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Billabong Junior Series Titles to be Decided at Seal Point this Weekend

September 29th, 2016 No comments
Adin Masencamp (Strand) heads the chase for the U18 boys’ title in the 2016 Billabong Junior Series after winning the opening event in Ballito in June Photo: WSL / Cestari

Adin Masencamp (Strand) heads the chase for the U18 boys’ title in the 2016 Billabong Junior Series after winning the opening event in Ballito in June Photo: WSL / Cestari

The 19th annual Billabong Junior Series titles will be decided this weekend when the country’s best surfers aged 18-and-under will take to the fabled waves of Seal Point in Cape St Francis to compete for the coveted titles along with prize-money and rankings points.

The world’s longest running junior surfing series has nurtured the competitive careers of countless local surfers including current World No. 4 Jordy Smith, WSL Women’s No. 12 Bianca Buitendag, former CT campaigners Travis Logie, Royden Bryson, Ricky Basnett, Rosy Hodge and Nikita Robb along with current QS standouts Beyrick de Vries and Michael February.

Scheduled for Friday to Sunday, September 30 – 2 October, the Billabong Junior Series features World Surf League (WSL) Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) 1,000 rated events for U18 boys and girls, as well as 3A rated Surfing South Africa (SSA) PST events for U16 and U14 boys and girls as well as U12 boys.

“We are excited to be crowning the 19th annual Billabong Junior Series champions at Seal point this weekend,” said Billabong Marketing Manager Chad D’Arcy. “It’s great to be a junior surfer in South Africa at the moment, and Billabong is proud of our junior surfing legacy.”

Jordy Maree, who recently moved to Kommetjie, heads a strong 24-man field of entries in the U18 boys’ event where the points earned count towards the 2016 Billabong Junior Series and WSL Africa Junior titles as well as selection for the squad who will attend the WSL World Junior Championships in Australia in January.

Maree faces tough opposition from WSL Africa rankings No. 2 Adin Masencamp (Strand), who heads the Billabong Junior Series rankings after winning the opening event of the series in Ballito in June. They will be under pressure from the likes of Kommetjie based brothers, Jake and Max Elkington; Bevan Wills (Umdloti), Jeffreys Bay’s Joshe Faulkner and Sebastian Williams (Durban).

Kirsty McGillivray from nearby Jeffreys Bay is in pole position for both the WSL regional and Billabong series U18 girls’ titles after Ballito, but will be wary of the challenges presented by Sophie Bell (Salt Rock), Natasha van Greunen (Muizenberg), Olivia Izzard (La Lucia) and Cape St Francis local Crystal Hulett.

Max Elkington and Sophie Bell in the U16 boys and girls, Tide-Lee Ireland and Gabi Lailvaux in the U14’s and Dan Emslie in the U12’s will be determined to add to their victories in Ballito and clinch the prestigious series titles in their respective divisions.

The finals of all the divisions will be run on Sunday when an exciting lineup of speciality awards will also be decided:

• VonZipper Airshow – surfer landing the best aerial manoeuvre – R2,000
• BOS Award – Best Carve of the Contest – wins a surfboard
• Neff – Forever Fun – “The surfer that spits out something new, exciting and has the most fun doing it” – R2,000
• Skull Candy – #StayLoud Award – “Takes risks, steps away from the herd, expresses themselves in their surfing style and lives life to full volume” – R2,500

Competitor registration takes place at the event site from 2pm on Thursday and continues on Friday morning.

Organisers will meet at first light on Friday and a decision will be made at 7am, with the possibility of a 7.30am start to the event. See the provisional Event Format (subject to change) and the heat draws at http://www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za/2016-billabong-junior-series-seal-point/

The Billabong Junior Series is supported by VonZipper, BOS, Neff, Skull Candy, Surfing South Africa and the World Surf League.

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Hashtag: #BillabongJNR

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.

Surfing South Africa
Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognised by the Dept. of Sport and Recreation as the national controlling body for the sport and is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).

For more details contact

Chad D’Arcy:
e.chad.darcy@billabong.co.za
t. 079 519 5990
or

Grant Beck
e. grant.beck@billabong.co.za
t. 079 332 9434

For media queries contact
Craig Jarvis
e. info@craigjarvis.co.za
t. 082 376 4443
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Billabong Junior Series Final to Crown 2016 WSL Africa Junior Champions

September 28th, 2016 No comments
Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay), pictured here at Ballito in June, leads the WSL Africa Junior Girls rankings heading into the final event of the year this weekend  Photo: WSL / Cestari

Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay), pictured here at Ballito in June, leads the WSL Africa Junior Girls rankings heading into the final event of the year this weekend  Photo: WSL / Cestari

The 2016 World Surf League (WSL) Africa regional Boys and Girls Junior Champions will be crowned at the Billabong Junior Series Final to be held at the high-performance right hand point break of Seal Point in Cape St Francis this weekend.

