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Western Cape Minister of Sport Meets with Surfers to Launch Internationally Rated CAPE TOWN PRO Event in City

April 28th, 2016 No comments
(From LtR) Mark Hoffman (President of Surfing South Africa), Tanika Hoffman (SA’s highest ranked surfer on the WSL Women’s Qualifying Series), Minister Anroux Marais, Craig Johnson (Finalist – 2015 SA Surfing Championships) Photo: Well / Accelerate

(From LtR) Mark Hoffman (President of Surfing South Africa), Tanika Hoffman (SA’s highest ranked surfer on the WSL Women’s Qualifying Series), Minister Anroux Marais, Craig Johnson (Finalist – 2015 SA Surfing Championships) Photo: Well / Accelerate

Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Ms Anroux Marais, met with representatives from the World Surf League (WSL) Africa regional office, Surfing South Africa (SSA) and top rated local surfers to launch the Cape Town Surf Pro presented by Quiksilver, the first internationally rated professional men’s surfing event to be staged in the city since 2010 and the first professional women’s event since 1992.

Ms Marais, who has taken surfing lessons, was thrilled in both her personal capacity and as a Minister that the Western Cape Government was supporting the event.

“I’m very excited about being part of the Cape Town Pro and will be attending as much of the event as possible, both as the Minister and as a surfing enthusiast,” said Ms Marais. “I’m particularly happy that the Cape Town Pro will include the first internationally rated pro women’s event to be held in the city since the dawn of democracy.”

The Minister met with WSL Africa Operations Manager Colin Fitch, Surfing South Africa President Mark Hoffman, WSL Women’s Qualifying Series surfer Tanika Hoffman (Clifton) and SA Surfing Championships finalist Craig Johnson (Muizenberg).

The Cape Town Pro runs from 6-8 May 2016 at Big Bay, Bloubergstrand, and features WSL QS1,000 rated events for men and women and SSA Pro Surf Tour (PST) Junior (U-18) events for boys and girls.

The event is supported by the City of Cape Town, Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Quiksilver and Red Bull.

Follow the Cape Town Surf Pro at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/capetownpro/
Instagram: cape_town_pro
Twitter: @CapeTownPRO and #CTProSurf

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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.

About the Surfing South Africa
The Cape Town Pro is registered with Surfing South Africa, recognised by the Dept. of Sport and Recreation as the national controlling body for the sport and a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).

About Quiksilver:
Since its beginnings in 1969, Quiksilver has combined function, fit, art and fashion to develop boardshorts and clothing for mountain and ocean lovers across the globe. While still sticking to the core roots of the mountain and the wave, Quiksilver has become recognized as the premium youth lifestyle and culture clothing brand within the action sports market. Quiksilver has an ever-changing array of materials, prints, and technologies. In addition to boardshorts, Quiksilver designs and produces an entire line of lifestyle apparel, wetsuits, and snow outerwear available across the globe. Our elite team of athletes have become icons throughout the world. Our mission is inspire the youth and progress as the world around us evolves.
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Tel: 021 534 5738
Email: cfitch@worldsurfleague.com

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Slade Prestwich Finishes 5th in Martinique – Jumps to No. 68 on QS Rankings

April 25th, 2016 No comments
Slade Prestwich (Durban) on his way to fifth place in the Martinique Surf Pro on Sunday  Image: WSL / Poullenot

Slade Prestwich (Durban) on his way to fifth place in the Martinique Surf Pro on Sunday  Image: WSL / Poullenot

Durban’s Slade Prestwich reached the quarterfinals of the Martinique Surf Pro in the Caribbean on Sunday before he was eliminated in equal fifth place overall in the World Surf League QS3,000 rated event.

Starting in the Round of 128, Prestwich advanced through five heats before narrowly losing out to Luke Hynd (AUS) by 0.14 of a point in his first man-on-man heat. Tied on two-wave totals of 13.30 at the end of the heat, the result was determined by a count-back to each surfer’s best ride, with the Australian advancing to the semifinals by 6.97 to 6.83.

