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Cape Town Surfriders Win Presidents Cup at 51st South African Surfing Championships

August 28th, 2016 No comments
Greg Emslie : 2016 South African Men’s Champion : photo Ian Thurtell

Greg Emslie : 2016 South African Men’s Champion : photo Ian Thurtell

Buffalo City’s Greg Emslie and Nikita Robb Clinch Men’s and Women’s Titles
Ethan Fletcher (Cape Town) and Natasha van Greunen (Cape Winelands) Take U20 Titles

Long Beach, Kommetjie, Cape Town (Saturday September 27) – The Cape Town Surfriders team won the coveted President’s Cup at the 51st South African Surfing Championships in misty Long Beach conditions today and in doing so maintained their proud 100% record of wins in home waters.

Team coach, Chris Bond, congratulated his side on a “solid team performance” with Ethan Fletcher’s gold medal in the U20 Boys division, silvers from Tarryn Chudleigh in the Women’s and Brandon Benjamin in the Men’s and Jordy Maree’s fourth place in the U20 Boys Final certainly sealing the deal for the locals.

Buffalo City Surfriders came second but will celebrate the fact that Greg Emslie and Nikita Robb won the Men’s and Women’s titles respectively and Danica Stockigt took fourth in the U20 Girls final.

His victory sees Emslie take his place in history as the only surfer to secure five Open Men’s SA titles, one more than the legendary Chris Knutsen.

Robb not only won her fifth Women’s crown but was also named the Surfer of the Contest. She was the only surfer to score a perfect 10 point ride over the three days of competition.

Third place went the way of 2014 champions Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders who’s best results came from second placed U20 Girl Britney Linder and Faye Zoetmulder, who came fourth in the Women’s final.

Cape Winelands took fourth place and will toast 2016 U20 Girls Champion Natasha Van Greunen and U20 Boys silver medalist Adin Masencamp when they celebrate their best result at a South African Championships in years.

Defending team champions eThekweni return to KZN with a bronze medal from Ntando Msibi in the U20 Boys final, a bronze from Teal Hogg in the U20 Girls final and a fourth in the Men’s final for Chris Frolich.

Llewellyn Whittaker’s third place in the Men’s Division helped Eden Surfriders finish sixth overall ahead of Ugu Surf riders who needed more finalists that just their former eight time SA champion Heather Clark to finish higher up the rankings.

The Invitation Team came eighth and uThungulu Surfriders were ninth.

51st South African Surfing Championships

Final Results

Team Title
1. Cape Town
2. Buffalo City
3. Nelson Mandela Bay
4. Cape Winelands
5. eThekweni
6. Eden
7. Ugu
8. Invitation Team
9. uThungulu

Men
1. Greg Emslie (Buffalo City)
2. Brandon Benjamin (Cape Town)
3. Llewellyn Whittaker (Eden)
4. Chris Frolich (eThekweni)

Women
1. Nikita Robb (Buffalo City)
2. Tarryn Chudleigh (Cape Town)
3. Heather Clark (Ugu)
4. Faye Zoetmulder (Nelson Mandela Bay)

U20 Boys
1. Ethan Fletcher (Cape Town)
2. Adin Masencamp (Cape Winelands)
3. Ntando Msibi (eThekweni)
4. Jordy Maree (Cape Town)

U20 Girls
1. Natasha Van Greunen (Cape Winelands)
2. Britney Linder (Nelson Mandela Bay)
3. Teal Hogg (eThekweni)
4. Danica Stockigt (Buffalo City)

Surfer of the Contest
Nikita Robb (Buffalo City)

ENDS

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognised by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA) as the governing body for the sport in South Africa.

The 2016 South African Surfing Championships was supported by the Department of Sport and Recreation and hosted by Cape Town Surfriders..

