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Grant “Twiggy” Baker Ready for Giant Surf as Nazare Challenge Called ON for Friday

November 15th, 2018 No comments

Nazare, Portugal, home to the biggest waves ever surfed, will see the world’s best big wave surfers compete on Friday 16 November in the first event on the 2018/19 WSL Big Wave Tour (BWT) Credit: WSL / Masurel

6 to 10 Metre (20 to 35 foot) Waves Predicted for Portugal on Friday

Former two-time world big wave champion Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker is ready to take on the giant surf at Praia do Norte (North Beach) in Portugal on Friday after the Nazare Challenge was given the Green Light to run at the home of the biggest wave ever surfed.

The first of three events on the 2018 / 19 World Surf League (WSL) Big Wave Tour (BWT) schedule takes place at Nazare, a Portuguese town that has embraced big wave surfing, and Baker has spent considerable time there acclimatising himself and fine-tuning his equipment after finishing fifth in last season’s edition of the event.

“I’ve been in Europe for 6 weeks with the family getting ready for the event, surfing Nazare in all different conditions, so I’ve put in the time to give myself the best possible chance to do well,” said Baker after hearing the event had been called ON for Friday. “I have some great boards over here and I’ve been working on my positioning in the lineup and have a better idea of what a good wave looks like out there.

“Hopefully I can use that to catch the best waves in the middle of the peak and surf them to the best of my ability. Defending event winner Lucas “Chumbo” Chianca (BRA), reigning Big Wave Tour champion Billy Kemper (HAW), renowned waterman Kai Lenny (HAW) and Nathan Florence (USA) have been the standouts lately and I’m looking forward to competing against the hungry youngsters,” commented Baker, who at 45 is the oldest competitor in the field.

Surfline, forecast partner of the WSL, is predicting:

A developing storm near Greenland is expected to produce a strong WNW swell for Friday. Confidence is medium to high for a swell to provide good surf throughout the day. We expect to see wave face size in the 20-30’ range (through the day on Friday), with the very largest sets of the morning up to 35’.

While this isn’t a giant swell, especially by Nazare standards, local wind and conditions look about as good as it gets on Friday: light+ offshore ESE wind through the morning, trending more SE (still offshore) for the early afternoon hours, generally below 10 knots. Furthermore, the two previous days (Wednesday-Thursday) are also expected to see light offshore wind and small swell, which should mean conditions are extra clean on Friday.

According to Baker the swell is likely to get even bigger over the weekend and he feels that the world record wave height of 80 feet (23.77 meters), set by Rodrigo Koxa (BRA) when he was towed into a wave by a jetski at Nazare recently, may even be broken. The BWT events only allow waves to be caught paddling in with arm-strength although there will be numerous jetskis in the surf zone to conduct rescue and safety duties.

“There is a huge swell coming this weekend that will probably see the World tow record broken,” said Baker, the 2013 and 2017 BWT champion. “We have to work around this swell and the event has been called for the beginning of it all. Hopefully we get some giant waves with epic conditions and Nazare at its best for paddle surfing.

“There is so much support for surfing here with everyone in the town showing us a welcoming spirit. The government has opened a surf training centre with a gym, pool and other facilities. It’s an amazing place to visit and surf.”

The WSL Nazaré Challenge will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and the WSL’s Facebook page starting at approximately 9.30 am South African time.

2018/2019 Nazaré Challenge Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: Billy Kemper (HAW), Lucas Chianca (BRA), Greg Long (USA), Nathan Florence (HAW), Francisco Porcella (ITA), Antonia Silva (PRT)
Heat 2: Ian Walsh (HAW), Tom Lowe (GBR), Will Skudin (USA), Russell Bierke (AUS), João De Macedo (PRT), Rodrigo Koxa (BRA)
Heat 3: Kai Lenny (HAW), Jamie Mitchell (AUS), Natxo Gonzalez (EUK), Jojo Roper (USA), Pedro Calado (BRA), Andrew Cotton (GBR)
Heat 4: Makuakai Rothman (HAW), Alex Botelho (PRT), Grant Baker (ZAF), Nic Lamb (USA), Nic von Rupp (PRT), João Guedes (PRT)

The 2018/2019 Big Wave Tour hosts three events: the Nazaré Challenge, the Jaws Challenge, and the Mavericks Challenge. All holding periods for this season are now open and will await the biggest waves until the season’s close on March 31, 2019. For the Jaws Challenge and Mavericks Challenge, the world’s best male and female big wave surfers will prepare for conditions that will produce waves in the 30-to-60-foot range. Once the decision is made to run the event, a “Green Alert” is issued and competitors will have 48 hours’ notice to be ready to compete.

