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