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Slater Wins, Florence Heads Rankings and Smith Up to No. 5 on Epic Finals Day in Tahiti

August 24th, 2016 No comments
Kelly Slater (USA) deep inside a tube at Teahupo’o on his way to victory in the Billabong Pro Tahiti on Tuesday Photo: WSL / Poullenot

Kelly Slater (USA) deep inside a tube at Teahupo’o on his way to victory in the Billabong Pro Tahiti on Tuesday Photo: WSL / Poullenot

In a memorable day for professional surfing, Kelly Slater (USA) rewrote the record books by defeating John John Florence in the final of the Billabong Pro Tahiti, stop No. 7 of 11 on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour (CT), in flawless and pumping 1.5 to 2.5 metre waves at the fabled break of Teahupo’o yesterday (Tuesday).

The peerless 11-time World Champion improved on his own record-setting legacy by claiming his 55th CT event title and his fifth win in Tahiti; delivering four perfect 10 point rides in the same event, three on the final day, including his third perfect 20 point heat total (only nine perfect heats have been produced in the history of the sport); extending his record as the oldest surfer to win a CT and averaging an incredible 18.29 out of 20 for the seven heats he contested.

“When I look back that will for sure be one of the best wins I have ever had,” said an elated Slater. “To have John John [Florence] in the final is a dream for me. It is no secret that I am towards the tail-end of my career. John John and Gabriel [Medina] are on their way up and those guys are just monsters. John John is everybody’s favourite surfer, so I want to see how many heats I can get with him before I am done, and to have him out here where he and Gabriel are the favourites. This is a really special time for me. I am stoked.”

The win was Slater’s best result of the season and his first CT event win in 32 months, since the Billabong Pipe Masters in 2013. After finishing 25th, 13th and 25th in the first three events of 2016, and then electing not to participate in the fourth event in Brazil in May, he slumped to a worst ever No. 36 on the Jeep Leaderboard.

Since June the 44 year-old he earned 3rd place in Fiji, 5th place Jeffreys Bay and won in Tahiti which has elevated him 28 places to No. 8 in the rankings going into the last four events of the season, all of which he has won multiple times.

“It just came together for me,” continued Slater. “I was on the right waves, I was in sync and totally relaxed the whole time. To be in that Final with John John and lose would have been no problem for me. I was taking each heat as a bonus. I have had such a bad run for me historically over the last couple of years that anything was going to be good.”

Slater’s amazing run through the event also saw him receive the Andy Irons Most Committed Performance Award, a trophy that goes to the standout surfer of the Billabong Pro Tahiti to honour the late three-time world champion and one of Slater’s fiercest rivals. Previous winners include C.J. Hobgood (2015), Owen Wright (2014), John John Florence (2013), Ricardo dos Santos (2012) and Jeremy Flores (2011).

“I’m so stoked, I’ve worked for this thing for years,” said Slater on receiving the trophy after his semifinal victory. “Andy [Irons] would be equally mad and stoked that I won this. Last time I surfed against Andy, it was here at Teahupo’o and he won the event. It was his last win, and I lost to him in the Semifinals. It was a really special heat for me and this is a really special award. This is rad and I can’t wait to put the award in my house. I feel like I’ve won the contest already.”

The runner-up finish for Florence is his best ever result at Teahupo’o and sees the 23-year-old claim the Jeep Leader Jersey from Matt Wilkinson (AUS) who has held it since the first event of the year.

“I am super stoked to be the leader on the Jeep Rankings,” Florence said. “But at this point, it is only a yellow jersey and what counts is at the end of the year. There is still a lot to go this year and I’m going to keep chipping away at it.”

Gabriel Medina (BRA), 2014 event winner and 2015 finalist, took home a third-place finish following an incredible match-up against Florence in the second semifinal. The sensational superheat that is already being touted as ‘Heat of the Year’, saw the pair battle for a place in the final and the chance to claim the Jeep Leader Jersey.

The surfers traded impressive scores throughout the heat, posting seven excellent barrels above 9.00 between them during the bout. The Hawaiian held a slight lead of 18.44 to Medina’s 17.46, but with ten minutes left on the clock, Medina challenged Florence by coming out of a monstrous barrel to earn a Perfect 10 (the fifth of the day) and gain control of the heat.