The WSL Big Wave Tour is proudly supported by Surfline, and Corona, with special thanks to Nazaré Challenge partners Jogos Santa Casa, Visit Portugal, Portuguese Waves, The City of Nazaré, MEO, Hertz, and Praia do Norte.

ENDS

About the WSL
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 organization, 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 more than 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 Men’s and Women’s World Champions across all tours.

Showcasing the world’s best surfing on its digital platform at WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL has a passionate global fan base with millions tuning in to see world-class athletes like Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore, Tyler Wright, John Florence, Lakey Peterson, Paige Alms, Kai Lenny, Taylor Jensen, Honolua Blomfield, Carissa Moore, Gabriel Medina, Courtney Conlogue and more battle on the most dynamic field of play of any global sport.

For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.

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Elkington & Steyn Clinch Pro Junior Titles at Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS

September 30th, 2018 No comments

Max Elkington and Zoe Steyn won the U18 Men’s and Women’s titles at the Billabong Junior Series pres. by BOS in Seal Point on Sunday Photo: Thurtell

Slijpen and Woolf Clinch 2018 WSL Africa Junior Crowns

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 – Breezy onshore conditions and a slight surge in swell greeted competitors on the final day of competition at the Billabong Junior Series Finale, and the first heat of the day – the U12 Girls Final – was sent straight out into the Seal Point lineup..

Gabi Herbst was the surfer of the morning with a few incredible rides in the mixed up conditions, including an excellent 8.0 out of 10 for one ride which secured the title. Sarah Scott was the runner up.

Kai Hall was the champion in the U12 Boys final, banking one huge score for two critical turns on a big set wave for a near-perfect score of 9.33 and an unassailable lead. Hall was closely followed by Joel Fowles who surfed impressively on his backhand.

The U14 Girls division was a slow heat, with low scores and at the end of the heat it was Aimee Du Preez who emerged as the winner, with Olivia Winter in second place.

Luke Thompson caught 11 waves in his Final heat to defeat James Ribbink in what was an exciting U14 Boys heat. Thompson’s strategy of hard and fast surfing, catch anything that moved, proved to be the winning formula, with Ribbink, Daniel Emslie and Brad Scott filling up the minor slots.

As the tide dropped out and the onshore waves continued to pour through relentlessly, the U16 Girls headed out for their final, and it was an action-packed exchange with three of the girls on their backhand and one on her forehand. Zoe Steyn emerged victorious with a convincing win against her counterparts Kayla Nogueira, Ceara Knight and Caroline Brown who placed second, third and fourth respectively.

The U16 Boys was another final dogged by few waves and low scores. Tide-Lee Ireland snagged the win from York Van Jaarsveldt with a combined score of less than 9 points. Mitch Du Preez and Reilly Mare’ finished off the results with third and fourth spots.

The World Surf League (WSL) Junior Women’s final a nail-biting affair as Zoe Steyn and Kai Woolf took centre stage. Both surfers had been surfing phenomenally all event and it was going to be about the surfer who caught the best waves. That was Steyn, and she won the final by a close margin from Woolf.

Then Max Elkington and Luke Slijpen took to the water to battle it out for event honours in the WSL Junior Men’s event. It was all about Elkington who took the win and broke his year-long victory drought with his first place.

“I haven’t had a win this year, and for a bit of last year, so I am really happy with the win today,” said a stoked Elkington. “I also won it last here two years ago, so just very happy with the win.”

Billabong Junior Series Seal Point pres by BOS
Final Results:

U12 Girls
1. Gabi Herbst
2. Sarah Scott
3. Anastasia Venter
4. Meka Loots
U12 Boys
1. Kai Hall
2. Joel Fowles
3. Ntokozo ‘Surprise’ Maphumalo
4. Asha Steytler
U14 Girls
1. Aimee Du Preez
2. Olivia Winter
3. Adrian Wolmarans
4. Kaylee Shaw Nell
U14 Boys
1. Luke Thompson
2. James Ribbink
3. Daniel Emslie
4. Brad Scott
U16 Girls
1. Zoe Steyn
2. Kayla Nogueira
3. Ceara Knight
4. Caroline Brown
U16 Boys
1. Tide Lee Ireland
2. York Van Jaarsveldt
3. Mitch Du Preez
4. Reilly Mare
WSL Junior Men
1. Max Elkington
2. Luke Slijpen
WSL Junior Women
1. Zoe Steyn
2. Kai Woolf
VonZipper Expression Session
Luke Slijpen
BOS Highest Heat Score Award
Zoe Steyn

