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Excellent Surf for Day 2 of the Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS

September 29th, 2018 No comments

Zoe Steyn was the top performer in the WSL Africa JQS women’s event at the Billabong Junior Series pres. by BOS and has advanced to the final where she will meet Kai Woolf on Sunday Photo: Thurtell

Event: Billabong Junior Series
Status: WSL JQS 1,000 rated events for U18 Boys & Girls, SAST events for U16 & U14 Boys & Girls, and U12 Boys & Girls.
Venue: Seal Point, Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape
Dates: September 28 – 30.

Seal Point, Cape St Francis – Excellent one metre waves with offshore conditions greeted the surfers on day 2 of the Billabong Junior Series Finale pres. by BOS, and the Pro Junior (U18) divisions were sent straight out in the early morning light.

It was high action from the get-go, and Bryce Du Preez and Calvin Goor were the Men’s standouts along with Ceara Knight and Zoe Steyn in the Women’s division. Steyn was awarded a 9,33 out of a possible 10 points for her best ride, in which she executed a series of radical turns along the inside, ending up on the rocks.

“I just saw such a good section on that wave and managed to hook it all the way past the rocks,” said Steyn. “There wasn’t priority at that stage so I had to hussle a bit to get that wave.”

In the U14 Boys James Ribbink dominated his heat and although it was a bit wave-starved he banked two good scores for the heat win.

“There weren’t too many waves out there in that heat, so I got an insider just to quickly open up my score,” said Ribbink. “Then I saw another decent looking wave and paddled further out and got it. I managed a couple of carves on it and so had two decent scores quite early on in the heat.”

Ribbink advanced along with Connor Slijpen. Other surfers who shone in this division were Christian Venter, an on-form Daniel Emslie and Brad Scott. Ribbink went on to win his semi-final and will compete in Sunday’s U14 Boy’s Final.

In the highly competitive U16 Boys division, Mitch Du Preez and York Van Jaarsveldt advanced to the Final, leaving Aya Gericke and Josh Daniel in their wake. The second Semifinal in this division was a close affair, with Tide-Lee Ireland winning ahead of Reilly Mare. Sam Bennie and Nathan Perris were both eliminated in the process.

The U16 Girls division was a spirited affair with Zoe Steyn showing her skills to advance along with Kayla Nogueira in the first Semifinal heat. The inform Ceara Knight was the winner of the second Semifinal and marched on to the final with Caroline Brown.

The Pro Junior Divisions took much of the action today, completing three rounds, all the way to the man-on-man Semifinals. Excellent surfing by the best U18 surfers in the country resulted in massive turns, innovative and polished routines and some huge scores along the route to the finals.

When the spray settled at the end of the day’s surfing it was Max Elkington and Luke Slijpen set to duel it out tomorrow in the Men’s Pro Junior final, while in the Women’s Pro Junior division final, Kai Woolf will come up against the dynamic Zoe Steyn.

Full results, images and news for the WSL JQS events can be found at www.worldsurfleague.com, which webcasts live scoring while the events are running

Results and more for the other divisions are available at www.surfingsouthafrica,co.za

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

Contacts.
Chad D’Arcy:
1. chad.darcy@billabong.co.za
2. 079 519 5990
or

Jason Mendonca
1. jason.mendonca@billabong.co.za
2. 079 698 7456

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Small Wave Skills Displayed on Opening Day of Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS

September 28th, 2018 No comments

Zoe Steyn in action on the opening day of the Billabong Junior Series Seal Point pres. by BOS Photo: Thurtell

Event: Billabong Junior Series
Status: WSL JQS 1,000 rated events for U18 Boys & Girls, SAST events for U16 & U14 Boys & Girls, and U12 Boys & Girls.
Venue: Seal Point, Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape
Dates: September 28 – 30.

Seal Point, Cape St Francis – A calm morning soon turned into a blustery day as Seal Point – the venue for the Billabong Junior Series Final pres. by BOS – felt the brunt of a passing cold front and was hit with rain and wind during the early morning. The rain soon stopped however, and the surfing continued unabated in the good point-break conditions.

The surfing kicked off with the U16 Boys, and stand-outs included Josh Daniel and Brett Taylor as well as Manoa Robb and Nathan Perris, with Robb the highest scorer of this round.

The U14 Boys were next in, and there was some great surfing in this competitive division, with young Leo Faclier the stand-out with an excellent heat total of 13.17 (out of a possible 20 points). Other surfers excelling in this division were Luke Van Wyk, Connor Slijpen and Nate Colby.

In the U12 Girls Semifinals, Anastasia Venter and Meka Loots, along with Sarah Scott and Gabi Herbst, all surfed excellently to advance through to the finals in their division, while in the U14 Girls it was Aimee Du Preez and Kaylee Shaw Nell who advanced to their respective final, along with Adriel Wolmarans and Olivia Winter.

By the time the WSL Africa junior men’s event took to the water, the surf had improved considerably, and there were several great performances by the best 18-and-under surfers in the country.

York Van Jaarsveldt put on an excellent opening heat performance, winning his heat and advancing along with Karl Steen. Both surfers were on form and surfed with style and maturity.

Aya Gericke advanced along with Brad Scott in the second heat, and Bryce Du Preez and Thomas Lindhorst emerged successfully from their encounter, eliminating Daniel Orpen and James Ribbink in the process.

The final heat of Round 1 was won by Luke Thompson whose surfing showed a maturity beyond his years. Along with rising young East London star Daniel Emslie, the pair eliminated Samuel Loppnow and Manoa Robb from the event.