Prestwich’s haul of US $2 500 (about R37 500) and 1 260 points saw him jump 102 places up the QS rankings to No. 68 – the first time he has featured in the prestigious Top 100 since February 2014.

The inform Jeffreys Bay based pair of Matt McGillivray and Dylan Lightfoot were the next highest placed South Africans, finishing equal 33rd overall. McGillivray remains the highest QS ranked local at No. 42 while the 630 points earned elevated Lightfoot to No. 91.

Michael February (Kommetjie), the runner-up in the 2015 Martinique Surf Pro, was eliminated in his first heat this year, placing equal 49th, while Dale Staples (St Francis Bay) finished equal 81st and 2015 WSL Africa champion David van Zyl (Glenashley) ended 97th.

The event was won by Frederico Morais (PRT) who defeated Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) in excellent 1.0 to 1.5 metre peelers in the final.

“That’s my first QS win and I’ve been waiting for this for a long time, it’s the best feeling ever!” said Morais. “My secret today was just to be relaxed and enjoying myself on some of the best waves I’ve ever had in a QS (event).”

For all results, photos, video highlights and press releases, log on to worldsurfleague.com.

MARTINIQUE SURF PRO FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Frederico Morais (PRT) 16.66
2 – Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 14.30

MARTINIQUE SURF PRO SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 15.87 def. Deivid Silva (BRA) 15.83
SF 2: Frederico Morais (PRT) 16.67 def. Luke Hynd (AUS) 14.57

MARTINIQUE SURF PRO QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Deivid Silva (BRA) 16.00 def. Jesse Mendes (BRA) 8.63
QF 2: Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 14.80 def. Ian Gouveia (BRA) 12.60
QF 3: Luke Hynd (AUS) 13.30 def. Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 13.30
QF 4: Frederico Morais (PRT) 18.17 def. Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 14.87

MARTINIQUE SURF PRO ROUND OF 16 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Jesse Mendes (BRA) 14.67, Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 14.07, Diego Mignot (FRA) 13.47, Timothee Bisso (GLP) 11.76
Heat 2: Ian Gouveia (BRA) 14.53, Deivid Silva (BRA) 12.50, Alan Donato (BRA) 11.47, Charly Martin (GLP) 10.27
Heat 3: Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 14.00, Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 11.84, Lucca Mesinas Novaro (PER) 11.27, Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 9.47
Heat 4: Frederico Morais (PRT) 15.86, Luke Hynd (AUS) 12.93, Evan Geiselman (USA) 8.04, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 7.70

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

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Bianca Buitendag and Jordy Smith Ranked in Top 10 after Drug Aware Margaret River Pro

April 17th, 2016 No comments
Bianca Buitendag (Victoria Bay, ZAF) on her way to the quarterfinals of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro in Australia  Image: WSL / Cestari

Bianca Buitendag (Victoria Bay, ZAF) on her way to the quarterfinals of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro in Australia  Image: WSL / Cestari

Sebastian Zietz Claims Victory over World’s Best, Vaults to No. 2 in the World
Tyler Wright Clinches Second Event Title in 2016

South African’s Bianca Buitendag and Jordy Smith are both ranked in the Top 10 in their respective women’s and men’s Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tours (CT) after the third stop of the season, the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro in Western Australia.

Buitendag (Victoria Bay, ZAF) advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time this year before being eliminated by three-time WSL and reigning WSL women’s champion Carissa Moore (HAW). Her 5th place finish saw Buitendag climb from eleventh to No. 8 on the Jeep Rankings leaderboard.

Smith (Durban, ZAF), who came into Margaret River ranked No. 3 following his runner-up result at Bells Beach, posted several powerful performances before he was ousted by Brazilian rookie Caio Ibelli in the round before the quarterfinals. Smith dropped four places to No. 7 on the leaderboard after finishing 9th overall in Western Australia.

Tyler Wright (AUS) won the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro on Friday, defeating defending event champion and Jeep rankings leader Courtney Conlogue (USA) in pumping 2 – 2.5 metre waves at the Main Break.

