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WSL HOLDINGS TO ACQUIRE KELLY SLATER WAVE COMPANY

May 24th, 2016 No comments
10 Years of Science - Ruler Edge Barrel  Image: Todd Glaser

10 Years of Science – Ruler Edge Barrel  Image: Todd Glaser

– THIS PARTNERSHIP AND TECHNOLOGY WILL ALLOW FOR ADVANCEMENTS IN ATHLETE TRAINING, ACCESS TO SURFING FOR PEOPLE OF ALL LEVELS AND INCREASED FAN ENGAGEMENT GLOBALLY

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SANTA MONICA, CA/USA (Tuesday, May 24, 2016) – WSL Holdings, the parent company of the World Surf League (WSL), today announced an agreement in principle to acquire a majority stake in the Kelly Slater Wave Company (KSWC).The partnership between the WSL and KSWC will be dedicated to promoting the growth of high-performance surfing around the world. KSWC’s revolutionary technology creates a number of possibilities for the future of the sport. The WSL and the KSWC envision the build-out of a global network of WSL-branded high-performance training centers utilizing this wave technology.

For Kelly Slater, the 11-time world champion, the creation of this wave technology is the realization of a lifelong dream and a 10-year project, and today’s announcement brings his two worlds together. “While surfing for me will always be about adventure, travel and the ocean, this wave brings a new opportunity to the sport without taking away the soulfulness that attracted many of us to surfing in first place,” said Slater. “Surfing great waves in a controlled environment adds a new dimension, as there is no hassling for waves, no stress over who got the best wave – they are all good. Everyone can relax, have fun and focus on improving their surfing.”

“It’s beyond my dreams that this wave will be a canvas for the global advancement of this great sport in partnership with the WSL,” he added. “It will democratize surfing and provide incredible training opportunities for athletes as well as aspirational surfers in areas with no ocean waves.”

The WSL sanctions and organizes the highest-level professional surfing competitions for men, women, big wave, longboarders and juniors.

“The WSL proudly represents the best in men’s and women’s competitive surfing globally, and the amazing man-made wave technology developed by Kelly Slater and his team is a revolutionary innovation that has the power to dramatically enhance every aspect of our sport,” said Paul Speaker, CEO of the WSL. “We share the same vision and passion for growing high-performance surfing, and are beyond excited to work together under one roof to bring the sport to levels and places never before possible.”

KSWC technology creates an opportunity for surfers to practice and develop ever-higher levels of performance in a repeating environment, with unprecedented opportunities for surrounding camera and sensor arrays providing immediate and perfectly accurate feedback on their progress. This is the first repeatable man-made wave that convincingly delivers the power and shape of ocean waves most sought after by accomplished surfers, including a hollow barrel allowing for long tube rides. While high-performance surfing is the core mission of both the WSL and the KSWC, the wave technology is flexible and can also create variable waves for beginner and intermediate surfers.

WSL Commissioner Kieren Perrow recently visited the first KSWC site, and said the wave surpassed his expectations. “Up until a few weeks ago, I had never ridden Kelly’s Wave, and when I did, I was blown away by the experience,” Perrow said. “It is incredible to see this wave in action — it has more energy and power than I expected and this technology holds a lot of potential for the future development of surfers just starting out and those already competing on our Championship Tour.”

While competition in a man-made environment will offer previously impossible opportunities such as the creation of surrounding spectator environments, as well as certainty of scheduling, WSL CEO Speaker emphasized that nothing could ever replace the magic and mystery of world-class competition in the ocean. “We do believe that all stakeholders – athletes, fans, broadcast and corporate partners – will be super energized by the advent of Championship Tour-level competition with man-made waves,” he said, “but the ocean will always be our home, and the great waves on our tour will always remain the backbone of our competitive schedule.”

Speaker added: “No firm plans have been made for the inclusion of a man-made wave-based competition. We will be evaluating all the possibilities in the coming months with the Commissioners’ Office and the WSL athletes.”

