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Jeffreys Bay provides clean contestable conditions for Day 1 of Hurley SA Junior Champs

October 8th, 2014 No comments
Jordy Maree (WP) in action at Jeffreys Bay on the opening day of the 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs  Photo: Alan van Gysen

Jordy Maree (WP) in action at Jeffreys Bay on the opening day of the 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs  Photo: Alan van Gysen

The Lower Point at Jeffreys Bay provided clean contestable conditions for the opening day of the 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs where the country’s top young surfers will be competing for sought after national team and individual titles.

The premier junior event on the South African surfing calendar runs from 8 to 12 October at the Mecca of South African surfing and will crown champions in age divisions including Under 13, U15 and U17 for Boys and Girls. The provincial team accumulating the highest points total clinches the coveted Freedom Cup.

The small waves favoured the light-footed competitors and with hordes of surfers and their supporters lining the rocky point and overlooking dunes, J-Bay local and Eastern Province top seed Matt McGillivray gave his teammates plenty of reason to cheer as he started the defence of his U17 Boys title by winning the first heat of the event.

McGillivray and heat runner-up Bevan Willis (KwaZulu-Natal Central) advanced directly to Round 3 of the division while third and fourth placed Rigter Markgraaff (Boland) and Brandon Lange (Southern KZN) will compete again in cutthroat 15 minute Round 2 heats tomorrow.

Eking every ounce of energy out of the waves, the provincial top seeds held sway in most heats with Donovan Wichmann from defending Freedom Cup holders Western Province, Shane Sykes (KZNC), Michael Monk (Border) and Matthew Sills (SKZN) all winning their respective match-ups.

The U15 Boys heats followed a similar pattern with Sebastian Williams from hosts Eastern Province, Jake Elkington (WP), Adin Masencamp (Boland), Koby Oberholzer (KZNC) and Luke Malherbe (Border) all finishing on top in their clashes.

Defending U15 Boys champ Ethan Fletcher (WP) posted some of the highest scores of the day while Paul Sampson from the SA Development Academy caused the biggest upset by racking up a comprehensive heat win and booking a berth in Round 3.

The enthusiasm on the beach was electric as the various teams loudly supported their teammates in the surf. KwaZulu-Natal Central have included Zulu warrior Bonginkosi Ntuli in their team and his energetic performances in full regalia on the beach every time a KZNC surfer was competing will certainly contribute towards the team’s chances of capturing the coveted Skullcandy Team Spirit Award.

In addition to the prestige of securing a 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.

The Hurley SA Junior Champs can be followed via:

Hurley South Africa |
Twitter (Official):
Hurley SA | @HurleyZA |
Twitter (Results Only):
SA Junior Champs | @SAJuniorChamps |
Daily results will be posted on

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 3rd as John John Florence wins Quiksilver Pro France + ASP Africa News

October 6th, 2014 No comments
Jordy Smith (Durban) in action during the Quiksilver Pro France where he finished third overall  Image: ASP / Poullenot

Jordy Smith (Durban) in action during the Quiksilver Pro France where he finished third overall  Image: ASP / Poullenot

HOSSEGOR/SEIGNOSSE, Southwest Coast/France (Sunday, October 5, 2014) – South Africa’s Jordy Smith clinched third place in the Quiksilver Pro France, Stop No. 9 of 11 on the ASP World Championship (WCT), to move up to 9th on the rankings with two events still to be run before the 2014 World Surfing Champion is crowned.

The event was won by Hawaiian prodigy John John Florence who dominated the final rounds of competition held in heaving two to three metre hollow waves, defeating Jadson Andre (BRA) in the Final.

Smith was on fire from the outset, winning his opening encounter in smaller 1.5 metre waves last week to advance directly to Round 3 where he defeated Julian Wilson (AUS). Victory over Taj Burrow (AUS) and Andre in Round 4 saw Smith progress to the Quarterfinals. There he defeated current ASP World No. 2 Kelly Slater (USA) before being eliminated by Andre in their Semifinal duel.

“Felt like I had a good heat against Kelly (Slater), then I couldn’t buy a wave in my Semifinal,” Smith said. “Congrats to Jadson (Andre) though. He’s been surfing well all event and he’s hungry for a result. I’m looking forward to the next one.”

Following the elimination of current ASP WCT rankings leader Gabriel Medina (BRA) in the Quarterfinals, Smith’s clash with Slater held huge title implications and the 11-time ASP World Champion’s loss means that the 20 year-old Brazilian can now clinch the 2014 ASP World Title by winning the next event in Portugal.

Florence has been on a roll in recent events, collecting a 3rd in Tahiti and a Runner-Up finish to Smith in Trestles before his win in the South of France. Florence has moved from 8th to 5th on the ASP WCT rankings and has vaulted himself into contention for the 2014 world surfing crown.

“I’m really pumped with my results lately,” Florence said. “I had a few weird things happen for me at the start of the year and I’ve made some adjustments recently. I’ve spoken to a lot of guys about the title and they all say that the title campaign actually starts the year before. I’m hoping for a few more good results this season to really make a run for it in 2015. I guess today’s win puts me in contention for this year, but Gabriel (Medina) is so far ahead that some weird stuff would have to happen.”

