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Perfect Waves at Jeffreys Bay for Opening Day of Billabong SA Junior Champs

September 30th, 2015 No comments
Adin Masencamp (Cape Winelands) carves a powerful turn off the lip of a Jeffreys Bay wave on the opening day of the Billabong SA Junior Champs Photo: (c) Alan van Gysen

Adin Masencamp (Cape Winelands) carves a powerful turn off the lip of a Jeffreys Bay wave on the opening day of the Billabong SA Junior Champs Photo: (c) Alan van Gysen

SA’s Top Juniors Blow Up on Reeling Liquid Runways

South Africa’s top young surfers demonstrated that the future of competitive surfing is in good hands by producing stellar performances in the perfect waves at the Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay on the opening day of the Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS.

The Under 17 boy’s division got the country’s premier junior event underway in clean offshore conditions. Straight up Bevan Willis, the top seed in the eThekweni district team, laid down a marker with powerful manoeuvres that saw him win his heat and advance directly to Round 3 along with runner-up David Burrows (Cape Winelands).

Liam de Villiers (Uthungulu) and Luke Malherbe (Buffalo City) delivered standout performances before Adin Masencamp (Cape Winelands), last year’s U15 champ, made it clear that he is going to be a strong contender for the U17 title this year.

Jody Maree, Jake Elkington and Ethan Fletcher clinched three successive Round 1 heat wins for the Cape Town team, with Maree’s trademark vertical backhand attack earning the highest heat total of the day, 17.83 out of 20, and the early lead in the race for the BOS Highest Heat Score award.

“It went well but I could have done better waves selection wise,” said Maree modestly after his devastating showing. “I think I got two 8’s and a 9 so it was a good heat for me.”

The U15 boy’s division was next up and occasional rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of the excited youngsters. Calvin Goor, Saxton Randall, Jaime Irvine and Karl Steen (all from eThekweni) were all over the pristine waves, winning their heats convincingly.

Jeffreys Bay local Angelo Faulkner and Sebastian Williams, both members of the host Nelson Mandela Bay district team, showed their command of the Lower Point break while Max Elkington (Cape Town), competing in the final heat of the division, was arguably the outstanding U15 performer of the opening day.

The U17 girls then took to the waves that continued to peel down the rocky point. Chrystal Hulett’s carving manoeuvres earned high points from the judges and she and her Nelson Mandela Bay teammate Kia Fenton both posted heat wins. Taghiti Gericke (Eden) enhanced her growing reputation with another strong showing and Pippa Jones (Cape Town) and Natasha van Greunen (Cape Winelands) were the other round 1 heat winners.

The Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS runs until Sunday when the winners in the U17, U15 and U13 boy’s and girl’s divisions will be crowned the 2015 SA Junior Champions. The district team accumulating the highest point tally across all divisions will be awarded the highly prized Freedom Cup and the winners of the U17 and U15 divisions will be awarded national team blazers.

The event also offers specialty awards totalling more than R20 000 for both surfers and their teams. These include the Billabong / Bad Billy’s Tag Team Paddle Battle, BOS Highest Heat Score, VonZipper Airshow, DaKine Most Progressive Manoeuvre, Skull Candy Stay Loud Team Spirit and the Zigzag Blowing Up awards.

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.

All the action from the Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS can be followed via:

Hashtag: #SAJuniorChamps

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Contest format and results will be posted daily on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

The Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS is proudly supported by DaKine, VonZipper, Skull Candy, Neff and Zigzag Surfing Magazine.

Surfing South Africa is the recognised governing body for surfing in South Africa. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA)

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Billabong SA Junior Champs Start in the Fabled Waves of Jeffreys Bay on Wednesday

September 29th, 2015 No comments
Sophie Bell (eThekweni) will be defending her Under 15 girl’s title at the Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS at Jeffreys Bay  Photo: Ian Thurtell

Sophie Bell (eThekweni) will be defending her Under 15 girl’s title at the Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS at Jeffreys Bay  Photo: Ian Thurtell

Individual South African Titles and the Freedom Cup at Stake

The Billabong SA Junior Champs, the country’s most prestigious surfing event for competitors aged 17-and-under, gets underway in the fabled high performance waves of the Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay on Wednesday and runs until Sunday 4 October.

The five-day tournament features the top young surfers from every corner of the coastline who have qualified for the SA Champs via gruelling trials conducted by their respective district associations.

At stake are individual titles for Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17 boys and girls, along with national team blazers for the winners of the U15 and U17 events and the coveted Freedom Cup, which goes to the district whose team members accumulate the highest points tally across all age divisions.

“We’re really proud to be the sponsors of the Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS,” said Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager Chad D’Arcy. “This is the premier junior event on the Surfing South Africa calendar and to host it in our home town of Jeffreys Bay makes it even more special. Good luck to the country’s best young surfers in their quest for national titles.”

The event also offers number of lucrative specialty awards totalling more than R20 000 for both surfers and their teams. These include the Billabong / Bad Billy’s Tag Team Paddle Battle, BOS Highest Heat Score, VonZipper Airshow, DaKine Most Progressive Manoeuvre, Skull Candy Stay Loud Team Spirit and the Zigzag Blowing Up awards.

