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SA’s Lightfoot and Prestwich 17th as Ribeiro and Maeda claim Allianz ASP World Junior Titles in Portugal

October 30th, 2014 No comments
Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) in action at the Allianz ASP World Junior Championships in Portugal on Tuesday  Image: ASP / Poullenot

Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) in action at the Allianz ASP World Junior Championships in Portugal on Tuesday  Image: ASP / Poullenot

Portugal’s Vasco Ribeiro, 19, and Hawaiian Mahina Maeda, 16, won the Allianz ASP World Junior Titles in clean 1 to 1.5 metre surf at the iconic Ribeira D’Ilhas right-hand point-break in Ericeira, Portugal, yesterday (Wednesday)..

Ribeiro, who became the first Portuguese surfer to claim an ASP World Junior Title, built momentum through the early rounds and put on his best performance in the Final to outpoint Italo Ferreira (BRA) with an incredible 18.63 total. The young Portuguese up-and-comer and recently crowned ASP European Junior Champion earlier defeated other event standouts Joshua Moniz (HAW) and Deivid Silva (BRA) on his way to claim the event win.

“I have no words to describe this moment, I just want to thank everyone who’s been supporting me,” Ribeiro said. “It’s been a long week, especially today when I surfed four times. I think the final was actually the heat I was less pressured, I just wanted to do good and I knew I had to post something big cause Italo is such a great surfer.”

Runner-up today in Portugal, Ferreira put up a good fight but couldn’t match Ribeiro’s rhythm in the final and was eventually put in a combination situation he wouldn’t recover from. Equal third were Tomas Fernandes (PRT) and Deivid Silva (BRA).

The top four receive a significant boost to their fledgling pro surfing careers by earning preferential seeding into all the ASP Qualification Series (QS) events during 2015.

Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) and Slade Prestwich (Durban), the last two members of the ASP Africa squad at the event, were both eliminated in high-scoring match-ups on Tuesday. The pair, and Benji Brand (Kommetjie) who was representing ASP Hawaii, finished in equal 17th place overall in the annual showcase of the world’s best surfers aged 20-and-under.

Mahina Maeda concluded a very successful Portuguese campaign with the ASP World Junior Title today, consistently posting great scores to advance in first in all her matchups including the Final where she defeated Guadeloupe’s Tessa Thyssen, 17, the winner of the ASP European Junior series this season.

“I can’t believe it, I’m so stoked and beyond,” Maeda said. “Watching Ella (Williams) win last year, it gave me some confidence and the urge to win. I felt like I had the potential, but came here and surfed it heat by heat. Having everybody out there supporting me was just amazing.”

At only 16 years-old, Maeda stamped her authority on the Junior talent pool and will look to take her act to the next level against the world’s best on the ASP QS tour next season.

Highlights from the Allianz ASP World Junior Championships including full results, images, heat analyser and more go to www.aspworldtour.com

Allianz ASP World Junior Championships men’s FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 18.63
2 – Italo Ferreira (BRA) 12.77

Allianz ASP World Junior Championships Women’s FINALIST RESULTS:
1 – Mahina Maeda (HAW) 13.56
2 – Tessa Thyssen (GLP) 13.17

Allianz ASP World Junior Championships men’s SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 16.80 def. Tomas Fernandes (PRT)16.50
SF 2: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 15.34 def. Deivid Silva (BRA) 13.83

Allianz ASP World Junior Championships Women’s SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Tessa Thyssen (GLP) 9.67 def. Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 8.67
SF 2: Mahina Maeda (HAW) 15.93 def. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 11.33

ASP Africa Results
Men
=17. Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay)
=17. Slade Prestwich (Durban)
=33. Jordan Maree (Kalk Bay)
=33. Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay)
=33. Diran Zakarian (Melkbosstrand)
=33. Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay)

Women
=13. Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay)
=13. Gina Smith (Jeffreys Bay)

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South Africa remains in medal contention after Day 4 of ISA World Surfing Games in Peru

October 29th, 2014 No comments
David Brand advanced through two rounds of Repercharge heats on Day 4 of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games at Punta Rocas in Peru on Tuesday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

David Brand advanced through two rounds of Repercharge heats on Day 4 of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games at Punta Rocas in Peru on Tuesday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

The South African Surfing team remains in contention for both individual and team medals at the halfway point of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games after a grueling day of sudden-death Repercharge rounds held in solid waves and sunny skies at Punta Rocas in Peru on Tuesday.

David Brand flew the SA flag high by battling his way through two tense encounters, placing second in his Repercharge Round 2 heat, where he was assisted by two of his opponents being penalised for inference, and then posting a comfortable heat victory in his next clash to join teammate Casey Grant in Repercharge Round 4.

David van Zyl was not as fortunate, losing out in his Repercharge Round 2 heat by the narrowest of margins. Needing an attainable 5.44 to secure second place and a spot in the next round, van Zyl scrambled into three waves in the last five minutes of the heat, with the last ride looking like he had got the score.