South Africa’s Travis Logie placed 13th in France after beating Nat Young (USA) in Round 2 before narrowly losing to Slater in Round 3. Logie retains his 31st spot on the rankings and will have to be at his very best in the last two events of the season to move into the top 22 who automatically re-qualify for the elite WCT in 2015.

Highlights from the Quiksilver Pro France are available at

Quiksilver Pro France Final Results:
1 – John John Florence (HAW) 16.00
2 – Jadson Andre (BRA) 4.57

Quiksilver Pro France Semifinal Results:
SF 1: John John Florence (HAW) 15.50 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 8.60
SF 2: Jadson Andre (BRA) 16.67 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 8.84

Quiksilver Pro France Remaining Quarterfinal Results:
QF 3: Jadson Andre (BRA) 10.50 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 8.26
QF 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.50 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 10.50

ASP WCT Rankings (Top 5 after Quiksilver Pro France):
1. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 56,550 pts
2. Kelly Slater (USA) 50,050 pts
3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 43,600 pts
4. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 43,100 pts
5. John John Florence (HAW) 41,950 pts

9. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 35,400 pts
31. Travis Logie (ZAF) 10,500 pts

The next event on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour is the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal from October 12 – 23, 2014.

Bianca Buitendag 13th as Stephanie Gilmore claims Cascais Women’s Pro

Bianca Buitendag lost her opening two heats at the Cascais Women’s Pro in Portugal last week to finish equal 13th at Stop No. 9 of 10 on the Samsung Galaxy Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT). The 20 year-old from George in the Southern Cape dropped from No. 6 to No. 7 on the 2014 WCT rankings going into the final event of the year in Hawaii at the end of November.

Stephanie Gilmore secured her third victory of the year at the Cascais Women’s Pro by defeating fellow Australian Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in a hard fought Final. The pair did battle in one metre waves with Gilmore posting the day’s only nine-point ride to secure the win and claim the rankings leader’s yellow vest, making the 26 year-old the front runner for what would be her sixth ASP Women’s World Title.

“I can’t believe I won this event,” said Gilmore. “I was struggling in these waves but I managed to find two pretty decent scoring rides. Sally (Fitzgibbons) was super tough to beat and that was a really hard one, it’s so crazy, I’m so happy I won!”

Highlights from the Cascais Women’s Pro are available at

Cascais Women’s Pro Final Results:
1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.36
2 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.44

Cascais Women’s Pro Semifinal Results:
Semifinal 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 17.04 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.47
Semifinal 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.60 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.50

Cascais Women’s Pro Quarterfinal Results:
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 11.66 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.10
Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.87 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.30
Heat 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.23 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 7.83
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.67 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 13.50

ASP Women’s WCT Top 5 (after Cascais Women’s Pro):
1. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 64,200 pts
2. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 60,700 pts
3. Tyler Wright (AUS) 59,400 pts
4. Carissa Moore (HAW) 56,600 pts
5. Malia Manuel (HAW) 43,600 pts

7. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 35,600 pts

The next and final stop on the Samsung Galaxy ASP Women’s World Championship Tour is the Target Maui Pro from November 22 – December 6, 2014.


Shane Sykes and Emma Smith dominate Billabong Junior Series event at Cape St Francis

Shane Sykes (Salt Rock) and Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay) dominated the ASP sanctioned Pro Junior Men’s and Women’s divisions at the third and final event in the Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS at Seal Point in Cape St Francis on Sunday.

The Pro Junior Men’s Final was an action-packed affair with the 4 surfers going for broke in the highly contestable high-tide conditions. Adin Masencamp, showing some fatigue after winning the U16 final, placed fourth, while Josh Smit failed to find the connecting waves and finished third.

Dylan Lightfoot’s fast and dynamic surfing was not able to enough to beat an on-form Shane Sykes, who totally dominated the final and earned the highest heat score of the event in the process.

“I’m stoked with the way that final went,” said Sykes. “The waves were so much fun out there and with the onshore it reminded me a lot of where I surf in Ballito. I was feeling confident and have had a pretty good run lately, with a good board, so it was a great event or me.”

Sykes went on to claim the 2014 Pro Junior Series title as well as the Nixon WTA Award for his massive 18.5 point total in the Final, the highest of the event, and the DaKine Youthful Movement Award for an innovative fins-free move.

The Pro Junior Women’s final was closely fought with Jeffreys Bay sisters, Emma and Gina Smith, placing first and second respectively followed by Teal Hogg and Crystal Hulett in third and fourth.

Emma Smith clinched the Pro Junior Women’s Series title and was awarded the BOS Surfer Of The Series Award for the most consistent surfer across all age divisions by winning all three Pro Junior Women’s events during the year.

Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS (Event No. 3 – Seal Point)

Pro Junior Women’s Final
1. Emma Smith
2. Gina Smith
3. Teal Hogg
4. Crystal Hulett

Pro Junior Men’s Final
1. Shane Sykes
2. Dylan Lightfoot
3. Josh Smit
4. Adin Masencamp

Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS – Series Results

Pro Junior Women
1. Emma Smith
2. Gina Smith
3. Chanelle Botha

Pro Junior Men
1. Shane Sykes
2. Dylan Lightfoot
3. Diran Zakarian


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