The star laden team from eThekweni will be determined to retain the Freedom Cup while Nelson Mandela Bay, last year’s runners-up, will be hoping that local wave knowledge will tip the balance of power their way. The team from Cape Town, who have held the cup on numerous occasions in recent years, will present a strong challenge again and Cape Winelands, Buffalo City, Ugu, Eden, uThungulu and the team from the SA Development Academy will be going all out to improve on their final placing in the team standings.

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

Sophie Bell (eThekweni) will be defending her U15 girl’s title while the other five divisions will crown new South African champions. Adin Masencamp (Cape Winelands), last year’s U15 boys champ, has moved up to the U17 age category while Max Elkington (Cape Town), the U13 boys champ in 2014, is now in the U15 division.

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.

All the action from the Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS can be followed via:

Hashtag: #SAJuniorChamps

Facebook:
Billabong South Africa
www.facebook.com/Billabong
Billabong Women’s South Africa:
www.facebook.com/BillabongWomens

Twitter:
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Billabong Womens South Africa
twitter.com/@bbwomens_za

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Billabong South Africa – @BillabongSA
Billabong Women’s South Africa – @Billabongwomens_za

Website:
Contest format and results will be posted daily on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

The Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS is proudly supported by DaKine, VonZipper, Skull Candy, Neff and Zigzag Surfing Magazine.

Surfing South Africa is the recognised governing body for surfing in South Africa. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA)

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For more information contact:
Chad D’Arcy
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or

Grant Beck
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Fun and Games but No World Records at Earthwave Beach Festival

September 28th, 2015 No comments
Gary van Rooyen and Caitlin Brouckaert were worthy winners of the tandem surfing title at the Earthwave Beach Festival on Sunday Photo: Earthwave / StephenC Photography

Gary van Rooyen and Caitlin Brouckaert were worthy winners of the tandem surfing title at the Earthwave Beach Festival on Sunday Photo: Earthwave / StephenC Photography

The Earthwave Beach Festival lived up to its billing as Cape Town’s most popular celebration of beach culture with spectators and participants leaving the beach smiling despite variable weather conditions ranging from sunny and mild to windy with rain squalls that ruined attempts to set new Guinness World Records for the ‘largest bikini parade’ and the ‘most surfers riding the same wave’ on Sunday.

Successful beach touch rugby, tandem surfing, Dig for Gold and outreach surfing events along with an entertainment program that included exhibitors, vendors and live music acts kept everyone entertained throughout the day and into the evening.

But weather forecasts in the media in the lead up to the weekend, predicting strong winds and rain on Sunday, prompted most of those who pre-registered for the record attempts to spend their day elsewhere and attendance for both the bikini and surfing record attempts fell far short of expectations.

The third Earthwave Tandem Surfing Open, the country’s only surfing event for two people riding the same surfboard, was again the highlight of the day’s program in the pleasant morning conditions. Participants displayed technical lifts and amazingly innovative combinations with multiple wind and surfing champion Gary van Rooyen and partner Caitlin Brouckaert clinching the title and unique trophy.

The Beach Touch Rugby Championships showcased the talents of some of Western Province’s top players while the inaugural Share the Stoke Outreach Surfing Games saw nearly 100 participants from the various outreach programs that use surfing as an incentive for enhancing the quality of life for youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds competing in surf and beach events.

Another highlight for youngsters was the Kingii Dig for Gold where dozens of pre-teens searched for valuable prizes in the beach sand to highlight the South African launch of the unique Kingii flotation safety device for all levels of water users.

The entertainment program staged in the comfort of the Pavilion, on the water’s edge overlooking the action, featured top class music by the likes of The Rudimentals, 7th Son, Kings Down South and The Ryan Kidwell Band alongside a beach bar, food trucks, a range of vendors and environmental displays by SANNCOB and the SharkSafe Barrier.

The seventh Earthwave Beach Festival was produced by Kahuna Promotions whose father and son duo of Paul and Dene Botha founded the event in 2006.The entertainment aspects were expertly produced by Regan and Monique Tacon from GoodTimes Events.

The 2015 festival was supported by Kingii, Pole Yard, Rafikis, Happy Socks, Tuffy, SAPPI, NSRI, 7Stars Energy, UBER, Metrorail, Ola, Corner Surf Shop, Lifestyle Surf Shop, Hooley, Xpression on the Beach / Coreban, Signature Surf and Skate, Naish SUP, Surf Emporium, Reef Wetsuits, Surf Shack, Dept. of Sport & Recreation, Share the Stoke Foundation SA, In2Touch and many more businesses in Muizenberg and surrounds.

The official digital media partner was www.Wavescape.co.za whose wave and weather guru Steve Pike was the official forecaster for the event.

The Earthwave Beach Festival is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA), recognised by the Dept of Sport & Recreation as the governing body for wave-riding sports in South Africa. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

More information on the 2015 Earthwave Beach Festival can be found at:

Website: www.earthwave.info
Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/Earthwave.Beach.Festival
Facebook Event: http://on.fb.me/1PPMPdB
Twitter: @earthwave2015 and #earthwave2015

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Country’s Top Young Surfers Chasing WSL Africa Titles at Cape St Francis

September 26th, 2015 No comments
Bianca Buitendag advanced to Round 3 of the Cascais Women's Pro inPortugal on Friday WSL/ Poullenot

Bianca Buitendag advanced to Round 3 of the Cascais Women’s Pro inPortugal on Friday WSL/ Poullenot

Independent on Saturday – 26 September 2015

By Paul Botha

The country’s top young surfers are locked in a battle for the World Surfing League Africa Junior titles at Seal Point in Cape St Francis this weekend.

