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Josh Kerr Claims Todos Santos Challenge in Massive Surf

January 18th, 2016 No comments
Australian Josh Kerr en route to winning the Todos Santos Challenge   Image: WSL / Hallman

Australian Josh Kerr en route to winning the Todos Santos Challenge   Image: WSL / Hallman

Elite Championship Tour Australian Bests Big Wave Field

TODOS SANTOS, Baja California/Mexico (Sunday, January 17, 2016) – Josh Kerr (AUS), a long serving competitor on the elite World Surf League (WSL) Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour (CT), claimed the Todos Santos Challenge today, besting a field of 24 of the world’s top big wave surfers in mammoth 10m to 13 m (30-to-40-foot) waves off the coast of Baja California in Mexico.

The third WSL Big Wave Tour (BWT) event to run in the 2015/2016 season, the Todos Santos Challenge attracted the marquee big wave surfers on the planet to the remote location of “Killers” off of Isla Todos Santos in Baja California. A solid West Northwest (WNW) swell tracking from north of the Hawaiian Islands delivered huge waves that increased in size throughout the morning before climaxing for the six-man Final.

Kerr, who finished 11th on last year’s elite Championship Tour, put his big wave skills to the test today, resulting in one of the biggest wins of his career. Consistently navigating massive set waves from the opening round, Kerr opened the Final strongly and stayed busy throughout. He caught and rode a total of five waves, two more than any of his five opponents, and posted scores of 7.87 and 8.20 to collect his first Big Wave victory.

“I have so much respect for the guys on this tour and those that regularly commit themselves to surfing big waves,” Kerr said. “I have had the biggest smile on my face all day just getting to surf big waves with them. I’ve felt great all day and had complete confidence in my board. I’m really thankful for the opportunity to surf here today.”

Kerr’s fellow finalists represented a “Who’s Who” of the big wave community who are all Todos Santos specialists. Greg Long (USA), Carlos Burle (BRA), Damien Hobgood (USA), Nic Lamb (USA) and Rusty Long (USA) finished second to sixth respectively.

Greg Long, a former Big Wave Tour Champion, was particularly impressive at Todos Santos today, putting his decades of experience at the venue to use by waiting patiently for the biggest and best waves and consistently netting high scores en route to his Runner-Up finish.

“It’s been a great day and I’m really happy that Todos turned on for the world to see,” Long said. “I’ve been coming here since I was 15 and it’s a very special wave for me. Unfortunate that the wind kicked up in the afternoon and I wasn’t able to find a second wave in the Final, but huge congrats to Josh (Kerr) who was charging all day.”

Today’s Runner-Up finish vaulted Long to the No. 1 spot on the latest WSL BWT rankings.

James Taylor (ZAF, Melkbosstrand) was the only South African in the 24-man field following the withdrawal due to a back injury of Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker, the 2013/2014 BWT World Champion and the No. 7 seed for the Todos Santos Challenge.

Taylor made a determined comeback in his Round 1 heat after misreading the takeoff on his first wave and then suffering an horrendous wipeout when he was hung up in the lip of the wave on his second ride. He posted two more scores, a 6.17 and a 3.70, but was ultimately eliminated after placing fifth behind Greg Long, Gudauskas, Hobgood and Billy Kemper (HAW).

Kemper, who entered the Todos Santos Challenge as the WSL BWT rankings’ frontrunner following an incendiary victory at the Pe’ahi Challenge on Maui in December, was also eliminated which saw him drop to 3rd on the BWT rankings.

Makuakai Rothman (HAW), reigning WSL BWT Champion and winner of the Quiksilver Ceremonial in Chile last May, came into the Todos Santos Challenge ranked No. 2 but was ousted in the final moments of his Semifinal bout by Kerr, Rusty Long and Burle.

Two events, the Oregon Challenge at Lincoln City’s Nelscott Reef and the Punta Galea Challenge in the Basque Region, remain on the 2015/2016 WSL BWT season with the potential to run, conditions permitting, before the February 28th close of the window.