Wright took the lead early in the final and then put her opponent in a combination situation and needing to improve on both her scores when the Australian completed a deep tube ride for a near perfect 9.60 out of 10. Conlogue, who has won three titles at this event, struggled to find the scores to combat Wright and was left needing a 9.97 point ride for victory.

“I knew Courtney was just dropping 9-point rides every heat, so I had to be smart in selecting my waves and turns and not get over excited,” Wright said. “Every wave I had felt dreamy. This event was easy for me. No massive mental challenges, so I was really stoked on that and the happy headspace I’ve been in.”

Conlogue will continue to wear the Jeep Leaders Jersey in the next event in Rio de Janeiro in May as she remains in 1st place position on the rankings. The American continued to demonstrate strong and consistent performances that saw her reach her third straight final on the 2016 CT.

Sebastian Zietz (HAW), a former elite tour competitor and injury replacement surfer on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour, claimed his first CT victory at Margaret River in a dramatic final against Julian Wilson (AUS) on Saturday.

Wilson opened up a lead in the final but Zietz responded by posting a 9.10 to stay in contention. A set of waves with five minutes remaining resulted in Wilson taking the first one but not improving his two-wave total while Zietz showcased his trademark Hawaiian power and style to grab the lead.

“I am stoked,” Zietz said. “The pressure was on and I pulled that last maneuver in the white-water and made it. To win was definitely the goal I’d set for a long time. It is epic to win a CT event against all the top guys and come out on top. I just want to dedicate this win to my family and everyone at home.”

After narrowly failing to requalify for this season’s elite tour, Zietz has been competing as an injury replacement in the three Australian leg events. His event win now vaults the Hawaiian to No. 2 in the world heading into the remainder of the year.

“I love the wave here and the crowd that comes down,” said Wilson. “That was a good final. Massive congrats to Seabass [Sebastian Zietz] for his first win. We were able to go blow for blow and produce two great heat totals out there. I am happy to get a good result here and Bells was a better result than last year. I look forward to the rest of the year and to carry that momentum and fire into Brazil.”

The next stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour will be the Oi Rio Pro from May 10 – 21, 2016

For more information, log onto WorldSurfLeague.com

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Women’s Final Results:
1 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 18.67
2 – Courtney Conlogue (USA) 14.70

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Women’s Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 17.44 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 12.17
SF 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 15.07 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.07

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Women’s Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 15.00 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 7.20
QF 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 17.33 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 6.67
QF 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.57 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 6.40
QF 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.53 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 8.74

2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Rankings (After Drug Aware Margaret River Pro):
1. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 26,000 pts
2. Tyler Wright (AUS) 25,200 pts
3. Carissa Moore (HAW) 19,500 pts
4. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 18,200 pts
5. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15,600pts

8. Bianca Buitendag (Victoria Bay, ZAF) 11,800pts

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Men’s Final Results:
1 – Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 17.40
2 – Julian Wilson (AUS) 16.67

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Men’s Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Julian Wilson (AUS) 16.60 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.50
SF 2: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 16.27 def. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 13.17

2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Rankings (after Drug Aware Margaret River Pro):
1. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 24,000 pts
2. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 15,750 pts
3. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 14,750 pts
4. Kolohe Andino (USA) 13,700 pts
5. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13,450 pts

7. Jordy Smith (Durban, ZAF) 12,500pts

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

Compiled & Distributed by:

Life’s a Beach Communications
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Tel: +27 (0) 21 783 4965
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 423 1964
Email: lifesabeach@mweb.co.za

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KwaDukuza Welcomes International Festival of Surfing to Ballito in June

April 14th, 2016 No comments
Alejo Muniz (BRA) throws a sheet of spray on his way to victory in the 2015 Ballito Pro  Photo: WSL / Ballito Pro / Cestari

Alejo Muniz (BRA) throws a sheet of spray on his way to victory in the 2015 Ballito Pro  Photo: WSL / Ballito Pro / Cestari

The World Surf League’s elite performers will be joined by the cream of the country’s men, women and juniors at Ballito on the KwaDukuza coast of KwaZulu-Natal in June for a festival of unsurpassed surfing excellence.