After a delay for fog, the third and final event in the 2014 / 2015 Billabong Junior Series got underway on Friday as excellent waves reeled down the long rock-strewn point. The highest ranked competitors justified their preferential seeding and confirmed that local competitive surfing has a bright future.

Jeffreys Bay local Dylan Lightfoot, who heads the Under 20 Men’s rankings, showed the benefit of campaigning on the international circuit by posting both the highest single ride score, a near perfect 9.25 out of 10, and the highest heat total of the day, 15.75 out of 20, in winning his round one heat.

Defending event winner and 2014 WSL Africa Junior Champion, Shane Sykes of Salt Rock, demonstrated that he will not be relinquishing his titles without a fight by winning his opening encounter convincingly, as did the next three on the rankings – Jordy Maree, Matt McGillivray and Adin Masencamp.

In the Under 20 Women, multiple South Africa team member Chanelle Botha and Taghiti Gericke were the standouts on the opening day. They will come up against the top seeds Nicole Pallet, Teal Hogg and Gina Smith when round two gets underway today.

Along with the country’s most prestigious titles for surfers aged 20-and-under, there are also four places at stake for men and two for women in the WSL Africa regional squad team who will compete in the World Junior Championships in January 2016.

The event runs until Sunday and includes events for boys and girls in the Under 14 and Under 16 age categories. Live scoring for the U20 heats can be followed at http://bit.ly/1G7v6Zt

Meanwhile in Europe, South African surf star and current world number four, Bianca Buitendag, slipped to second place in her first heat at the Cascais Women’s Pro which got going at the backup venue of Guincho in Portugal after three successive lay days due to small swell and adverse winds.

But Buitendag bounced back to form in round two, defeating local wildcard Theresa Bonvalot and she faces a matchup with number five ranked Californian Lakey Peterson and Hawaiian Alessa Quizon in round three when competition resumes. Watch the action in Portugal live at http://bit.ly/1NY72A5 from 9am daily.

And the inaugural ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships presented by the Challenged Athletes Foundation also had its first day of action on Friday after the opening ceremonies and a well attending adaptive surfing clinic the previous day.

There are five South African athletes among the 65 competitors who are competing in divisions that include those who can ride kneeling or standing up, sitting on their craft, laying on their craft or those who need assistance catching waves and getting back onto their boards, but ride the waves independently.

These inspiring ocean lovers can be seen inaction at http://bit.ly/1jipcQc from 5pm today and tomorrow.

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2015 Earthwave Beach Festival – FAST FACTS

September 25th, 2015 No comments
2015 Earthwave Beach Festival poster

2015 Earthwave Beach Festival poster

WHAT: The Earthwave Beach Festival is a multi-discipline sports and entertainment event.

The highlights of the program are attempts to set two new Guinness World Records. These include:

• The ‘most surfers riding the same wave’, where hundreds of surfers enter the ocean and try to all ride on one wave. Open to anyone who can catch and ride a wave straight towards the beach for 5 seconds.
• The ‘largest bikini parade’, where women of all ages in two-piece swimsuits walk for a mile (1 610 metres) on the beach and are counted at the end of the course.

Sports include surfing, tandem surfing and touch rugby along with fun beach activities for the whole family such as Dig for Gold, raffles, give-aways, auctions, beach cleanups, etc

Entertainment takes place inside the Muizenberg Civic Hall (Pavilion) and includes exhibitors, vendors, displays and talks on environmentally friendly products and services alongside live music acts, food sales and a beach bar

LIVE MUSIC: The line-up is:
14:30: Kings Down South
16:00: The Ryan Kidwell Band
17:30: The Rudimentals
19:00: 7th Son
20: 00: DJ’s till close

WHERE: The sports activities are staged on the beach and in the ocean at Surfers Corner, Muizenberg. The entertainment and exhibition components are staged in the Muizenberg Civic Hall (Pavilion) located on the beachfront overlooking the action.

WHEN: The event runs from 8am to 11pm on Sunday 27 September 2015

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

08h00 – 16h00 Share the Stoke Outreach Surfing Games
Surfing and beach activities for youngsters from the various outreach programmes that use surfing as an incentive to improve the lives of youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds

08h00 – 12h00 Earthwave Tandem Surfing Open
Demonstrations, celebrity heat and surfing contest with two people riding on a surfboard

09h00 – 12h00 Beach Touch Rugby Championships
Touch rugby tournament featuring the Western Cape’s best players

09h00 – 23h00 Exhibitions, sales, talks and entertainment in Pavilion
Includes exhibitors, vendors, talks, live music, food trucks and a ‘beach bar’.

11h00 – 12h30 Guinness World Record – largest bikini parade
Registration online – www.earthwave.info . Sign in from 9am on the day. Line up at 10.30 and walk a mile (1.6kms) on the beach. Current record is 1 085 participants

12h00 – 12h30 Dig for Gold
Youngsters digging in demarcated area on the beach searching for prizes

12h30 – 14h00 Guinness World Record – most surfers on the same wave
Registration online – www.earthwave.info . Sign in from 10.30am on the day. Line up at 12h30 – enter the ocean at 13h00. One hour (approx. 6 or 7 waves ridden). Current record is 110 set at Earthwave in 2009.

