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Jordy Smith & Bianca Buitendag into Round 4 at Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

March 28th, 2016 No comments
Jordy Smith (Durban, ZAF) powers his way over the falling lip on his way to Round 4 of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach in Australia  Image: WSL / Sloane

Jordy Smith (Durban, ZAF) powers his way over the falling lip on his way to Round 4 of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach in Australia  Image: WSL / Sloane

Jordy Smith and Bianca Buitendag have advanced to Round 4 of the men’s and women’s events at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, the second stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT).

Both South Africans suffered early exits at the first event of year on the Gold Coast of Australia two weeks ago and, being the tallest surfers on their respective tours, have relished the additional size and power of the waves at Bells Beach, the iconic venue for this event for past 55 years.

Smith, after finishing second to John John Florence (HAW) in their non-elimination Round 1 heat held in one metre waves on Friday, was able to use his full repertoire of carving rail manoeuvres to defeat dangerous injury replacement Adam Melling (AUS) in unruly double overhead, three metre conditions on Saturday.

The Durbanite continued his momentum on Sunday, slashing his way through the 1 to 1.5 metre onshore surf on Sunday to post victory over Kai Otton (AUS) and advance to Round 4. There he faces three-time world champion and four-time and defending Bells champion Mick Fanning (AUS) and rookie Conner Coffin (USA) with the heat winner progressing directly to the quarterfinals while the other two compete in elimination two-man Round 5 heats.

Smith, a three-time semifinalist at Bells, and Fanning are the only top-12 seeded surfers remaining in the bottom half of the draw following a series of major upsets that saw Joel Parkinson, Florence and Gabriel Medina sidelined by rookies Coffin, Caio Ibelli (BRA) and Davey Cathels (AUS), while Kelly Slater was ousted by Michel Bourez (PYF).

Buitendag started her Bells campaign with a well deserved Round 1 win over six-time world champ Stephanie Gilmore and rookie Chelsea Tuach of Barbados to skip Round 2. However, the 22 year-old from Victoria Bay was relegated to third place by reigning world and Bells champ Carissa Moore and fellow Hawaiian Malia Manuel in Round 3.

Buitendag faces a match up with another Hawaiian in Alessa Quizon when competition resumes with the winner advancing to a quarterfinal clash with Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and the loser eliminated from the event in equal ninth place overall.

Sunday’s action was capped off with the WSL Heritage Series heat between Australian former world champions Barton Lynch (1988) and Damien Hardman (1987, 1991). Despite the challenging lineup, the icons surgically dismantled the tricky Bells conditions on their backhand, with Lynch walking away the victory

Surfline, the official forecasters for the event, are predicting a dropping swell and onshore winds for Tuesday and Wednesday. Clean but small conditions are likely for Thursday before the swell fills in again with offshore winds from Friday.

Event organizers will reconvene each morning at 8am local time (11pm SA time) to assess conditions for a possible recommencement of competition.

All the action from the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach can be watched LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com which also features full results, images, video footage, the Heat Analyser, news, forecasts, and more.

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 17.00 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 15.83
Heat 2: Nat Young (USA) 13.50 def. Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 7.67
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.44 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 9.67
Heat 4: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 15.47 def. Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 8.37
Heat 5: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 13.37 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 12.60
Heat 6: Mason Ho (HAW) 15.10 def. Adriano De Souza (BRA) 14.33
Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.60 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 11.57
Heat 8: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.33 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 13.26
Heat 9: Conner Coffin (USA) 16.27 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.26
Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.83 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 13.70
Heat 11: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 15.54 def. John def. John Florence (HAW) 15.50
Heat 12: Davey Cathels (AUS) 15.40 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 12.07

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round 4 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA), Nat Young (USA), Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 2: Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Mason Ho (HAW)
Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS), Jordy Smith (ZAF), Conner Coffin (USA)
Heat 4: Michel Bourez (PYF), Caio Ibelli (BRA), Davey Cathels (AUS)

Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 11.66, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 10.40, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 4.77
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.27, Malia Manuel (HAW) 8.60, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 6.30
Heat 3: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 14.50, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 11.10, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 6.76
Heat 4: Johanne Defay (FRA) 7.10, Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 6.36, Tyler Wright (AUS) 4.83

Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach Round 4 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Alessa Quizon (HAW) vs. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)
Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) vs. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
Heat 3: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) vs. Tyler Wright (AUS)
Heat 4: Bronte Macaulay (AUS) vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)

ENDS

About the World Surf League

The World Surf League (WSL), formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), is dedicated to celebrating the world’s best surfing on the world’s best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The League, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a truly global sport with regional offices in Australasia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.

The WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, running global events across the Samsung Galaxy Men’s and Women’s Championship Tours, the 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.