WSL Holdings is the parent company of the World Surf League (WSL). The transaction is subject to the negotiation of mutually agreeable definitive documentation, among other customary conditions. Both WSL and KSWC will continue to operate independently as separate entities following the closing of a transaction. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com and KSWaveCo.com

About the Kelly Slater Wave Company
Kelly Slater Wave Company (KSWC) is an innovative wave technology company. KSWC is the first company to develop a formula that combines cutting edge science, engineering and design to create the longest, open-barrel, high-performance wave in existence. The wave system can mimic the power, speed and experience found in the best ocean waves. As envisioned by 11-time world champion Kelly Slater, KSWC was created to evolve the sport of surfing by making it more accessible. The company is creating world-class, high-performance training centers where top athletes can perfect their talent. In addition, the company is looking at development applications for surfers of any level to enjoy the best man-made waves.

Contact:
Patty Smith
World Surf League
psmith@worldsurfleague.com
(310)-804-2721

Holly Zhao
Teneo Strategy
Holly.zhao@teneostrategy.com
(646)-503-2978
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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.

For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com
Dave Prodan
VP of Communications
dprodan@worldsurfleague.com
+1 805-758-5586

Chloe Kojima
Communications Manager
ckojima@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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De Vries and Maree Win Vans Surf Pro Classic Titles in Epic Waves at Lamberts Bay

May 15th, 2016 No comments
Beyrick de Vries flies to victory in the Vans Surf Pro Classic at YoYo’s in Lamberts Bay Image: WSL / Thurtell

Beyrick de Vries flies to victory in the Vans Surf Pro Classic at YoYo’s in Lamberts Bay Image: WSL / Thurtell

Surfers Blow-Up in Perfect Conditions at Africa’s Own Trestles

Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga) and Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay) clinched the men’s and junior men’s titles at the Vans Surf Pro Classic which was completed in epic 1.0 to 1.3 metre waves and ideal conditions at YoYo’s in Lamberts Bay on Sunday.

The first World Surf league (WSL) events to be run north of Cape Town on the West coast of South Arica, the Vans Surf Pro Classic showcased the country’s best men and junior surfers as they chased a total prize-purse of R50 000 and invaluable points on the Qualifying Series and WSL Africa regional rankings.

The Final of the QS1,000 rated men’s event saw Beyrick De Vries (uMhlanga) and Michael February (Kommetjie) go head to head in a spectacular high-flying air show. With a light crosswind blowing perfectly into the rights, both surfers punted manoeuvres above the lip on virtually every ride and each ended up counting a pair of eight-point scores.

It was de Vries’ rides that impressed the judges more though, and he earned his first QS event title along with R12 000 in prize-money and 1,000 points when his 8.67 and 8.47 left him a slim 0.40 of a point ahead of February’s 8.23 and 8.07.

“Thanks to the locals for letting us use their waves and especially to Vans for bringing a QS event to a spot where the waves are so good,” said de Vries on the podium before going on to thank his sponsors and family for their fantastic support. ”Thank you to everyone who came, you looked left or right and everybody was smiling. Big ups!”

His points haul moved de Vries into the top 100 on the QS ranking after just two events this year, while February’s 750 points saw him jump into the top 30.

“The final was always going to be a tough one, especially against Beyrick and with the waves we’ve been having,” said February. “I had priority for the last seven minutes and nothing came, but I’m happy anyway. This wave is the best, it really brings out the best in everyone’s surfing and allows you to use your whole repertoire of manoeuvres.”

Jordy Maree carves up a YoYo's wave on his way to victory in the Vans Surf Pro Junior event Photo: WSL / Thurtell

Jordy Maree carves up a YoYo’s wave on his way to victory in the Vans Surf Pro Junior event Photo: WSL / Thurtell

The junior Final saw a quartet of the country’s top U-18 rippers tearing up the pumping A-frame peaks with Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay) dominating from start to finish to clinch his first JQS event title in style.