But he was awarded 5.43 by the judges, losing out by just 0.01 of a point, to become SA’s first casualty in Peru. The Durbanite finished in equal 49th place overall and has contributed 960 points to the team total.

Tanika Hoffman was the only other South African in action yesterday and after uncharacteristically slipping into the Repercharge rounds after her Round 1 heat on Monday, the vastly experienced national team member made sure that she remained on track in the event by posting a comfortable heat victory and advanced to Repercharge Round 2.

On a day when nearly 50 competitors were eliminated from the event, Peru was the only team to emerge with all their members still in contention. The hosts head the provisional rankings going into the second half of the championships followed by Argentina and Chile in equal second, South Africa, Ecuador and Puerto Rico in equal fourth and Australia in seventh place.

Today’s action in Peru gets underway at 3pm SA time and will feature Faye Zoetmulder and team captain Michael February competing in their respective Qualifying stream heats before David Brand, Casey Grant and Tanika Hoffman go to work in the Repercharge rounds to keep their campaigns on track.

Day 4 Schedule: (South Africans in brackets)

4 heats: Women’s Qualifying Round 2 (Faye Zoetmulder – Heat 2)
3 heats: Men’s Qualifying Round 4 (Michael February – H1)
6 heats: Men’s Repercharge Round 4 (David Brand – H2, Casey Grant – H6)
4 heats: Women’s Repercharge Round 2 (Tanika Hoffman – H3)
3 heats: Men’s Repercharge Round 5 (TBD)

All the action from Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games including news, results, video footage, images and live webcasts can be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and http://isawsg.com

The 2014 South African Surfing Team is competing in Peru thanks to assistance from the Department of Sport and Recreation.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and recognised by 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.

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Zoetmulder and February standout on Day 3 of ISA World Surfing Games in Peru

October 28th, 2014 No comments
Faye Zoetmulder in action on Day 3 at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games at Punta Rocas in Peru on Monday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Faye Zoetmulder in action on Day 3 at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games at Punta Rocas in Peru on Monday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

For the second successive day SA Surfing Team captain Michael February posted the highest heat score of the Men’s division at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games as the run of excellent overhead surf continued in Peru on Monday.

And in her first heat in Peru, Faye Zoetmulder (Port Elizabeth) showed her liking for the pumping waves by recording scores of 6.83 and 6.57 for a heat total of 13.40 out of 20, the fourth highest in the Women’s division.

Zoetmulder left second placed Cristina Vargas (ECU) requiring a near perfect 9.34 for the heat win as the top two advanced to Women’s Qualifying Round 2 while third and fourth placed Pamela Verboonen (MEX) and Sofia Loewy (COL) were relegated to the Repercharge rounds

February was on fire again in the big glassy peaks at Punta Rocas., delivering rides of 7.17 and 8.27 for a two wave heat total of 15.44 which left Peruvian standout and hometown favourite Gabriel Villaran 3.5 points adrift in second place. The pair progressed to Round 4 and are now amongst the last 12 competitors still in the Qualifying stream of the double-elimination format.

Meanwhile Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay) narrowly missed out on second place in her opening encounter, earning 8.40 points to the 8.54 of second placed Karelle Poppke (TAH). Heat winner Dominic Barona (ECU) absolutely shredded the Punta Rocas lineup, racking up 18.23 points, the highest total of both the Men’s and Women’s divisions to date.

Hoffman will recommence her campaign in the Repercharge rounds, as will Casey Grant who also slipped to third place in his Round 3 clash. Grant will get going in Men’s Repercharge Round 4 and faces six grueling rounds to make his way into the Grand Final and earn a medal in Peru when the champions are crowned on Saturday.

South Africa remains among 14 national teams yet to have any of their team members eliminated from the event in their bid to accumulate the highest combined points total and successfully defend the Team Gold medal and the Fernando Aguerre World Team Trophy.

The team standings are set to undergo a major shake up to day as three rounds of Repercharge heats are on the schedule.

The Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games resumes today at 2:40pm (South African time) with The Morning Show hosted by “Vico” Hamel, with guests from Team Scotland and Russia.

Following the Morning Show, competition will feature: (South Africans in brackets)

12 heats: Open Men’s Repercharge Round 2 (David Brand – Heat 3, David van Zyl – H5)
4 heats: Open Women’s Repercharge Round 1(Tanika Hoffman – H3)
6 heats: Open Men’s Repercharge Round 3 (TDB)

All the action from Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games including news, results, video footage, images and live webcasts can be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and http://isawsg.com

The 2014 South African Surfing Team is competing in Peru thanks to assistance from the Department of Sport and Recreation.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and recognised by 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.