Scheduled for Friday to Sunday, September 30 – 2 October, the event showcases South Africa’s top 18-and-under surfers and, along with the prestigious event and series titles, the outcome will also determine the WSL Africa squad of four boys and two girls who receive coveted invitations to compete in the World Junior Championships in Australia in January 2017.

After two events earlier in the year, the chase for the WSL Africa boys’ title is headed by Jordy Maree (Kommetjie) who holds a slender rankings lead over Adin Masencamp (Strand) with Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) close behind in third place on the leaderboard.

Maree has accumulated 1,750 points by winning the Vans Pro Junior Surf Classic at Lamberts Bay in April and finishing runner-up to Masencamp in the Billabong Junior Series event at Ballito in June. Masencamp has 1,560 points from his win in Ballito and a third place result on the West Coast while Elkington has 1,310 from second and third place finishes in the two events.

The next half-a-dozen ranked surfers can each force their way into the reckoning for a sought-after place in the WSL Africa squad for Junior World Champs with a high placing this weekend. They include Bevan Willis (Umdloti), Max Elkington (Kommetjie), Liam de Villiers (Richards Bay), Sebastian Williams (Durban), Alexander van Rijswijck (Port Elizabeth), Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) and Ford van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie).

The battle for the WSL Africa girl’s crown, and places in the squad for Australia, is even closer with only the first Billabong Series event in Ballito already counting. Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) heads the standings with Sophie Bell (Salt Rock), Natasha van Greunen (Muizenberg) and Olivia Izzard (La Lucia) in close pursuit.

“WSL Africa is proud to end another regional tour with the Billabong Junior Series at the world famous Cape St Francis,” says Colin Fitch, Operations Manager for WSL Africa. “The surfers love this event and there’s a still an opportunity for some of our future surfing stars to qualify for the top four men and top two women to attend the WSL World Junior Championships in Australia at the start of 2017. Our sincere thanks to Billabong and their support sponsors for keeping Africa on the global surfing map.”

Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga) and Faye Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis) clinched the 2016 WSL Africa Men’s and Women’s crowns respectively after the final WSL Qualifying Series (QS) events in the region, the Quiksilver Pro Casablanca and the Roxy Pro Casablanca in Morocco earlier this month.

The U18 Boys’ and U18 Girls’ events at the Billabong Junior Series, the world’s longest running series of junior events, are WSL JQS1,000 rated events sanctioned by WSL Africa. The U16 and U14 Boys’ and Girls’ events and the U12 Boys’ are sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA), the national controlling body for the sport.

The results and live scoring during the WSL Africa events can be found at www.worldsurfleague.com

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

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South Africa Finishes 9th as France Takes Team Title at VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships

September 26th, 2016 No comments
The South African junior surfing team supporting their team mates on the beach during the VISSLA ISA World Junior Championships which ended in the Azores on Sunday  Photo: ISA / Rezendes

The South African junior surfing team supporting their team mates on the beach during the VISSLA ISA World Junior Championships which ended in the Azores on Sunday  Photo: ISA / Rezendes

The 2016 South African junior surfing team finished ninth out of the 39 nations who participated in the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships that ended with France claiming their first ever team gold medal in the Azores archipelago off the coast of Portugal yesterday (Sunday).

France overtook Australia in the overall team rankings on the penultimate day of competition and maintained their grip on the lead on final day. Australia finished with the silver medal, Hawaii with the bronze and Japan took their first ever team medal with the copper in a promising preview of their drive to develop the sport on the road to Olympic Surfing in Tokyo 2020.

USA’s Caroline Marks (Girls U16), France’s Thomas Debierre (Boys U16), Hawaii’s Brisa Hennessy (Girls U18) and Brazil’s Weslley Dantas (Boys U18) were crowned the individual gold medallists and became the first individual World Junior Champions in the era of Olympic Surfing.

“Congratulations to France and the individual winners,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre at the closing ceremony. “These surfers will forever be the very first ISA Junior Gold Medallists in the Olympic Surfing era. As all the other ISA competitors, they surfed in true Olympic spirit and showed amazing team camaraderie as they competed for the honour of representing their countries.”

The South African team, which bowed out of the event when their final three team members were eliminated on Saturday, was made up of:

U18 Boys: Jordy Maree (Kommetjie), Adin Masencamp (Strand), Bevan Willis (Salt Rock) and Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay)
U18 Girls: Crystal Hulett (Cape St Francis) and Sophie Bell (Salt Rock)
U16 Boys: Max Elkington (Kommetjie), Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay), Sebastian Williams (Durban) and Koby Oberholzer (Warner Beach)
U16 Girls: Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) and Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay)

The manager was Karen Elkington (Kommetjie) and Chris Bond (Cape Town) was the coach.