The opening heat of the WSL Junior women’s JQS 1,000 rated event saw Ceara Knight beat runaway rankings leader and event favourite Kai Woolf with fast and dynamic surfing as both girls advanced into the next round.

“It was so much fun out there despite the wind,” said Knight after her heat. “There were actually some really good waves to be had. I just had to make sure that I surfed them in such a way that I didn’t get blown over the back of them.”

Kayla Nogueira also won her opening encounter, taking heat runner-up Kirsty McGillivray along with her to the next round. Zoe Steyn put on a polished performance on her backhand to win her heat, and advanced along with Tayla De Coning, while Aimee Du Preez and Olivia Izzard survived their encounter and will be back in the water first thing tomorrow morning.

The forecast for Saturday looks promising, and the event organisers have their sights set on an early start. A slight lift in the swell, less wind and an afternoon high-tide could all come together for an amazing day of surfing.

Full results, images and news for the WSL JQS events can be found at www.worldsurfleague.com, which webcasts live scoring while the events are running

Results and more for the other divisions are available at www.surfingsouthafrica,co.za

Facebook:

Billabong South Africa: www.facebook.com/Billabong
Billabong Women’s South Africa: www.facebook.com/BillabongWomens

Instagram
@billabongwomens_za
@billabongsa
Hashtag: #BillabongJNR

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

Contacts.
Chad D’Arcy:
1. chad.darcy@billabong.co.za
2. 079 519 5990
or

Jason Mendonca
1. jason.mendonca@billabong.co.za
2. 079 698 7456

For media queries contact
Craig Jarvis
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2. 082 376 4443

 

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Michael February Upsets Matt Wilkinson in First Championship Tour Event of 2018

March 13th, 2018 No comments

Michael February (ZAF) from Kommetjie blasts his way to an upset victory over former event champion Matt Wilkinson (AUS) in Round 2 of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast in Australia on Tuesday Photo: WSL / Sloane

– World Champ John John Florence Eliminated by Wildcard
– More Information Available At Worldsurfleague.Com

South Africa’s Michael February (ZAF) made full use of an injury-replacement spot in the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast by causing a major upset when he defeated 2016 event winner Matt Wilkinson (AUS) in Round 2 at the first stop on the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT)

February, the first alternate for the 2018 CT season after narrowly missing out on qualifying for the elite tour at the end of last year, was only officially notified that he was in the event when Kelly Slater (USA) withdrew on Monday. The 11-time World Champion cited his need to allow more for the foot he injured at Jeffreys Bay last July to recover fully.

“It’s been a weird last couple of days because I didn’t know what to expect from Kelly,” February said. “He messaged me yesterday and explained the situation, which I really appreciated, because I like to understand everything. It would have been nice to be in Round 1, but I can’t complain and to win my first heat feels incredible.”

The 24-year-old, who honed his skills in the frigid Atlantic Ocean waves around Kommetjie in Cape Town, grabbed his opportunity against Wilkinson in the clean but inconsistent one metre waves peeling down the storied Snapper Rocks point. Starting out slowly while Wilkinson caught plenty of waves, February used the priority system to select the bigger and longer set waves that enabled him to perform multiple manoeuvres.

With his confidence growing as the heat progressed, the rookie posted a 6.0 to take the lead with five minutes remaining and Wilkinson could not find the 6.03 he needed for the heat win and two-time finalist was eliminated in equal 25th place overall.

“Freestyle’ February, as the commentators have affectionately dubbed the lanky South African’s distinctive approach to riding waves, progresses to Round 3 where he will take on Julian Wilson (AUS) when men’s competition resumes. The World No. 3 won his Round 1 encounter on Sunday to advance directly to Round 3.

A massive upset kicked off the first men’s elimination round of the year with current World No. 1 John John Florence (HAW) eliminated by event wildcard Mikey Wright (AUS). The young competitor has made it clear that he will work hard to reach the elite CT and join his siblings, Tyler and Owen Wright, by continuing to prove himself in the Qualifying Series tour, the pathway where surfers earn their way to the top competition ranks.

“I’m so thankful to get this wildcard from Quiksilver and to have the opportunity to come up against the world’s best,” Wright said. “Obviously, coming up against the World Champion is going to be tough but anyone on the CT is going to be really tough, so I just wanted to go out and surf my own heat and just work on getting the best waves. The waves are really fun so I can’t wait to get back out there and do what I love to do.”

Florence’s shocking loss is the first time since 1991 that the reigning men’s World Champion has been knocked out of Round 2 in the opening event of the season (Tom Curren won the Title in 1990 and was a no-show in the first half of the 1991 season). Florence will leave with his first 25th place finish in 25 events.

“Mikey [Wright] is such a great surfer and he really surfed well in that heat,” Florence said. “His wave choice was so good. Every time I would pull off a wave, he’d be right behind me on a bigger, better wall. I’m feeling really good this year. I just need to get back into that competitive mindset and focus on my wave choice and hopefully not get another last-place finish at Bells Beach.”

Gabriel Medina (BRA), 2014 WSL Champion and 2014 event winner, did not let himself fall into the upset conversation with his win over Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) in Round 2. The Brazilian unleashed his signature backhand surfing to secure his win with a 13.00 combined score (out of a possible 20).

2012 WSL World Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS) found redemption in his Round 2 heat, posting the highest two-wave total of the event so far, an excellent 17.03. Parkinson’s local knowledge was evident as he emerged from the biggest barrel of the day to dispatch of California’s Pat Gudauskas (USA) on his return to the CT. Parko, a two-time Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast event winner, also squashed any question of a looming retirement.