WHO: The event is suitable for people of all ages and is FREE for spectators.

COSTS: A nominal fee is charged for participation in events. The activities in the Pavilion are free until 2pm – thereafter entrance is R30 per person until 10pm

ORGANISERS: The Earthwave Beach Festival was founded in 2006 by Paul and Dene Botha from Kahuna Promotions. This year is the seventh edition

The entertainment and exhibition aspects of the festival are run by Regan and Monique Tacon from Goodtimes Events

The festival is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA), recognised by the Dept of Sport and Recreation as the national controlling body for the sport and a member of SASCOC and the International Surfing Association (ISA)

REGISTRATION: Participants in the Guinness World Record events for surfing and bikinis should register at www.earthwave.info This is recommended and will make your signing in procedure on the day quicker and easier

MORE INFORMATION: More information on the event can be found at:

Website: www.earthwave.info
Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/Earthwave.Beach.Festival
Facebook Event: http://on.fb.me/1PPMPdB
Twitter: @earthwave2015 and #earthwave2015

Participants, exhibitors, vendors and any entity wishing to promote their products, services, brands or worthy causes at the event can contact the organisers at kahunasurf@mweb.co.za / 021 783 4965

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Billabong Junior Series to Decide WSL Africa Junior Champions at Cape St Francis

September 23rd, 2015 No comments
Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) leads the WSL Africa Junior men’s rankings heading into the final event of the Billabong Junior Series event at Seal Point this weekend  Image: Billabong / Thurtell

Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) leads the WSL Africa Junior men’s rankings heading into the final event of the Billabong Junior Series event at Seal Point this weekend  Image: Billabong / Thurtell

Places in the WSL Africa Squad for World Junior Championships at stake

CAPE ST FRANCIS, South Africa (Wednesday September 23, 2015) – South Africa’s top junior surfers will all be in action in the third and final event on the 2014/15 Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS, which will decide the men’s and women’s World Surf League (WSL) Africa Junior Champions for 2015.

Scheduled for Friday to Sunday, September 25-27, in the long right-hand point break waves of Seal Point at Cape St Francis, the WSL Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) 1, 000 rated events offer prize-purses of R20 000 for men and R10 000 for women along with coveted ranking points that count for the WSL Africa Junior titles and the selection of the Africa regional squad for the WSL Junior Championships in January 2016.

Men’s top seed Shane Sykes faces a stacked field of top-class performers. The 18-year-old from Salt Rock will have to be at his best to defend his 2014 event and WSL Africa Junior Champion titles against the likes of Dylan Lightfoot from nearby Jeffreys Bay, who finished runner-up for both titles last year

Lightfoot, 20, heads the rankings after second place finishes in both the earlier events in the current series. He has been campaigning on the Qualifying Series (QS) around the world this year, posting several stellar results in JQS events, including reaching the Semifinals at the US Open of Surfing in August.

Right behind that pair in the rankings are Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay), third in the event at Magnatubes in July; Jeffreys Bay standout Matt McGillivray and Adin Masencamp from the Strand, both of whom will be starting from Round 1 after submitting late entries for this event; and Durban’s Josh Smit, all of whom will be battling for spots among the four from the regional rankings who will represent WSL Africa at the World Junior Champs.

The women’s event is equally competitive with Nicole Pallet (Durban), winner of the Magnatubes event in July, holding a narrow rankings lead over Jeffreys Bay local Gina Smith and Olivia Brand (Durban) in the race for the regional title.

With just two spots for women in the WSL Africa squad, competition will be fierce and Teal Hogg (uMhlanga), St Francis Bay standout Chrystal Hulett and multiple SA national team member Chanelle Botha (Warner Beach) will all be trying to stake a claim to participate in the prestigious WSL Junior Champs.

Started in 1997, the series has hosted 52 individual events over its illustrious history and has paid over R1.3 million in prize money, making it South Africa’s richest junior surfing series. All of the country’s top international performers, including current and former WSL Championship Tour (CT) members Jordy Smith, Bianca Buitendag, Travis Logie, Royden Bryson, Roseanne Hodge and Nikita Robb have honed their skills by competing in series events.

The Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS at Seal Point can be followed at www.worldsurfleague.com where there will be live scoring during the event.

WSL Africa Men’s Rankings (After Billabong Junior Series event #2 at Magnatubes)
1. Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) 1500pts
2. Shane Sykes (Salt Rock) 1280
3. Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay) 840
3. Matthew McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) 840
5. Adin Masencamp (Strand) 825

WSL Africa Women’s Rankings (After Billabong Junior Series event #2 at Magnatubes)
1. Nicole Pallet (Durban) 1420 pts
2. Gina Smith (Jeffreys Bay) 1310
3. Olivia Brand (Durban) 1050
4. Teal Hogg (uMhlanga) 980
5. Chrystal Hulett (St Francis Bay) 945

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Sharing is Caring as Registrations Open for Guinness World Records at Earthwave Beach Festival

September 11th, 2015 No comments
2015 Earthwave Beach Festival poster

2015 Earthwave Beach Festival poster

Sharing is Caring has become the theme for the 2015 Earthwave Beach Festival which showcases the beach lifestyle at Surfers’ Corner in Muizenberg on Sunday 27 September.