Under pressure and with four minutes remaining, Florence needed a 9.31. In a dramatic exchange, Florence used his priority to land a critical 9.93 to regain the lead and followed it up with a 9.73 to seal the win.

“It was a really fun heat,” said Medina. “John [Florence] is always hard to beat anywhere. We both had really good waves. It was his day today. I look forward to Trestles.”

South Africa’s Jordy Smith led for most of his Round 5 heat on the final day before eventual semi-finalist Adrian ‘Ace’ Buchan (AUS) slotted into an incredibly deep tube and emerged with a 9.10 and the heat win.

The Durbanite matched his career best 9th place finish in Tahiti and moved up two places to equal fifth place with Julian Wilson (AUS) on the Jeep Rankings going into his more favoured events at Trestles, near his new home in California where he won in 2014, and in France and Portugal.

The next stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour will be the Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro at Trestles in California, which will see the battle for this season’s World Titles heat up as the world’s best surfers take on Lowers from September 7 -18, 2016.

Highlights, results, heat reviews and more form from the Billabong Pro Tahiti are available at WorldSurfLeague.com

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI FINAL RESULTS:
1: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.67
2: John John Florence (HAW) 15.23

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.40 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 16.10
SF 2: John John Florence (HAW) 19.66 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 19.23

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 18.16 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 16.00
QF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.27 def. Bruno Santos (BRA) 17.43
QF 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.90 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.40
QF 4: John John Florence (HAW) 17.34 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 16.60

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI ROUND 5 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 16.77 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.60
Heat 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 20.00 def. Keanu Asing (HAW) 14.70
Heat 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.43 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.33
Heat 4: John John Florence (HAW) 18.30 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.90

2016 WSL Jeep Leaderboard Top 5 (after Billabong Pro Tahiti):
1. John John Florence (HAW) 39,900 pts
2. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 36,000 pts
3. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 35,700 pts
4. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 26,200 pts
5. Julian Wilson (AUS) 25,200 pts
5. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 25,200 pts

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.

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Success for Smith and Lightfoot in Tahiti and France

August 22nd, 2016 No comments
Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) in action on his way to 13th place in the Medoc Ocean Lacanau Pro in France on Sunday Photo: WSL Europe

Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) in action on his way to 13th place in the Medoc Ocean Lacanau Pro in France on Sunday Photo: WSL Europe

South Africans Jordy Smith and Dylan Lightfoot tasted success in separate events in Tahiti and France respectively on the weekend as the World Surf League’s (WSL) Samsung Championship Tour (CT) and Qualifying Series (QS) moved into the second half of the 2016 season.

Smith won his opening heat in the Billabong Pro Tahiti in uncharacteristically inconsistent and small 1.5 metre waves at the fabled surf break of Teahupo’o to advance directly to Round 3 at stop No. 7 of 11 on the CT.

The Durbanite overcame the disadvantage of having to contest the first encounter of the event by posting the heat’s highest single ride score on the first wave and then staying busy throughout the 35 minutes to relegate his rivals Ryan Callinan (AUS) and Dusty Payne (HAW) to cutthroat Round 2 match-ups.

Currently ranked No. 7 on the Jeep Rankings list, Smith will face Matt Banting (AUS) in Round 3 after the injury wildcard defeated Caio Ibelli (BRA) in his Round 2 duel. With the surf forecast for the event indicating that the waves will remain in the 1m to 2m range during the remainder of the event holding period, which runs until Tuesday 30 August, Smith will be keen to improve on his best result of 9th in the event (in 2009 and 2013).

The South African has earned 21 200 points from six events this year, the bulk of which came from his runner-up finish at Bells Beach in Australia at Easter and fifth place at the J-Bay Open last month.

After an injury ravaged 2015 season, Smith will be hoping to stay in touch with the rankings leaders Matt Wilkinson(AUS), John John Florence (HAW) and Gabriel Medina (BRA) in Tahiti before the CT swings through his more favoured events at Trestles in California, where he won in 2014; France (3rd in 2014 and 2011) and Portugal (runner-up in 2014 and 2010).

