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Gilmore claims ASP Women’s World Title : Moore wins yearend event : Buitendag finishes third in Hawaii

November 28th, 2014 No comments
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) celebrates her sixth ASP Women’s World Surfing Title in Hawaii yesterday (Thursday)  Image: ASP / Kirstin

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) celebrates her sixth ASP Women’s World Surfing Title in Hawaii yesterday (Thursday)  Image: ASP / Kirstin

Australian Stephanie Gilmore, 26, claimed her 6th world surfing crown in a dramatic finale to the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP Women’s World Championship Tour in Hawaii yesterday when Carissa Moore (HAW) defeated Tyler Wright (AUS), Gilmore’s closest rival for the title, in the Final of the season-endingTarget Maui Pro presented by Schick Hydro Silk at Honolua Bay.

South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag played her part in title race, defeating Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in their Quarterfinal clash and denying the Australian’s World Title ambitions. Buitendag went on to finish third overall in the season ending event, her second best result of the campaign after her runner-up berth at the season opener in Australia back in March.

Competing in excellent 1.5 metre waves at the fabled Honolua Bay on Maui, Moore snatched her third event victory of the year as she and Wright went blow-for-blow in the Final match. Moore nailed the coffin shut on her final ride with a 9.73 (out of a possible 10) leaving Wright needing a 9.31 for a victory that would have resulted in an historic surf-off with Gilmore for the ASP crown.

“This is definitely one of the best wins I’ve ever had,” said Moore. “To have it here at home in front of my whole family means so much to me. The crowd was amazing, so thanks to everyone for coming, and I’m just so appreciative to Target, Schick Hydro Silk and everyone who made this event happen. This has been an incredible year.”

Gilmore, Wright and Fitzgibbons were the three surfers in contention for the World Title heading into the final event of the year at Honolua Bay, a venue that Gilmore dominated when it was previously on the women’s schedule, posting victories in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Gilmore fell in the Quarterfinals to Californian Courtney Conlogue (USA), leaving to the door open to the remaining contenders. But Fitzgibbons was ousted from the event by Buitendag in the very next heat, dashing her hopes for a maiden world surfing crown and leaving only Wright remaining in the hunt against Gilmore.

Wright, needing to win the event to send the title race to a three-heat surf-off, proceeded to smash her Quarterfinal against Lakey Petersen (USA) and Semifinal against Buitendag to reach the Final, but came up short and had to settle for the runner-up berth for the event and World Title.

“It’s been one of the most exciting title races in the sport’s history,” Gilmore said. “All the girls at the top were really close and it came down to the last event. I fell back a little bit in the ratings through the middle of the season, but I was still getting results and always felt like I was in the race.”

“That was probably the most emotional I’ve ever been watching someone else surf in my life,” Gilmore said of the Final. “I know how focused Tyler (Wright) is and I was completely prepared for a surf-off. However, I also knew how incredibly capable Carissa (Moore) is at virtually every venue. I feel like I had a year’s worth of emotions packed into one heat. I won my first title here at Honolua Bay, but after my loss in the Quarterfinals, I was prepared for anything to happen. I’m really emotional right now.”

Today’s title clinching puts Gilmore one behind the all-time women’s record-holder of Layne Beachley (AUS) with 7 and third behind all-time men’s and women’s record-holder Kelly Slater (USA) with 11.

“The calibre of surfing on tour this season is the highest it has ever been,” Gilmore said. “There are no easy heats. This was the hardest title I’ve ever won. The talent level is only going to increase in future years but I’m so pleased I’ve won and want to thank everyone who has supported me this year – my family, my friends and my sponsors.”