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Lightfoot and Prestwich into Round 3 at Allianz ASP World Junior Championships in Portugal

October 28th, 2014 No comments
Slade Prestwich (Durban) in action during his R2 heat victory at the Allianz ASP World Junior Championships in Portugal on Monday  Image: ASP / Poullenot

Slade Prestwich (Durban) in action during his R2 heat victory at the Allianz ASP World Junior Championships in Portugal on Monday  Image: ASP / Poullenot

Dylan Lightfoot posted the first success by a member of the ASP Africa squad competing in the Allianz ASP World Junior Championships when he won the final heat of Round 1 on Monday and advanced directly to Round 3 at Ribeira d’Ilhas in Portugal.

The standalone event that crowns the 2014 ASP World Junior Champions and offers invaluable access into the ASP Prime events during 2015 to the top four men and two women, is contested by squads of competitors aged 20-and-younger selected by the seven ASP Regional offices.

Lightfoot, who likened the waves for the event to those at the Point in his hometown of Jeffreys Bay, was joined in Round 3 by ASP Africa teammate Slade Prestwich after the Durbanite outpointed Juninho Urcia (PER) in their elimination Round 2 encounter.

A third South African reached the last 32 in Portugal when Kommetjie’s Benji Brand, who isrepresenting ASP Hawaii in the event, delivered a high quality Round 1 performance to claim victory and skip the cutthroat Round 2 clashes that saw the demise of several of his compatriots.

Diran Zakarian (Melkbosstrand), Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay) and the Jeffreys Bay pair of Matthew McGillivray and Joshe Faulkner all faltered in their opening duels on Sunday and were then ousted from the event in their respective Round 2 man-on-man heats yesterday.

The event got underway in ideal one metre waves on Saturday with the women’s event where the ASP Africa representatives, sisters Emma and Gina Smith from Jeffreys Bay, struggled to impress the judges. The girls will gain plenty of experience from mingling and competing with their peers from around the globe despite ending their respective Round 1 heats in combination situations and needing substantial scores to advance from their Round 2 heats.

Lightfoot, the 16th seed in Portugal and No. 132 on the ASP Qualification Series rankings, faces a tough battle against ASP North America top seed Parker Coffin (USA) in Round 3 with the winner progressing to the last 16 when competition recommences.

Prestwich’s task will be equally difficult as he takes on Joshua Moniz (HAW), the top point scorer in Round 1, while Brand will meet Italian phenom Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA).

The Allianz ASP World Junior Championships runs from October 25 – November 2, 2014 in playa de Ribeira d’Ilhas, Ericeira, Portugal. For live webcasts, results, photos, video highlights and press releases, go to aspworldtour.com.

UPCOMING Allianz ASP World Junior Championships Men’s Rd 3 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Cooper Chapman (AUS) vs. Soli Bailey (AUS)
Heat 2: Shun Murakami (JPN) vs. Kaito Kino (HAW)
Heat 3: Miguel Tudela (PER) vs. Tomas Fernandes (PRT)
Heat 4: Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) vs. Luan Wood (BRA)
Heat 5: Hiroto Arai (JPN) vs. Seth Moniz (HAW)
Heat 6: Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) vs. Miguel Blanco (PRT)
Heat 7: Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) vs. Parker Coffin (USA)
Heat 8: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Luke Dillon (GBR)
Heat 9: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) vs. Benji Brand (HAW)
Heat 10: Mateia Hiquily (PYF) vs. Kai Hing (AUS)
Heat 11: Lucas Silveira (BRA) vs. Tom Cloarec (FRA)
Heat 12: Deivid Silva (BRA) vs. Timothee Bisso (GLP)
Heat 13: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) vs. Jake Marshall (USA)
Heat 14: Joshua Moniz (HAW) vs. Slade Prestwich (ZAF)
Heat 15: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) vs. Cam Richards (USA)
Heat 16: Takumi Nakamura (JPN) vs. Takumi Yasui (JPN)

UPCOMING Allianz ASP World Junior Championships Women’s SEMIFINALISTS MATCHUPS:
SF 1: Chelsea Tuach (BRB) vs. Tessa Thyssen (GLP)
SF 2: Bronte Macaulay (AUS) vs. Mahina Maeda (HAW)

Allianz ASP World Junior Championships Men’s Rd 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.93 def. Jordan Maree (ZAF) 9.43
Heat 2: Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) 13.44 def. Kaulana Apo (HAW) 9.20
Heat 3: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 16.10 def. Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) 10.00
Heat 4: Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) 17.74 def. Barron Mamiya (HAW) 10.17
Heat 5: Luke Dillon (GBR) 13.10 def. Matheus Navarro (BRA) 11.90
Heat 6: Miguel Tudela (PER) 14.67 def. Diran Zakarian (ZAF) 11.67
Heat 7: Kai Hing (AUS) 12.50 def. Joshe Faulkner (ZAF) 4.00
Heat 8: Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 11.60 def. Juninho Urcia (PER) 8.06
Heat 9: Kaito Kino (HAW) 12.97 def. O’Neill Massin (PYF) 12.93
Heat 10: Timothee Bisso (GLP) 13.67 def. Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 9.50
Heat 11: Miguel Blanco (PRT) 15.00 def. Joao Kopke (PRT) 7.17
Heat 12: Seth Moniz (HAW) 9.66 def. Kalani Ball (AUS) 9.17
Heat 13: Tom Cloarec (FRA) 11.50 def. Kelly Norris (AUS) 9.94
Heat 14: Cam Richards (USA) 10.00 def. Jacob Willcox (AUS) 9.33
Heat 15: Jake Marshall (USA) 10.17 def. Joshua Burke (BRB) 7.60
Heat 16: Luan Wood (BRA) 7.43 def. Yuta Tsukamoto (JPN) 6.93