Further information on the South African Junior Team can be found at:

• Daily media releases: www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za
• Surfing South Africa Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1Gw6ytp
• SA Junior Surfing Team Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1Lg8M1Q

2016 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships (Azores, Portugal)
Results

Girls U-16
Gold – Caroline Marks (USA)
Silver – India Robinson (AUS)
Bronze – Elin Tawharu (NZL)
Copper – Ellie Turner (GBR)

South Africans:
=9th Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay)
=17th Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay)

Boys U-16
Gold – Thomas Debierre (FRA)
Silver – Kyuss King (AUS)
Bronze – Yuji Mori (JPN)
Copper – Yuji Nishi (JPN)

South Africans:
=13th Sebastian Williams (Durban)
=19th Koby Oberholzer (Warner Beach)
=28th Max Elkington (Kommetjie)
=55th Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay),

Girls U-18
Gold – Brisa Hennessy (HAW)
Silver – Vahine Fierro (TAH)
Bronze – Leilani McGonagle (CRC)
Copper – Juliette Brice (FRA)

South Africans:
=41st Sophie Bell (Salt Rock)
=49th Crystal Hulett (Cape St Francis)

Boys U-18
Gold – Weslley Dantas (BRA)
Silver – Alonso Correo (PER)
Bronze – Colin Doyez (FRA)
Copper – Harley Ross (AUS)

South Africans:
=13th Adin Masencamp (Strand)
=17th Bevan Willis (Salt Rock)
=33rd Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay)
=33rd Jordy Maree (Kommetjie)

Team Standings
1 – Gold Medal, France (6725)
2 – Silver Medal, Australia (6595)
3 – Bronze Medal, Hawaii (5925)
4 – Copper Medal, Japan (5468)
5 – USA (5450)
6 – Brazil (4988)
7 – Costa Rica (4567)
8 – Tahiti (4512)
9 – South Africa (4305)
10 – New Zealand (4296)
11 – Peru (4178)
12 – Spain (4116)
13 – Great Britain (3965)
14 – Portugal (3528)
15 – Argentina (3261)
16 – Chile (2873)
17 – Mexico (2850)
18 – Morocco (2804)
19 – Uruguay (2706)
20 – Puerto Rico (2518)
21 – Canada (2503)
22 – Israel (2487)
23 – Barbados (2470)
24 – Germany (2164)
25 – Belgium (2092)
26 – Italy (1726)
27 – Scotland (1464)
28 – Wales (1463)
29 – Ecuador (1450)
30 – Nicaragua (1440)
31 – Russia (1097)
32 – Panama (1059)
33 – Sweden (704)
34 – Norway (378)
35 – Sao Tome e Principe (322)
36 – Poland (194)
37 – Austria (160)
38 – Colombia (91)
39 – Denmark (91)

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 prior to being forwarded to SASCOC for colours approval

ENDS

For further information contact:

Robin de Kock
General Manager
Surfing South Africa
surfingsouthafrica@gmail.com
0824541149
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South Africa Climbs Team Rankings on Day 6 of VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships

September 23rd, 2016 No comments
Bevan Willis (Salt Rock) in action on his way to equal 17th place in the U18 Boys division of the VISSLA ISA World Junior Championships in the Azores on Thursday Photo: ISA / Evans

Bevan Willis (Salt Rock) in action on his way to equal 17th place in the U18 Boys division of the VISSLA ISA World Junior Championships in the Azores on Thursday Photo: ISA / Evans

– Adin Masencamp Advances to Last 16 in U18 Boys Division
– Max Elkington, Sebastian Williams & Koby Oberholzer into Round 4 of U16 Boys
– Six SA Team Members Still in Contention

The South African junior surfing team climbed four places to No.7 among the 38 nations in the provisional team rankings after an action packed Day 6 of the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in the Azores Archipelago off the coast of Portugal on Thursday.

Tricky overhead waves and variable winds at Praia Monte Verde, along with the introduction of single elimination heats from Round 3 in all divisions, saw four South African team members eliminated from the event and four progressing to the next round with great performances in their respective divisions.

The team still has six members in contention for individual medals and trails Australia with 11, France (10), Hawaii (9), Japan (8) and the USA and Brazil with seven each.

Adin Masencamp (Strand) was South Africa’s top performer on the day, squeaking through his U18 Boys Round 3 heat in second place before delivering one of the rides of the event to win his Round 4 match-up and move into the last 16 of the division.

The 17 year-old from Strand in the Western Cape was rewarded with a 9.07, one of only six rides over 9.0 points in the event to date, for two massive backhand re-entries on a hollow overhead wave. He then added a 5.17 to his tally on his next ride which left his three opponents in a combination situation where they needed more than a perfect 10 point ride to overtake him.

Masencamp is the only South African left in the U18 Boys division of the four who started the day. Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) and Jordy Maree (Kommetjie) both finished third in their Round 3 clashes, leaving the event in equal 33rd place and contributing 320 points to the team total.