Gilmore’s 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP WCT Results:
Roxy Pro Gold Coast: WINNER
Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: 3rd
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach: 3rd
Rio Women’s Pro: 13th
Fiji Women’s Pro: 2nd
Vans US Open of Surfing: 2nd
Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles: WINNER
Roxy Pro France: 5th
Cascais Women’s Pro: WINNER
Target Maui Pro: 5th

For more information, check out aspworldtour.com

Target Maui Pro Final Results:
1 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 18.23
2 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.03

Target Maui Pro Semifinal Results:
Semifinal 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.67 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11.93
Semifinal 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.76 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 9.74

Target Maui Pro Quarterfinal Results:
Quarterfinal 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.20 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 9.50
Quarterfinal 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.67 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.03
Quarterfinal 3: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 15.97 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.33
Quarterfinal 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.03 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 16.30

2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP Women’s World Tour
Yearend Rankings
1. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 64 200pts
2. Tyler Wright (AUS) 62 200
3. Carissa Moore (HAW) 61 400
4. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 60 700
5. Malia Manuel (HAW) 43 600
6. Lakey Petersen (USA) 42 300
7. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 40 350
8. Johanne Defay (FRA) 38 850
9. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 36 900
10. Laura Enever (AUS) 32 100

The final stop on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour will be the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, featuring the men’s world title race between Gabriel Medina (BRA), Mick Fanning (AUS) and Kelly Slater (USA), from December 8 – 20, 2014.

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Bianca Buitendag top scores in Hawaii while Dylan Lightfoot progresses in China

November 26th, 2014 No comments
Bianca Buitendag (George, ZAF) throws a sheet of spray on her way to posting the highest single ride score (9.80 out of 10) on the opening day of the Target Maui Pro in Hawaii on Tuesday  Image: ASP / Kirstin

Bianca Buitendag (George, ZAF) throws a sheet of spray on her way to posting the highest single ride score (9.80 out of 10) on the opening day of the Target Maui Pro in Hawaii on Tuesday  Image: ASP / Kirstin

South African surfers posted dazzling performances on opposite sides of International Date Line in the past 24 hours with Bianca Buitendag recording the highest score for a single ride on the opening day of the Target Maui Pro in Hawaii while Dylan Lightfoot progressed to Round 4 of the Hainan Classic in China.

After three successive lay-days waiting for waves at the fabled Honolua Bay for the season-ending event on the 2014 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT), Buitendag took to the surf in Heat 6 of Round 1. Starting slowly, the 21 year-old from George in the Southern Cape rapidly built momentum in the excellent 1 to 1.5 metre surf and belted a near-perfect 9.80 out of 10 points for a series of vertical backhand blasts on her final ride.

“I’ve been here for the last 10 days and every time the swell gets bigger than 3 feet there’s so many people out here, so to share that with just two other girls is very enjoyable,” Buitendag said. “This is just the start of a long race. We have two more rounds before the Quarterfinals start so it’s important to get a good start.”

Buitendag, No. 7 on the ASP Women’s WCT rankings coming into the event, won her heat and advanced directly to Round 3 of the event along with Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons and Tyler Wright, the three Australians who are in contention for the 2014 ASP Women’s World Title.

The Target Maui Pro runs until December 6 and can be followed live via www.aspworldtour.com starting at approximately 7.30 (SA Time) on each day of action.

Meanwhile at the same time that Buitendag was shredding the legendary waves of Honolua Bay on Monday afternoon, on the other side of the dateline Lightfoot was demonstrating his ability in tiny waves at Riyue Bay on Hainan Island in China on Tuesday afternoon.

Seeded into Round 2 of the 4 Star rated ASP Qualification Series event, the Jeffreys Bay resident squeaked through his first heat, narrowly avoiding the ignominy of being eliminated by 15 year-old Leilani McGonagle (CRI), the only girl in event. Awarded 4.53 points for his last scoring ride, Lightfoot clinched second place just three-hundredths of a point ahead of McGonagle.

Lightfoot made better use of the miniscule knee to waist high waves on offer in Round 3, employing both his backhand and forehand attack to secure a solid heat win and moving to within one heat of a Quarterfinal berth.

“That was hard work out there,” Lightfoot said. “That’s what it takes to be a professional surfer, you sometimes get to surf perfect waves, but you also have to be on point in small surf. I’m happy that I’m still in the event and I’m hoping we get some fun surf later in the week.”