REMAINING Allianz ASP World Junior Championships Men’s Rd 1 RESULTS:
Heat 13: Benji Brand (HAW) 14.57, Seth Moniz (HAW) 12.57, Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) 9.50
Heat 14: Deivid Silva (BRA) 15.23, Tom Cloarec (FRA) 12.06, Juninho Urcia (PER) 5.94
Heat 15: Mateia Hiquily (PYF) 13.67, Luan Wood (BRA) 11.37, Kelly Norris (AUS) 10.80
Heat 16: Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 15.93, Jake Marshall (USA) 12.33, Jacob Willcox (AUS) 8.34

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Michael February stars on Day 2 of ISA World Surfing Games in Peru

October 27th, 2014 No comments
SA team captain Michael February attacks the lip while posting the highest heat score of Day 2 at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games at Punta Rocas in Peru on Sunday  Photo: ISA / Tweddle

SA team captain Michael February attacks the lip while posting the highest heat score of Day 2 at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games at Punta Rocas in Peru on Sunday  Photo: ISA / Tweddle

SA Surfing Team captain Michael February led from the front on Day 2 of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Peru on Sunday when he posted 16.13 points out of 20, the highest two-wave heat total of the day, in winning his Round 2 match-up.

February opened his account by earning a solid 7.0 points in the slightly smaller but still overhead glassy waves and then added an excellent 9.13 for a long ride that he punctuated with high-risk vertical manoeuvres and ended with an aerial punt.

“I’m really happy, I had a very good heat. Yesterday was a bit slow, but I could put a good heat together today,” said a relieved Michael February. “The waves are really fun, I just want to surf as best as I can and aim to get some good scores. My highest wave was a very good and long wall. There are not many like that, so I’m happy to get that one and get a good score. Tomorrow I want to be on the beach supporting everyone on my team and I hope that everyone goes well.”

February advanced to Round 3 of the Men’s Qualifying stream where he was later joined by teammate Casey Grant. Grant racked up an impressive 14.50 heat tally with an 8.0 and a 6.50 while relegating 2011 ISA Gold medalist Santiago Muniz (ARG) to a distant runner-up spot.

However, the challenge of defending the team title won at the ISA Games in Panama last year was not all plain sailing for South Africa as David Brand and David van Zyl both placed third in their respective Round 2 heats and dropped into the tightly contested Repercharge rounds.

Brand needed a ride of just 4.81 to claim second place and remain the Qualifying stream when the siren sounded to end his Round 2 clash, while Van Zyl needed a more substantial 6.88 after having the points on one of his rides halved by an interference penalty.

While the pair remain in contention to reach the final, they will have to battle through an additional four rounds and will be eliminated from the event if they finish outside the top two in any of their future heats.

Hosts Peru have reveled in the epic conditions for the opening two days of competition and have all four of their men’s team still in the Qualifying stream while all the other 21 national teams at the event have had at least one of their team in the Repercharge Rounds.

South Africa’s Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay) and Faye Zoetmulder (Port Elizabeth) will start their campaigns for team and individual honours at the event when Round 1 of the Women’s event takes to the surf on Day 3.

The Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games resumes today (Tuesday) at 2:40pm (South African time) with The Morning Show hosted by Mike Latronic with Guest Mohammad Rahma from United Arab Emirates.

Following the Morning Show, competition will feature: (South Africans in brackets)

6 heats: Open Women’s Qualifying Round 1 (Faye Zoetmulder – Heat 4, Tanika Hoffman – H5)
6 heats: Open Men’s Qualifying Round 3 (Michael February – H3, Casey Grant – H5)
6 heats: Open Men’s Repercharge Round 1

All the action from Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games including news, results, video footage, images and live webcasts can be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and http://isawsg.com

The 2014 South African Surfing Team is competing in Peru thanks to assistance from the Department of Sport and Recreation.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and recognised by 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.

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Perfect start for SA men on Day 1 of ISA World Surfing Games in Peru

October 26th, 2014 No comments
David van Zyl (Glenashley) carves off the top of an overhead wave at Punta Rocas while winning his Round 1 heat at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Peru on Saturday  Photo: ISA / Tweddle

David van Zyl (Glenashley) carves off the top of an overhead wave at Punta Rocas while winning his Round 1 heat at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Peru on Saturday  Photo: ISA / Tweddle

The South African Surfing Team got off to a perfect start on the opening day of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Peru on Saturday when all four men comfortably won their Round 1 heats.