Bevan Willis (Salt Rock) won his Round 3 heat with a strong performance and then narrowly missed out on second place, and berth in the last 16, in Round 4. Willis’ equal 17th place result in the division earned 400 points for the team.

On Podium 2, Max Elkington (Kommetjie), Sebastian Williams (Durban) and Koby Oberholzer (Warner Beach) all won their U16 Boys Round 3 encounters, with Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) the only casualty when, despite riding six waves, he finished fourth in a low-scoring affair.

Surfline, the official forecaster, is calling for continued Northwest swell for Friday, with more size in the morning and slowly fading through the day. The remnants of this powerful swell will provide plenty of surf for the rest of the contest period through finals day on Sunday, September 25.

South Africa will have five team members in action on the two podiums today (see Schedule below). A five person South African squad, four males and one female) will also contest the semifinals of the Aloha Cup tag-team event this afternoon.

The Aloha Cup is a form of relay surfing and features the top eight ranked teams from last year’s ISA World Junior Champs in California, where South Africa finished seventh overall.

The action at the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship can be watched LIVE at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za starting at approximately 10am SA time daily. The latest news, results, photographs and video footage are also available on the website.

Schedule for Day 7 – Friday 23 September

Podium 1
10h00 U16 Boys Main R3 Heats 1-9 (Max Elkington H2, Sebastian Williams H5, Koby Oberholzer H9)
13h00 U18 Girls Main R3 Heats 1-8 (N/A)
15h40 Break
16h00 ISA Aloha Cup Semifinal 1
17h00 Break
17h20 ISA Aloha Cup Semifinal 2

Podium 2
10h00 U16 Girls Main R3 Heats 1-8 (Kai Woolf H2, Kirsty McGillivray H8)

Follow the South African Junior Team’s progress at:

• Daily media releases: www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za
• Surfing South Africa Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1Gw6ytp
• SA Junior Surfing Team Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1Lg8M1Q

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 prior to being forwarded to SASCOC for colours approval

ENDS

For further information contact:

Robin de Kock
General Manager
Surfing South Africa
surfingsouthafrica@gmail.com
0824541149

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Third Place Finish for Matt McGillivray in Quiksilver Pro Casablanca

September 19th, 2016 No comments
Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) on his way to third place in the Quiksilver Pro Casablanca in Morocco on Sunday  Photo: WSL / Masurel

Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) on his way to third place in the Quiksilver Pro Casablanca in Morocco on Sunday 
Photo: WSL / Masurel

– Beyrick de Vries & Faye Zoetmulder Crowned 2016 WSL Africa Champions
– WSL Africa Junior Titles to be Decided at Billabong Junior Series

CASABLANCA, Morocco (Sunday, September 18, 2016) – South Africa’s Matt McGillivray finished equal third in the Quiksilver Pro Casablanca in Morocco, a World Surf League (WSL) QS1,500 rated event that was co-sanctioned by the WSL Africa and WSL Europe regional offices.

McGillivray, 19, from Jeffreys Bay, advanced through four rounds of competition before being defeated in the semi-finals by eventual runner-up Nelson Cloarec (FRA), earning US $2,000 (R28,000) and 840 points that saw him jump 10 places up the QS leaderboard to No 85 in his rookie season as a full-time professional surfer.

Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) and Shane Sykes (Salt Rock), the only other South African men in the Quiksilver Pro Casablanca, finished equal 17th and equal 49th respectively.

Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay) was the only South African woman in the Roxy Pro Casablanca where she placed equal 17th overall.

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The Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Casablanca were the final events on the WSL Africa regional tour and saw Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga) and Faye Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis) crowned the 2016 WSL Africa Men’s and Women’s champions.

De Vries, currently the highest ranked South African on the WSL QS in 27th spot, won the Vans Pro Surf Classic at Lamberts Bay, placed third in the Cape Town Pro and fifth at the Ballito Pro presented by Billabong to accumulate 1,980 points, more than 500 ahead of runner-up Matt McGillivray.

Zoetmulder was the runner-up at the Cape Town Pro and fifth in the Ballito Women’s Pro presented by Billabong, earning a total of 1,170 points, just 50 more than second placed Nikita Robb (East London).

Tanika Hoffman narrowly missed out on the WSL Africa Women’s title. The 23 year-old from Hout Bay earned 1,000 points for winning the Cape Town Pro and only needed to collect the vest for her first heat in the Roxy Pro Casablanca to claim the regional women’s crown, but was unable to get a Moroccan visa in time and had to withdraw from the event.

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The 2016 WSL Africa Junior Boys and Girls Champions will be crowned after the second and final Billabong Junior Series event which runs from September 30 to 2 October at Seal Point in Cape St Francis.

The WSL’s decision to change the Junior category from U20 age category to U18 this year has set up a closely fought battle at the top of the local rankings. Jordy Maree (Kommetjie), winner of the Vans Junior Pro Surf Classic, holds a slender 190 point lead over Adin Masencamp (Strand), winner of the U18 event at the Billabong Junior Series event at Ballito, with Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) also in contention just 250 points back in third spot.