The 2016 Samsung WSL Championship Tour culminates at the Billabong Pipeline Masters in Hawaii in December where Smith has not placed in the top 12 since his fifth place in 2010, the year he achieved his career best runner-up finish to Kelly Slater (USA) in the chase for the World Surfing Champion title.

Meanwhile in France, Lightfoot bounced back from his early exits in the Ballito Pro and the trials for US Open of Surfing by advancing through two rounds to reach the last 16 of the QS1,500 Medoc Ocean Lacanau Pro, held in challenging 2m to 2.5m waves on the Bay of Biscay coast.

The 21 year-old from Jeffreys Bay incurred an interference penalty in his Round 5 heat on Sunday, leaving him fourth in his heat and 13th overall in the event. The 420 points he earned saw Lightfoot, the 2015 WSL Africa Junior champion, move up six places to 114th on the QS rankings, close to his aim of making the top 100 who qualify for the top rated QS10,000 events.

The event was won by Ballito Pro runner-up Joan Duru (FRA), who defeated reigning WSL Junior champion Lucas Silveira (BRA) in the final to maintain his No. 4 spot on the latest QS rankings. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Ethan Ewing (AUS) and Ballito Pro champion Connor O’Leary (AUS) are the top three ranked surfers.

The other South Africans at Lacanau included 2015 WSL Africa champion David van Zyl (Glenashley), who was sidelined in the Round of 64 with equal 33rd place overall. Rookie QS campaigner Michael Monk (East London) and Remi Peterson (Jeffreys Bay), who competes on a Netherlands passport, were eliminated in Round 1.

WSL Africa’s top ranked Qualifying Series competitors, Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga), Michael February (Kommetjie) and Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay), retained their respective QS rankings of 17th, 73rd and 77th despite not competing at Lacanau.

Lightfoot, van Zyl, Monk and Peterson will compete in the QS1,500 Pro Anglet Chambre d’Amour in the Biarritz area of France starting on Wednesday.

Lightfoot and van Zyl will then be joined by de Vries, February, McGillivray and Slade Prestwich (Durban, currently ranked No. 126) in the QS6,000 Pantin Classic Galicia Pro in Spain, which begins on 30 August, and the QS6,000 Azores Pro from 6 September.

All the action at WSL events can be watched LIVE on www.worldsurfleague.com

BILLABONG PRO TAHITI – UPCOMING ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Keanu Asing (HAW)
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Matt Banting (AUS)
Heat 4: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 5: Nat Young (USA) vs. Kelly Slater (USA)
Heat 6: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Bruno Santos (BRA)
Heat 7: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Alex Ribeiro (BRA)
Heat 8: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 9: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 10: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 11: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Kanoa Igarashi (USA)
Heat 12: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)

WSL Qualifying Series (QS) Men’s Rankings (After Medoc Ocean Lacanau Pro)
1 Fioravanti, Leonardo ITA 17830 points
2 Ewing, Ethan AUS 16500
3 O’Leary, Connor AUS 14700
4 Duru, Joan FRA 14330
5 Silva, Deivid BRA 12680

WSL Africa Members (Top 350 places)
17 De Vries, Beyrick ZAF, uMhlanga 7680
47 Smith, Jordy ZAF, Durban 4800
73 February, Michael ZAF, Kommetjie 3610
79 McGillivray, Matthew ZAF, Jeffreys Bay 3395
114 Lightfoot, Dylan ZAF, Jeffreys Bay 2555
126 Prestwich, Slade ZAF, Durban 2185
166 Staples, Dale ZAF, St Francis Bay 1530
204 Van Zyl, David ZAF, Glenashley 1160
300 Benjamin, Brandon ZAF, Cape Town 695
304 Brand, Davey ZAF, Kommetjie 677
305 Maree, Jordan ZAF, Kalk Bay 675
305 Willis, Bevan ZAF, Umdloti 675
324 Monk, Michael ZAF, East London 628
330 Sykes, Shane ZAF, Salt Rock 610
348 Redman, Daniel ZAF, Umdloti 580
348 Sawyer, Steven ZAF, Jeffreys Bay 580