2018 Billabong Junior Series Results (Including Ballito & Seal Point)
U12 Girls
1. Gabi Herbst
2. Anastasia venter
U12 Boys
1. Ntokozo Maphumalo
2. Joel Fowles
U14 Girls
1. Aimee Du Prees
2. Olivia Winter
U14 Boys
1. Luke Thompson
2. Dan Emslie
U16 Boys
1. Mitch Du Preez
2. York Van Jaarsveldt
WSL Junior Women
1. Zoe Steyn
2. Kirsty McGillivray
WSL Junior Men
1. Luke Slijpen
2. Max Elkington

2018 WSL Africa Junior Men’s Rankings (After Billabong Junior Series Seal Point –event 8 of 8)
1 Luke Slijpen 4060 points 2018 Champion
2 Max Elkington 3090
3 Eli Beukes 2634
4 Luke Thompson 2440
5 Bryce Du Preez 2435

2018 WSL Africa Junior Women’s Rankings (After Billabong Junior Series Seal Point –event 7 of 7)
1 Kai Woolf 4750 points 2018 Champion
2 Zoe Steyn 3870
3 Sophie Bell 2815
4 Kirsty McGillivray 2685
5 Kayla Nogueira 2380

2018 WSL Africa Junior squad to attend the WSL World Junior Championships (Taiwan in December)
Men – Luke Slijpen, Max Elkington, Eli Beukes, Luke Thompson.
Women – Kai Woolf, Zoe Steyn.

Full results, images and news for the WSL JQS events can be found at www.worldsurfleague.com

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
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2. 079 698 7456

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Champions to be Decided at Billabong Junior Series in Cape St Francis this Weekend

September 27th, 2018 No comments

WSL Africa Junior Men’s rankings leader Luke Slijpen is the top seed for the Billabong Junior Series U18 division, Photo: WSL/ Cestari

Event: Billabong Junior Series Seal Point
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 – The best junior surfers in the country are arriving in Seal Point for the final event in the 2018 Billabong Junior Series. The surf forecast for the contest has signs that it might be an epic weekend of surfing at the ever-consistent Seal Point, with plenty of swell around for the competitors to display their top surfing skills to the judges.

This event is possibly one of the most crucial junior surfing tournaments of the year, with much at stake for the competitors. Firstly there are the stand-alone event results, with surfers wanting to win this contest for points and prize money. Leading on from this, there are the Billabong Junior Series winners. Two event results count for these winners – from both the Billabong Junior Series Ballito and Seal Point events.

This event will also crown the World Surf League (WSL) Africa Junior champions, which will also lead on to the qualification for the WSL World Junior Championships, including the top four men and top two women surfers who will compete in the World Junior Championships in Taiwan in December 2018. It promises to be an action-packed and dramatic weekend of surfing.

The WSL Africa Men’s Junior Tour is currently being led by Luke Slijpen, with Eli Beukes and Max Elkington hot on his heels, and Dillon Hendricks and Bryce Du Preez not far behind. Slijpen has had an excellent competitive year and has a healthy lead in this division, with Beukes more than one thousand points behind him.

In the WSL Africa Women’s Junior Tour rankings, Kai Woolf is out in front with a comfortable lead over second ranked Zoe Steyn, with Sophie Bell in third place going in to this event. Kirsty McGillivray and Kayla Nogueira make up the remainder of the top five positions.

Both divisions contain a number of surfers who have improved dramatically over the last year, and there is every possibility of an upset in either division from the likes of Karl Steen and Daniel Emslie in the men’s, and Ceara Knight and Sne Makhubu in the women’s divisions respectively, to name a few.

In the U16 Boys division, all eyes will be on Tide Lee Ireland, York Van Jaarsveldt and Mitch du Preez, while in the U16 Girls division Zoe Steyn, Kayla Nogueira and Gabi Lailvaux are just three surfers who look set to dominate.

“It has been a good year for Junior Surfing in the country, and the Billabong Junior Series has been a great success,” said Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager Chad D’Arcy. “We’re immensely proud of this series as it finishes its 21st year in the country, and we are looking forward to another positive year next year for both Junior Surfing as well as the Billabong Junior Series.”

The Billabong Junior Series runs from Friday to Sunday when all the event and series champions will crowned at the awards ceremony on the beach.