The Junior Girl’s title is an even closer race with Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) currently heading a group of six girls who could claim the WSL Africa crown with an event win at Seal Point.

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See all the results and rankings, both international and for Africa at www.worldsurfleague.com.

The world’s best Qualifying Series campaigners will next meet in Portugal for the upcoming men’s QS10,000 Billabong Pro Cascais pres. by Allianz which starts on Saturday, September 24 and runs until 2 October.

QUIKSILVER PRO CASABLANCA FINAL RESULTS:
1- Deivid Silva (BRA) 18.46
2- Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 9.70

QUIKSILVER PRO CASABLANCA SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Deivid Silva (BRA) 15.83 def. Lucas Silveira (BRA) 11.94
SF 2: Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 12.00 def. Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) 11.00
2016 WSL Africa Men’s Final Rankings:
1 – Beyrick De Vries (uMhlanga) 1980 points
2 – Matthew McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) 1420
3 – Michael February (Kommetjie) 1375
4 – Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) 1345
5 – Brandon Benjamin (Cape Town) 695

2016 WSL Africa Women’s Final Rankings:
1 – Faye Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis) 1170 points
2 – Nikita Robb (East London) 1120
3 – Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay) 1000
4 – Teal Hogg (uMhlanga) 955
5 – Tarryn Chudleigh (Kommetjie) 860

ENDS

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

The WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, running global events across the Samsung Galaxy Men’s and Women’s Championship Tours, the Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels.

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

Issued on behalf of:

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

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VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships Get Underway in Azores

September 17th, 2016 No comments
The 2016 South Africa Junior Surfing Team in their traditional blazers and ties for the opening ceremonies of the VISSLA ISA World Junior Championships in the Azores on Saturday  Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

The 2016 South Africa Junior Surfing Team in their traditional blazers and ties for the opening ceremonies of the VISSLA ISA World Junior Championships in the Azores on Saturday  Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

– Boys Lead the Way for South Africa on Day 1
– South Africa Wins Warm-Up Event Against New Zealand and Great Britain

The 2016 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships got underway on San Miguel Island in the Azores on Saturday, bringing together a record-breaking 371 surfers from 39 nations in the largest gathering of junior surfers since becoming a stand-alone event in Durban in 2002. .

The first ISA event for surfers aged 18 and under since last month’s IOC decision to include surfing in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo started with the teams marching through the streets of Ribeira Grande in their colourful regalia in the traditional Parade of Nations. Then came the stirring Sands of the World Ceremony where sand from each team’s beaches was poured into a container to symbolize the peaceful gathering nations of the world through surfing..

Competition began at 3pm with the first 12 heats of the Under-18 Boys and U16 Boys divisions running simultaneously on separate podiums on the North facing beach of Praia de Monte Verde in bright sunshine, warm water and small 0.6 to 1.0 metre waves.

The three South African boys in action displayed the team’s intent immediately by finishing in the top two in their respective heats to advance directly to Main Event Round 2 and avoiding the cutthroat Repercharge rounds.

Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) won his opening U18 Boys heat, outpointing opponents from Tahiti, Israel and Norway, followed by Adin Masencamp (Strand) who finished second to Ariel Sanin (ISR) in a nail biting, low-scoring encounter where the top three were separated by just 0.54 of a point.

In the U16 Boys, Max Elkington (Kommetjie) earned a pair of six point rides to secure a narrow heat win over Cristian Portelli (SWE) as the pair dispatched rivals from Brazil and Germany to the Repercharge round.

The VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships features national teams made up of four U18 and four U16 boys along with two U18 and two U16 girls. They compete for individual honours with the top four finishers in each division being awarded gold, silver, bronze and copper medals at the closing ceremony next Sunday (25 September).

The national team accumulating the highest points tally from the final results of all its members is awarded the ISA World Junior Team Champion Trophy and holds bragging rights as the world’s top junior surfing nation until the next edition of the event.

Due to the record number of competitors, the event will only feature two Repecharge Rounds, moving into a single elimination format from Round 3.

The 2016 South African junior team got their campaign off to a good start by winning a warm-up event at Praia de Monte Verde on Friday, convincingly defeating teams from New Zealand and Great Britain in a tag-team format. The final result was SA 79 points, NZ 49 and GB 47.

The action at the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship can be watched live at http://isaworlds.com starting at approximately 11am SA time daily. The latest news, results, photographs and video footage are also available on the website.