Jordy Smith (ZAF) will be up against rookie Michael Rodrigues (BRA) in Round 3 after the World No. 4 skipped Round 2 by winning his opening clash of the year on Sunday.

Event organizers will reconvene at 6:30 a.m. local time (10.30pm Tuesday, South African time) to make the next call.

Surfline, WSL forecast partner, is calling for:

Mid period, mid-size E swell from former Cyclone Hola will fill in today. There is good confidence we will see NE to E swell Wed-Thu, easing slowly into and over the weekend as the swell direction shifts more ESE/SE. Long range guidance points to more mid-size ESE/SE swell around the last couple to few days of the event window.

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Mikey Wright (AUS) 15.10 def. John John Florence (HAW) 10.76
Heat 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.00 def. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 7.90
Heat 3: Michael February (ZAF) 11.03 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 8.97
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.40 def. Ian Gouveia (BRA) 10.07
Heat 5: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.03 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 9.67
Heat 6: Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 14.67 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 10.80
Heat 7: Frederico Morais (PRT) 12.16 def. Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 9.90
Heat 8: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 10.60 def. Keanu Asing (HAW) 8.86
Heat 9: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 12.90 def. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 10.83
Heat 10: Conner Coffin (USA) 12.20 def. Yago Dora (BRA) 10.60
Heat 11: Tomas Hermes (BRA) 14.93 def. Joan Duru (FRA) 12.17
Heat 12: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 11.74 def. Jesse Mendes (BRA) 11.13

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast Round 3 Matchups:
Heat 1: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Willian Cardoso (BRA)
Heat 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Conner Coffin (USA)
Heat 3: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Tomas Hermes (BRA)
Heat 4: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Italo Ferreira (BRA)
Heat 5: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Mikey Wright (AUS)
Heat 7: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Michael February (ZAF)
Heat 8: Frederico Morais (PRT) vs. Kanoa Igarashi (JPN)
Heat 9: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Griffin Colapinto (USA)
Heat 10: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Wade Carmichael (AUS)
Heat 11: Connor O’Leary (AUS) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Michael Rodrigues (BRA)

Roxy Pro Gold Coast Semifinal Matchups:
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Malia Manuel (HAW)
Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Keely Andrew (AUS)

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About the World Surf League
The World Surf League (WSL) 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 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, annually running in excess of 180 global events across the 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, and in doing so crowns the undisputed world champions in Men’s, Women’s across all divisions within the tour.

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 Tyler Wright, John John Florence, Paige Alms, Kai Lenny, Taylor Jensen, Honolua Blomfield, Mick Fanning, Stephanie Gilmore, Kelly Slater, Carissa Moore, Gabriel Medina, Courtney Conlogue and more battle on the most unpredictable and dynamic field of play of any sport in the world.

For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.

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Incredible Surfboard Give-Aways at Rafikis Bar & Restaurant in Cape Town

December 7th, 2015 No comments

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After 15 years as one of the city’s most iconic hotspots, Rafikis Bar and Restaurant is celebrating its last season in business with a series of incredible surfboard give-aways, starting this Thursday (10 December).

Rafikis (which means ‘friend’ in Swahili) have commissioned four limited edition surfboards from VuDu Surf and had each one turned into a unique piece of art by resident artist Buffy Brave Art, whose murals give this popular venue its distinctive ambience.

The surfboards will be given away as part of the regular Thursday Prize Nights, when cocktails are half-price from 4-8pm and patrons can win items ranging from concert tickets from Webtickets and custom Rafikis gear to SAB Newlands Brewery Tours.

A lucky customer will take home the first surfboard this Thursday simply by completing an entry form, purchasing five half-price cocktails or SAB draughts, and being at Rafikis between 7pm and 8pm when the draw is made.

Situated at 13 Kloof Nek Road in Tamboerskloof, Rafikis offers a laid-back vibe and casual dress-code. The 40m wrap-around balcony is ideal for relaxing with friends and enjoying sundowners. The menu comprises hearty finger foods ranging from the famous pizzas to BBQ ribs and calamari tubes, along with bar snacks such as nachos, chicken strips and chilli poppers

So whether you (or a friend) need a new surfboard, or want an original piece of artwork, be at Rafikis this Thursday between 7pm and 8pm to take advantage of this great offer. And if at first you don’t succeed, make sure you’re back on the last Thursday of the next three months for the chance to become a winner.

Regular patrons over the past 15 years are invited relive the memories of their favourite watering hole before Rafikis closes its doors in June 2016.

For more information on Rafikis, see:

Web: http://rafikis.co.za/
FB: rafikis.bar

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Fun and Games but No World Records at Earthwave Beach Festival

September 28th, 2015 No comments
Gary van Rooyen and Caitlin Brouckaert were worthy winners of the tandem surfing title at the Earthwave Beach Festival on Sunday Photo: Earthwave / StephenC Photography

Gary van Rooyen and Caitlin Brouckaert were worthy winners of the tandem surfing title at the Earthwave Beach Festival on Sunday Photo: Earthwave / StephenC Photography

The Earthwave Beach Festival lived up to its billing as Cape Town’s most popular celebration of beach culture with spectators and participants leaving the beach smiling despite variable weather conditions ranging from sunny and mild to windy with rain squalls that ruined attempts to set new Guinness World Records for the ‘largest bikini parade’ and the ‘most surfers riding the same wave’ on Sunday.