Competing in excellent 2 to 2.5 metre waves and windless conditions at the world renowned Punta Rocas surf break south of Lima, the South African quartet started their defense of the ISA Team Gold medal they earned at the corresponding event in Panama last year by going ballistic on the glassy, double-overhead wave faces.

David Brand (Kommetjie) was the first SA team member in action. Using the trademark powerful backhand turns he has developed on countless surf trips worldwide, the former ISA U18 Bronze medalist racked up a heat tally of 14.0 out of a possible 20 to advance to Round 2 in the Qualifying stream.

David van Zyl (Glenashley), team captain Michael February (Kommetjie) and Casey Grant (Scottburgh) were equally impressive in their respective match-ups as the organisers extended the duration of the heats from 20 to 25 minutes and completed 18 of the 24 Round 1 heats in the epic overhead surf.

Former ISA U18 World Champion, Cristobal de Col (Peru), was the top point scorer on Day 1, recording a total of 15.90 for his top two waves, as three of the four competitors from the host nation stayed in the Qualifying stream. Perennial medalists Australia saw team member Otis Carey drop into the grueling Repecharge rounds when he placed third in his Round 1 clash.

The Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games resumes today (Sunday) at 2.40pm (South African time). The daily live webcast begins with The Morning Show hosted by Julien “Vico” Hammel and Mike Latronic and today’s guests will be Team Mexico.

Following The Morning Show, competition will feature:

6 heats: Open Men Qualifying Round 1
12 heats: Open Men Qualifying R2 (David Brand – H3, David van Zyl – H5, Mikey February – H7, Casey Grant – H9)

Surfline, the official forecaster of the event, has predicted pumping waves for the opening days of the competition followed by great surf for the whole contest period.

All the action from Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games including news, results, video footage, images and live webcasts can be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and http://isawsg.com

The 2014 South African Surfing Team is competing in Peru thanks to assistance from the Department of Sport and Recreation.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and recognised by 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.

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ISA World Surfing Games officially opened in Peru – SA men to start defense of Team Title today

October 25th, 2014 No comments
Tanika Hoffman reads the ‘Surfers’ Oath’ at the official opening ceremony of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Lima, Peru yesterday  Photo: ISA / Tweddle

Tanika Hoffman reads the ‘Surfers’ Oath’ at the official opening ceremony of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Lima, Peru yesterday  Photo: ISA / Tweddle

The four men in the South African Surfing Team will take to the waves at Punta Rocas in Peru today after the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games were officially opened at a stirring ceremony in downtown Lima yesterday (Friday).

Thousands of local spectators watched as the more than 150 competitors and officials from 22 nations paraded around the historic “Plaza de Armas” in the centre of the city. SA team captain Michael February and Faye Zoetmulder then joined two delegates from each of the other nations in the symbolic Sands of World ceremony where sand from each country’s beaches was deposited into the special glass receptacle.

South Africa was further honoured at the ceremony when multiple national team member Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay) was selected to read the ‘Surfers’ Oath’ that commits all the competitors to fair play during the event at the ceremony.

After the beautiful demonstration of local Peruvian traditional dance, the ISA President Fernando Aguerre officially declared open the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games.

Surfing competition gets underway at Punta Rocas, 60 Kms south of Lima, at 8am (3pm South African time) on Saturday. Day 1 will feature the 24 heats in Open Men Round 1 with South Africa’s four men scheduled to compete in Heat Nos. 5, 9, 13 and 17.

In the double elimination format used at all ISA events, the top two surfers in each of the three or four person heats advance to the next round of the Qualifying Stream. Those finishing third or fourth drop in the Repercharge Rounds where they are given another chance to reach the final of their division, provided they do not finish outside the top two in any heat again.

South Africa, the defending ISA team champion, is the top seeded team in the 2014. David Brand (Kommetjie) will be the first South African to compete in the event when he takes on opponents from Puerto Rico and Switzerland in H5. Brand will be followed by David van Zyl (Glenashley) in H9, Michael February (Kommetjie) in H13 and Casey Grant (Scottburgh) in H15.

Surfline, the official forecaster of the event, has predicted pumping waves for the opening days of the competition followed by great surf for the whole contest period.

All the action from Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games including news, results, video footage, images and live webcasts can be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and http://isawsg.com

The 2014 South African Surfing Team is competing in Peru thanks to assistance from the Department of Sport and Recreation.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and recognised by 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.

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ASP Appoints Accelerate Sport as Africa Commercial Sales Agent

October 24th, 2014 No comments
The ASP and Accelerate Sports will be working to improve current events in Africa and adding more Tour destinations on the continent  Image: ASP / Cestari

The ASP and Accelerate Sports will be working to improve current events in Africa and adding more Tour destinations on the continent  Image: ASP / Cestari

The Association of Surfing Professionals (“ASP”) is pleased to announce that it has appointed Accelerate Sport (Pty) Ltd as its commercial sales agents for South Africa and the rest of the African continent.