Lightfoot is the last remaining South African in the event and will take on Miguel Tudela (PER) and Australians Harrison Mann and Kai Hing in the next heat when competition resumes. The top two finishers there will advance to the Quarterfinals, where the event format changes from four man heats to man-on-man competition until a winner is crowned..

SA’s Michael February (Kommetjie) was eliminated in Round 3, placing third in the heat before Lightfoot’s, and finished equal 17th overall with earnings of US $1 250 (approx. R13 750) and 237 rankings points. Both David Brand (Kommetjie) and Casey Grant (Scottburgh) were ousted in Round 2.

The Hainan Classic runs until 28 November and can be followed live at http://hainaninternationalsurfingfestival.com/hainan-classic/live/ starting at approximately 2am (SA Time) daily.

Back in Hawaii, Tuesday also saw the Vans World Cup of Surfing – stage two of the Vans Triple Crown series and the penultimate Prime rated event for 2014 – commence at Sunset Beach on the North Shore of Oahu in stormy 10 to 15 foot (3 to 5 metre) surf.

The 16 heats in Round 1 were completed with Hawaiians dominating the results in the difficult conditions. Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) will be the first South African to compete in the event when he faces defending champion Ezekiel Lau (HAW), Stu Kennedy (AUS) and Chris Ward (USA) in Heat 4 of Round 2.

De Vries famously scored a perfect 10 point ride in the corresponding event at Sunset Beach last year after pulling into and exiting cleanly from what many knowledgeable commentators are calling the biggest tube ride seen in a contest at the venue in nearly 50 years (since the late 1960’s!).

ASP World No. 7 Jordy Smith and fellow ASP WCT campaigner Travis Logie are scheduled to start their campaigns in Round 3. Logie will be competing in the event for the last time after announcing his retirement from professional surfing following next month’s Billabong Pipeline Masters. Logie was crowned the ISA World Champion in 2002 and has spent the last 10 years competing at the highest levels of the sport.

The Vans World Cup of Surfing has a waiting period that runs until 6 December and can followed live at www.aspworldtour.com starting at approximately 7.30pm (SA Time) on each day of action.

Target Maui Pro Round 1 Results (1st Advances to Round 3, 2nd and 3rd to Round 2):
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.67, Johanne Defay (FRA) 12.43, Pauline Ado (FRA) 7.26
Heat 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 17.17, Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.84, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 10.57
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.34, Coco Ho (HAW) 5.67, Paige Alms (HAW) 4.17
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.50, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 12.10, Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 10.44
Heat 5: Tyler Wright (AUS) 18.90, Laura Enever (AUS) 15.33, Paige Hareb (NZL) 11.96
Heat 6: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 18.47, Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.03, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 11.36

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Tanika Hoffman clinches Silver medal as SA Surf Team places fourth at ISA China Cup

November 24th, 2014 No comments
Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay) on the podium after clinching the Silver medal for the Women’s division at the ISA China Cup on Monday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales  

Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay) on the podium after clinching the Silver medal for the Women’s division at the ISA China Cup on Monday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Tanika Hoffman clinched a memorable Silver medal for placing second in the Women’s division as the South African Surfing team finished fourth in the ISA China Cup at Riyue Bay in Wanning, on Hainan Island in the South China Sea earlier today.

The invitational event, which featured the top seven ISA surfing nations plus a team from hosts China for the first time, ended in small thigh to waist high waves and rainy conditions on Monday.

Hoffman, one of the country’s most experienced female surfing competitors, earned a well deserved first medal in her sixth appearance in national team colours. She marched undefeated directly from Round 1 into the Grand Final in China and led the decider for the first 20 minutes, but struggled to find a high-scoring backup wave and slipped to second place behind Milushka Tello (Peru) in the dying moments of the encounter.

In the Men’s division, Michael February was the best SA performer. The Kommetjie resident reached Round 3 of the Qualifying stream before being relegated to the Repercharge rounds. There he survived one further round before being ousted in 7th position overall.

Faye Zoetmulder was the next best South African, placing equal 9th in the Women’s division. Casey Grant finished his campaign in equal 15th place, Dylan Lightfoot was equal 17th and David Brand ended equal 21st.