Accumulating scores of 8.33 and 9.33 on his opening rides, Maree had his opponents in a combination situation from the outset. Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) delivered a 7.67 but still needed a near-perfect 9.99 while Adin Masencamp (Strand) and Max Elkington (appearing in a final with his brother for the first time), needed to improve both their counting rides when the heat ended.

“That’s my first JQS victory and I’m super-stoked. I’ve been training hard and it was good to get a win under my belt,” said an elated Maree. “There were so many waves that I just waited for priority and chose the best ones. That played in my favour and I got an 8.33 and a 9.33 which was enough for the win.”

The men’s semifinals were nail-biting encounters punctuated by incredible manoeuvres with both going down to the wire. In the first, de Vries racked up an excellent 8.83 and followed that with a 7.77 before Davey Brand got on the scoreboard. The goofy foot from Kommetjie responded with scores of 7.93 and 8.33 and, needing 8.28 for a place in the final, he came agonizingly close when he was awarded an 8.10 on his last ride in the closing seconds.

“It went very well in terms of the my strategy and the riding of the waves, but it’s tough to figure out what went wrong there, because I don’t know what really did,” said a disappointed Brand. “I’ve surfed here at YoYo’s a few times and I rate it highly. As a contest venue for a QS you probably couldn’t get anywhere better and its pretty awesome that Vans brought the event up here.”

The second semi saw February open up with an 8.67 and an incredible 9.50 before Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) posted his first meaningful score of 7.50. The lanky Kommetjie ripper then added an even better 9.60 which left McGillivray facing a daunting 19.10 total, the highest of the event.

But SA’s highest ranked QS surfer took off on a set wave and posted a perfect 10 point ride, his second of the event, to get back into contention. Still requiring 9.10, McGillivray waited patiently but did not get the opportunity to complete what would have a famous comeback and had to settle for third place overall and a haul of 560 points and R3 000.

“I knew Mikey (February) was going to throw down some big scores and he got two nines on the lefts. So I waited a long time for a set and managed a 10 to break the combination, but nothing more came in the last couple of minutes, said McGillivray. “I’m still happy with my performance and the way I surfed. And I’ve never had two 10’s in an event, so I’m stoked.”

YoYo's at Lamberts Bay Photo: WSL / Van Gysen

YoYo’s at Lamberts Bay Photo: WSL / Van Gysen

The Vans Surf Pro Classic has set the bar for performance surfing in South Africa and YoYo’s has established an instant reputation as one of the best contest sites in the country, being likened to the famous Lower Trestles in California by many of the competitors

Results, images and video footage of the Vans Surf Pro Classic can be found on www.worldsurfleague.com.

Vans Surf Pro Classic
Results (All South African)

Vans Surf Pro Classic Final Results:
1. Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga) 1,000 pts R12,000
2. Michael February (Kommetjie) 750 pts R6,000

Vans Surf Pro Classic Semifinal Results: (Loser = 3rd place, 560 pts R3,000)
S1: Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga) 16.60 def. Davey Brand (Kommetjie) 16.43
S2: Michael February (Kommetjie) 19.10 def. Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) 17.50

Vans Surf Pro Classic Round of 8 Results: (1st & 2nd to Semifinals)
H1: Davey Brand (Kommetjie) 13.30, Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga) 13.04, Slade Prestwich (Durban) 12.33, Daniel Redman (Umdloti) 6.83
H2: Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) 16.83, Michael February (Kommetjie) 15.70, Chad du Toit (Durban) 14.90, Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) 8.17

Vans Surf Pro Classic Junior Final Results
1. Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay) 1,000 pts R8,000
2. Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) 750 pts R4,000
3. Adin Masencamp (Strand) 560 pts R2,500
4. Max Elkington (Kommetjie) 525 pts R2,000

Vans Surf Pro Classic Junior Semifinal Results: (1st & 2nd to Final)
SF1: Adin Masencamp (Strand) 15.34, Max Elkington (Kommetjie) 11.33, Liam de Villiers (Richards Bay) 10.53, Eli Beukes (Kommetjie) 1043
SF2: Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay) 16.43, Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) 14.17, Sebastian Williams (Jeffreys Bay) 13.87, Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) 13.84

The Vans Surf Pro Classic is proudly supported by Red Bull, who hosted a Red Bull Airshow with R5 000 going to Chris Leppan (Durban) for completing the best aerial manoeuvre. Additional support came from the West Coast Boardriders Club and Christian Surfers South Africa. Zigzag Surfing Magazine is the media partner.