Successful beach touch rugby, tandem surfing, Dig for Gold and outreach surfing events along with an entertainment program that included exhibitors, vendors and live music acts kept everyone entertained throughout the day and into the evening.

But weather forecasts in the media in the lead up to the weekend, predicting strong winds and rain on Sunday, prompted most of those who pre-registered for the record attempts to spend their day elsewhere and attendance for both the bikini and surfing record attempts fell far short of expectations.

The third Earthwave Tandem Surfing Open, the country’s only surfing event for two people riding the same surfboard, was again the highlight of the day’s program in the pleasant morning conditions. Participants displayed technical lifts and amazingly innovative combinations with multiple wind and surfing champion Gary van Rooyen and partner Caitlin Brouckaert clinching the title and unique trophy.

The Beach Touch Rugby Championships showcased the talents of some of Western Province’s top players while the inaugural Share the Stoke Outreach Surfing Games saw nearly 100 participants from the various outreach programs that use surfing as an incentive for enhancing the quality of life for youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds competing in surf and beach events.

Another highlight for youngsters was the Kingii Dig for Gold where dozens of pre-teens searched for valuable prizes in the beach sand to highlight the South African launch of the unique Kingii flotation safety device for all levels of water users.

The entertainment program staged in the comfort of the Pavilion, on the water’s edge overlooking the action, featured top class music by the likes of The Rudimentals, 7th Son, Kings Down South and The Ryan Kidwell Band alongside a beach bar, food trucks, a range of vendors and environmental displays by SANNCOB and the SharkSafe Barrier.

The seventh Earthwave Beach Festival was produced by Kahuna Promotions whose father and son duo of Paul and Dene Botha founded the event in 2006.The entertainment aspects were expertly produced by Regan and Monique Tacon from GoodTimes Events.

The 2015 festival was supported by Kingii, Pole Yard, Rafikis, Happy Socks, Tuffy, SAPPI, NSRI, 7Stars Energy, UBER, Metrorail, Ola, Corner Surf Shop, Lifestyle Surf Shop, Hooley, Xpression on the Beach / Coreban, Signature Surf and Skate, Naish SUP, Surf Emporium, Reef Wetsuits, Surf Shack, Dept. of Sport & Recreation, Share the Stoke Foundation SA, In2Touch and many more businesses in Muizenberg and surrounds.

The official digital media partner was www.Wavescape.co.za whose wave and weather guru Steve Pike was the official forecaster for the event.

The Earthwave Beach Festival is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA), recognised by the Dept of Sport & Recreation as the governing body for wave-riding sports in South Africa. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

More information on the 2015 Earthwave Beach Festival can be found at:

Website: www.earthwave.info
Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/Earthwave.Beach.Festival
Facebook Event: http://on.fb.me/1PPMPdB
Twitter: @earthwave2015 and #earthwave2015

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2015 Earthwave Beach Festival – FAST FACTS

September 25th, 2015 No comments
2015 Earthwave Beach Festival poster

2015 Earthwave Beach Festival poster

WHAT: The Earthwave Beach Festival is a multi-discipline sports and entertainment event.

The highlights of the program are attempts to set two new Guinness World Records. These include:

• The ‘most surfers riding the same wave’, where hundreds of surfers enter the ocean and try to all ride on one wave. Open to anyone who can catch and ride a wave straight towards the beach for 5 seconds.
• The ‘largest bikini parade’, where women of all ages in two-piece swimsuits walk for a mile (1 610 metres) on the beach and are counted at the end of the course.

Sports include surfing, tandem surfing and touch rugby along with fun beach activities for the whole family such as Dig for Gold, raffles, give-aways, auctions, beach cleanups, etc

Entertainment takes place inside the Muizenberg Civic Hall (Pavilion) and includes exhibitors, vendors, displays and talks on environmentally friendly products and services alongside live music acts, food sales and a beach bar

LIVE MUSIC: The line-up is:
14:30: Kings Down South
16:00: The Ryan Kidwell Band
17:30: The Rudimentals
19:00: 7th Son
20: 00: DJ’s till close

WHERE: The sports activities are staged on the beach and in the ocean at Surfers Corner, Muizenberg. The entertainment and exhibition components are staged in the Muizenberg Civic Hall (Pavilion) located on the beachfront overlooking the action.

WHEN: The event runs from 8am to 11pm on Sunday 27 September 2015

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

08h00 – 16h00 Share the Stoke Outreach Surfing Games
Surfing and beach activities for youngsters from the various outreach programmes that use surfing as an incentive to improve the lives of youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds

08h00 – 12h00 Earthwave Tandem Surfing Open
Demonstrations, celebrity heat and surfing contest with two people riding on a surfboard

09h00 – 12h00 Beach Touch Rugby Championships
Touch rugby tournament featuring the Western Cape’s best players

09h00 – 23h00 Exhibitions, sales, talks and entertainment in Pavilion
Includes exhibitors, vendors, talks, live music, food trucks and a ‘beach bar’.

11h00 – 12h30 Guinness World Record – largest bikini parade
Registration online – www.earthwave.info . Sign in from 9am on the day. Line up at 10.30 and walk a mile (1.6kms) on the beach. Current record is 1 085 participants

12h00 – 12h30 Dig for Gold
Youngsters digging in demarcated area on the beach searching for prizes

12h30 – 14h00 Guinness World Record – most surfers on the same wave
Registration online – www.earthwave.info . Sign in from 10.30am on the day. Line up at 12h30 – enter the ocean at 13h00. One hour (approx. 6 or 7 waves ridden). Current record is 110 set at Earthwave in 2009.