With strong performances on both the Men and Women’s side, Peru won the Team Gold medal and the ISA China Cup Team Trophy. Australia placed a close second, earning the Silver medal, Brazil won the Bronze medal and South Africa took the Copper medal.

All the results, along with images and videos from the China Cup can be found at http://hainaninternationalsurfingfestival.com/china-cup Additional information and images can be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and https://www.facebook.com/surfing.sa

ISA China Cup Team Results:

ISA China Cup – Team Rankings
1- Peru- 13,378 – Gold medal + ISA China Cup Team Trophy.
2- Australia- 13,232 – Silver medal
3- Brazil- 9,766 – Bronze medal
4- South Africa- 9,760 – Copper Medal
5- Argentina- 9,27
6- Costa Rica- 8,910
7- Panama 7,640
8- China 7,140

ISA China Cup – Women’s Results
1- Miluska Tello (PER) – Gold medal
2- Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay, RSA) – Silver Medal
3- Jessica Grimwood (AUS) – Bronze medal
4- Leilani McGonagle (CRI) – Copper medal

9- Faye Zoetmulder (Seal Point, RSA)

ISA China Cup – Men’s Results
1- Nicholas Squiers (AUS) – Gold medal
2- Juninho Urcia (PER) – Silver medal
3- Miguel Tudela (PER) – Bronze medal
4- Mariano Arreyes (ARG) – Copper medal

7- Michael February (Kommetjie, RSA)
15- Casey Grant (Scottburgh, RSA)
17- Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay, RSA)
21- David Brand – Kommetjie, RSA)

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognized by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee as the governing body for surf riding in South Africa. SSA is made up of surfers, longboarders, bodyboarders and Stand Up Paddlers and is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA), the World governing body for surf riding.

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Michael February and Tanika Hoffman fly SA flag in ISA China Cup

November 23rd, 2014 No comments
Michael February (Kommetjie) in action during the ISA China Cup where he progressed to Round 3 yesterday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Michael February (Kommetjie) in action during the ISA China Cup where he progressed to Round 3 yesterday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Wanning, Hainan Island, China, November 23, 2014 –Michael February and Tanika Hoffman flew the flag for the South African surfing team when both advanced through two rounds of competition on the opening day of the ISA China Cup taking place in Wanning, on Hainan Island in the South China Sea.

The event features eight invited national teams with Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru and South Africa joined by a team from China, who are participating in an ISA surfing event for the first time.

Competing is well shaped one metre waves that became smaller as the day wore on, all six South Africans team members finished first or second in their respective opening heats to progress to Round 2 of the Qualifying stream in the double elimination format used at ISA events.

As the swell faded David Brand (Kommetjie), Casey Grant (Scottburgh) and Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) in the Men’s division and Faye Zoetmulder (Seal Point) in the Women struggled to find waves that offered scoring potential and were relegated to the taxing Repercharge rounds when they placed outside of the top the two positions in their Round 2 heats.

February posted a convincing heat victory in Round 1 before holding onto second place in Round 2. The 21 year-old from Kommetjie, who was SA’s top male performer at the ISA World Surfing Games in Peru last month, will face three Peruvians in his Round 3 encounter when the contest resumes on Monday.

Hoffman, who like February was the top SA performer in her division in Peru, also won her first match-up and placed second in Round 2 in China. The Hout Bay based 22 year-old comes up against surfers from Australia, Costa Rica and Peru in Round 3, with the top two progressing directly to the Grand Final and guaranteed a gold, silver, bronze or copper medal.

South Africa, Australia, Peru, Brazil, and Costa Rica still have all of their athletes in contention and are in the hunt for the Team Gold Medal and the 2014 ISA China Cup. Argentina is sitting in 6th place in the provisional standings while Panama is in 7th and unfortunately for the local Chinese team, despite a solid effort, they have lost all of their athletes and will finish in 8th place.