ASP currently has three events in South Africa and is looking to add further events, not only in South Africa but at key destinations on the Continent too. The current South African events are:

1. Jeffreys Bay World Championship Tour Event (J Bay Winterfest included)
2. Big Wave World Tour – Dungeons
3. Ballito Pro Prime Event

Mark Noonan, Chief Commercial Officer for ASP, said “The ASP showcases the world’s best surfers on the best waves in some of the most desirable locations on the planet. We are pleased to be working with Accelerate Sport and believe they are the ideal partner to represent ASP Africa and its alluring lifestyle to the corporate community in these very important markets.”

Managing Director of Accelerate Sport, Gary Grant said “We are delighted to be representing the ASP on the Continent, they are a highly professional organisation and we are thrilled to be a part of where they are taking the sport. This appointment not only adds to our business diversity and Africa growth strategy but also further entrenches our association with surfing as current commercial partners of Surfing South Africa. Surfing events are now lifestyle occasions attracting a cross section of people and activities, offering brands and host destinations greater personal reach and experiential marketing capabilities”.

“Having Accelerate Sport on board as ASP Africa’s first commercial rights agent is a major leap forward for our region,” says ASP Africa Operations Manager, Colin Fitch. “It marks an historical point in the development of this region on the ASP World Tour and will ensure that we can strengthen our existing events while working hard to bring new events to our members. Africa is blessed with some of the world’s best surf breaks and many potential future surfing stars so we look forward to growing the sport on the continent and to working hand-in-hand with Surfing South Africa on projects of common interest.”

About the ASP
The Association of Surfing Professionals (“ASP”) is the world surf league. The foremost authority of the sport since 1976, the ASP sanctions and operates the following tours: the World Junior Tour, World Longboard Tour, the Qualifying Series (consisting of ASP Prime and ASP Star events) and the crown jewel of the sport, the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour which determines the sport’s undisputed world champions. The organization is headquartered in Santa Monica, California with Commercial Offices in New York. The offices are supported by regional centres in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America and South America. In 2015, the ASP will officially be renamed the “World Surf League (WSL)”.

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Jordy Smith finishes runner-up to Mick Fanning at Moche Rip Curl Pro in Portugal

October 21st, 2014 No comments
Jordy Smith (Durban) in action during the Moche Rip Curl Pro where he finished runner-up to Mick Fanning (AUS)  Image: ASP / Kirstin

Jordy Smith (Durban) in action during the Moche Rip Curl Pro where he finished runner-up to Mick Fanning (AUS)  Image: ASP / Kirstin

South African Jordy Smith continued the phenomenal run of form that has seen him jump from 14th to seventh on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) rankings in the past month when he finished runner-up to reigning ASP World Champion Mick Fanning in the Moche Rip Curl Pro at Peniche in Portugal on Monday.

After the shock elimination of rankings front-runners Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Kelly Slater (USA) on Sunday, Fanning displayed genuine world title winning form by winning five successive encounters yesterday to clinch his third event title of the year at the penultimate stop on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP WCT.

The victory sees Fanning overtake Slater for second place on the rankings going into the final event of the year at Pipeline in Hawaii in December and opens the door for a possible fourth ASP World Title.

“I am just so stoked,” said Fanning. “I didn’t really think about a win to tell you the truth, it just happened. Jordy (Smith) surfed amazing, John John (Florence) surfed amazing, Kai (Otton) too. Everyone has been ripping this whole Euro leg and I’m just stoked I got to get a result out of it. It feels so good to get a win, it’s been five years since I won here, so I am very stoked. Going into Hawaii with a title on the line is so stressful, but I guess I will just deal with that when I get there. For now I’ll just enjoy the win here.”

Smith, who won the Hurley Pro Trestles in California last month and finished third in the Quiksilver Pro France and fifth in the ASP Prime rated Cascais Billabong Pro earlier this month, confirmed his status as one of the world’s top 10 surfers. His string of impressive performances culminated in the South African defeating the inform John John Florence in their Semifinal clash which took the young Hawaiian phenom out of the 2014 ASP World Title race.

Smith’s runner-up finish in Peniche and a previous quarterfinal berth in the Prime rated event solidified his position at the top of the Portuguese Waves Series and earned him the Cascais Trophy and the coveted bonus of $50,000 in prize money.

“That’s incredible taking out the Cascais Trophy and the $50,000,” said Smith. “I’m definitely coming back next year. I am so excited and stoked. I didn’t realize it until I came in after my Semifinal and a friend of mine said to me that I’d just won the Cascais Trophy. I was like, “are you kidding me”, I was pretty pumped. I like this place, I really like the waves around here and I love Portugal and the people here. It’s a really great place and I always love surfing here.”

South Africa’s Travis Logie was eliminated by Bede Durbidge (AUS) in Round 2 in Portugal. Logie’s 25th place finish leaves him ranked 32nd and a long way from the top 22 who will automatically re-qualify for the 2015 ASP WCT.