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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South Africa Finishes 11th as Peru Claims Team Title at ISA World Surfing Games

August 15th, 2016 No comments
The 2016 South African team who finished 11th at the INS ISA World Surfing Games in Costa Rica on Sunday. (LtR) Shane Sykes, Dylan Lightfoot, Jordy Maree, Johnny Bakker (Manager), Matt McGillivray, Faye Zoetmulder (Captain) and Tanika Hoffman.  Photo: ISA / Evans

The 2016 South African team who finished 11th at the INS ISA World Surfing Games in Costa Rica on Sunday. (LtR) Shane Sykes, Dylan Lightfoot, Jordy Maree, Johnny Bakker (Manager), Matt McGillivray, Faye Zoetmulder (Captain) and Tanika Hoffman.  Photo: ISA / Evans

Tia Blanco (USA) and Leandro Usuna (ARG) Take Repeat Individual Golds

The 2016 South African surfing team finished 11th out of the 26 nations that participated in the INS ISA World Surfing Games that ended with Peru claiming the team gold medal and the coveted Fernando Aguerre World Team Trophy in front of a huge crowd at Jaco Beach in Costa Rica yesterday (Sunday).

Leandro Usuna from Argentina, competing in his third successive Men’s final, collected a second gold medal after his victory in Peru in 2014 by comfortably outpointing Lucca Mesinas (PER), defending men’s titlist Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) and Francisco Bellorin (VEN) in an all Latin American final match-up.

“I’m two-time champion, I can’t believe it!” said Usuna. “This is the third consecutive Final I’ve made in the past three years. I do this for my country, for my family and everybody who is always there for me. This isn’t about points or money, this is about love for your country and raising your flag. I’m just so happy!”

Tia Blanco (USA) successfully defended the title she clinched in Nicaragua last year, finishing just 0.05 of a point ahead of runner-up Dominic Barona (VEN), with event standout Pauline Ado a further 0.21 back and her French teammate Justine Dupont claiming the Women’s copper medal.

“Congratulations to the Team Gold Medallist, Team Peru, and the individual Gold Medallists Tia Blanco and Leandro Usuna,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “This event has been the first one after the IOC inclusion of Surfing into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Now all surfers in the world have the chance of becoming Olympians, the first ever Olympic surfers”.

The 2016 South African surfing team was made up of team captain Faye Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis), Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay), Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay), Shane Sykes (Salt Rock), Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) and Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay). Newly elected Surfing South Africa President Johnny Bakker (Port Elizabeth) was the team manager.

2016 INS ISA World Surfing Games (Jaco Beach, Costa Rica)
Results:

Open Men
Gold – Leandro Usuna (ARG)
Silver – Lucca Mesinas (PER)
Bronze – Noe Mar McGonagle (CRC)
Copper – Francisco Bellorin (VEN)

South Africans:
=22nd – Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay)
=22nd – Shane Sykes (Salt Rock)
=49th – Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay)
=61st – Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay)

Open Women
Gold – Tia Blanco (USA)
Silver – Dominic Barona (VEN)
Bronze – Pauline Ado (FRA)
Copper – Justine Dupont (FRA)

South Africans:
=11th – Faye Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis)
=16th – Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay)

Team Standings
1 – Gold Medal – Peru (3188)
2 – Silver Medal – Portugal (2924)
3 – Bronze Medal – USA (2860)
4 – Copper Medal – France (2848)
5 – Costa Rica (2785)
6 – Argentina (2725)
7 – Japan (2576)
8 – New Zealand (2179)
9 – Australia (2123)
10 – Ecuador (2078)
11 – South Africa (2058)
12 – Venezuela (2045)
13 – Chile (1860)
14 – Mexico (1703)
15 – Nicaragua (1560)
16 – Panama (1554)
17 – Puerto Rico (1474)
18 – Italy (1350)
19 – Switzerland (1308)
20 – Guatemala (1218)
21 – Canada (1170)
21 – Russia (1170)
23 – Sweden (1158)
24 – Colombia (1050)
25 – Denmark (300)
26 – Uruguay (264)