Highlights from the Todos Santos Challenge are available at WorldSurfLeague.com

Todos Santos Challenge Final Results:
1 – Josh Kerr (AUS) 24.27
2 – Greg Long (USA) 18.84
3 – Carlos Burle (BRA) 18.33
4 – Damien Hobgood (USA) 17.33
5 – Nic Lamb (USA) 13.51
6 – Rusty Long (USA) 0.20

Todos Santos Challenge Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Josh Kerr (AUS) 25.69, Rusty Long (USA) 25.33, Carlos Burle (BRA) 22.21, Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 21.80, Mark Healey (HAW) 17.40, Nathan Fletcher (USA) 10.77
SF 2: Greg Long (USA) 26.93, Damien Hobgood (USA) 25.77, Nic Lamb (USA) 24.17, Jamie Mitchell (HAW) 22.74, Jamie Sterling (AUS) 22.46, Dane Gudauskas (USA) 17.23

Todos Santos Challenge Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Mark Healey (HAW) 22.49, Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 21.76, Nathan Fletcher (USA) 14.83, Nic Vaughan (USA) 14.10, Miguel Tudela (PER) 10.79, Diego Petrusso (MEX) 3.71
Heat 2: Carlos Burle (BRA) 23.09, Josh Kerr (AUS) 22.83, Rusty Long (USA) 19.89, Will Skudin (USA) 17.73, Anthony Tashnick (USA) 12.89, Trevor Carlson (USA) 10.41
Heat 3: Jamie Mitchell (AUS) 26.87, Jamie Sterling (HAW) 23.36, Nic Lamb (USA) 23.17, Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 20.07, Derek Dunfee (USA) 19.69, Vincente Yazbeck (MEX) 12.04
Heat 4: Greg Long (USA) 25.74, Dane Gudauskas (USA) 22.67, Damien Hobgood (USA) 21.94, Billy Kemper (HAW) 20.33, James Taylor (ZAF) 16.04, Coco Nogales (MEX) 14.97

2015/2016 WSL BWT Top 5 (after Todos Santos Challenge):
1. Greg Long (USA) 21,266 pts
2. Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 16,994 pts
3. Billy Kemper (HAW) 16,714 pts
4. Nic Lamb (USA) 16,594 pts
5. Josh Kerr (AUS) 13,589 pts

ENDS

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About the World Surf League
The mission of the WSL is simple: to inspire positive change for surfing, our fans and the environment. Formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), the WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, running global products across the Samsung Galaxy men’s and women’s Championship Tours, Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels; it strives to put the world’s best surfers on the world’s best waves.

Showcasing the world’s best surfing on its digital platform at WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL has energized an already-passionate global fan base with millions around the world tuning-in to see the likes of Kelly Slater, Filipe Toledo, Gabriel Medina, Makua Rothman, Grant “Twiggy” Baker, Greg Long, Stephanie Gilmore, John John Florence, Carissa Moore and others do battle in the most dynamic field of play in all of sports. For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.

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WSL Green Alert: Todos Santos Challenge Called On For Sunday

January 15th, 2016 No comments
WSL BWT competitor Greg Long (USA) warming up at Todos Santos on Tuesday. Long will be one of 24 competitors vying for the Todos Santos Challenge title on Sunday  Image: WSL / Sharp

WSL BWT competitor Greg Long (USA) warming up at Todos Santos on Tuesday. Long will be one of 24 competitors vying for the Todos Santos Challenge title on Sunday  Image: WSL / Sharp

World’s Best Big Wave Surfers to Tackle Baja California’s Big Wave Gem

The World Surf League (WSL) Big Wave Tour (BWT) has placed the Todos Santos Challenge in Baja California on Green Alert to commence on Sunday, January 17, 2016 with a projected 30-foot-plus swell heading towards the region.

“The swell we’ve been tracking from North of Hawaii has intensified and we’ve called the Todos Santos Challenge ON for a Sunday start,” said Peter Mel, WSL Big Wave Commissioner. “We’re looking at 30-foot-plus waves projected for the day with favourable winds and tides.”

The Todos Santos Challenge will be contested by 24 men, led by current rankings’ leader Billy Kemper (HAW) and reigning BWT Champion Makuakai Rothman (HAW).