Official Forecaster, Surfline, has predicted that Monday will feature small to fun-size ENE wind-swell with slight reinforcements early, then easing throughout the day. Inconsistent surf, mainly knee to waist high with occasional stomach high sets around favorable tides. NE winds are light to moderate (5-13kt) in the morning, trending ENE through the afternoon.

All the action at the Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival can be found at http://hainaninternationalsurfingfestival.com/china-cup Live coverage starts at 1.40am (SA time) with The Morning Show hosted by Mike Latronic, who will be joined by Team China..

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SA finish 6th as hosts Peru clinch team title at ISA Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games

November 2nd, 2014 No comments
South Africa won the Bronze medal for finishing third in the ISA Aloha Cup tag team relay event on the final day of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Peru. On the podium with their medals (LtR) Etienne Venter (Coach), Faye Zoetmulder, Michael February (Capt), David Brand and Casey Grant  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

South Africa won the Bronze medal for finishing third in the ISA Aloha Cup tag team relay event on the final day of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Peru. On the podium with their medals (LtR) Etienne Venter (Coach), Faye Zoetmulder, Michael February (Capt), David Brand and Casey Grant  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

The South African Surfing team ended in sixth place out of the 22 nations at the historic Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games at Punta Rocas in Peru on Saturday as the hosts clinched the coveted ISA World Team Champions title in their home waters.

South Africa did bag one medal at the event, the bronze for third place in the ISA Aloha Cup tag team relay event, and also ensured that the country stayed amongst the top seven nations who are invited to compete in the annual ISA China Cup, a National Team competition in on Hainan Island in China, and to contest the ISA Aloha Cup at the next World Surfing Games.

Michael February, Casey Grant, David Brand and Faye Zoetmulder, the quartet who represented SA in the Aloha Cup on the final day, secured a berth in the Final when they claimed the runner-up spot behind Argentina in the semifinals on Friday.

But the SA squad was relegated to third place behind gold medalists Peru and runners-up Argentina from start to finish of the 60 minute final on Saturday, with Australia awarded the Copper medal for fourth place even though they did not field a team in the final.

The 2014 ISA Women’s title went to an ecstatic Anali Gomez who posted a heat total of 12.86 to win the Gold medal. Ecuador’s Dominic Barona (12.53) took the Silver medal followed by Australians Philippa Anderson (12.50) with the Bronze and Jessica Grimwood (11.63) with the Copper.

Leandro Usuna (ARG) dominated the Men’s Final, earning impressive scores of 8.90 and 9.63 out of 10, the highest of the heat, for a total heat of 18.53 and a deserved Gold medal. Costa Rica’s Anthony Fillingim (13.57) clinched the Silver medal ahead of Australians Shane Holmes (12.84) and Nicholas Squires (12.70) who took home the Bronze and Copper medals respectively.

Peru overtook Australia in the standings in the last heat of the event to record the narrowest winning margin in the history of the team event. The host nation finished just 62 points ahead when Anali Gomez won the Women’s title and none of the four Australians in the two Finals could finish higher than third place.

Argentina grabbed a historic third place overall largely as a result of Usuna’s victory in the Men’s division while Costa Rica finished a fairytale fourth when Fillingim’s runner-up spot earned a massive 3 440 points towards their team total.

Ecuador just held onto 5th spot, 62 points in front of South Africa, thanks to Dominic Barona’s runner-up spot in the Women’s division where the Ecuadorian finished just three / one hundredths (0.03) better off than Australia’s Philippa Anderson.

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

The 2014 South African Surfing Team competed 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.

Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games (Punta Rocas, Peru)

National Team Results:
1. Peru- 11,402 points, Gold medal + Fernando Aguerre World Team Champion Trophy + IOC President’s Trophy
2. Australia- 11,340 points, Silver Medal
3. Argentina- 10,922 points, Bronze Medal
4. Costa Rica- 9,508 points, Copper Medal
5. Ecuador- 8,330 points
6. South Africa- 8,268 points
7. Chile- 7,830 points
8. Puerto Rico- 6,720 points
9. Japan- 6,540 points
10. Panama- 6,400 points
11. New Zealand- 6,352 points
12. Mexico- 6,340 points
13. Uruguay- 5,760 points
14. Colombia- 5,540 points
15. Switzerland- 4,560 points
16. Scotland- 3,952 points
17. Tahiti- 3,756 points
18. Russia- 3,456 points
19. Venezuela- 2,520 points
20. Israel- 2,280 points
21. Turkey- 1,152 points
22. Dubai- 720 points