ENDS

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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 Vans Surf Pro Classic 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 Vans
Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans authentic collections are sold globally in more than 75 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans also owns and operates nearly 600 retail locations around the world. The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of athletes, musicians and artists and through progressive events and platforms such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, Vans Pool Party, Vans Custom Culture, Vans Warped Tour®, and Vans’ cultural hub and international music venue, the House of Vans.
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WSL Africa
Contact: Colin Fitch – Operations Manager
Tel: 021 534 5738
Email: cfitch@worldsurfleague.com

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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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Del Castillo and Hoffman Clinch Titles at Cape Town Pro

May 8th, 2016 No comments
Joaquin Del Castillo (Peru) shows the form that earned him victory in the Cape Town Pro at Big Bay, Bloubergstrand on Sunday Photo: WSL / Van Gysen

Joaquin Del Castillo (Peru) shows the form that earned him victory in the Cape Town Pro at Big Bay, Bloubergstrand on Sunday Photo: WSL / Van Gysen

Big Bay, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, Sunday May 8, 2016: Joaquin Del Castillo (PER) and Tanika Hoffman (Clifton) clinched the men’s and women’s titles respectively in the inaugural Cape Town Pro presented by Quiksilver at Big Bay, Bloubergstrand on Sunday.

The first World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series QS1,000 rated events held in Cape Town for six years for men and since 1992 for women, the Cape Town Pro presented competitors with the opportunity to earn priceless points on both the both the QS and WSL Africa regional rankings, along with prize- purses of R30 000 for men and R20 000 for women.

Del Castillo led the high scoring final against Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) from the outset, weaving his way through the tricky one metre high tide waves and finishing his rides with flair on the sand. The 20 year-old from Punta Hermosa, just South of Lima, posted rides of 7.33 and an excellent 8.67 which Lightfoot could not match, despite earning a pair of sevens.

“I’m so happy! I’ve come a long way from Peru on my own and I really focused on this competition. This win is for my family, for my country and for Punta Hermosa where I live,” said an ecstatic Del Castillo, who was chaired from the edge of the water to the podium by a pair of local surfers in a heart-warming display of sportsmanship.. “Thanks Cape Town, thanks South Africa, I’m really, really happy. Thank you.”

The victory earned Castillo R12 000 and 1 000 points that will see him jump nearly 100 positions up the QS rankings from his ranking of 167th coming into the event.

Lightfoot, ranked 96th before the Cape Town Pro, was satisfied with his runner-up finish and the 750 points that will see him rise nearly 40 places on the leaderboard, but was frustrated at coming so close to a first QS win.

“I was just out of rhythm with the waves in the final. Joaquin got that eight which was a turning point in the heat and he was in much better rhythm,” said Lightfoot. “I’m satisfied with second place in a QS event – its major jump on the rankings for me. But when you’re so close to winning that you can almost taste it, it’s so frustrating coming second!”

Del Castillo defeated top seed Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga) and Lightfoot outpointed Michael February (Kommetjie) in their respective semifinal match-ups. De Vries and February finished equal third overall with R3 000 and 560 points each.

Tanika Hoffman(Clifton) on her way to clinching the women’s title at the Cape Town Pro at Big Bay, Bloubergstrand on Sunday Photo: WSL / Van Gysen

Tanika Hoffman(Clifton) on her way to clinching the women’s title at the Cape Town Pro at Big Bay, Bloubergstrand on Sunday Photo: WSL / Van Gysen

Hoffman emerged triumphant in the see-saw women’s final in which she and Faye Zoetmulder (Port Elizabeth) both delivered scores in the excellent range, taking the lead with an 8.83 that left Zoetmulder needing an 8.60 for victory.