South African Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker, who ended the 2014 / 2015 season ranked No. 7 on the BWT, is one of the top 10 seeds, while compatriot James Taylor (Melkbosstrand) is one of two alternates in the Video Invitee category.

“Having ran events in Chile and Maui so far, the 2015/2016 Big Wave Tour has already produced exceptional moments,” continued Mel. “Makuakai Rothman was dominant at Punta de Lobos and Maui’s Billy Kemper wowed everyone at Pe’ahi. We’re looking forward to more fireworks come Sunday in Mexico.”

Surfline, official forecasters for the 2015/2016 WSL BWT season are calling for:

We have been closely monitoring a hurricane force low to the north of Hawaii over the past 24 hours as it will set up an XXL swell for Todos Santos through the day on Sunday. Thus far we have observed satellite verified wind of 50-75 knots and seas in excess of 50 feet in this storm and it still has plenty of life left in the next 12-24 hours. At this point we expect to see strong, long period west-northwest swell build through the day on Sunday, with the largest waves in the afternoon.

The better set waves, while likely lully, will be in the 30-40’ range on the face with some even larger max sets possible. Local wind and weather looks favorable with high pressure over the region: light and variable flow in the morning trending to light+ onshore NW in the afternoon.

The Todos Santos Challenge will be webcast LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com

Todos Santos Challenge Invite List:

WSL Big Wave Tour Top Ten Seeds
Makuakai Rothman (HAW)
Gabriel Villaran (PER)
Nic Lamb (USA)
Anthony Tashnick (USA)
Greg Long (USA)
Nathan Fletcher (USA)
Grant Baker (ZAF)
Natxo Gonzales (EUK)
Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Carlos Burle (BRA)

Injury Wildcard
Alex Gray (USA)

Video Invitees
Trevor Sven Carlson (USA)
Mark Mathews (AUS)

Event Invitees
Derek Dunfee (USA)
Rusty Long (USA)
Nic Vaughan (USA)
Coco Nogales (MEX)
Diego Pertusso (MEX)
Vincente Yazbeck (MEX)

BWT Invitees
Shane Dorian (HAW)
Mark Healey (HAW)
Josh Kerr (AUS)
Kelly Slater (USA)
Jamie Mitchell (AUS)

Video Invitee Alternates
James Taylor (ZAF)
Jamie Sterling (HAW)

Event Invitee Alternates
Chapman Murphey (USA)
Dane Gudauskas (USA)
Tanner Gudauskas (USA)

BWT Invitee Alternates
Damien Hobgood (USA)
Will Skudin (USA)
Diego Medina (CHL)

ENDS

About the World Surf League
The mission of the WSL is simple: to inspire positive change for surfing, our fans and the environment. Formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), the WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, running global products across the Samsung Galaxy men’s and women’s Championship Tours, Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels; it strives to put the world’s best surfers on the world’s best waves.

Showcasing the world’s best surfing on its digital platform at WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL has energized an already-passionate global fan base with millions around the world tuning-in to see the likes of Kelly Slater, Filipe Toledo, Gabriel Medina, Makua Rothman, Grant “Twiggy” Baker, Greg Long, Stephanie Gilmore, John John Florence, Carissa Moore and others do battle in the most dynamic field of play in all of sports. For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.

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

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Jeffreys Bay Surfers Advance at WSL Junior Championships in Portugal

January 6th, 2016 No comments
Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) in action during his Round 1 heat win at the Ericeira World Junior Championships in Portugal on Tuesday  Photo: WSL / Masurel

Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) in action during his Round 1 heat win at the Ericeira World Junior Championships in Portugal on Tuesday  Photo: WSL / Masurel

Jeffreys Bay’s Dylan Lightfoot and Matt McGillivray advanced directly to Round 3 of the Ericeira WSL Junior Championships by winning their respective Round 1 heats on the opening two days of the event which determines the annual undisputed men’s and women’s world junior (20-and-under) champions.