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

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Hashtag: #BillabongJNR

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

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

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Michael February Delivers Career Best Result with Fifth Place in Tahiti Pro

August 20th, 2018 No comments

Cape Town’s Michael February (ZAF) finished fifth in the Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o on Sunday and moved up to No. 27 on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) rankings Credit: © WSL / Poullenot

– Gabriel Medina Earns Second CT win at Teahupo’o
– Filipe Toledo Retains Jeep Rankings Leader Jersey

TEAHUPO’O, Tahiti (Sunday, August 19, 2018) – South African Michael February delivered his career best result on Sunday when he finished fifth in the Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o, event No. 7 of 11 on the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT).

February, who had not progressed beyond Round 3 in his previous seven events on the elite 34-man tour, was eventually ousted by Jeep Rankings Leader Filipe Toledo (BRA) in their quarter-final match-up.

The CT rookie from Cape Town had earlier defeated compatriot Jordy Smith (Durban) in Round 3 and then won his three-man Round 4 heat over Wade Carmichael (AUS) and Ezekiel Lau (HAW). The 4,745 points he earned saw February jump four places to No. 27 on the CT rankings and within 2,000 points of a qualifying spot for the 2019 elite tour with four events remaining in the 2018 season.

Gabriel Medina (BRA) claimed his second Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o title and his first event win of 2018 by defeating Owen Wright (AUS) in the final held in clean but inconsistent 1 – 1.5 metre waves at the famed South Pacific reef pass.

“I’m just so happy to win here again and, first, I just want to thank God,” Medina said. “I came here and trained a lot, and I was just waiting for the victory. I love Tahiti and I’ve had some great Finals here. I’ve won here before, two second-place finishes, and another win now.”

Since his first Tahiti Pro win in 2014, the Brazilian superstar has never dropped below third place at the event. His win over Wright came after he ousted Jeremy Flores (FRA) in the semi-finals and fellow Brazilian Italo Ferreira in the quarters.

“Now I can kind of start thinking about winning a World Title. I think anything is possible. There’re a couple of events to go and I just want to keep giving it my best.”

Medina’s victory moves him up from 3rd to 2nd on the Jeep Leaderboard, 6,300 points behind Toledo and well within striking distance of capturing a second WSL Title this year if he maintains strong results in the final four events, two of which he won last year.

Medina added. “I’m really happy right now, but I know Owen’s got the same feeling I had last year, which was horrible for me, but it’s competition and that’s why we love competing. I feel blessed to have been in the right spots at this event and now I’m going to enjoy this moment, then I’m focusing on the next event.”

Wright’s runner-up finish today marks his best result in Tahiti and his best result of the season. To make his first final in Tahiti the Australian took down Jeep frontrunner Toledo in the semis and Carmichael in the quarters. Before Tahiti, Wright sat at 11th on the Jeep Leaderboard, but his result now boosts him up to 6th.

“It’s a sting, but it’s just nice to be back in the final,” Wright said. “Right now, it’s a hard loss to take a second, but it’s been an incredible week. It all came down to those last two waves. I made the wrong decision and I’m already feeling that deep burn and drive. I’m stoked for Gabby, well-deserved win for him after it got taken off him by Julian (Wilson) just last year. Congratulations to Gabby.”

Toledo fell just short of his third final of the year, losing to eventual runner-up Wright in a hard-fought semi-final bout. The rankings leader’s form was impeccable throughout the event, including a brilliant quarter-final win over rookie Michael February (ZAF), and he will retain the Jeep Leader Jersey going into the next stop, the Surf Ranch Pro.

“I feel really happy and proud of myself with all the hard work I put out here, and a semi-final result in Tahiti is definitely a keeper,” Toledo said. “I’ve been on the Tour for six years now and this is one of those years where everything is clicking and everything’s happening. I’m just making sure to capitalise and get the job done. It’s important to just keep the focus on what I’ve been doing – my training, my surfing – and not worrying about the outside world.”

The next stop on the 2018 WSL Championship Tour will be the Surf Ranch Pro pres. by Hurley in Lemoore, California from September 6 – 9, 2018.

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com.

Tahiti Pro Final Results:
1 – Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.50
2 – Owen Wright (AUS) 12.07

Tahiti Pro Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Owen Wright (AUS) 12.60 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 10.03
SF 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.17 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 6.10

Tahiti Pro Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 11.43 def. Michael February (ZAF) 8.60
QF 2: Owen Wright (AUS) 16.00 def. Wade Carmichael (AUS) 9.57
QF 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.57. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 7.57
QF 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.34 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 5.74

WSL Men’s CT Jeep Leaderboard (After Tahiti Pro):
1 – Filipe Toledo (BRA) 41,985 pts
2 – Gabriel Medina (BRA) 35,685 pts
3 – Julian Wilson (AUS) 32,380 pts
4 – Italo Ferreira (BRA) 30,160 pts
5 – Wade Carmichael (AUS) 25,550 pts