Thousands of people have shared the event page on Facebook, which has now reached nearly 300 000 users, while beneficiaries of the world record events include the Dare to Share charity and the inaugural Share the Stoke Outreach Surfing Games will be launched at the festival.

Highlight events at the one-day Earthwave extravaganza include an ambitious attempt to improve on the Guinness World Record for the ‘largest bikini parade’ set in China in 2012 when 1 085 women of all ages walked a mile (1 610 metres) in two-piece swimsuits, and an effort to increase the record of 110 surfers ‘riding the same wave’ set at Muizenberg during Earthwave 2009..

Online registrations for both events opened when the www.earthwave.info website went live this week and, with two weeks to go, hundreds of enthusiastic beach-lovers and surfers have already signed up for these spectacular mass participation gatherings.

Participants in the record breaking attempts donate a minimum of R50 each and proceeds will be shared between the Dare to Share charity that does so much to assist those in need, and whose slogan is fittingly ‘Walk the Walk’; and the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) whose admirable efforts keep ocean users safe.

Companies, brands, NPO’s and charities are encouraged to leverage the immense popularity and media coverage for attempts to break world records by sponsoring groups of participants to raise awareness and funds for the worthy causes they support.

The signing in procedure for the bikini record starts at 9am on the day at the Muizenberg Pavilion, with the parade along Muizenberg Beach between the Corner and the iconic bathing boxes starting at 11am.

Surfers of all ages and abilities sign in at the same venue from 10.30am with approximately 400 participants expected to line up on the beach for final instructions at 12.30. The aspirant record-breakers enter the water at 1pm for an hour during which the organisers try to get as many as possible onto six or seven ‘party’ waves.

The only criteria for surfers is that they can catch, stand up and ride waves straight towards the beach for the five seconds it takes to be counted in the record attempt. All those who complete either (or both) of the world record events will receive a certificate of participation via email.

The Share the Stoke Outreach Surfing Games is an initiative developed by Rory Heard, head of the South African branch of the international Share the Stoke Foundation, and Surfing South Africa, the national controlling body for the sport. The event will include surfing and beach games for teams of youngsters from the various outreach programmes around the Peninsula that use surfing as an incentive to improve the quality of life of their members.

Another first for 2015 is the live music acts, exhibitions, food sales and a beach bar in the Muizenberg Pavilion, right on the water’s edge overlooking the action. Doors open at 9am and the entertainment starts at 2pm, after which there will be a cover charge of R30.

The second Earthwave Tandem Surfing Open will again feature clinics on 2-Up surfing, celebrity heats and a club contest. Perennial favourites like the high energy Beach Touch Rugby Tournament, organised by Sportsman Promotions, and the popular Dig for Gold where kids dig in the sand for valuable prizes will also be back.

Keep up with the latest news on the 2015 Earthwave Beach Festival via:

Website: www.earthwave.info
Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/Earthwave.Beach.Festival
Facebook Event: http://on.fb.me/1PPMPdB
Twitter: @earthwave2015 and #earthwave2015

The official digital media partner is www.Wavescape.co.za whose wave and weather guru Steve Pike is the official forecaster for the event.

For more information on how to participate in events or promote your company / brand at Earthwave contact the organisers at kahunasurf@mweb.co.za

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Note: The Earthwave Beach Festival is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA), the governing body for the sport in South Africa and a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

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McGillivray and Lightfoot Star in Pumping Surf in Casablanca

September 10th, 2015 No comments
Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) in action during his Round of 96 heat in the Quiksilver Pro Casablanca on Thursday  Image: WSL / Masurel

Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) in action during his Round of 96 heat in the Quiksilver Pro Casablanca on Thursday  Image: WSL / Masurel

Anfaplace Shopping Center, Casablanca – Morocco (Thursday, September 10, 2015) – Matt McGillivray and Dylan Lightfoot, both from Jeffreys Bay, lit up the opening day of action at the QS1500 Royal Moroccan Surfing Federation presents Quiksilver Pro Casablanca at Anfaplace on Thursday.

The first World Surf League (WSL) event to be co-sanctioned by WSL Europe and WSL Africa enjoyed a building 1.5 to 2.0 metre swell on Day 3 after small waves had forced organisers to put the event on hold for the first two days of the contest window period.

McGillivray, 18, scored one of the few barrels ridden in the moving lineup and was rewarded with an excellent 8.93 out of 10. The South-African, who is in his first season on the WSL Qualifying Series (QS), went on to win his Round of 96 heat, continuing the consistently high scoring form he has displayed in the early rounds throughout his European campaign.

A second place finish in his Round of 96 heat saw McGillivray advance to the last 32 for the first time.

“I’m really happy to make the first couple of heats,” McGillivray stated. “There’s a lot more swell today, you’ve got to be quite selective with your waves. It’s my first time here in Morocco and I’m really enjoying it, it’s very different from South-Africa.”

Lightfoot started his challenge in the Round of 64 by posting a heat winning total of 16.67, the second highest of the day. Including an excellent 9.20 in his tally, the 21 year-old cruised into the next round where he and McGillivray were joined by compatriot David Van Zyl (Glenashley) who also won his heat.