WHO: The event is suitable for people of all ages and is FREE for spectators.

COSTS: A nominal fee is charged for participation in events. The activities in the Pavilion are free until 2pm – thereafter entrance is R30 per person until 10pm

ORGANISERS: The Earthwave Beach Festival was founded in 2006 by Paul and Dene Botha from Kahuna Promotions. This year is the seventh edition

The entertainment and exhibition aspects of the festival are run by Regan and Monique Tacon from Goodtimes Events

The festival is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA), recognised by the Dept of Sport and Recreation as the national controlling body for the sport and a member of SASCOC and the International Surfing Association (ISA)

REGISTRATION: Participants in the Guinness World Record events for surfing and bikinis should register at www.earthwave.info This is recommended and will make your signing in procedure on the day quicker and easier

MORE INFORMATION: More information on the event can be found at:

Website: www.earthwave.info
Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/Earthwave.Beach.Festival
Facebook Event: http://on.fb.me/1PPMPdB
Twitter: @earthwave2015 and #earthwave2015

Participants, exhibitors, vendors and any entity wishing to promote their products, services, brands or worthy causes at the event can contact the organisers at kahunasurf@mweb.co.za / 021 783 4965

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Jordy Smith places fifth as Mick Fanning wins Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach in Australia

April 9th, 2015 No comments
Jordy Smith (ZAF) in action during his quarterfinal defeat at the hands of eventual winner Mick Fanning in the quarterfinals of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach in Australia on Thursday  Image: © WSL / Cestari

Jordy Smith (ZAF) in action during his quarterfinal defeat at the hands of eventual winner Mick Fanning in the quarterfinals of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach in Australia on Thursday  Image: © WSL / Cestari

South African Jordy Smith placed fifth in the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach after advancing to the Quarterfinals at the second stop on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour (CT) before being eliminated by eventual winner Mick Fanning (AUS) in wind affected 1.5 metre waves earlier today.

The lanky former Durbanite who now resides in San Clemente, California, fell behind early in the 30 minute encounter before punctuating a long ride with a series of explosive, fins free manoeuvres. He earned an excellent 8.33 out of 10 but still needed a near perfect 9.44 to advance to the Semifinals when the heat ended,

Smith’s haul of 5 200 points moved him up four places to No. 5 on the WSL CT rankings with two of the 11events on the 2015 schedule now completed.

Fanning went on to defeat Nat Young (USA) in the Semis and then beat Adriano de Souza (BRA) in the closest Final in Championship Tour history. The pair tied on 15.27 points each but Fanning got the nod on a count-back to the highest single ride which the Australian clinched 8.17 vs. 7.57

Fanning is now tied with Kelly Slater (USA) and Mark Richards (AUS) with four Bells Beach wins each. He won his first in 2001 as a wildcard and then again in 2012 and 2014. The three-time World Champion also ties with Andy Irons (HAW), with both having 20 CT event wins.

“I’d never put myself in a category with MR (Mark Richards), Kelly Slater and Andy Irons,” said Fanning. “Those guys are my heroes. MR is a god, Kelly is a king and Andy is forever, it’s awesome.”

The first ever tiebreak Final puts Fanning on a path to his fourth World Title and he will take the gold leader jersey going into the third event on the Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) in Margaret River. Today’s match-up was the pair’s tenth in CT history, including three at Bells Beach, and Fanning has taken seven wins while De Souza has three.

“Today is the first time a CT Final has ever been tied, which is radical. As elating as the win is for me I know it’s heartbreaking for Adriano,” continued Fanning. “He’s such a top bloke and he throws his heart into everything and he trains so hard. He’s the elder statesman for the Brazilian storm and he does an impeccable job at leading them.”

“It’s a dream come true to make a Final here at Bells,” said De Souza who moved up to third place on the WSL rankings. “This is such an amazing place for me and it was so special to put my name on this trophy in 2013. Every time I come here it’s a special experience.”

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Final Results:
1: Mick Fanning (AUS) – 15.27 (Fanning wins with the heat’s highest single-wave score, 8.17)
2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) – 15.27

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.84 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 9.87
SF 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.70 def. Nat Young (USA) 14.23

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.60 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 8.33
QF 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.00 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 7.93
QF 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) 17.76 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.60
QF 4: Nat Young (USA) 15.10 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 13.86

WSL Championship Tour Rankings (After event #2 – Rip Curl Bells Beach Pro)
1 Mick Fanning (AUS) 15200
1 Filipe Toledo (BRA) 15200
3 Adriano De Souza (BRA) 14500
4 Julian Wilson (AUS) 9750
5 Jordy Smith (ZAF) 9200
6 Josh Kerr (AUS) 8250
6 Nat Young (USA) 8250
8 Miguel Pupo (BRA) 7000

The Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach will likely run tomorrow (Thursday night SA time) and see a champion crowned.

South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag (Victoria Bay) was eliminated in Round 3 earlier this week, finishing equal ninth overall.

Event organisers will reconvene at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow morning (10.30pm SA time) to assess conditions and make the next call.

Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach Quarterfinal Match-ups:
Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Lakey Peterson (USA)
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Johanne Defay (FRA)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Tyler Wright (AUS)
Heat 4: Coco Ho (HAW) vs. Courtney Conlogue (USA)

ENDS

About the World Surf League
The World Surf League (WSL) organizes the annual tour of professional surf competitions and broadcasts each event live at WorldSurfLeague.com where you can experience the athleticism, drama and adventure of competitive surfing — anywhere and anytime it’s on. The WSL sanctions and operates the following tours: the Junior Tour, Longboard Tour, the Qualifying Series (QS), the Big Wave Tour and the crown jewel of the sport, the WSL Championship Tour (CT) which determines the sport’s undisputed world champions. The organization is headquartered in Santa Monica, California with Commercial Offices in New York. The offices are supported by regional centers in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America and South America.

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Cape Town excluded as WSL announces 2015 / 2016 Big Wave Tour schedule

April 8th, 2015 No comments
Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker (Durban) in action at Dungeons in Cape Town in 2009  Image: Kimi Stewart / BillabongXXL.com

Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker (Durban) in action at Dungeons in Cape Town in 2009  Image: Kimi Stewart / BillabongXXL.com

The World Surf League (WSL) has announced the 2015 / 2016 Big Wave Tour (BWT) schedule that includes two new venues in Mexico and Oregon in the USA but excludes Cape Town, taking the total number of stops that will determine the WSL Big Wave Surfing Champion to seven.

Dungeons, the open ocean reef near Hout Bay that has produced the biggest rideable waves on the African continent, has been removed from the schedule after the Cape Big Wave Trust (CBWT), a group that claims to include surfers from all over South Africa who regularly ride big waves in Cape Town, decided that they did not want the fully funded event to be run in at the break.

After fully supporting the WSL’s offer of the multi million Rand event on last year’s schedule, which did not run due to a lack of suitably large waves, the CBWT members were upset by reports that the number of spots allocated for local surfers would be reduced from six to four this year. This, added to their claim that the BWT did not have a clearly defined criteria for local surfers to qualify to compete in events elsewhere, saw the local group vote to withdraw the Dungeons Challenge from the tour until there was greater clarity on how the BWT system operates.

“A multi million Rand competition may be of benefit to a surfing audience, but given that we surf there (Dungeons) on average only about 5 times a year it can take away the very special experience from the very people that use the wave for their enjoyment,” said CBWT spokesman Barry Futter. “For us to support this we need to see greater clarity on exactly how the BWT system works. There needs to be real opportunity and benefit for local surfers to grow.”

The BWT officials amended their offer to include six spots for locals plus a wildcard for this year’s Dungeons Challenge, which along with the inclusion of 2013/14 BWT Champion Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker from Durban, who qualifies for all the events on the schedule due to his current No. 8 ranking, would have brought the South African contingent in the event to eight, or a third of the 24 man field.

According to the CBWT, communications between WSL BWT Vice President Gary Linden, Contest Director Craig Jarvis and themselves lacked clarity and at their AGM the members voted unanimously that they did do not want a contest at Dungeons at this point.

The decision provoked a digital media furor with many in the SA surfing community unhappy with the outcome, questioning both the CBWT’s motivation and its authority to make the decision. Baker, who would have stood to benefit the most from having a BWT event at Dungeons, which is virtually his home break, diplomatically voted and expressed his solidarity with the locals.

But several SA based big wave luminaries were less accommodating with the likes of legendary Cape Town surfer and Dungeons pioneer Jonathan Paarman and Durban based watermen Jason Ribbink and former Dungeons champion John Whittle criticizing the CBWT decision as short-sighted, selfish and stunting the development of the emerging local big wave chargers by denying them the opportunity to meet, mingle and learn from the world’s best big wave exponents in their home surf without having to incur prohibitive international travel costs.

One silver lining to the BWT announcement was the inclusion of Cape Town big wave charger James Taylor as one of the six qualifiers from last year’s #ProveIt Challenge. Taylor is joined by Trevor Carlson (HAW), Nick Vaughan (USA), Mark Mathews (AUS), Jamie Sterling (HAW) and Derek Dunfee (USA) with two of the qualifiers gaining entry at each stop on the tour.

The 2015 / 2016 Big Wave Tour (BWT) will showcase the world’s premiere big wave surfers, the planet’s most harrowing venues and an unparalleled display of adventure, competitive drama and athleticism, all accessible at WorldSurfLeague.com.

Featuring fields of 24 of the best big wave surfers in the world, the WSL BWT events cover seven different potential venues across three continents all anticipating waves in excess of 25-feet to run. With a global forecasting partner in Surfline, event organizers have allocated the following windows for the various events, each only requiring one day of extraordinary surf to run:

Quiksilver Ceremonial: Punta de Lobos: Chile (April 15, 2015 – August 31, 2015)
Billabong Pico Alto: Pico Alto: Peru (May 15, 2015 – August 31, 2015)
Puerto Escondido Challenge: Puerto Escondido, Mexico (May 15, 2015 – August 31, 2015)
Oregon Challenge: Lincoln City, Oregon (October 15, 2015 – February 28, 2016)
Punta Galea Challenge: Punta Galea, Basque Country Spain (October 15, 2015 – February 28, 2016)
Pea’hi Challenge: Haiku, Hawaii (October 15, 2015 – February 28, 2016)
Todos Santos Challenge: Todos Santos, Mexico (November 15, 2015 – March 31, 2016)

“The Big Wave Tour is entering into its second full year under the WSL banner and the enhancements made to this upcoming season are designed with one goal in mind – run as many events as possible in the largest surf on offer,” Peter Mel, former BWT Champion and WSL BWT Commissioner, said. “The schedule is designed with this in mind and we’re excited about the addition of Puerto Escondido and Lincoln City as full-fledged members of the 2015 / 2016 BWT season. It’s never been a more exciting time for big wave surfing.”

