Trestles is a very consistent wave and for high-performance surfing there’s no better wave in the world, especially when conditions are good. It’s great to have a longer waiting period this year so we can take advantage of the best waves,” said ASP Commissioner, Kieren Perrow.

“In order to do well at Lower Trestles surfers will need to show a variety of manoeuvres and really push the boundaries and I can’t wait to see what the ASP Top 34 and Top 17 have in store. On the men’s side Gabriel Medina will be one to watch but, when the waves are big enough, Jordy Smith can be devastating. I’m really looking forward to having the women at the competition this year and I’m excited to watch Carissa Moore and Tyler Wright compete because of their power turns.”

“The forecast is looking great. It looks like we’re going to have some really fun waves for the first few days and there’s a promising outlook for the second week.”

“I feel really good and confident and I just want to perform and get a good result here,” said Gabriel Medina, the current ASP World No. 1. “The Brazilians are so passionate about all sports and I think we really need a Brazilian World Champion, especially in surfing. It’s going to be great for Brazil, it’s going to be great for surfing and it’s going to be great for me. I’m really excited.”

“It’s been a roller coaster year for me,” said Jordy Smith, the current ASP World No. 14 and 2013 Hurley Pro 3rd place finisher. “I feel like my surfing’s been really on point and I’ve had some of the best heats of my life, but this year’s just not been the year for me. My focus now is to get some results for the back end of the year and get in a great position for next year. Trestles is a wave that really suits me and I want to make the Final here and win it.”

Smith faces current ASP World No. 11 Josh Kerr (AUS) and 24th ranked Tiago Pires (PRT) in his Round 1 heat.

Travis Logie, who dropped to No. 31 on the rankings after a foot injury forced him to withdraw from his Round 2 heat in the last event in Tahiti, will be determined to repeat or better his 5th place finish in the 2013 Hurley Pro at Trestles where he defeated Joel Parkinson (AUS), Nat Young (USA) and reigning ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) on his way to the quarterfinals.

Now living in Hollywood, California, Logie needs to climb into the Top 22 on the rankings in order to re-qualify for the 2015 ASP WCT. He will be up against defending Hurley Pro champion Taj Burrow and fellow Australian Adrian Buchan in his opening encounter when the contest gets underway.

“Lower Trestles is the event that I’m most excited for this year because it will smash the performance barriers for women’s contest surfing,” said Women’s Commissioner, Jessi Miley-Dyer. “I’m looking to see progression, and I know that the girls have been practicing innovation. I’ve seen them doing it and I can’t wait to see them bring it to the competition.”

“Lower Trestles is one of my favourite waves in the world, if not the favourite,” said Carissa Moore, reigning two-time ASP Women’s World Champion and current ASP World No. 1. “It really gives you the opportunity to let loose and get creative. There’s a really tight Title Race this year and with four events left we’re starting from scratch because there’s such a level playing field.”

Bianca Buitendag goes into Trestles ranked No. 7 and comfortably inside the top 10 that re-qualify on the ASP Women’s WCT. The 2013 Rookie of the Year, who turns 21 on Thursday, will be looking to improve on her early exit in the last event at Huntington Beach and secure a spot in the top 5 of the rankings heading into the last three events of the year.

The ASP Heritage Series will recommence at the Hurley Pro at Trestles with a battle between historic rivals 1989 ASP World Champion Martin Potter and 1991 ASP World Runner-Up Brad Gerlach. The ASP Heritage Series, designed to honour the icons of the sport, was launched at the J-Bay Open this year where surfing legends Tom Curren and Mark Occhilupo squared off in rifling six-to-eight foot Jeffreys Bay. Curren emerged victorious, securing a Perfect 10-point ride in the process. The Potter/Gerlach bout will take place during the event window.

Surfline, official forecasters for the Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles, have called for:

The first few days of the event waiting period will see a very fun, rippable mix of Southern Hemisphere SSW swells. For Tuesday and into Wednesday morning the 9th-10th, it will be primarily fading swell leftover from this weekend. By Wednesday afternoon we’ll see a new pulse of SSW swell slowly fill in that will be strongest later Thursday and Friday. A strong, long period and long lasting SW swell will build in for the 15th-18th, with slow easing surf for the final couple days of the event waiting period.