Competing in unruly 1.5 metre waves at the backup venue of Praia dos Pescadores due to huge, stormy surf and adverse winds at the main site of Ribeira D’Ilhas, Lightfoot defeated Costa Rican standout Noe Mar McGonagle and fellow South African Jody Maree (Kalk Bay) in the first heat of the day on Tuesday.

McGillivray posted a pair of high seven point rides in the day’s last heat to dispatch Victor Bernardo (BRA) and Imaikalani Devault (HAW) to the cutthroat Round 2 elimination heats.

The balance of the South African contingent all placed second or third in their opening encounters and will contest Round 2 heats.

WSL Africa women’s junior champion Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) will be up against Hawaiian Dax McGill while Gina Smith (Jeffreys Bay) takes on Portugal’s Camilla Kemp in Round 2 today. Round 3 of the women’s event is on standby to run later this afternoon, conditions permitting.

Maree, Shane Sykes (Salt Rock), Adin Masencamp (Strand) and Bevan Willis (Durban), along with Benji Brand (Kommetjie) who is representing Hawaii at the event, will be in action against opponents yet to be determined when men’s Round 2 man-on-man heats get underway.

The Ericeira World Junior Championships is webcast LIVE on worldsurfleague.com and via the WSL app, starting at approximately 10am daily.

The Ericeira World Junior Championships are supported by Ericeira, Billabong, Portuguese Waves, Moche and Hertz among others.

UPCOMING ERICEIRA WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS WOMEN’S RD2 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Carol Henrique (PRT) vs. Minori Kawai (JPN)
Heat 2: Camilla Kemp (PRT) vs. Gina Smith (ZAF)
Heat 3: Tia Blanco (USA) vs. Miluska Tello (PER)
Heat 4: Natsuki Suda (JPN) vs. Juliette Brice (FRA)
Heat 5: Dax McGill (HAW) vs. Nicole Pallet (ZAF)
Heat 6: Melanie Giunta (PER) vs. Ariane Ochoa (EUK)

ERICEIRA WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN’S RD1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Joshua Moniz (HAW) 13.40, Gatien Delahaye (GLP) 10.33, Charly Quivront (FRA) 7.70
Heat 2: Timothee Bisso (GLP) 11.00, Reo Inaba (JPN) 10.17, Harry Bryant (AUS) 7.07
Heat 3: Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 13.50, Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 10.40, Nomme Mignot (FRA) 7.83
Heat 4: Mateia Hiquily (PYF) 16.37, Benji Brand (HAW) 14.00, Momoto Tsuzuki (JPN) 11.04
Heat 5: Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 10.87, Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) 10.50, Jordan Maree (ZAF) 8.83
Heat 6: Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) 14.17, Shane Sykes (ZAF) 8.50, Parker Coffin (USA) 5.40
Heat 7: Soli Bailey (AUS) 16.10, Griffin Colapinto (USA) 12.30, Adin Masencamp (ZAF) 5.46
Heat 8: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 15.83, Deivid Silva (BRA) 10.34, Yuji Mori (JPN) 10.23
Heat 9: Tomas Fernandes (PRT) 14.23, Takumi Yasui (JPN) 13.07, Juninho Urcia (PER) 10.36
Heat 10: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 14.16, Bevan Willis (ZAF) 13.70, Mihimana Braye (PYF) 9.53
Heat 11: Jacob Willcox (AUS) 16.50, Lucas Silveira (BRA) 16.04, Kan Watanabe (JPN) 13.93
Heat 12: Hiroto Arai (JPN) 14.13, Luan Wood (BRA) 14.00, Alonso Correa (PER) 10.73
Heat 13: Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) 15.60, Victor Bernardo (BRA) 12.10, Imaikalani Devault (HAW) 9.86

REMAINING ERICEIRA WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN’S RD1 MATCHUPS:
Heat 14: Noah Schweizer (USA), Elijah Gates (HAW), Yago Dora (BRA)
Heat 15: Kalani David (HAW), Kai Hing (AUS), O’Neill Massin (PYF)
Heat 16: Seth Moniz (HAW), Alcides Neto (BRA), Daniel Glenn (USA)