For an eighth successive year the region will host the top international and South African men who will be competing in the Ballito Pro presented by Billabong, a WSL Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 rated event with a prize-pool of R4 million. The women will again demonstrate their skills in the QS1,000, R50 000, Ballito Women’s Pro presented by Billabong while the Billabong Junior Series includes events for men and women aged 18 and under at Ballito for the first time.

“KwaDukuza Municipality is privileged to continue our private-public partnership for growth by bringing the Ballito Pro, the country’s most popular professional surfing event, to our region, province, country and continent,” says the Mayor of KwaDukuza, Cllr Ricardo Mthembu. “During a declining world economy, the Ballito Pro drives tourism growth, creates local business opportunities and much needed job opportunities.”

“We thank our partners World Surfing League and Billabong, along with the contribution made by local businesses, our community, staff and emergency services. This year’s event coincides with the 40th celebration of June 16 and provides a platform for the youth of the world to showcase their talent and highlight global integration through sport. KwaDukuza is ready to host all our visitors and provide the surfers, from the Junior Series to the world’s best professionals, with an unforgettable experience that will encourage you to become brand ambassadors for Ballito and South Africa in general.”

Continuing its storied 47 year legacy as the world’s longest running professional surfing event, the Ballito Pro will be bigger and better in all aspects in 2016 as it again welcomes the support of global apparel and equipment giant Billabong, which has added its acclaimed and long running junior series to the mix this year.

“Billabong is once again really proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Ballito Pro,” said Billabong SA Group Marketing Manager, Chad D’Arcy. “Last year’s event was a phenomenal success and we are looking to build on what we achieved in 2015. Working with KwaDukuza was such a pleasure and we can’t wait to be back in Ballito again. We will be adding a junior surfing event as part of our annual Billabong Junior Series, which will bring another exciting element into the schedule.”

The 2015 Ballito Pro field included 17 of the world’s top 34 ranked surfers and was won by Alejo Muniz whose haul of 10 000 points contributed significantly to the Brazilian’s qualification for the prestigious 2016 WSL Championship Tour (CT). This year’s expanded 112-man field provides the local WSL Africa registered surfers with invaluable experience competing against the world’s best, along with opportunities to earn prize-money and coveted rankings points while competing in their home surf.

Points received in the Ballito Women’s Pro count towards the annual WSL Africa titles and ensures that the country’s top female competitors qualify for preferential seeding into international events. And competitors aged 18-and-under in the Billabong Junior Series will be striving for the prestigious event titles and selection for the WSL Africa squad that is invited to the annual WSL Junior Championships.

“It’s fantastic for South African surfing, KwaDukuza, Ballito and the WSL that we are able to host the continent’s highest level QS rated event at this superb venue for the eighth year in a row,” says WSL Africa Operations Manager, Colin Fitch. “We look forward to seeing 112 of the world’s best surfers produce another spectacular display of high performance surfing in Ballito. The opportunity for our top pro juniors to rub shoulders and compete with these top performers will help to raise the standard of surfing in South Africa. Thanks again to KwaDukuza, Billabong and Ballito.”

The Ballito Pro and Ballito Women’s Pro events will run in conjunction between Monday 27 June and Sunday 3 July. They are preceded by the Surfing South Africa Trials on Sunday 26 June with the four-day Billabong Junior Series running from Wednesday to Saturday, 22 – 25 June.

While the surfers ride the waves, the Ballito Pro Festival is set to turn up the heat in KwaDukuza by offering the best in beach, music and extreme sports entertainment. Locals and holiday-makers will be spoilt for choice with the week-long festival featuring an extreme sports programme, the Coastal Living Bru Food & Wine Festival and an exciting retail area while the Ballito Pro Music Concerts Powered by 5FM bring some of South Africa’s most talented music acts to the stage in Salt Rock.