All the action from the INS ISA World Surfing Games, including news, results, video footage, images and LIVE webcasts, can be found at http://isaworlds.com/wsg/2016/en/ with results and news on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). All South African surfing teams that participate in international events are chosen by the National Selectors and in terms of the SSA Constitution all national teams are ratified by the Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa

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Clean Sweep for South Africa on Day 2 of INS ISA World Surfing Games

August 9th, 2016 No comments
South African surfing team captain Faye Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis) in action during her opening heat at the INS ISA World Surfing Games at Jaco Beach in Costa Rica on Monday  Photo: ISA / Jimenez

South African surfing team captain Faye Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis) in action during her opening heat at the INS ISA World Surfing Games at Jaco Beach in Costa Rica on Monday  Photo: ISA / Jimenez

All Four SA Surfers Advance in the Main Event

The South African surfing team completed a clean sweep of results on Day 2 of the INS ISA World Surfing Games at Jaco Beach in Costa Rica when all four team members in action on Monday finished in the top two in their respective heats and advanced to the next round of the Main Event.

Organisers again completed 24 heats, 12 heats of Men’s Main Event Round 2 and 12 of Women’s Main Event Round 1, in slightly smaller waves, extreme tidal variations and conditions that varied from clean and sunny to gusty showers.

Shane Sykes (Salt Rock) again led the South African surge, finishing second to Portugal’s Eduardo Fernandes but ahead of competitors from Puerto Rico and Canada in the first heat of the day to progress to the last 24 in Main Event Round 3.

Competing in the last heat of the round, Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) utilised his aerial prowess to grab victory ahead of runner-up Jordy Lawler (AUS) as the pair relegated their opponents from Puerto Rico and Nicaragua to the Repecharge rounds and join Sykes in Round 3.

Team captain Faye Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis) fought a gritty battle in the opening heat of the Women’s event, eventually taking second place and a berth in the next round of the Main Event. Zoetmulder ended the heat behind runaway heat winner Lucia Indurain (ARG) and just 0.13 of a point ahead of Christina Vargas (ECU).

Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay) completed South Africa’s Day 2 success story by posting a solid runner-up finish in her opening heat, challenging Ecuadorian star Dominic Barona for the lead and well clear of third placed Josefina Ane (ARG).

France’s Pauline Ado was the standout performer of the day with a decisive victory in her Round 1 heat. Ado’s heat total of 17.77 and single wave score of 9.27 were the highest of the day for any man or woman. The host nation’s Carlos Muñoz continued his strong run, delivering the highest wave score (9.17) and heat total (16.50) in the Men’s division

Although only two of eight days of competition have been completed, South Africa’s strong Day 2 performance will have raised their confidence in the chase for a team medal. Each of the 26 national teams in Costa Rica already have at least one team member in the grueling Repecharge rounds.

Much will depend on the performances of Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay) and Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) as they start their long and arduous campaign through the Repecharge rounds after failing to make the cut in their opening heats on Day 1. The talented pair face what appears on paper to be relatively easy Repecharge heats in Round 1 against rivals from Russia, Switzerland, Guatamala, Nicaragua and Peru today.

But with the vagaries of waves, tides and wind to contend with, and the fact that they face elimination from the event if they do not finish in the top two in every heat from here on, they will have to be supremely focused throughout every match-up.

Four South Africans will again be in action today at Jaco Beach with Sykes and McGillivray having earned a day off.

Surfline, the official forecaster, is predicting that one metre South West swell will continue with some reinforcements on Tuesday, August 8. On Wednesday, August 9, a new South West swell will begin to creep in and fill in fully on Thursday, August 10, providing some testing bigger waves.