Open Men
1. Leandro Usuna (ARG), Gold Medal
2. Anthony Fillingim (CRI), Silver Medal
3. Shane Holmes (AUS), Bronze Medal
4. Nicholas Squires (AUS), Copper Medal

=9th. Michael February (Kommetjie, RSA)
=13th. Casey Grant (Scottburgh, RSA)
=16th. David Brand (Kommetjie, RSA)
=49th. David van Zyl (Glenashley, RSA)

Open Women

1. Anali Gomez (PER), Gold Medal
2. Dominic Barona (ECU), Silver Medal
3. Philippa Anderson (AUS), Bronze Medal
4. Jessica Grimwood (AUS), Copper Medal

8th. Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay, RSA)
=17th. Faye Zoetmulder (Port Elizabeth, RSA)

ISA Aloha Cup
1. Peru, Gold Medal
2. Argentina, Silver Medal
3. South Africa, Bronze Medal
4. Australia, Copper Medal

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SA guaranteed an Aloha Cup medal on final day of ISA World Surfing Games in Peru

November 1st, 2014 No comments
South Africa has qualified for the final of the Aloha Cup tag team relay event on the final day of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games. (LtR) Casey Grant, Etienne Venter (Coach), David Brand, Michael February (Capt), Johnny Bakker (Manager) and Faye Zoetmulder. Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

South Africa has qualified for the final of the Aloha Cup tag team relay event on the final day of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games. (LtR) Casey Grant, Etienne Venter (Coach), David Brand, Michael February (Capt), Johnny Bakker (Manager) and Faye Zoetmulder. Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

The South African Surfing team will be competing for a gold, silver, bronze or copper medal in the Aloha Cup event on the final day of competition at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Peru today (Saturday).

Despite being knocked out of contention for individual and team medals earlier on Friday, the SA squad demonstrated teamwork, commitment and skill to qualify for the final of the tag-team relay competition where they will be up against Peru, Argentina and Australia.

Team captain Michael February, Casey Grant, David Brand and Faye Zoetmulder represented SA in the Aloha Cup and accumulated a respectable 38.24 points during the allotted period to finish runners-up to Argentina and ahead of Costa Rica and Ecuador.

February surfed last and saved a five point penalty that would have dropped SA down to fourth spot by getting back to the team ‘box’ on the beach just before the siren sounded to end the heat. The second semi saw hosts Peru finish ahead of Australia, Chile and Mexico.

Earlier in the day February’s run in the Men’s division came to an end in Repercharge Round 8 where he placed third and was eliminated in equal 9th place overall and contributing 2 000 points towards the team total.

Tanika Hoffman’s excellent campaign in Peru saw her open her account with an excellent 8.17 for a long ride on an overhead wave in Women’s Repercharge Round 4. The Capetonian backed that up with a 5.17 and advanced to Round 5, but struggled to find waves with scoring potential in the next heat and bowed out in fourth spot.

Hoffman placed 8th overall in the Women’s division and added a haul of 1 056 points to SA’s team total.

Australia has moved to the top of the provisional team rankings going into today’s final day of competition. Host nation Peru is in second place with Argentina and Costa Rica currently filling the last two team medal positions.

South Africa, currently in sixth place and with no competitors still incontention, could still end up fifth out of the 22 nations at the event if Ecuador’s Dominic Barona finishes lower than second in the Women’s division final.

Today’s action in Peru gets underway at 4pm SA time.

Day 7 Schedule: (South Africans in brackets)

ISA Aloha Cup Final (South Africa)
Women’s Repercharge Final
Men’s Repercharge Final
ISA 50th Anniversary President’s Board Meeting
Women’s Grand Final
Men’s Grand Final

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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