The Hurley Pro at Trestles and the Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles will be held from Tuesday, September 9, until Saturday, September 20, 2014 and will be webcast LIVE via

Hurley Pro at Trestles Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 2: Mick Fanning (AUS), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF), Filipe Toledo (BRA), Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Kai Otton (AUS), Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Tanner Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Adam Melling (AUS), Carlos Munoz (CRI)
Heat 7: Adriano De Souza (BRA), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Aritz Aranburu (ESP)
Heat 8: Kolohe Andino (USA), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 9: Nat Young (USA), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Dion Atkinson (AUS)
Heat 10: Owen Wright (AUS), Julian Wilson (AUS), Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 11: Josh Kerr (AUS), Jordy Smith (ZAF), Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 12: John John Florence (HAW), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Mitch Crews (AUS)

Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW), Dimity Stoyle (AUS), Alessa Quizon (HAW)
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Laura Enever (AUS), Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Mahina Maeda (HAW)
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Coco Ho (HAW), Alana Blanchard (HAW)
Heat 5: Tyler Wright (AUS), Courtney Conlogue (USA), Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 6: Lakey Peterson (USA), Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Johanne Defay (FRA)


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O’Neill teams up with Durban Surf Lifesaving Club to sponsor Nippers programme

September 3rd, 2014 No comments

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O’Neill South Africa is proud to announce that they are teaming up with the Durban Surf Lifesaving Club and will be sponsoring the Nippers programme that kicks off this Sunday, 7 September and runs until the end of April 2015.

The Nippers programme is the ideal platform to introduce youngsters in the 8 -14 year age group into an active, healthy, outdoor lifestyle while at the same time teaching them ocean awareness and watersports. Sessions conducted by experienced coaches are held every Sunday morning from 8 – 10am at North Beach and anyone is invited to join the 100 youngsters already participating.

“O’Neill is honoured to be involved with such a prestigious club that has so much history and tradition,” says O’Neill South Africa Brand Manager, Paul Canning. “Durban Surf teaches the kids about the ocean and healthy living through Nippers and also has over 900 members who all enjoy the ocean. They swim, paddle various craft, SUP, surf, learn rescue techniques and use the clubhouse as their base on a daily basis.”

“I believe this association is a great fit with the O’Neill brand which makes the products that enable us to extend our time enjoying ourselves in the ocean,” Canning added.

All 900 members will receive a 10% discount at the O’Neill Concept Store at the Gateway Shopping Centre and there will be O’Neill prizes at all of the events on the Durban Surf calendar. O’Neill will also introduce monthly surf movie evenings for the youngsters at the clubhouse.
Durban Surf is the oldest lifesaving club in South Africa and has won 40 consecutive SA National Club titles. It is also the only non-Australian club to win the World Title (in 1998 and 2004).

About Durban Lifesaving Club
Durban Surf Lifesaving Club was formed 87 years ago on Tuesday 28th June 1927 at a meeting in the Mayor’s parlour and is proud to be recognised as the first lifesaving club to be formed, not only in Durban, but in South Africa.

The club is now a globally recognised powerhouse in the world of Surf Lifesaving, first touring internationally when the sports embargo was lifted in 1993 and going on to dominate the world by winning two World Club Championships in 1998 and 2004, captained and coached by the present SA Swimming coach Graham Hill, along with Brett Pengelly and Julian Taylor.

Behind the scenes of lifesaving competition comes the real purpose of the sport – to be at your very fittest and fastest to save lives on the beach. Since its inception Durban Surf has been located at North Beach, Durban, a magnificent playground for ocean and surf enthusiasts.

About O’Neill – “The First Name in the Water”

Jack O’Neill invented the first wetsuit in the 50s; he later opened the doors to the world’s very first surf shop on the San Francisco great highway in 1952. He moved the surf shop to Santa Cruz, California in 1959 – home to some of the best cold-water waves.

Continuing to provide innovative products and breaking new frontiers, Jack was soon rewarded with soaring sales, and O’Neill became “The first name in the water”. O’Neill’s passion for sports has made his business expand from surf wear to snow wear and youth lifestyle brand. Today, O’Neill stores can be found in most major cities – USA, Europe, Australia, Southeast Asia and Japan.


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