Schedule: Day 3 – Wednesday 9 August
(South African time & SA team members heat number)

3:30 pm: 6 heats Women Main Event Round 2: (Faye Zoetmulder Heat1, Tanika Hoffman H3)
5:30 pm: 12 heats Men Repecharge Round 1: (Jordy Maree H4, Dylan Lightfoot H9)
9:30 pm: 6 heats Women Repecharge Round 1: (N/A)

All the action from the INS ISA World Surfing Games, including news, results, video footage, images and LIVE webcasts, can be found at http://isaworlds.com/wsg/2016/en/ with results and news on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). All South African surfing teams that participate in international events are chosen by the National Selectors and in terms of the SSA Constitution all national teams are ratified by the Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa

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Mixed Results for South Africa on Day 1 of the INS ISA World Surfing Games in Costa Rica

August 8th, 2016 No comments
Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) takes to the air on his way to second place in his opening heat at the INS ISA World Surfing Games at Jaco Beach in Costa Rica on Sunday Photo: ISA / Jimenez

Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) takes to the air on his way to second place in his opening heat at the INS ISA World Surfing Games at Jaco Beach in Costa Rica on Sunday Photo: ISA / Jimenez

Sykes & McGillivray advance, Maree & Lightfoot into Repecharge Rounds

The South African challenge for honours at the INS ISA World Surfing Games in Costa Rica got off to a mixed start yesterday when two members of the team advanced directly to the next round of the Main Event and the other two were relegated to the grueling Repecharge rounds.

Organisers completed all 24 heats of Men’s Round 1 in rippable one metre waves at Jaco Beach with South Africa getting off to a good start when Shane Sykes (Salt Rock) posted one of the top 10 heat totals of the day’s action – 13.34 out of 20 – to win his opening encounter.

Including an excellent 8.27 (the day’s seventh highest score for a single ride) in his tally, Sykes finished just ahead of Francisco Bellorin (VEN) as the pair banished third and fourth placed Jeames Young from perennial contenders Australia and WSG veteran Matt-Lewis Hewitt (NZL) to the Repecharge stream.

Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay) was next up but, despite looking in good form, the replacement in the team for an injured Michael February was unable to find the waves that offered high scoring potential and finished fourth in a heat won by 2014 ISA champion Leandro Usuna (ARG).

Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) joined Maree in the Repecharge stream when he was narrowly pipped for second place in a closely contested, high scoring heat where all four competitors were separated by less than two points.

Fellow Jeffreys Bay resident Matt McGillivray ensured that the team finished the day in good spirits. Using his trademark aerial skills, McGillivray completed a high flying air-reverse that earned an excellent 8.60 from the judges, the third highest score of the day, to grab second place and advance to Round 2 of the Main event.

While competitors in the Repecharge stream can still make their way to the final of their division, they need to compete in almost twice as many heats as those in the Main event stream and cannot afford to finish outside of the top two in any subsequent heat.

Costa Rica, the defending team champions and event hosts, along with USA and the powerful French team saw all four of their men advance directly into Round 2 of the Main event on Day 1. All of the other 23 teams in the event have at least one team member facing the cutthroat Repecharge rounds.

Today’s schedule in Costa Rica starts with 12 heats in Men’s Main event Round 2 followed by 12 heats of Women’s Main event Round 1.

Sykes is in the first heat of the day at 4pm South African time with McGillivray in Heat 12 at approximately 7.45pm. Team captain Faye Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis) is in the first heat of the Women’s division (directly after McGillivray’s heat) and Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay) is Heat 8, about 2.5 hours later.

Surfline, the event’s official forecaster, predicts the South West swell mix will continue on Day 2 of competition, providing plenty of contestable surf. Looking ahead in the contest period, a new swell is set to fill in on Wednesday, August 9, and show more size on Thursday, August 10.

See Sykes and McGillivray in action on Day 1 here

All the action from the INS ISA World Surfing Games, including news, results, video footage, images and LIVE webcasts, can be found at http://isaworlds.com/wsg/2016/en/ with results and news on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). All South African surfing teams that participate in international events are chosen by the National Selectors and in terms of the SSA Constitution all national teams are ratified by the Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa

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Competition Gets Underway at INS ISA World Surfing Games in Costa Rica

August 7th, 2016 No comments
The South African surfing team at the INS ISA World Surfing Games at Jaco Beach in Costa Rica. (LtR) Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay), Faye Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis), Matthew McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay), Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay), Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay), Shane Sykes (Salt Rock) and SSA President Johnny Bakker (Port Elizabeth),who is the team manager. Photo: Surfing South African (SSA)