Schedule for Day 2 – Sunday 18 September

Podium 1 (SA Time)
11h00 U18 Girls Round 1 Heats 1 – 16
16h30 U18 Boys Round 1 Heats 13 – 27

Podium 2 (SA Time)
11h00 U16 Girls Round 1 Heats 1 – 16
16h30 U16 Boys Round 1 Heats 13 – 27

Follow the South African Junior Team’s progress at:

Daily media releases: www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

Surfing South Africa Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1Gw6ytp

SA Junior Surfing Team Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1Lg8M1Q

2016 SA Junior Surfing Team

Under 18 Boys
Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay)
Adin Masencamp (Strand)
Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay)
Bevan Willis (Salt Rock)

Under 18 Girls
Crystal Hulett (Cape St Francis)
Sophie Bell (Salt Rock)

Under 16 Boys
Max Elkington (Kommetjie)
Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay)
Sebastian Williams (Durban)
Koby Oberholzer (Warner Beach)

Under 16 Girls
Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay)
Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay)

Manager
Karen Elkington (Kommetjie)

Coach
Chris Bond (Cape Town)

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 prior to being forwarded to SASCOC for colours approval

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For further information contact:

Robin de Kock
General Manager
Surfing South Africa
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Jordy Smith Wins Hurley Pro in California :: Moves into World Title Contention

September 15th, 2016 No comments
Jordy Smith carves off the top on his way to victory in the Hurley Pro in California on Wednesday  Photo: WSL / Rowland

Jordy Smith carves off the top on his way to victory in the Hurley Pro in California on Wednesday  Photo: WSL / Rowland

– Tyler Wright Clinches Swatch Women’s Pro :: Extends Rankings Lead
– Bianca Buitendag Drops Out of Top 10

SAN CLEMENTE, California, USA (Wednesday, September 14, 2016) – South Africa’s Jordy Smith claimed victory at the Hurley Pro in California on Wednesday, defeating 2012 World Champion Joel Parkinson in the final of Stop No 8 of 11 on the Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) in 1 – 1.3 metre waves at the high performance cobblestone break of Lower Trestles.

The win was Smith’s fifth on the Championship Tour, his second at Lower Trestles and his best result of 2016 season, earning the 28 year-old from Durban US $100,000 (R1.4 million) and 10,000 points which lifted him to No. 4 on the Jeep Leaderboard and firmly into the World Title race with three events remaining on the schedule.

“I’ve had a really good surfboard under my feet this event,” Smith said. “I came into the event with an open mind. I missed it last year (through injury) when the waves were firing so I just wanted to come in and take it heat-by-heat. I’ve watched Joel [Parkinson] throughout my career and he’s one of my favourite surfers. I’m frothing and I’m over the moon.”

Smith’s tactics of staying in the inside position at the start paid off and he established a strong lead with a 6.0 and an excellent 8.17 early in the final as the two former event winners went head-to-head. But Parkinson responded with a 6.93 and a critical 8.43, the highest scoring ride of the clash, before Smith added a 7.63 to his tally. Without priority and three minutes on the clock, the Australian needed a 7.27 to take the win, but was not able to land the requirement.

“If I can be in with a shot at the World Title this year then that will be great,” continued Smith. “The European events can go either way so I’m just going to try my hardest and see how it goes. I think my Round 4 match-up against Kelly [Slater] and Michel Bourez was the toughest here, and of course that semi-final against Filipe (Toledo) was a big heat too.”

This event marks Parkinson’s best result of the year and his first finals appearance since the 2014 J-Bay Open where he also earned a runner-up finish. The 2004 Lowers Champion found his form once again, overcoming in-form local wildcard Tanner Gudauskas (USA) in a nail-biting semi-final duel to earn a place in the final against Smith. Parkinson moves up eight places to sixth on the Jeep Leaderboard.

“I really fell in love with this wave and this town in 2004,” Parkinson said. “This year was another wonderful year at Trestles and I’m really happy to be back here and on the podium — it feels really good. This event I was so motivated and really keen to notch up a win. The talent of surfing in this event is incredible and I have to give it to Jordy, he’s an amazing surfer and a top World Title contender.”

Tyler Wright (AUS) claimed her fourth Championship Tour victory of the season in an all-Australian final against six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS). The win sees Wright retain the Jeep Leader Yellow Jersey, increases her lead on the rankings and moves her ever closer to claiming her first World Title heading into the last three events.

“It’s been quite a journey from this point last year and a lot has changed this season,” said Wright. “It’s all come together and I’m absolutely loving it. I knew I had to get on the better waves facing Steph [Gilmore] in the final. Surfing against her is great, she’s still one of my surfing idols and inspires me to go after things my own way.”

The two finalists have shared 19 head-to-head CT match-ups, with Wright taking her eighth win over Gilmore. Wright opened her account with an excellent 8.50 and 6.37 to put pressure on the six-time WSL Champion and Gilmore charged back with progressive surfing to lock in a 6.00, but still needed an excellent 8.87.

With two minutes left, a set provided the finalists one last opportunity. Gilmore delivered a near-perfect 9.13 but Wright was able to improve her 6.37 with an 8.63 and take the win.