ERICEIRA WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS WOMEN’S RD1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Brissa Hennessy (HAW) 16.17, Minori Kawai (JPN) 7.33, Dax McGill (HAW) 4.83
Heat 2: Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 16.10, Tia Blanco (USA) 9.33, Gina Smith (ZAF) 4.23
Heat 3: Mahina Maeda (HAW) 13.33, Miluska Tello (PER) 6.57, Melanie Giunta (PER) 6.53
Heat 4: Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 13.23, Juliette Brice (FRA) 7.93, Carol Henrique (PRT) 4.84
Heat 5: Isabella Nichols (AUS) 10.34, Camilla Kemp (PRT) 9.50, Nicole Pallet (ZAF) 5.00
Heat 6: Holly Wawn (AUS) 8.54, Natsuki Suda (JPN) 6.17, Ariane Ochoa (EUK) 3.27

ENDS

NOTE: High resolution images are available to Media Outlets on request

About the World Surf League
The mission of the WSL is simple: to inspire positive change for surfing, our fans and the environment. Formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), the WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, running global products across the Samsung Galaxy men’s and women’s Championship Tours, Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels; it strives to put the world’s best surfers on the world’s best waves.

Showcasing the world’s best surfing on its digital platform at WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL has energized an already-passionate global fan base with millions around the world tuning-in to see the likes of Kelly Slater, Filipe Toledo, Gabriel Medina, Makua Rothman, Grant “Twiggy” Baker, Greg Long, Stephanie Gilmore, John John Florence, Carissa Moore and others do battle in the most dynamic field of play in all of sports. For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.

Issued on behalf of:

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

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Lightfoot Heads South African Challenge at WSL Junior Championships in Portugal

January 3rd, 2016 No comments
Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) in action during the 2014 WSL Junior Championships at Ericeira in Portugal where he finished equal 17th  Photo: WSL / Poullenot

Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) in action during the 2014 WSL Junior Championships at Ericeira in Portugal where he finished equal 17th  Photo: WSL / Poullenot

Dylan Lightfoot heads a contingent of seven South Africans who will join the world’s best surfers aged 20-and-under in the Ericeira WSL Junior Championships which determines the annual undisputed men’s and women’s world junior champions.

The Ericeira WSL Junior Championships runs from 4 – 13 January 2016 in the high-performance right-hand point breaks of Ericeira in Portugal and hosts the top ranked junior surfers from the seven WSL regions of North America, South America, Japan, Europe, Africa, Australasia and Hawaii in the 48-man and 18-woman fields.

Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay), the WSL Africa Junior champion and also the highest ranked SA junior on the WSL Qualifying Series (QS) at No. 157, finished equal 17th in the corresponding event in 2014 and is anticipating a better result in the final junior event of his career.

“I’m really looking forward to surfing in the World Junior Champs at Ericeira,” said Lightfoot. “It’s an incredible wave and I feel it suits my style of surfing being a right hand point break.”

Lightfoot will be joined in the men’s draw by compatriots Shane Sykes (Salt Rock), Adin Masencamp (Strand), Jordan Maree (Kalk Bay), Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) and Bevan Willis (Durban). Nicole Pallet (La Lucia), the WSL Africa Women’s Junior champion and runner-up Gina Smith (Jeffreys Bay) are the two South African girls who qualified for the event.

Lightfoot and McGillivray earned their spots in the squad as the two highest ranked WSL Africa Pro Juniors on the QS rankings while the other four are the next highest in the regional rankings.

Another South African, Kommetjie based Benji Brand, will be representing the Hawaii region in the event.

Universally regarded as the ultimate benchmark in junior surfing, past WSL Junior Champions have gone on to make major impacts on the surfing world, including Andy Irons (HAW), Joel Parkinson (AUS), Adriano de Souza (BRA), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), Jordy Smith (ZAF), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and Gabriel Medina (BRA).