The Ballito Pro presented by Billabong is proudly supported by the KwaDukuza Municipality, Billabong, 5FM, Monster Energy, Zigzag Surfing Magazine, World Surf League (WSL) and Surfing South Africa (SSA).

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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.

Surfing South Africa
The Ballito Pro, Ballito Women’s Pro, SSA Trials and Billabong Junior Series are registered with Surfing South Africa, recognised by the Dept. of Sport and Recreation as the national controlling body for the sport and a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).

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WSL Africa
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Tel: 082 699 4493
Email: cfitch@worldsurfleague.com

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Contact: Collette Bundy
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Email: collettebundy0@gmail.com

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Inaugural Cape Town Pro to Bring Country’s Top Surfers to Mother City in May

April 8th, 2016 No comments
Reigning WSL Africa champion David van Zyl (Glenashley) will be one of the top seeds in the Cape Town Pro at Big Bay Bloubergstrand in May  Image: Luke Patterson

Reigning WSL Africa champion David van Zyl (Glenashley) will be one of the top seeds in the Cape Town Pro at Big Bay Bloubergstrand in May  Image: Luke Patterson

WSL QS1,000 Rated Events for Men & Women at Big Bay, Bloubergstrand

The World Surf League Africa regional office is proud to announce that the inaugural edition of the Cape Town Pro presented by Quiksilver comprising internationally rated Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 events for men and women will be staged at Big Bay, Bloubergstrand on 6-8 May 2016.

Offering prize-purses of R30 000 for men and R20 000 for women, the events also contribute invaluable points on the WSL QS rankings which determine competitors’ qualification for and seeding into all rated events worldwide. The points will also count towards determining the annual regional WSL Africa champions.

“We are really happy to add the Cape Town Pro presented by Quiksilver to the WSL Africa calendar and thank all those who have made it possible,” said Colin Fitch, Operations Manager for WSL Africa, which is sanctioning the event. “ Hosting rated events in Africa is vital for the careers of our local members and gives them the opportunity to qualify for WSL events worldwide.”

The Cape Town Pro will be managed by Accelerate Sport in partnership with Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport and the City of Cape Town.

“We look forward to hosting an exciting world class surfing event in our beautiful City,” said Gary Grant, Managing Director of Accelerate Sport. “We already represent both World Surf League Africa and Surfing South Africa from a commercial, consultancy and development perspective and we are also able to create and manage our own events under both WSL and SSA’s auspices.”
The WSL events are expected to attract the top surfers from every corner of the coastline, including those who campaign internationally on the QS, to the Mother City. Fields of up to 48 men and 24 women are anticipated.

“The Cape Town Pro will be a welcome occasion to bring back professional surfing to the City of Cape Town and will contribute towards our mission of making Cape Town the events capital of the world,” said Mayor Patricia De Lille.
“We are proud to showcase an event like this in Cape Town as it is important to expose our youth to these sporting events,” said Anroux Marais, Provincial Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, whose department is happy to assist in the hosting of the event.

“I am excited about the development tournament part of the event and it is crucial that our youth are afforded the opportunity to see what is available to them so that their participation and future achievements can become a reality. This is another step closer to identifying local talent and growing sporting skills.”
The Cape Town Pro will also host 3A rated Pro Surf Tour (PST) events for Under 18 boys and girls on Friday 6 May. Sanctioned by Surfing South Africa, the national controlling body for the sport, there will be R5 000 in prize-money at stake in each division and the winners qualify for the QS events.

“We are pleased that elite surfing will be hosted in Cape Town,’ said Robin de Kock, General Manager of Surfing South Africa. “The Cape Town Pro presented by Quiksilver is a significant event for South Africa and Cape Town and will enhance the level of surfing in the country.”

Global apparel brand Quiksilver is happy to partner with the Cape Town Pro to promote the sport.

“We’re very excited to be partnering in this event and investing in surfing in South Africa,” said Dane Patterson, Quiksilver Sales and Marketing Manager. “There is an abundance of talented surfers in South Africa and events like this give them the opportunity to showcase their skills and progress their careers.”