Current European No.3 Nomme Mignot (FRA) 18, continued his stellar campaign towards a maiden WSL Europe regional title by recording a near-perfect heat in Round 1, collecting a total of 18.80 points for multiple combinations of powerful turns.

“It feels amazing to be on such a roll and do whatever I want in the water,” Mignot explained. “I’m super comfortable, relaxed and really enjoying surfing competitively at the moment. There’re waves, we’re in Morocco, everything is just great!”

The Quiksilver Pro Casablanca is vitally important for members of both WSL Europe and WSL Africa as the results will determine the final 2015 rankings for each region. The seven WSL regional champions are guaranteed entry into the major QS events in 2016, and those finishing up to third in the rankings can take advantage of this rule if the champion is already seeded into an event.

David van Zyl currently leads the WSL Africa regional rankings, followed by Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga), Michael February (Kommetjie) and Dale Staples (St Francis Bay), none of whom are competing in Casablanca. McGillivary is in fifth spot while Lightfoot is eighth, just three points further back.

Surf Report, official forecaster of the Quiksilver Pro Casablanca, predicts a slight decrease in swell size for Friday with similar light winds in the morning and medium onshore in the afternoon.

The next call is set to 9am on Friday for a potential start of the remaining heats of the round of 64.

The Quiksilver Pro Casablanca is scheduled from September 8-12, 2015 at Anfaplace, Casablanca – Morocco. For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to www.worldsurfleague.com

The Quiksilver Pro Casablanca is supported by the Royal Moroccan Surfing Federation, Anfaplace Shopping Center, Quiksilver, Office National Marocain du Tourisme (ONMT) and the MDJS among others.

QUIKSILVER PRO CASABLANCA ROUND OF 64 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Miguel Tudela (PER) 15.50, Aboubakar Bouaouda (MAR) 11.33, Miguel Blanco (PRT) 10.90, Facundo Arreyes (ARG) 7.90
Heat 2: Mihimana Braye (PYF) 14.10, Diego Mignot (FRA) 11.84, Paul Cesar Distinguin (FRA) 11.23, Louis Gillick (AUS) 8.50
Heat 3: Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 16.77, Perth Standlick (AUS) 13.10, Ethan Egiguren (EUK) 10.67, Tommy Boucaut (FRA) 7.10
Heat 4: Adrien Toyon (FRA) 11.57, Gatien Delahaye (GLP) 10.50, Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 8.97, Riley Laing (AUS) 8.13
Heat 5: David Van Zyl (ZAF) 11.40, Timothee Bisso (GLP) 10.97, Harrison Mann (AUS) 9.67, Hodei Collazo (EUK) 8.27
Heat 6: Kalani Ball (AUS) 15.27, Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) 9.74, Remi Petersen (NLD) 6.67, Victor Bernardo (BRA) 5.26
Heat 7: Keoni Yan (HAW) 15.53, Cody Robinson (AUS) 13.67, Francisco Usuna (ARG) 11.00, Harrison Martin (AUS) 10.80
Heat 8: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 13.00, Teale Vanner (AUS) 10.03, Dean Bowen (AUS) 8.83, Redouane Regragui (MAR) 6.17
Heat 9: Mateia Hiquily (PYF) 13.83, Lliam Mortensen (AUS) 13.66, Abdel El Harim (MAR) 13.60, Soufiane Charoub (MAR) 8.24

QUIKSILVER PRO CASABLANCA ROUND OF 96 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Facundo Arreyes (ARG) 10.63, Louis Gillick (AUS) 8.20, Mark Boyd (SCO) 3.43
Heat 2: Diego Mignot (FRA) 9.30, Aboubakar Bouaouda (MAR) 8.10, O’Neill Massin (PYF) 7.56
Heat 3: Perth Standlick (AUS) 16.00, Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 12.66, Anthony Fillingim (CRI) 7.23, Assad Harakat (MAR) 7.10
Heat 4: Gatien Delahaye (GLP) 13.43, Tommy Boucaut (FRA) 12.10, Michael Zaugg (CHE) 7.56, Llyass Gougali (MAR) 4.90
Heat 5: Harrison Mann (AUS) 10.73, Remi Petersen (NLD) 7.50, Elliot Paerata-Reid (NZL) 6.44
Heat 6: Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) 14.60, Hodei Collazo (EUK) 10.00, Yassine Ramdani (MAR) 6.37, Othmane Choufani (MAR) 5.30
Heat 7: Francisco Usuna (ARG) 10.13, Teale Vanner (AUS) 9.13, Ruben Gonzalez (PRT) 8.10
Heat 8: Dean Bowen (AUS) 13.00, Harrison Martin (AUS) 11.24, Lucas Madrid (URY) 6.93, Abdelhanine Dribki (MAR) 6.40
Heat 9: Lliam Mortensen (AUS) 12.67, Shane Campbell (AUS) 11.00, Charly Quivront (FRA) 9.96
Heat 10: Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 16.13, Soufiane Charoub (MAR) 8.77, Jade Azami (MAR) 5.76, Nate Dorman (USA) 3.84
Heat 11: Nomme Mignot (FRA) 18.80, Bachir Kindi (MAR) 9.44, Julen Egiguren (EUK) 9.00, Gabriel Aramburu (PER) 8.93
Heat 12: Edouard Delpero (FRA) 15.80, Ariihoe Tefaafana (PYF) 13.34, Greg Urata (USA) 4.40, Jao Errera (FRA) 3.46
Heat 13: Tomas Lopez Moreno (ARG) 6.37, Mohamed Chliyeh (MAR) 4.77, Eduardo Fernandes (PRT) 4.50
Heat 14: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 12.77, Mohamed Berrada (MAR) 5.93, Allen Schuyler (HAW) 2.83
Heat 15: Reubyn Ash (GBR) 12.40, Raphael Seixas (BRA) 8.86, Swen Zaugg (CHE) 7.50
Heat 16: Guy Sato (JPN) 13.33, Tereva David (PYF) 9.44, Adil El Harrif (MAR) 7.03, Santiago Madrid (URY) 4.83