The South African surfing team at the INS ISA World Surfing Games at Jaco Beach in Costa Rica. (LtR) Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay), Faye Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis), Matthew McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay), Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay), Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay), Shane Sykes (Salt Rock) and SSA President Johnny Bakker (Port Elizabeth),who is the team manager. Photo: Surfing South African (SSA)

Opening Ceremonies Concluded on Saturday

The four men in the 2016 South African Surfing Team will take to the waves at Playa Jaco in Costa Rica today after the INS ISA World Surfing Games were officially opened at a stirring ceremony in Jaco in the north of Costa Rica yesterday (Saturday).

Local spectators thronged the streets as the 142 competitors and their officials from 26 nations marched to the beachfront in the ‘Parade of Nations’. South African team captain Faye Zoetmulder and Dylan Lightfoot then joined two delegates from each of the other nations in the symbolic ‘Sands of World’ ceremony where sand from each country’s beaches was deposited into the special glass receptacle.

After a rousing rendition of the Costa Rican national anthem followed by traditional local dancers, ISA Vice President Casper Steinfath officially declared 52nd ISA World Surfing Games open.

“A special thank you to the beautiful country of Costa Rica and all its welcoming people for giving us all such a warm welcome. Costa Rica truly is a surfing nation of the World and we are grateful that they will be sharing their amazing waves with us all this week,” said Steinfath, representing ISA President Fernando Aguerre, who is currently in Rio de Janeiro attending the 2016 Olympic Games following the International Olympic Committee’s decision earlier in the week to include Surfing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Aguerre addressed the assembled gathering via voice recording, saying “It would have been an honour to welcome you in Jacó, but I am currently in Rio de Janeiro attending the Olympic Games. 100 years ago, the founder of modern Surfing, Duke Kahanamoku, asked for Surfing to be included in the Olympic Games. The last 22 years the ISA has been paddling into the Olympic wave, and now finally, three days ago, we are riding the Olympic wave.”

Surfing competition gets underway at Jaco Beach at 8am (4pm South African time) on Sunday. The opening day’s schedule will feature the 24 heats in Men’s Round 1 with South Africa’s four men scheduled to compete in Heat Nos. 3, 7, 19 and 23.

South Africa, who are unseeded as no team was sent to the 2015 event, face tough opposition from the outset of the eight day event which ends with the finals next Sunday.

Shane Sykes (Salt Rock) will be the first South African to compete in the event when he takes on opponents from Australia, New Zealand and Venezuela in Heat 3. Sykes will be followed by Jordan Maree (Kalk Bay) in H7, Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) in H19 and Matthew McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) in H23.

In the double elimination format used at ISA events, the top two surfers in each of the three or four person heats advance to the next round of the Main Event. Those finishing third or fourth drop into the grueling Repercharge Rounds where they are given another chance to reach the final of their division, provided they do not finish outside the top two in any subsequent heat.

Gold, silver, bronze and copper medals will be awarded to the top four in the Men’s and Women’s divisions, as well as the top four national teams at the event, after the finals are concluded on Sunday 14 August. South Africa won the team title in 1978, 2001 and 2013.

The South African women, Faye Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis), who was unanimously elected the team captain on Friday, and Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay) will be in action when the Women’s event gets underway tomorrow.

Fun-sized, contestable waves are expected for the competition, as Surfline, the official forecaster of the 2016 INS ISA World Surfing Games, has predicted a run of fading Southwest swell for the beginning of the contest period, to be followed by a reinforcing swell for the second half of the holding period.

The full Surfline Forecast can be found on www.isaworlds.com/wsg/forecast

All the action from INS ISA World Surfing Games including news, results, video footage, images and live webcasts can be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and http://isaworlds.com/wsg/2016/en/

Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). All South African surfing teams that participate in international events are chosen by the National Selectors and in terms of the SSA Constitution all national teams are ratified by the Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa

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Surfing South Africa
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