“To be a winner in my home town is just great! I haven’t won an event in so long and to win a WSL event and earn some points here is really an honour and so exciting,” said Hoffman. “It was very well surfed final. Faye got a couple of really good waves while I played the patience game. Then I found a great little runner that let me do a couple of turns and gave me an eight, and Faye didn’t find another good wave.”

Zoetmulder, who like Hoffman has competed extensively on the QS circuit overseas, was proud of the standard of women’s surfing at an event in home surf.

“It was really good final with Tanika, we threw some good scores down. The waves were pretty tricky and it was challenging so to both be getting scores in the excellent range was really good,” said Zoetmulder. “I used to surf the QS overseas and to have two events at home now and not have to travel is amazing. The girls are all competing, we are getting more entries and I’m stoked for the all the sponsors to be getting involved.”

Hoffman pocketed R8 000 and 1 000 points for her victory with Zoetmulder collecting R4 000and 750 points. Nikita Robb (East London) and Tarryn Chudleigh (Kommetjie) finished equal third after losing to Hoffman and Zoetmulder in their respective semifinal encounters.

The final day of the event got underway in glassy one metre waves, but a thick mist bank that rolled in after the semifinals put the event on hold for more than three hours before it was completed in brilliant sunshine and windless conditions.

The awards were presented by Anroux Marais, the Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, who is an aspiring surfer. The Cape Town Pro also included Surfing South Africa Pro Surf Tour (PST) events for U-18 boys and girls, along with an outreach programme for 70 budding surfers on Sunday.

Full results of the Cape Town Pro can be found at WorldSurfLeague.com

CAPE TOWN PRO FINAL RESULTS:
1. Joaquin Del Castillo (Peru) 1,000 pts R12,000
2. Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) 750 pts R6,000

CAPE TOWN PRO WOMEN’S FINAL RESULTS:
1. Tanika Hoffman (Clifton) 1,000 pts R8,000
2. Faye Zoetmulder (Port Elizabeth) 750 pts R4,000

CAPE TOWN PRO SEMIFINAL RESULTS: (Loser = 3rd place, 560 pts R3,000)
S1: Joaquin Del Castillo (PER) def. Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga)
S2: Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) def. Michael February (Kommetjie)

CAPE TOWN PRO WOMEN’S SEMIFINAL RESULTS: (Loser = 3rd place, 560 pts R2,500)
SF1: Tanika Hoffman (ZAF) def. Nikita Robb (East London)
SF2: Faye Zoetmulder (ZAF) def. Tarryn Chudleigh (Kommetjie)

CAPE TOWN PRO ROUND of 8 RESULTS: (3rd = 5th place, 4th= 7th place)
H1: 1st Beyrick de Vries (ZAF), 2nd Joaquin Del Castillo (PER), 3rd Michael Monk (East London), 4th Bevan Willis (Durban)
H2: 1st Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF), 2nd Michael February (ZAF), 3rd Jarred Veldhuis (Kommetjie), 4th Brandon Benjamin (Retreat)

CAPE TOWN PRO WOMEN’S ROUND of 8 RESULTS: (3rd = 5th place, 4th = 7th place)
H1: 1st Tanika Hoffman (ZAF), 2nd Nikita Robb (ZAF), 3rd Chrystal Hulett (St Francis Bay), 4th Teal Hogg (uMhlanga)
H2: 1st Faye Zoetmulder (ZAF), 2nd Tarryn Chudleigh (ZAF), 3rd Nicole Pallet (La Lucia), 4th Danica Stockigt

The Cape Town Pro presented by Quiksilver was supported by the City of Cape Town, Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Quiksilver, Red Bull, Pick n Pay and Accelerate Sport.