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About the World Surf League
The World Surf League (WSL) organizes the annual tour of professional surf competitions and broadcasts each event live at WorldSurfLeague.com where you can experience the athleticism, drama and adventure of competitive surfing — anywhere and anytime it’s on. The WSL sanctions and operates the following tours: the Junior Tour, Longboard Tour, the Qualifying Series (QS), the Big Wave Tour and the crown jewel of the sport, the WSL Championship Tour (CT) 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 centers in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America and South America.

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Tel: 021 534 5738
Email: cfitch@worldsurfleague.com

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World’s Best Surfers at Trestles for Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro

September 9th, 2015 No comments
Adriano de Souza, seen here during the J-Bay Open in July, will wear the Jeep Rankings Leader’s yellow jersey at the Hurley Pro which starts at Trestles in California today (Wednesday) Image: WSL / Cestari

Adriano de Souza, seen here during the J-Bay Open in July, will wear the Jeep Rankings Leader’s yellow jersey at the Hurley Pro which starts at Trestles in California today (Wednesday) Image: WSL / Cestari

Defending Champions Jordy Smith and Stephanie Gilmore Withdraw due to Injuries
Shaun Tomson Takes on Fellow Surfing Legends in WSL Heritage Series

The famed cobblestone break of Lower Trestles, one of the of the most high-performance waves on the planet, will host the world’s best surfers as the Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro kick off today (Wednesday), with a competitive window that could last until September 20.

Adriano de Souza (BRA) remains at No.1 on the Jeep Leaderboard heading into the Hurley Pro, the eighth stop on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT). De Souza holds a narrow lead over his closest rivals, current world No. 2 and three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning and fellow Australian Owen Wright, the current No. 3.

Defending Hurley Pro champion Jordy Smith (ZAF) has withdrawn from the event due to an ongoing injury suffered during a freesurf at the J-Bay Open. Smith has previously missed the Fiji Pro and the Billabong Pro Tahiti this year and is being replaced at Lower Trestles by Aritz Aranburu (ESP).

On the women’s side, California-native Courtney Conlogue (USA) is atop the Jeep Leaderboard, just 400 points ahead of two-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW). Conlogue had a disappointing result at the Swatch Women’s Pro last year and is looking for a solid finish at Lower Trestles this season to retain her ratings lead.

In form South African, Bianca Buitendag, currently ranked No. 4 after posting two runner-up berths and a third place finish in the last three events, faces Tatiana Weston Webb (HAW) and Dimity Stoyle (AUS) in her opening match-up.

Reigning six-time WSL Champion and defending event winner Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) withdrew from the competition due to an ongoing knee injury sustained during a freesurf in Australia’s Margaret River earlier this season. She will be replaced by Caroline Marks (USA), currently No. 2 on the WSL North America Junior rankings.

Alongside the WSL Top 34 and Top 17 the events will see a return of the WSL Heritage Series with a women’s heat and a men’s Expression Session designed to celebrate and honour the icons of the sport.

Shaun Tomson, the 1977 World Champion and South Africa’s most internationally renowned surfer, will take on fellow legends Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew, Simon Anderson, Cheyne Horan (all Australians) and Michael Ho in the men’s event while former world champions Lisa Andersen (USA) and Sofia Mulanovich (PER) will showcase women’s surfing. Seven-time former World Champion Layne Beachley (AUS) has been forced to withdraw from the women’s Heritage Heat following a recent neck and back injury.

The Heritage Series Heat and Expression Session will have the opportunity to run at any point during the competition window.

Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) and Ian Crane (USA) earned the wildcards for the men’s event after winning the Hurley Pro Trials in July while Bethany Hamilton (HAW) has been awarded the wildcard for the Swatch Women’s Pro.

Surfline, official forecaster for the World Surf League, is calling for:

A long run of very rippable Southern Hemisphere SW swell will prevail for the first few days of the waiting period. In addition, we now expect to see SE/SSE swell from Hurricane Linda starting as early as Wednesday afternoon/evening and continuing Thur/Fri. All swells will gradually trend down through the weekend, with a further decrease in surf for early next week. A fun size Southern Hemisphere SW swell is on track for the 16th-18th.

The Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro at Trestles hold a competitive window of September 9 – 20, 2015. All the action will be webcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and on the WSL mobile app. staring at 5.30pm South Africa time daily.