Entries for the Cape Town Pro QS events can be submitted through the www.worldsurfleague.com website. The closing date for entries is 22 April 2016 and the costs are US $50 for men and $25 for women, excluding VAT.

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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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Smith Runner-Up to Wilkinson at Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

April 3rd, 2016 No comments
Jordy Smith (Durban, ZAF) on his way to second place in the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach in Australia on Sunday Image: WSL / Sloane

Jordy Smith (Durban, ZAF) on his way to second place in the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach in Australia on Sunday Image: WSL / Sloane

Buitendag Ninth in Women’s Event
Highlights from Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Available at WorldSurfLeague.Com

Jordy Smith (ZAF) posted his best result at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach when he finished runner-up to Matt Wilkinson (AUS) in pumping 2 – 3 metre (6 -10 feet) waves at the iconic venue in the Australian State of Victoria on Sunday.

The second stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach is the longest-running annual surf event in the world and today proved nothing short of historic with Wilkinson’s victory being the first for a goofy-footer at Bells Beach in 17 years (last won by Mark Occhilupo in 1998).

The final showcased Wilkinson and Smith exchanging huge scores as each battled to hold the lead. Wilkinson unleashed his strong backhand to deliver vertical snaps, earning him a 9.20 and an 8.17, challenging Smith to find two new scores at the halfway point. Smith finished with a 14.16 two-wave combined score, but it was not enough to beat Wilkinson’s total of 17.37.

After suffering a string of injuries in 2015, Smith’s performance at Bells puts his WSL Title campaign back on track. Although he experienced an early Round 2 loss at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast last month, he made a major comeback by defeating Australians Adam Melling and Kai Otten, Caio Ibelli (BRA), Michel Bourez (PYF) and posting a first victory at Bells over three-time WSL Champion and four-time event winner Mick Fanning (AUS) on his way to the Final.

“Last year I had a back injury and struggled through it, but I am glad to make the Final here today,” Smith said. “This year was a little different for me at Bells. I did not have my expectations so high, and I wanted to put on a good performance and surf my best. I am just trying to put my head down and do the best surfing I can and work as hard as I can.”

The result sees Smith vault to No. 3 on the Jeep rankings heading into the third stop on the Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour – the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro – which starts in Western Australia on Friday 8 April.

Following a win at the opening stop of the season on the Gold Coast, the Wilkinson has gone back-to-back to start the year with today’s emphatic victory and now holds a points total that is more than double his nearest challenger.

“I have been trying to win everywhere, forever and it has never happened, and this year I seem to keep picking up trophies, which is making me feel pretty good,” Wilkinson said, “I am so happy to be at Bells. I’ve been coming down to this event for so long, and I’ve always wanted to win it. I finally got my chance.”

Courtney Conlogue (USA) won the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach on Friday, defeating two-former event winner Sally Fitzgibbons in the Final and taking over the Jeep ranking’s leader’s yellow jersey heading into Margaret River.

Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) caused an upset by relegating six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) to Round 2 in the opening round encounter. But the 22 year-old from Victoria Bay was narrowly outpointed by Alessa Quizon in Round 4 and ended her Bells Beach campaign in ninth place overall, slipping to No. 11 in the rankings.

Highlights from the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach are available at WorldSurfLeague.com.

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Final Results:
1 – Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 17.37
2 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.16

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 17.27 def. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 12.40
SF 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.17 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.90

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.30 def. Nat Young (USA) 12.33
QF 2: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.26 def. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 12.00
QF 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.90 def. Conner Coffin (USA) 16.17
QF 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.77 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 17.26

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Remaining Round 5 Results:
Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.50 def. Davey Cathels (AUS) 6.33
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.80 def. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 16.33

2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Top 5 (after Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach):
1. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 20,000 pts
2. Conner Coffin (USA) 9,200 pts
3. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 8,500 pts
3. Kolohe Andino (USA) 8,500 pts
5. Mick Fanning (AUS) 8,250 pts
5. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 8,250 pts
5. Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 8,250 pts

ENDS

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