More details on the Cape Town Pro at:

Website: www.worldsurfleague.com and www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/capetownpro/
Instagram: cape_town_pro
Twitter: @CapeTownPRO
Hashtag: #CTProSurf

ENDS

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

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Tel: +27 (0) 21 783 4965
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Top Seeds Dominate on Opening Day of Cape Town Pro

May 7th, 2016 No comments
Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga, ZAF) takes to the air to win his opening heat at the Cape Town Pro at Big Bay, Bloubergstrand on Saturday Photo: WSL / Van Gysen

Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga, ZAF) takes to the air to win his opening heat at the Cape Town Pro at Big Bay, Bloubergstrand on Saturday Photo: WSL / Van Gysen

Big Bay, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, Saturday May 7, 2016: The top seeded surfers dominated the opening rounds of both the men’s and women’s events at the Cape Town Pro presented by Quiksilver which got underway in testing 0.5 to 1.0 metre waves and light winds at Big Bay in Bloubergstrand today (Saturday)

Comprising World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series QS1,000 rated events for men and women, the Cape Town Pro offers competitors the opportunity to earn priceless points on both the both the QS and WSL Africa regional rankings, along with prize- purses of R30 000 for men and R20 000 for women.

Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga, ZAF), the men’s top seed, generated the required speed, power and flow in the small conditions to earn scores of 7.67 and 5.83 (both out of 10) and won his opening encounter, with Bevan Willis (Durban, ZAF) clinching the runner-up position and joining de Vries in the Round of 16.

“That was my first heat of the year and these conditions I had to create the energy and the speed that I needed, so I’m stoked to get the win,” said de Vries, the country’s highest rated QS surfer for the past three years. “It’s really great to have some QS events in South Africa, and it’s good that the waves are small so the up and coming stars get to practice in the type of conditions that you experience when you’re travelling on the tour.”

Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay, ZAF) has already competed in QS events in Portugal, Hawaii, Australia, Martinique and Argentina this year and displayed the form that sees him currently ranked inside the top 100 on the QS leaderboard.

Lightfoot posted a heat tally of 14.50 (out of 20) to advance to the last 16 along with second placed Jarred Veldhuis (Cape Town, ZAF) as the pair eliminated junior Luke Slijpen (Llandudno, ZAF) and the experienced Dan Redman (Umdloti, ZAF).

“Conditions are really small today so you’ve got to know which ones are the runners. I was lucky enough to find the right waves that let me do a couple of turns,” said Lightfoot. “I’m overwhelmed to have a couple of QS events in South Africa to build a platform where local surfers can earn some points. It’s a great starting point for locals and having everything in place to use the priority system is just awesome.”

Reigning WSL Africa champion David van Zyl (Glenashley, ZAF) showed a welcome return to form after a bad injury last year. The 23 year-old racked up two scores in the excellent range and delivered a heat total of 16.40 – the highest of Day 1.

Joaquin Del Castillo (PER) was the only one of the three international surfers in the event to reach the last eight, with Adrian Zorriketa (EUK) eliminated in Round 1 and Nate Dorman (USA) sidelined in Round 2.

The Cape Town Pro is the first WSL QS event for women to be held in the Mother City for over 30 years (since 1992) and completed Round 1 and the Round of 16 with the top three seeds all safely through to the last eight in the event.

Tanika Hoffman (Clifton, ZAF) justified her top seeding, producing high scoring rides on both her forehand and backhand and leaving runner-up Nikita Robb, the 2015 WSL Africa champion Nikita Robb (East London, ZAF), needing an excellent score for the heat win.

“It’s really inconsistent out there but its contest surfing so I just played the patience game out the back and got some good ones,” said Hoffman. “The four-person priority makes competitive surfing so much easier because if stops the hassling for waves and we can concentrate more on producing the best rides. It’s so exciting to have some QS events here for girls and hopefully we’ll start getting some international women coming over to compete in the future.”

Teal Hogg (uMhlanga, ZAF) and Nicole Pallet (La Lucia, ZAF), the second and third seeds, also won their heats but fourth seed Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay, ZAF) was eliminated when she finished third behind experienced QS campaigners Tarryn Chudleigh (Kommetjie, ZAF) and Faye Zoetmulder (Port Elizabeth, ZAF).