The acquisition of the BWT by the WSL will allow for top WSL surfers such as 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), three-time World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), Hawaiian phenom John John Florence (HAW), amongst others to potentially join respected BWT surfers like Greg Long (USA), Grant Baker (ZAF), Gabriel Villaran (PER), Nic Lamb (USA) and Makua Rothman (HAW) in competition with waves in the 25-foot-and-above range.

The BWT complements the WSL properties of the men’s and women’s Championship Tours, the Qualifying Series, Longboard and Junior Championships as well as the Big Wave Awards on May 1.

ENDS

About the World Surf League
The World Surf League (WSL) organizes the annual tour of professional surf competitions and broadcasts each event live at WorldSurfLeague.com where you can experience the athleticism, drama and adventure of competitive surfing — anywhere and anytime it’s on. The WSL sanctions and operates the following tours: the Junior Tour, Longboard Tour, the Qualifying Series (QS), the Big Wave Tour and the crown jewel of the sport, the WSL Championship Tour (CT) which determines the sport’s undisputed world champions. The organization is headquartered in Santa Monica, California with Commercial Offices in New York. The offices are supported by regional centers in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America and South America.

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Dane Staples wins Wavescape Short Cuts Film Contest

January 21st, 2015 No comments
Dane Staples (centre) has won the Wavescape Short Cuts Film Contest

Dane Staples (centre) has won the Wavescape Short Cuts Film Contest

Dane Staples has won the Wavescape Short Cuts Film Contest with his movie The Donkey Unleashed which features his brother Dale and other top SA surfers spending inordinate periods of time inside the barrel at Donkey Bay in Namibia.

Staples, from St Francis Bay, wins the opportunity to work with Red Bull Media House (South Africa) on a collaborative project.

In a brief award ceremony after the six finalists were screened as part of the Wavescape Festival in Cape Town in December, Russell Martin from RMBH (SA) said that they had always focused on extreme sport and action films, but were now keen to work with films and filmmakers who could also add compelling storytelling to the action genre.

The top three finishers were:

• 1st: The Donkey Unleashed (Dane Staples) – http://bit.ly/1JbUWMP
• 2nd: Skate City (Jonathan Kyriakou) – http://bit.ly/1yJ0cId
• 3rd: Lost 4 Words (Dan Mace) – http://bit.ly/1xUZPTS

Runner-up Jonathan Kyriakou received a GoPro Hero4 Black Edition and a Quiksilver Syncro backpack while third placed Dan Mace received a GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition and a Quiksilver Syncro backpack.

Staples’ winning film captured the imagination of the jurors with its pace, music score, visuals and storyline and was placed first by six of the eight jurors.

The three runners up finalists included:

• Wake Skate (Wayne de Lange) – http://bit.ly/1uqKtfg
• No Life Wasted (Joubert Cronje) – http://bit.ly/1uqKyzH
• Next Dimension (Chris Rogers) – http://bit.ly/15wv01Z

In formulating the juror’s statement Monica Rorvik, Film and Media Manager at Wesgro, said: “The jury had a tough job. We had to watch the 40 or so entries and narrow them down to our favourite ten, and then meet to discuss. Luckily most of our favourites overlapped and while re-watching the shorts, we were able to easily narrow down to the winners. It took four hours of discussion. We enjoyed many even more the second time around.”

“It was great to work with Wavescape film festival team, Spike, Ross Frylinck, Shani Judes and Roos van der Weerd; the amazing team from Red Bull Media House, Russel Martin and Angela Illing; Kyle Lord from Go Pro; and Karim Norman from the SAE film institute.”

“As Wesgro film and media manager I was very excited to discuss these films and filmmakers and look forward to helping producers become more export ready and to find a way to help companies monetize these and their on-going projects. Competitions like this one are a great way to do this and I hope the competition continues to grow.”

For more information about the Wavescape Film Festival highlights 2014, please go to http://www.wavescapefestival.com

ENDS

 

Gabriel Medina Triumphs Over Kelly Slater in Monstrous Surf at Billabong Pro Tahiti

August 26th, 2014 No comments
ASP World No. 1 Gabriel Medina (BRA), 20, storms to victory at the Billabong Pro Tahiti after defeating the 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) in a thrilling final.  Image: ASP / Kirstin Scholtz

ASP World No. 1 Gabriel Medina (BRA), 20, storms to victory at the Billabong Pro Tahiti after defeating the 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) in a thrilling final.  Image: ASP / Kirstin Scholtz

TEAHUPO’O, Tahiti (Monday, August 25, 2014): The world’s best surfers put everything on the line as they battled the world’s most dangerous wave in an historic Finals day at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, stop No. 7 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT).

The 12-man field still in contention on the Final Day took on perilous conditions and monster 12-to-15 foot barreling waves, the biggest of the season, in pursuit of victory. It was Gabriel Medina (BRA) who clinched the victory and claimed the coveted title of Billabong Pro Tahiti Champion after an unbelievable day of competition and what is being dubbed the best WCT contest in history.

The win over 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) is Medina’s third WCT victory of the year, after triumphing at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast and Billabong Rio Pro, and sees him extend his lead in the 2014 ASP World Title race.