Past WSL Junior Champions:
2014: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) / Mahina Maeda (HAW)
2013: Gabriel Medina (BRA) / Ella Williams (NZL)
2012: Jack Freestone (AUS) / Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
2011: Caio Ibelli (BRA) / Leila Hurst (HAW)
2010: Jack Freestone (AUS) / Alizee Arnaud (FRA)
2009: Maxime Huscenot (REU) / Laura Enever (AUS)
2008: Kai Barger (HAW) / Pauline Ado (FRA)
2007: Pablo Paulino (BRA) / Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
2006: Jordy Smith (ZAF) / Nicola Atherton (AUS)
2005: Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) / Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS)
2004: Pablo Paulino (BRA)
2003: Adriano de Souza (BRA)
2002: N/A
2001: Joel Parkinson (AUS)
2000: Pedro Henrique (BRA)
1999: Joel Parkinson (AUS)
1998: Andy Irons (HAW)

The Ericeira WSL Junior Championships will be webcast LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com starting at approximately 8 am SA time daily.

Ericeira WSL Junior Championships Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Joshua Moniz (HAW), Gatien Delahaye (GLP), Charly Quivront (FRA)
Heat 2: Timothee Bisso (GLP), Reo Inaba (JPN), Harry Bryant (AUS)
Heat 3: Nomme Mignot (FRA), Nelson Cloarec (FRA), Natxo Gonzalez (EUK)
Heat 4: Mateia Hiquily (PYF), Benji Brand (HAW), Momoto Tsuzuki (JPN)
Heat 5: Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI), Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF), Jordan Maree (ZAF)
Heat 6: Hiroto Ohhara (JPN), Parker Coffin (USA), Shane Sykes (ZAF)
Heat 7: Soli Bailey (AUS), Griffin Colapinto (USA), Adin Masencamp (ZAF)
Heat 8: Deivid Silva (BRA), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITL), Yuji Mori (JPN)
Heat 9: Tomas Fernandes (PRT), Takumi Yasui (JPN), John Urcia (PER)
Heat 10: Kanoa Igarashi (USA), Mihimana Braye (PYF), Bevan Willis (ZAF)
Heat 11: Lucas Silveira (BRA), Kan Watanabe (JPN), Jacob Willcox (AUS)
Heat 12: Hiroto Arai (JPN), Luan Wood (BRA), Alonso Correa (PER)
Heat 13: Victor Bernardo (BRA), Imaikalani Devault (HAW), Matthew McGillivray (ZAF)
Heat 14: Noah Schweizer (USA), Elijah Gates (HAW), Cam Richards (USA)
Heat 15: Kalani David (HAW), Kai Hing (AUS), O’Neill Massin (PYF)
Heat 16: Seth Moniz (HAW), Alcides Lopes (BRA), Daniel Glenn (USA)

Ericeira WSL Women’s Junior Championships Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Brisa Hennessy (USA), Dax McGill (HAW), Minori Kawai (JPN)
Heat 2: Tia Blanco (USA), Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), Gina Smith (ZAF)
Heat 3: Mahina Maeda (HAW), Melanie Giunta (PER), Miluska Tello (PER)
Heat 4: Chelsea Tuach (BRB), Carol Henrique (PRT), Juliette Brice (FRA)
Heat 5: Isabella Nichols (AUS), Camilla Kemp (PRT), Nicole Pallet (ZAF)
Heat 6: Holly Wawn (AUS), Natsuki Suda (JPN), Ariane Ochoa (EUK)

ENDS

NOTE: High resolution images are available to Media Outlets on request

About the World Surf League
The mission of the WSL is simple: to inspire positive change for surfing, our fans and the environment. Formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), the WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, running global products across the Samsung Galaxy men’s and women’s Championship Tours, Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels; it strives to put the world’s best surfers on the world’s best waves.

Showcasing the world’s best surfing on its digital platform at WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL has energized an already-passionate global fan base with millions around the world tuning-in to see the likes of Kelly Slater, Filipe Toledo, Gabriel Medina, Makua Rothman, Grant “Twiggy” Baker, Greg Long, Stephanie Gilmore, John John Florence, Carissa Moore and others do battle in the most dynamic field of play in all of sports. For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.

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
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Mobile: +27 (0) 82 423 1964
Email: lifesabeach@mweb.co.za

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