The Cape Town Pro resumes at 8am on Sunday with Beyrick de Vries up against local Diran Zakarian (Melkbosstrand, ZAF), Michael Monk (East London, ZAF) and Dillon Fernandez (Cape Town, ZAF) in the first heat of the day. The Semifinals and Finals of the both the men’s and women’s and women’s event will feature one-on-one heats before the champions are crowned at the awards ceremony on the beach.

CAPE TOWN PRO UPCOMING MEN’S ROUND OF 16 HEATS: (South African unless mentioned)
H1: Beyrick de Vries, Diran Zakarian, Michael Monk, Dillon Fernandez
H2: Craig Johnson, Bevan Willis, Sebastian Williams, Joaquin Del Castillo (PER)
H3: Michael February, Matt McGillivray, David van Zyl, Jarred Veldhuis
H4: Brandon Benjamin, Adin Masencamp, Dylan Lightfoot, Joshe Faulkner

CAPE TOWN PRO UPCOMING WOMEN’S ROUND OF 8 HEATS: (All South African)
H1: Tanika Hoffman, Nikita Robb, Teal Hogg, Crystal Hulett
H2: Nicole Pallet, Danica Stockigt, Tarryn Chudleigh, Faye Zoetmulder

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

Follow the Cape Town Surf Pro at:

Website: www.worldsurfleague.com and www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/capetownpro/
Instagram: cape_town_pro
Twitter: @CapeTownPRO
Hashtag: #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 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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WSL Africa
Contact: Colin Fitch – Operations Manager
Tel: 021 534 5738
Email: cfitch@worldsurfleague.com

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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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South Africa’s Top Surfers in Action at Cape Town Pro this Weekend

May 5th, 2016 No comments
Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga) is the top seed for the Cape Town Pro at Big Bay, Bloubergstrand on the weekend Photo: WSL / Masurel

Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga) is the top seed for the Cape Town Pro at Big Bay, Bloubergstrand on the weekend Photo: WSL / Masurel

South Africa’s top professional surfers will be in action at Big Bay, Bloubergstrand this weekend in the Cape Town Pro presented by Quiksilver, a World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 rated event for men and women.

The first internationally rated pro event to be run in the city for men since 2010 and since the dawn of democracy for women (1992), the Cape Town Pro offers the country’s surfers the opportunity to earn priceless points on both the QS and WSL Africa regional rankings along with prize- purses of R30 000 for men and R20 000 for women.

Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga), who has been the country’s highest ranked QS surfer for the past three years, will be the top seed in the 40-man field for the men’s event, even though this will be his first rated event of the year after taking time off to refine his surfing and equipment.

“I’m very happy to start my 2016 campaign at the Cape Town Pro and it feels cool to be the top seed for the event,” said de Vries. “My aim for this year is to maintain my ranking in the top 100 on the QS so that I qualify for the QS10,000 events next year. With three rated events in South Africa, hopefully I won’t have to do too much international travelling.”

Michael February (Kommetjie), Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay), Dale Staples (St Francis Bay) and Slade Prestwich (Durban), the next highest seeds for the Cape Town Pro, have all been campaigning internationally in 2016. In-form sixth seed Matthew McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay), who reached the finals of events in Australia and Tahiti earlier this year and currently occupies the No. 47 position on the QS leaderboard, is the highest ranked SA surfer in the event.

The men’s event has been given an international flavour with entries from Nate Dorman (USA) and Joaquin Del Castillo (Peru), the eighth and ninth seeds respectively. Adrian Zorriketa (EUK) from the Basque region of Spain starts in Round 1.

Tanika Hoffman (Clifton), who ended the 2015 QS season ranked No. 55, heads the women’s seeding, followed by QS campaigners Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay) and Nicole Pallet (La Lucia), with Teal Hogg (uMhlanga) seeded fourth.