Hurley Pro Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Kelly Slater (USA), Jadson Andre (BRA), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 2: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Aritz Aranburu (ESP)
Heat 4: Owen Wright (AUS), Keanu Asing (HAW), Tomas Hermes (BRA)
Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS), Hiroto Ohhara (JPN)
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Michel Bourez (PYF), Ian Crane (USA)
Heat 7: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Joel Parkinson (AUS), Glenn Hall (IRL)
Heat 8: Josh Kerr (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Kolohe Andino (USA)
Heat 9: Italo Ferreira (BRA), John John Florence (HAW), Ricardo Christie (NZL)
Heat 10: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Fredrick Patacchia Jr. (HAW)
Heat 11: Nat Young (USA), Kai Otton (AUS), C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 12: Taj Burrow (AUS), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA)

Swatch Women’s Pro Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA), Malia Manuel (HAW), Alessa Quizon (HAW)
Heat 2: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW), Dimity Stoyle (AUS)
Heat 3: Courtney Conlogue (USA), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Bethany Hamilton (HAW)
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW), Silvana Lima (BRA), Caroline Marks (USA)
Heat 5: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Coco Ho (HAW), Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 6: Johanne Defay (FRA), Tyler Wright (AUS), Laura Enever (AUS)

ENDS

About the World Surf League
The World Surf League (WSL) organizes the annual tour of professional surf competitions and broadcasts each event live at WorldSurfLeague.com where you can experience the athleticism, drama and adventure of competitive surfing — anywhere and anytime it’s on. The WSL sanctions and operates the following tours: the Junior Tour, Longboard Tour, the Qualifying Series (QS), the Big Wave Tour and the crown jewel of the sport, the WSL Championship Tour (CT) 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 centers in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America and South America.

Issued on behalf of:

WSL Africa
Contact: Colin Fitch – Operations Manager
Tel: 021 534 5738
Email: cfitch@worldsurfleague.com

Compiled & Distributed by:

Life’s a Beach Communications
PO Box 48272, Kommetjie 7976, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 21 783 4965
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 423 1964
Email: lifesabeach@mweb.co.za

Jordy Smith and Bianca Buitendag Facing Different Challenges at Trestles

September 5th, 2015 No comments
Jordy Smith demonstrates the form that saw him win his fourth elite tour event title in the Hurley Pro at Trestles in 2014 Photo: WSL / Kirstin

Jordy Smith demonstrates the form that saw him win his fourth elite tour event title in the Hurley Pro at Trestles in 2014 Photo: WSL / Kirstin

Surfing Column for Independent on Saturday – 5 September 2015

By Paul Botha

Jordy Smith and Bianca Buitendag, South Africa’s representatives on the World Surf League Men’s and Women’s Championship Tour, face very different challenges when the next stop kicks off at Lower Trestles in California on Wednesday.

Smith’s trademark powerful carves and futuristic fins-free manoeuvres are tailor-made for the high performance waves that run down the iconic cobblestone point near his new home in San Clemente. He goes into the event as the defending champion, having demolished all and sundry on his way to the 2014 final, where he narrowly outpointed John John Florence, of Hawaii, with a last minute ride to claim his fourth elite tour event title.

However, foot, knee and back injuries have blighted Smith’s 2015 season. Ranked fifth after the first two events, he injured his foot in the third event at Margaret River and has not won a heat since, injuring a knee at Rio de Janeiro and then his back in his comeback at Jeffreys Bay.

The Durbanite has slipped to No 23 on the rankings and in his opening heat will face current world No. 2 Mick Fanning, of Australia, and dark-horse Hiroto Ohhara, of Japan, the winner of the US Open and the wildcard trials. Smith will continue to draw the top seeded surfers throughout the event and his huge global fan base will hoping that his undoubted skills and proven competitive temperament will result in a successful comeback at the Hurley Pro at Trestles.

Buitendag, on the other hand, goes into the Swatch Women’s Pro ranked fourth in the world and chasing the world title after a stellar third year competing at the highest echelons of women’s surfing. The lanky South African is just over 10 000 points behind the top two, Courtney Conlogue, of California, and Hawaiian reigning world champion Carissa Moore; and only 5 000 behind No. 3 Sally Fitzgibbons, of Australia.

Having grown up and honed her surfing skills at the right-hand point break of Victoria Bay in the Southern Cape, Buitendag’s repertoire is well suited to Trestles and she reached the quarterfinals last year. She is also due an event win having reached four finals, two this year, and finished runner-up each time.

Bianca Buitendag reached the quarterfinals of the Swatch Women’s Pro at Trestles last year Photo: WSL / Rowland

Bianca Buitendag reached the quarterfinals of the Swatch Women’s Pro at Trestles last year Photo: WSL / Rowland

A strong swell is predicted for opening days of the waiting period and all the action at Trestles can be watched live at worldsurfleague.com with the day’s action getting underway at around 5 pm South African time daily.

Beyrick de Vries, of uMhlanga, can lay claim to being the country’s top competitive surfer (besides Jordy Smith of course) after winning the final event and being crowned the series champion in the Quiksilver Get Free Series which was wrapped up in excellent waves at Port Alfred last weekend.

De Vries, who at No. 35 is also the highest ranked South African on the WSL Qualifying Series, included a perfect 10 point ride in his tally as he defeated former nine-year Championship Tour campaigner Greg Emslie, of East London; Michael February, of Kommetjie; and Durbanite Josh Smit who finished in that order in the final.

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