Showcasing the world’s best surfing on its digital platform at WorldSurfLeague.com as well as the free WSL app, the WSL has a passionate global fan base with millions tuning in to see world-class athletes like Mick Fanning, John John Florence, Stephanie Gilmore, Greg Long, Gabriel Medina, Carissa Moore, Makua Rothman, Kelly Slater, Adriano de Souza and more battle on the most unpredictable and dynamic field of play of any sport in the world.
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Contact: Colin Fitch – Operations Manager
Tel: 021 534 5738
Email: cfitch@worldsurfleague.com

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Matthew McGillivray Posts Perfect 10 Point Ride : Finishes Runner-up at Papara Pro in Tahiti

March 18th, 2016 No comments
Matthew McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay, left) on the podium after finishing runner-up to Dimitri Ouvre (BLM) in the Papara Pro in Tahiti on Thursday  Image: WSL / Morienne

Matthew McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay, left) on the podium after finishing runner-up to Dimitri Ouvre (BLM) in the Papara Pro in Tahiti on Thursday  Image: WSL / Morienne

On form Jeffreys Bay teenager Matthew McGillivray posted the only perfect 10 point score and went on to finish runner-up in the Papara Pro Surf, a World Surf League (WSL) QS1,000 rated event that ended in Tahiti yesterday.

Competing in the punchy 1.5 metre beach break conditions at Taharu‘u Beach, McGillivray completed two frontside air reverses on the same wave in his semifinal match-up against Shane Holmes (AUS) before battling through a see-saw final with eventual winner Dimitri Ouvre, the only professional surfer from the small Caribbean island of Saint Barthelemy.

“I’ve been working on my air reverses tons at home,” said McGillivray of his perfect score. “Today the wind was perfect for airs, it was blowing to the wave face. That wave had a bit of power so I managed to build up a nice bit of speed. I already had two scores so I just wanted to try and go for broke and get a better one.”

In the final, McGillivray had a good start with a 6.25 on his first wave to take an early lead. Ouvre started with a 5.25 and added a 7.75 to take the lead. The two surfers then exchanged rides with a 7.9 for Ouvre followed by a 7.6 for the South African, with Ouvre ultimately securing the title by 15.65 points to McGillivray’s 13.85 (both out of 20).

In his first full year on the WSL Qualification Series (QS), McGillivray was the highest rated South African in the rankings in the 62nd place (out of 569) coming into the Papara Pro. He finished fourth in the Burleigh Pro in Australia in February, won the trials event at the QS6,000 Newcastle Surfest and placed third in the Rangiroa Pro in Tahiti last week.

At Papara he was again on fire and advanced in first place through five consecutive heats to reach the final. His earnings of US $1 000 (approx R15 500) and 750 rankings points will see the 18 year-old move into the top 40 on the QS rankings.

Slade Prestwich (Durban) and Shane Sykes (Salt Rock) were the only other Saffas in Tahiti and finished 33rd and 25th respectively.

See full results and images at http://bit.ly/1S7MTHp

Results – Papara Pro Open
Surfers shown in order of 1st through 4th

Final
1st – Dimitri Ouvre (BLM), $2,000 and 1,000 points
2nd – Matthew McGillivray (ZAF), $1,000 and 750 points

Semifinals – 1st advances, 2nd=3rd place
SF1: Matthew McGillivray (ZAF), Shane Holmes (AUS)
SF2: Dimitri Ouvre (BLM), Enrique Turo Ariitu (PYF)

Quarterfinals – 1st advances, 2nd=5th place
QF1: Matthew McGillivray (ZAF), Taumata Puhetini (PYF)
QF2: Shane Holmes (AUS), Eli Olson (HAW)
QF3: Enrique Turo Ariitu (PYF), Finn McGill (HAW)
QF4: Dimitri Ouvre (BLM), Shayden Pacarro (HAW)

Round of 16 – 1st and 2nd advance, 3rd=9th place, 4th=13th place
H1: Matthew McGillivray (ZAF), Eli Olson (HAW), Jocelyn Poulou (PYF), Steven Pierson (PYF)
H2: Shane Holmes (AUS), Taumata Puhetini (PYF), Marc Lacomare (FRA), Mateia Hiquily (PYF)
H3: Turo Ariitu (PYF), Dimitri Ouvre (BLM), Kekoa Cazimero (HAW), Noa Mizuno (HAW)
H4: Shayden Pacarro (HAW), Finn McGill (HAW), Makai McNamara (HAW), Dylan Goodale (HAW)

ENDS

About the World Surf League

The World Surf League (WSL), formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), is dedicated to celebrating the world’s best surfing on the world’s best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The League, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a truly global sport with regional offices in Australasia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.

The WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, running global events across the Samsung Galaxy Men’s and Women’s Championship Tours, the 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.

Showcasing the world’s best surfing on its digital platform at WorldSurfLeague.com as well as the free WSL app, the WSL has a passionate global fan base with millions tuning in to see world-class athletes like Mick Fanning, John John Florence, Stephanie Gilmore, Greg Long, Gabriel Medina, Carissa Moore, Makua Rothman, Kelly Slater, Adriano de Souza and more battle on the most unpredictable and dynamic field of play of any sport in the world.
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

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