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SA Surfers Shine: McGillivray & Baum Place 5th and 9th in Australia + Brand 17th in Hawaii

February 11th, 2017 No comments
Matt McGillivray in action at the Kommunity Project Great Lakes Pro Photo: WSL / Bennett

Matt McGillivray in action at the Kommunity Project Great Lakes Pro Photo: WSL / Bennett

Both Men Move into Top 30 on Qualifying Series (QS) Rankings
Baum Reaches Last 16 in 2017 Season Debut

South Africans Matt McGillivray and Benji Brand posted impressive results in Australia and Hawaii respectively to move into the Top 30 on the latest World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) rankings, while Sarah Baum opened her 2017 season by reaching the last 16 down under.

McGillivray battled his way through three rounds of overhead waves in the 160 man field for QS1,000 Kommunity Project Great Lakes Pro at Boomerang Beach in New South Wales. The 19 year-old from Jeffreys Bay was eliminated in the quarterfinals by defending event winner and eventual 2017 runner-up Wade Carmichael (AUS).

McGillivray pocketed R5,000 and 420 points for his season best 5th place finish, which saw him retain 29th spot in the latest QS rankings.

Bevan Willis (Umdloti) was a Round 1 casualty while Shane Sykes (Salt Rock) and Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) each advanced through one round to finish 33rd and 25th respectively and Jordy Maree (Cape Town) progressed through two rounds for a 17th place result.

The event was won by former WSL Championship Tour (CT) campaigner Keanu Asing (HAW) who recorded an outstanding heat tally of 18.73 out of 20 when defeating Carmichael in the final.


Brand again showed the benefit of spending plenty of time in Hawaiian waves when he racked up three successive heat wins against a world-class list of contenders in the QS3,000 Volcom Pipe Pro held in chunky 2-3 metre waves at Pipeline.

The Capetonian, who turned 21 last Monday, was ousted when he placed third behind 2015 WSL champion Adriano de Souza (BRA) and Hawaiian standout Makai McNamara in their Round of 32 encounter, finishing 17th overall in the event..

Brand’s haul of R13,500 and 600 points saw him jump 25 places to join McGillivray in equal 29th spot on the QS rankings.

Pictured: Benji Brand squeezes out of a tube on his way to 17th place in the Volcom Pipe Pro Photo: WSL / Heff

Pictured: Benji Brand squeezes out of a tube on his way to 17th place in the Volcom Pipe Pro Photo: WSL / Heff

Outsider Soli Bailey (AUS) clinched a surprise victory at Pipeline, defeating reigning WSL Champion, top seed and event favourite John John Florence (HAW) in quarters before finishing ahead of de Souza, Griffin Colapinto (USA) and Hawaiian legend Bruce Irons who finished in that order in the final.


Baum, who grew up in Athlone Park in KZN but is now living in Wollongong, Australia, started her 2017 season by advancing through two rounds of the QS1,000 Kommunity Project Great Lakes Women’s Pro.

The former multiple SA champion, who ended 2011 ranked No. 11 on the Women’s QS, only competes in selected events these days and bowed out of the women’s event in equal 9th place.

Teal Hogg (uMhlanga) was runner-up in her opening heat before being sidelined in Round 2, finishing equal 17th, while Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) ended equal 49th.

Australian prodigy Macy Callaghan, 16, winner of the World Women’s Junior (U18) title in January, has reached the final of six events in 2017. Callaghan recorded her fifth event victory of the year by outscoring former Port Elizabeth surfer Philippa Anderson (AUS) in the final at Boomerang Beach.


Full results, images, video footage and more from the events can be found at and on the WSL App.
Results (Surfers shown 1st through 4th, all from Hawaii unless otherwise noted)

1st – Soli Bailey (AUS), 13.26
2nd – Adriano de Souza (BRA), 8.43
3rd – Griffin Colapinto (USA), 3.90
4th – Bruce Irons, 3.66

Semifinals: (1st and 2nd advance, 3rd = 5th place, 4th = 7th place)
SF1: Soli Bailey (AUS), Griffin Colapinto (USA), Leandro Usuna (ARG), John John Florence
SF2: Bruce Irons, Adriano de Souza (BRA), David do Carmo (BRA), Aritz Aranburu (ESP)

Quarterfinals: (1st and 2nd advance, 3rd = 9th place, 4th = 13th place)
QF1: Soli Bailey (AUS), Leandro Usuna (ARG), Hank Gaskell, Koa Smith
QF2: John John Florence, Griffin Colapinto (USA), Mitch Coleborn (AUS), Brian Toth (PRI)
QF3: Bruce Irons, David do Carmo (BRA), Luke Shepardson, Makai McNamara
QF4: Aritz Aranburu (ESP), Adriano de Souza (BRA), Lucas Silveira (BRA), Seth Moniz

Round of 32: (1st and 2nd advance, 3rd = 17th place, 4th = 25th place)
H1: Leandro Usuna (ARG), Griffin Colapinto (USA), Billy Kemper, Nathan Florence
H2: Soli Bailey (AUS), Brian Toth (PRI), Kiron Jabour, Jeronimo Vargas (BRA)
H3: Mitch Coleborn (AUS), Koa Smith, Balaram Stack (USA), Tom Whitaker (AUS)
H4: John John Florence, Hank Gaskell, O’Neill Massin (PYF), Koa Rothman
H5: David do Carmo (BRA), Seth Moniz, Miguel Tudela (PER), Mason Ho
H6: Bruce Irons, Aritz Aranburu (ESP), Yago Dora (BRA), Makuakai Rothman
H7: Lucas Silveira (BRA), Ian Crane (USA), Luke Shepardson, Marco Giorgi (URY)
H8: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Makai McNamara, Benji Brand, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)

Round of 64: (1st and 2nd advance, 3rd = 33rd place, 4th = 49th place)
H15: Benji Brand, Ian Crane (USA), Lucca Mesinas Novaro (PER), Michael Rodrigues (BRA)
H16: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Luke Shepardson, Finn McGill, Parker Coffin (USA)


NOTE: Complimentary high resolution images are available on request for media outlets

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