The wildcards for the Cape Town Pro are Durbanites Ntando Msibi and Samkelisiwe Cele, both of whom have been brought to Cape Town by Surfing South Africa (SSA), the controlling body for the sport. Sam, as she is known, became the first Zulu girl to enter a WSL rated event at Ballito last year and will be competing in the frigid Cape surf for the first time.

The Cape Town Pro opens with SSA Pro Surf Tour (PST) 3A rated events for U-18 boys and girls on Friday 6 May. The WSL QS1,000 rated events for men and women run on Saturday and Sunday, 7 and 8 May.

An outreach surfing project featuring over 70 young local surfers will be run between 9am and 12 noon on Sunday at Small Bay, Bloubergstrand as part of Surfing South Africa’s focus on grass roots surfing development.

The Cape Town Pro presented by Quiksilver 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:

Website: www.worldsurfleague.com and www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/capetownpro/
Instagram: cape_town_pro
Twitter: @CapeTownPRO
Hashtag: #CTProSurf

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NOTE: High resolution images are available on demand for media outlets

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 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.
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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Vans Surf Pro Classic Introduces Lamberts Bay to World Surf League

May 4th, 2016 No comments
Dale Staples will be one of the top seeded surfers in the Vans Surf Pro Classic at Lamberts Bay  Image: WSL / Bennett

Dale Staples will be one of the top seeded surfers in the Vans Surf Pro Classic at Lamberts Bay  Image: WSL / Bennett

QS1,000 and JQS1,000 Rated Events for Men & Junior Men

The Vans Surf Pro Classic will introduce a new venue to the World Surf league (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) when the inaugural edition of the internationally rated event takes place at YoYo’s in Lamberts Bay on the weekend of 14-15 May.

Comprising a QS1,000 rated event for men alongside a Junior QS1,000 event for boys, the Vans Surf Pro Classic will feature the cream of the country’s open and 18-and-under surfers in the first professional surfing contest to be staged north of Bloubergstrand on the country’s West Coast.

“The Vans Surf Pro Classic was created to help enable our local talented surfers to progress through the QS, and to be able to go back to the roots of surfing by surfing new off the track waves,” says Warren Talbot, Vans SA Marketing Manager. “Vans celebrates 50 years of “Off The Wall” this year, and what better way to do that than to give back to our creative expressers by giving them a platform through surfing.”

There is prize-money of R30 000 at stake for the men, along with priceless points on the WSL QS rankings which determine competitors’ qualification for and seeding into all rated events worldwide. The juniors are competing for a R20 000 prize-purse and points towards the selection of the WSL Africa squad who will represent the region in the annual WSL World Junior Championships.

The points from both events will also count towards determining the 2016 men and junior WSL Africa regional champions, titles which are currently held by David van Zyl (Glenashley) and Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) respectively.

The local West Coast Boardriders club will be hosting the Vans Surf Pro Wildcard Trials at Lamberts Bay on Friday 13 May with the winners of the open and U-18 divisions earning free wildcards directly into the WSL events.

“I’m excited and honoured to be part of an event that not only exhibits a groundbreaking new contest venue in South Africa but also provides the aspiring local tour surfers with a opportunity to gain rankings on the world qualifying tour,” says Josh ‘Dutchie’ Louw of the West Coast Boardriders.

Christian Surfers South Africa will be volunteering their invaluable serves to ensure the smooth running of the event.

Entries for the Vans Surf Pro Classic can be submitted through the www.worldsurfleague.com website.

The Vans Surf Pro Classic is proudly supported by Red Bull who will host a Red Bull Airshow with R5 000 on offer for the surfers completing the best aerial manoeuvres. The media partner is Zigzag Surfing Magazine.

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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 Vans Surf Pro Classic 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 Vans
Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans authentic collections are sold globally in more than 75 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans also owns and operates nearly 600 retail locations around the world. The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of athletes, musicians and artists and through progressive events and platforms such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, Vans Pool Party, Vans Custom Culture, Vans Warped Tour®, and Vans’ cultural hub and international music venue, the House of Vans.
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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