Heading into the final event of the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour, the Billabong Pipeline Masters, three surfers remain in contention for this year’s world surfing crown: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Mick Fanning (AUS) and Kelly Slater (USA):

• If Medina finishes 2nd or better at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, he will clinch the 2014 ASP World Title.
• If Medina finishes 3rd at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.
• If Medina finishes 5th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.
• If Medina finishes 9th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to finish 2nd or better and Slater will be out of contention.
• If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Fanning will need to finish 3rd to win or 5th to send the title race into a one-heat “surf-off” between himself and Medina.
• If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Slater will need to win the event.

The next and final stop on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour is the Billabong Pipe Masters from December 8 – 20, 2014.

Highlights from the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal are available at ASPWorldTour.com

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Final Results:
Winner: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.50
Runner-Up: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 7.67

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Semifinal Results (1st to Final, 2nd finishes equal 3rd):
SF 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.64 def. John John Florence (HAW) 7.27
SF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.17 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 8.40

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Quarterfinal Results (1st to Semifinals, 2nd finishes equal 5th):
QF 1: John John Florence (HAW) 17.83 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 11.83
QF 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.27 def. Adriano De Souza (BRA) 12.23
QF 3: Kai Otton (AUS) 14.80 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.17
QF 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.07 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 10.10

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Round 5 Results (1st to Quarterfinals, 2nd finishes equal 9th):
Heat 1: Adam Melling (AUS) 7.50 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 5.90
Heat 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.60 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 9.63
Heat 3: Kai Otton (AUS) 13.83 def. Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 8.33
Heat 4: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.23 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 7.30

Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal Round 4 Results (1st to Quarterfinals, 2nd and 3rd to Round 5):
Heat 1: John John Florence (HAW) 17.27, Adam Melling (AUS) 13.96, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.03
Heat 2: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 17.26, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 10.66, Brett Simpson (USA) 9.00
Heat 3: Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.10, Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 6.66, Michel Bourez (PYF) 2.03
Heat 4: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.74, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 7.76, Kai Otton (AUS) 3.60

Current ASP WCT Top 10 (following the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal):
1. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 56,550 pts
2. Mick Fanning (AUS) 53,100 pts
3. Kelly Slater (USA) 50,050 pts
4. John John Florence (HAW) 47,950 pts
5. Michel Bourez (PYF) 43,750 pts
6. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 43,100 pts
7. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 42,900 pts
8. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 42,250 pts
9. Taj Burrow (AUS) 41,700 pts
10. Kolohe Andino (USA) 35,900 pts

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KZN Central claim Freedom Cup in picture perfect waves at Hurley SA Junior Champs in Jeffreys Bay

October 12th, 2014 No comments
The KwaZulu-Natal Central team celebrate winning the Freedom Cup at the 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs at Jeffreys Bay along with their talisman, Zulu warrior Bonginkosi Ntuli  Photo: Alan van Gysen

The KwaZulu-Natal Central team celebrate winning the Freedom Cup at the 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs at Jeffreys Bay along with their talisman, Zulu warrior Bonginkosi Ntuli  Photo: Alan van Gysen

KwaZulu-Natal Central claimed the coveted Freedom Cup for the provincial team accumulating the highest points at the 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs which was completed in 3 to 4 foot (one metre) picture perfect offshore waves at the Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay today (Sunday).

The KZNC team also clinched two of the six individual titles at stake and provided eight of the 24 finalists, earning 29 450 points to finish well ahead of hosts Eastern Province (26 612) and third placed Western Province (26 202), last year’s champion team. Boland ended the event in fourth place followed by Border, Southern KZN, Southern Cape, SA Development Academy and Zululand.

Teal Hogg (KZNC) and Kai Woolf (EP) successfully defended their respective U17 and U13 Girls national titles while Michael Monk (Border) clinched the U17 Boys crown, Adin Masencamp (Boland) added the U15 Boys title to his U13 win last year, Sophie Bell (KZNC) took the U15 Girls crown and Max Elkington (WP) is the 2014 SA champion in the U13 Boys division.

The U17 Girls final started with Anoush Zakarian (Bol) posting an excellent score of 8.50 out of 10, leaving her three opponents needing to play catch up. Hogg steadily built her two wave heat total with long rides, eventually overtaking Zakarian with less than 10 minutes remaining and holding onto the lead for back-to-back titles.

“I’m so stoked to be able to defend my title,” said Teal Hogg. “I heard Anoush’s (Zakarian) first score so I thought I would need two good waves to get ahead of her, and then sit on her, which I did. It was kind of hard, as she is a good friend of mine, but I had to use the tactical approach at the end.”