Gilmore posted the highest heat total of the Swatch Women’s Pro in Round 4 and her runner-up finish sees the 2014 event winner move up from 7th to 5th place on the Jeep Leaderboard.

“I love this place and this wave so it’s really nice to come here and get a good result,” said Gilmore. “Congrats to Tyler [Wright]! My goal is just to win an event this season. Since my injury I haven’t really put together a complete performance so we’ll see what happens heading into Europe and in Hawaii, which is a favourite.

South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag was eliminated in Round 2 of the Swatch Women’s Pro, finishing equal 13th and dropping from 10th to 12th on the Jeep Leaderboard. The 22 year-old from Victoria Bay will be determined to deliver great results in Europe and Hawaii to force her way back into the top 10 in order to re-qualify for a fourth successive year on the CT.

The next event on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour will be the Cascais Women’s Pro, which will see the world’s best female surfers go head to head in Portugal from September 24 – 2 October. The next CT event for men is the Quiksilver Pro France from 4 – 15 October.

Highlights, images and video footage of every heat from the Hurley Pro and the Swatch Women’s Pro are available at WorldSurfLeague.com

Men’s Hurley Pro Final Results:
1 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.80
2 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.36

Men’s Hurley Pro Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.23 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.50
SF 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.43 def. Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 14.33

2016 WSL Jeep Leaderboard Top 5 (After Hurley Pro)
1. John John Florence (HAW) 41,650 points
2. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 37,450
3. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 36,500
4. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 35,200
5. Kelly Slater (USA) 29,650

Swatch Women’s Pro Final Results:
1 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.13
2- Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.13

Swatch Women’s Pro Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.60 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 14.17
SF 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 18.60 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 14.60

2016 WSL Jeep Women’s Leaderboard Top 5 (After Swatch Women’s Pro):
1. Tyler Wright (AUS) 63,450 points
2. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 46,200
3. Carissa Moore (HAW) 42,500
4. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 38,450
5. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 37,300

12. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 23,550

ENDS

Note: High resolution images are available on request 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.

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Email: cfitch@worldsurfleague.com

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Career Best Result for Mikey February in Azores :: Jordy Smith into Quarters in California

September 12th, 2016 No comments
Michael February throws an arc of spray on his way to a career best 3rd place result at the Azores Airlines Pro on Saturday  Photo: WSL / Masurel

Michael February throws an arc of spray on his way to a career best 3rd place result at the Azores Airlines Pro on Saturday  Photo: WSL / Masurel

– Early Elimination for Bianca Buitendag at Trestles
– WSL Africa Titles up for Grabs in Morocco this Week

Cape Town’s Michael February posted best result of his professional career on the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) in the Azores on Saturday, while Durban’s Jordy Smith advanced directly into the Quarterfinals of the Hurley Pro Trestles, Stop No. 8 of 11 on the Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour (CT), in California later the same day.

Competing in the QS6,000 rated Azores Airlines Pro, February cut a swathe through the top seeds in the event before being narrowly pipped in the semi-finals, finishing the event in equal third place with earnings of US $5 500 (R77 000) and 3 550 points.

Despite still wearing strapping on the ankle he injured before the Ballito Pro in June, the 23 year-old from Kommetjie benefitted from his powerful manoeuvres and excellent strategic decisions to defeat higher rated opponents such as Pat Gudauskas (USA), Mitch Coleborn (AUS) and others before falling to eventual event winner Ian Gouveia (BRA).

His record setting points haul sees February leapfrog 45 places up the QS leaderboard to No. 35, which cements his place in the remaining top rated QS10,000 events at Cascais in Portugal next week, and the two season-ending Hawaiian events in November and December, and assures him of preferential seeding in those events.

February is now less than 5 000 points off the Top 10 on the QS rankings, and 1 000 points behind Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga), whose 73rd place result in the Azores dropped him three places to No. 27 in the rankings. Although they will be up against the world’s best at Cascais, and particularly in Hawaii, the pair has the opportunity to challenge for a top 10 yearend finish and qualification for the elite 2017 WSL CT.

See full results and video highlights from the Azores Airlines Pro at http://bit.ly/2cSNkK6

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Jordy Smith propelled himself into the 2016 World Title race with a towering display in his Round 4 match-up at the famed high-performance cobblestone break of Trestles on Saturday afternoon. Posting a pair of scintillating 9.0 point rides, the lanky resident of nearby San Clemente dispatched Michel Bourez (PYF) and Kelly Slater (USA) to cutthroat Round 5 elimination heats while progressing directly to the last eight himself.

“Going into that heat with Michel [Bourez], obviously one of the most powerful surfers in the world, as well as Kelly [Slater] — I just wanted to do my best surfing and Round 4 allows you to be a lot more free,” said Smith, who narrowly scraped through his Round 3 heat earlier in the day.

