Beyrick de Vries, pictured here during the US Open of Surfing,shows the form that has seen him climb to No. 35 on the WSL QS rankings Image: WSL / Morris
Big Waves Expected for Final Two Days of Billabong Pro Tahiti
Beyrick de Vries earned his second best rankings points haul for 2015 at the Vans Pro on the East coast of the America while Slade Prestwich was the top South African performer at the Sooruz Lacanau Pro on the South West coast of France when the two World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) events ended on opposite sides of the North Atlantic Ocean on Sunday.
De Vries advanced through four rounds of competition and into the Final of the QS 3000 rated Vans Pro held at Virginia Beach in tiny half metre waves. The 22-year-old from Umhlanga finished third overall to earn US $4 750 (approx. R61 000) and 1 680 points, lifting him eight places to No. 35 on the latest WSL QS rankings.
“Happy but hungry for a win this year,” said de Vries on his Facebook page. “Thanks to all the epic people for the support! It’s insane to see how many people get behind you whilst at one of these events. Thanks for the good energy and vibes.”
Michael February was the only other South African at Virginia Beach and the Kommetjie resident was ousted in his opening encounter. MFeb placed equal 33rd and pocketed R10 000 and 360 points that saw him drop 10 places to 75th on the rankings. He is now right on the cusp of qualifying for the remaining highly rated QS events on the 2015 calendar.
The event was won by 18-year-old Californian prodigy Kanoa Igarashi who collected the 3 000 points and moved into the No. 3 spot on the QS rankings.
Meanwhile in France, Prestwich battled his way through small surf and two lay days to advance from the Round of 96 to the last 16 in the QS 3000 rated event before being eliminated in equal 13th place on the final day when the surf increased to 1.5 metres.
His haul of nearly R20 000 and 840 points moved the 20-year-old from Scottburgh up 35 places to No. 152.
Rookie pro Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) impressed in the opening rounds, winning his first two heats and posting the highest heat scores on Day 1. He was ousted in Round 3, one round before the prize-money started, but collected a useful 210 points to add to his 2015 ranking.
Dale Staples (St Francis Bay) and recently crowned SA Open Champion, David van Zyl (Glenashley), were both sidelined in their opening encounters, finishing equal 33rd and equal 49th respectively. Dylan Lightfoot placed second in his first heat to progress to the Round of 32 but placed 4th there to finish equal 25th overall, taking home R13 000 and 555 points.
Frenchmen dominated the Lacanau event, filling six of the eight quarterfinal spots, with Reunion Islander Maxime Huscenot claiming his first QS event victory and moving into the top 10 on the rankings.
The next events on the schedule are the QS 1500 rated Anglet Pro which runs from 25 – 30 August at Chambre d’Amour in France and the WRV Outer Banks Pro, a QS 1000 event at Nag’s Head, North Carolina from 26 – 30 August.
The 16 surfers still in contention for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, the seventh stop on the Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour (CT), are bracing themselves for double overhead surf as a powerful new swell is expected to arrive today at the dangerous break of Teahupo’o, renowned for its incredibly hollow waves.
Four man-on-man heats featuring the likes of former event winners Adrian Buchan (AUS), Kelly Slater and fellow Floridian CJ Hobgood remain in Round 3 before the three-man non-elimination Round 4 heats commence.
The holding period for the Billabong Pro Tahiti ends on Tuesday and all the action can be followed live at www.worldsurfleague.com starting at 8.3opm (SA Time).
Vans Pro Final Results:
1. Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 15.44, $16,000
2. Noah Schweizer (USA) 13.43, $10,00
3. Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 11.24, $4,750
4. Oney Anwar (IDN) 8.80, $4,250
Vans Pro Semifinal Results:
Heat 1: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 13.43, Oney Anwar (IDN) 12.24, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.10, Dylan Graves (PRI) 6.84
Heat 2: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 12.44, Noah Schweizer (USA) 12.16, Jesse Mendes (BRA) 10.64, Evan Geiselman (USA) 9.57
SOÖRUZ LACANAU PRO FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 15.60
2 – Nomme Mignot (FRA) 13.60
SOÖRUZ LACANAU PRO SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Nomme Mignot (FRA) 16.33 def. Joan Duru (FRA) 14.50
SF 2: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 15.00 def. Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 14.37
SOÖRUZ LACANAU PRO QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Joan Duru (FRA) 17.60 def. Adrien Toyon (FRA) 11.00
QF 2: Nomme Mignot (FRA) 17.10 def. Jorgann Couzinet (REU) 13.34
QF 3: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 17.04 def. Lucas Silveira (BRA) 16.03
QF 4: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 15.77 def. Marc Lacomare (FRA) 11.26
SOÖRUZ LACANAU PRO ROUND OF 16 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Adrien Toyon (FRA) 12.37, Jorgann Couzinet (REU) 11.37, Deivid Silva (BRA) 10.57, Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 8.83
Heat 2: Nomme Mignot (FRA) 17.60, Joan Duru (FRA) 15.85, Charly Martin (GLP) 11.57, Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 8.13
Heat 3: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 14.60, Marc Lacomare (FRA) 13.56, Bino Lopes (BRA) 10.66, Pedro Henrique (PRT) 9.93
Heat 4: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 12.13, Lucas Silveira (BRA) 12.13, Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 11.70, Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 8.33
SOÖRUZ LACANAU PRO ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Jorgann Couzinet (REU) 15.56, Charly Martin (GLP) 11.83, Steven Pierson (PYF) 11.63, Vicente Romero (ESP) 9.17
Heat 2: Deivid Silva (BRA) 14.60, Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 13.57, Mitch Crews (AUS) 11.13, Mateia Hiquily (PYF) 6.60
Heat 3: Nomme Mignot (FRA) 11.60, Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 10.10, Tommy Boucaut (FRA) 9.53, Thiago Camarao (BRA) 6.47
Heat 4: Joan Duru (FRA) 17.70, Adrien Toyon (FRA) 10.90, Jean Da Silva (BRA) 9.90, Victor Bernardo (BRA) 8.02
Heat 5: Pedro Henrique (PRT) 10.64, Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 10.63, Mihimana Braye (PYF) 9.00, Timothee Bisso (GLP) 7.27
Heat 6: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 14.34, Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 10.83, Jose Ferreira (PRT) 7.26, Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 4.50
Heat 7: Lucas Silveira (BRA) 14.17, Bino Lopes (BRA) 8.90, Miguel Tudela (PER) 7.40, Dean Bowen (AUS) 3.57
Heat 8: Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 14.24, Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 9.10, Medi Veminardi (REU) 8.83, Mitchell James (AUS) 8.40
WSL QS Rankings
1 Muniz,Alejo BRA 22350
2 Ribeiro,Alex BRA 17850
3 Igarashi,Kanoa USA 16540
4 Toledo,Filipe BRA 16500
5 Flores,Jeremy FRA 16400
6 Ibelli,Caio BRA 15950
7 Callinan,Ryan AUS 15250
8 Duru,Joan FRA 14980
9 Huscenot,Maxime FRA 14650
10 Andino,Kolohe USA 14560
35 De Vries,Beyrick ZAF 7790
75 February,Michael ZAF 4407
101 Staples,Dale ZAF 3015
133 Lightfoot,Dylan ZAF 2072
142 Van Zyl,David ZAF 1820
152 Prestwich,Slade ZAF 1640
280 Smith,Jordy ZAF 550
332 McGillivray,Matthew ZAF 410
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