Ntando Msibi from the SA Development Academy team was first out of the blocks in the see-saw U17 Boys final, but defending champion and Jeffreys Bay local Matthew McGillivray (EP) took the lead with a series of massive manoeuvres on his first ride. Monk weighed in with two great waves to overtake McGillivray who attempted a huge, high risk aerial that he did not ride out of and Monk clinched the title to the enthusiastic delight of his Border teammates on the beach.

Sophie Bell (KZNC) dominated the U15 Girls final by catching the best waves and performing better manoeuvres than her peers to finish well ahead of runner-up Anna Jellema-Butler (WP).

The lead changed hands between the final four competitors in the tightly contested U15 Boys with Adin Masencamp narrowly securing the title with just two minutes remaining and less than one point separating first place from fourth.

Kai Woolf (EP) was the standout throughout the U13 Girls division and finished well clear of Gabi Lailvaux (KZNC) who displayed huge improvement to grab second place.

Saxton Randall (KZNC) started the U13 Boys final with a great ride but was hauled in, first by J-Bay local Angelo Faulkner (EP) and then by eventual 2014 champion Max Elkington (WP), who rode to victory on the biggest set waves.

Shane Sykes (KZNC), who was eliminated in a major upset in the U17 Boys semifinals, was the most impressive surfer at the event and was crowned the Surfer of the Contest, winning the All Aboard Travel / Zigzag Mag award of a free air ticket to join a surf trip where he will be featured in a photo editorial article in the magazine.

Sykes also earned the Oakley Highest Heat Score award for the 16.50 out of 20 he posted in Round 4 on Friday.

Sebastian Williams collected the Red Bull Best Air award, Max Elkington took the Island Tribe Best Tube award and the two Mayhem surfboards shaped by the legendary Matt Biolos went to Dylan Hendricks (EP) and Anna Jellema Butler (WP).

The highly prized Skullcandy Team Spirit award justifiably went to KwaZulu-Natal Central whose plans to win the team title and the team spirit award started in January. The whole team stayed together during the event and were motivated by Zulu warrior Bonginkosi Ntuli who collected both the trophies on behalf of the team at the awards ceremony.

The winners of the U17 and U15 titles are automatically included the in Surfing South Africa National Junior Team which will compete in the 2015 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships. Michael Monk (Border), Teal Hogg (KZNC), Adin Masencamp (Boland) and Sophie Bell (KZNC) were presented with their green team blazers at the conclusion of the event

The 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs at Jeffreys Bay were a huge success for the third successive year and the teams from the entire length of the coastline left with indelible memories of competing, meeting and mingling with their peers at the Mecca of South African surfing.

2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs (Lower Point, Jeffreys Bay)
Results

Freedom Cup (Provincial team points)
1. KWA-ZULU NATAL CENTRAL 29 450 points
2. EASTERN PROVINCE 26 612
3. WESTERN PROVINCE 26 202
4. BOLAND 20 781
5. BORDER 20 648
6. SOUTHERN KZN 20 123
7. SOUTHERN CAPE 16 702
8. SA DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY 14 144
9. ZULULAND 11 746

Boys U17
1. Michael Monk (BOR)
2. Matt McGillivray (EP)
3. Ntando Msibi (DEV)
4. Bevan Willis (KZNC)

Girls U17
1. Teal Hogg (KZNC)
2. Anoush Zakarian (BOL)
3. Chanelle Botha (SKZN)
4. Jade Mets (KZNC)

Boys U15
1. Adin Masencamp (BOL)
2. Koby Oberholzer (KZNC)
3. Joshe Faulkner (EP)
4. Sebastian Williams (EP)

Girls U15
1. Sophie Bell (KZNC)
2. Anna Jellema-Butler (WP)
3. Ashleigh Vaughan (EP)
4. Natasha van Greunen (WP)

Boys U13
1. Max Elkington (WP)
2. Angelo Faulkner (EP)
3. Saxton Randall (KZNC)
4. Eli Beukes (WP)

Girls U13
1. Kai Woolf (EP)
2. Gabi Lailvaux (KZNC)
3. Julia Ploughman (WP)
4. Olivia Izzard (KZNC)

Specialty Awards

Skullcandy Team Spirit:
KwaZulu-Natal Central

All Aboard Travel / Zigzag Mag Surfer of the Contest
Shane Sykes (KZNC)

Red Bull Best Air:
Sebastian Williams (EP)

Oakley Highest Heat Score:
Shane Sykes (KZNC)

Island Tribe Best Tube
York Van Jaarsveldt (WP)

Mayhem Surboards shaped by Matt Biolos
Boys: Dylan Hendricks (EP)
Girls: Anna Jellema Butler (WP)

More information on the 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs can be found at:

Facebook:
Hurley South Africa | www.facebook.com/Hurley.ZA
Twitter (Official):
Hurley SA | @HurleyZA | www.twitter.com/HurleyZA
Twitter (Results Only):
SA Junior Champs | @SAJuniorChamps | www.twitter.com/sajuniorchamps
Websites:
Daily posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

As part of Surfing South Africa’s commitment to transformation, the South African Development Academy team participated 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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