Ranked equal No. 5 on the Jeep Leaderboard coming into the event, Smith is now the highest seeded surfer left in the contest after a series of major upsets saw rankings leader John John Florence (HAW), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Gabriel Medina (BRA), Adrian Buchan (AUS) and Julian Wilson (AUS) all eliminated from competition.

Having already earned 5 200 points, enough to see him move into fourth place in the rankings, Smith will face the winner of the Round 5 duel between Bourez and giant-killing wildcard Brett Simpson (USA) when competition resumes. A repeat of his 2014 victory at Trestles would see Smith move to within 1 000 points of a top three berth heading into the last three events of the year on the CT in France, Portugal and Hawaii.

See results, videos, image and LIVE coverage from 4.30pm daily at http://bit.ly/2bH1E6Q

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Bianca Buitendag was eliminated in Round 2 of the Swatch Women’s Pro at Trestles last week, finishing equal 13th in the event where she was runner-up last year.

Sitting right on the qualification bubble going into Stop No. 7 of 10 on the Samsung Galaxy WSL Women’s CT, Buitendag is likely to drop out of the Top 10 who automatically re-qualify for the elite top tier as several lower ranked women are still in contention in California.

With a QS ranking of No. 166, the 22 year-old from Victoria Bay in the Southern Cape, who ended last year ranked a career-high fourth on the CT, will be determined to post good results in the remaining three events of season in Portugal (Cascais), France and Maui in Hawaii in order to retain her seat at Women’s surfing’s highest table.

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The 2016 WSL Africa regional titles for Men and Women will be up for grabs in Morocco when the Quiksilver Pro Casablanca and Roxy Pro Casablanca, both QS1,500 rated events, start tomorrow in front of the Anfaplace Shopping Center in the city.

The second edition for Men and inaugural Women’s event are co-sanctioned by WSL Africa and WSL Europe with the points earned counting towards the surfers’ respective regional rankings.

While WSL Africa rankings leader Beyrick de Vries and second placed Micheal February have opted to remain in Europe to practice for the QS10,000 rated Cascais Pro in Portugal starting next weekend, third ranked Dylan Lightfoot and fourth ranked fellow Jeffreys Bay resident Matt McGillivray will be determined to claim the coveted WSL Africa title, won last year by David van Zyl (Glenashley).

The champions from each region are guaranteed entry into all the major QS events in the following year which is a huge advantage for any surfer hoping to qualify for the elite WSL Championship Tour.

Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay) and Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay) will be aiming to overtake current rankings leaders Faye Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis) and Nikita Robb (East London) to clinch the regional Women’s title. Hoffman, currently third, only needs to collect her vest for the first heat to take the lead, but will be wary of Smith who can grab the title by finishing first or second in the event.

Watch the events unfold live at http://bit.ly/2cQBh1m

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AZORES AIRLINES PRO MEN’S FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Ian Gouveia (BRA) 12.53
2 – Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 9.10

AZORES AIRLINES PRO MEN’S SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Ian Gouveia (BRA) 13.13 def. Michael February (ZAF) 12.00
SF 2: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 14.10 def. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 11.93

AZORES AIRLINES PRO MEN’S QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Ian Gouveia (BRA) 12.97 def. Yago Dora (BRA) 8.26
QF 2: Michael February (ZAF) 15.93 def. Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 15.50
QF 3: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 15.27 def. Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 11.66
QF 4: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 12.16 def. Lucas Silveira (BRA) 11.84

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Men’s Hurley Pro Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 10.27 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 9.83
Heat 2: Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.83 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 11.17
Heat 3: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.27 def. Jack Freestone (AUS) 9.34
Heat 4: Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.70 vs. Conner Coffin (USA) 10.50
Heat 5: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 18.10 def. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 10.40
Heat 6: Brett Simpson (USA) 15.16 def. John John Florence (HAW) 8.74
Heat 7: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 17.34 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.13
Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.23 def. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 13.00
Heat 9: Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 16.37 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.94
Heat 10: Jadson Andre (BRA) 13.84 def. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 13.66
Heat 11: Josh Kerr (USA) 15.67 def. Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 9.67
Heat 12: Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 15.47 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.70

Men’s Hurley Pro Round 4 Results:
Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 18.50, Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.50, Kelly Slater (USA) 13.16
Heat 2: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 18.97, Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.60, Brett Simpson (USA) 14.14
Heat 3: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 14.84, Stu Kennedy (AUS) 13.67, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 10.90
Heat 4: Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 14.56, Jadson Andre (BRA) 12.80, Josh Kerr (AUS) 11.26

Men’s Hurley Pro Round 5 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Kelly Slater (USA)
Heat 3: Stuart Kennedy (AUS) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)
Heat 4: Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Joel Parkinson (AUS)

ENDS

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

The WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, running global events across the Samsung Galaxy Men’s and Women’s Championship Tours, the Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels.

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

Issued on behalf of:

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

Distributed by:

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PO Box 48272, Kommetjie 7976, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 21 783 4965
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