The pair were neck and neck throughout the Final, with each posting a series of excellent nine-point scores. Medina held the lead with the tiniest of margins, 0.03, and the heat came down to the last wave from Slater and a nail-biting wait for the score. The American needed a 9.33 but came in just shy at 9.30 and Medina took the win to solidify his place as ASP World No. 1 going in to the final four events of the season. The Brazilian previously dispatched Kolohe Andino (USA) and Bede Durbidge (AUS) on route to the thrilling finale.

“I don’t really know what to say,” said Gabriel Medina. “I’m so blessed to have these conditions at ‘Chopes and surf against all these guys. This is such a special event and I’m just so happy right now. Kelly (Slater) is a legend of surfing and it’s the best feeling ever to win. The waves were big and perfect and this feeling is amazing. I love surfing and to get these waves is incredible. I want to thank ASP for the event and I’m so happy to be part of this.”

Today marked Slater’s first WCT final of the year and his best result of the 2014 season. The result moves the four-time Billabong Pro Tahiti winner up from sixth to second place on the ASP WCT rankings, putting him in serious World Title contention. Slater left the competition with two Perfect 10s and 14 excellent nine-point rides after overcoming John John Florence (HAW) and Owen Wright (AUS) before facing Medina in the Final.

“What can you say? The ocean delivered for us today… this week,” said Kelly Slater. “It was incredible. I’ve never seen anything like it and today will go down as one of the best days of surfing in my career, no question. Congratulations to Gabriel (Medina). He was in rhythm all event and specifically in the Final, and he’s on fire this year. We switch gears big time for Trestles next and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. There’s a lot of work ahead.”

Fearless charger Bede Durbige (AUS) secured his best ever result at the Billabong Pro Tahiti after making it to the Semifinals where he was knocked out by eventual event winner Medina. Despite a number of brilliant performances through the competition, and a Perfect 10 in the Quarterfinals, he was unable to match the scores of the Brazilian and finshed in equal 3rd. The result sees him move up one place to World No. 13.

“Gabriel (Medina) is such a tactician in his approach and it worked perfectly,” said Bede Durbidge. “It’s such a bummer but I’m so glad to be part of this day. It was so special to surf against one of my best mates (Adrian Buchan) in the heat before and we’ve been surfing together since we were 13. This is such a great day for ASP and I’m stoked to be a part of it.”

Hawaiian prodigy John John Florence faced eventual runner-up Slater in the second Semifinal which was one of the most exciting heats ever seen at Teahupo’o. Florence delivered an epic performance and posted four nine-point rides, including a near-perfect 9.90. The heat ended in a tied, with each surfing holding a 19.70 heat total, but Slater edged the win with the highest single-wave score, a Perfect 10. The equal third place finish puts Florence in 12th place on the WCT rankings.

“I don’t really know how I feel but that whole heat and everything that happened was crazy,” said John John Florence. “I’m so so stoked. My first ride was so good; it was insane. It was so glassy and nice out there.”

The Andy Irons Most Committed Performance Award is given out every year to the standout surfer of the Billabong Pro Tahiti. Previous winners include John John Florence (2013), Ricardo dos Santos (2012) and Jeremy Flores (2011). This year’s award goes to Owen Wright (AUS) for his commitment, passion and courage during the event. Wright was knocked out of the competition by Slater in the Quarterfinals, but not before he posted a Perfect 10 in Heat 4.

“This feels amazing and I’m so honored to get this award,” said Owen Wright. “During this event so many guys have gone hard. I’ve watched Andy (Irons) for so long and I can’t imagine what he’d be doing if he was here. To get fifth place here feels so special and this award just tops it off.”

South Africa’s Jordy Smith was eliminated in Round 2 and ended the event in equal 25th place. Travis Logie, a Semifinalist in Tahiti in 2011, injured his foot on the reef in Round 1 and was forced to withdraw from the event.

The next stop on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour will be the Hurley Pro at Trestles from September 9 – 20, 2014. The event will be webcast LIVE on ASPWorldTour.com

Billabong Pro Tahiti Final Result:
1- Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.96
2- Kelly Slater (USA)18.93

Billabong Pro Tahiti Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.67 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 4.17
SF 2: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.77 def. John John Florence (HAW) 19.77

Billabong Pro Tahiti Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 19.87 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 18.43
QF 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.27 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.27
QF 3: John John Florence (HAW) 19.67 def. Dion Atkinson (AUS) 17.76
QF 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.80 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 16.10

Billabong Pro Tahiti Round 5 Results:
Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.40 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.66
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.53 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 6.16
Heat 3: Dion Atkinson (AUS) 19.33 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 14.77
Heat 4: Owen Wright (AUS) 19.87 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 12.83

Billabong Pro Tahiti Round 4 Results:
Heat 1: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.66, Michel Bourez (PYF) 13.73, Tiago Pires (PRT) 6.84
Heat 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.37, Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.57, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 9.00
Heat 3: John John Florence (HAW) 18.16, Kai Otton (AUS) 12.10, Brett Simpson (USA) 8.67
Heat 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 19.44, Owen Wright (AUS) 16.74, Dion Atkinson (AUS) 12.50

ASP World Championship Tour Rankings (after event #7 – Tahiti)
1. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 46150 points
2. Kelly Slater (USA) 38350
3. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 36150
4. Michel Bourez (PYF) 34500
5. Mick Fanning (AUS) 34400
6. Taj Burrow (AUS) 33700

14. Jordy Smith (Durban, ZAF) 18900
31. Travis Logie (Durban, ZAF) 8250

Watch all the highlights from the Billabong Pro Tahiti at www.aspworldtour.com.

ENDS

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