South Africans
7 – Jordy Smith (Durban) 23,575 pts
27 – Michael February (Cape Town) 11,000 pts
43 – Matthew McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) 420 pts

ENDS

About WSL
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

Issued on behalf of:

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

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McGillivray, Bulard and Beukes Take Titles at Vans Surf Pro Classic

June 3rd, 2018 No comments

Cannelle Bulard (Reunion Island), Eli Beukes (Kommetjie) and Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) took the Women’s, Junior Men’s and Men’s titles in the 2018 Vans Surf Pro Classic at Lamberts Bay on Sunday Image: WSL / Van Gysen

YoYo’s Fires and Performances Soar on Final Day

Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay), Cannelle Bulard (Reunion Island) and Eli Beukes (Kommetjie) took the Men’s, Women’s and Junior Men’s titles respectively at the 2018 Vans Surf Pro Classic in Lamberts Bay on Sunday.

The final day produced incredible high-scoring encounters as YoYos delivered pumping 1.5 to 2 metre waves in clean offshore conditions and even though the wind freshened into a Southerly crosswind later in the day, the final heat of the day saw the event’s highest score.

The men’s event was upgraded to a World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1,500 rating for 2018 and the 64-man field was whittled down to the last eight all of whom had hopes of taking home the R40,000 prize purse and the precious 1,500 points on the international leaderboard.

The final saw Jeffreys Bay buddies and training partners Dylan Lightfoot and Matt McGillivray go head to head with Lightfoot starting the stronger, leaving McGillivray needing to better 14 points before he’d even caught a good wave.

But once McGillivray did get his first lined up righthander, he went ballistic with a couple of strong turns on the outside and then going for broke with a high risk aerial on the inside. The country’s highest QS rated surfer then went from strength to strength, overtaking Lightfoot with a 7.5 and then slamming the door with another gigantic aerial that the judges rewarded with a 9.65

Although Lightfoot was surfing really well, the 19.16 requirement was a bridge too far and it was McGillivray who claimed the title and moved back into the top 10 spot on the QS rankings he has held since winning the first QS3,000 event of the year in Israel.

“The final went really well, the waves were pulsing which gave us plenty of opportunities,” said McGillivray. “Dylan started really well and got two good waves, but I just tried to block that out and focused on my own performance.

“My first good score I did a some turns out the back and then there was a nice section for an air on the inside and although I probably should have played it safe, I decided to risk it and it paid off and I’m really stoked I managed to land the air and get a 9.5. That helped me relax and I took the lead with my next ride and then I added that 9.65 for the win.

“This is another keeper result to help my seeding for the second half of the year and hopefully it will get me a wildcard for the Ballito Pro and then I can work towards the wildcard for J-Bay. Nice to know I’m making progress towards my goals, but there’s still lots of hard work ahead. I’d like to thank the Lord for the wonderful waves he gave us for the whole event, and for helping me. And also Graham, my surfboard shaper, it was cool to have him here giving me advice and being able to bounce ideas off him, and my girlfriend Zoe McDougall for her support and always being there for me.”

McGillivray defeated an inform David Van Zyl (Glenashley) in their semi-final clash and earlier ousted red hot Brazilian junior Eduardo Motta in the quarterfinals. Lightfoot had overcome another Brazilian in Luan Carvalho in the quarters and then event top seed Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga) in their semi duel.

The 560 points Van Zyl earned for his third place finish was sufficient for him to overtake Jordy Maree (Cape Town) at the top of the men’s regional rankings heading into stop No. 6 on the WSL Africa Qualifying Series, the Jordy Smith Cape Town Pro, later this month.

The QS1,000 women’s final was a tightly contested encounter that was only decided in the dying seconds when Reunion Island’s former star Cannelle Bulard posted a 7.0, the highest scoring ride of the 25 minute matchup against Nicole Pallet (La Lucia), the WSL Africa rankings leader.

“It was really hard out there and we couldn’t hear anything, so neither of us had a wave at the start,” explained the ever-smiling Bulard, who had been a standout in the powerful Lamberts Bay surf from the outset of the event on Friday.

“I had my first wave on the left and after that long paddle I was so tired I had no more arms. But then I got that good one at the end, a seven, in the last 20 seconds. I’m so stoked, I’ve won some points and some money, it’s so cool!”

Bulard, who was competing in her first event in five years, and Pallet each earned 9.0 point rides in their respective semi-final victories with the Reunion Islander defeating an rising star Natasha van Greunen (Muizenberg), who produced one of her best results. Pallet outpointed perennial rival and former WSL Africa women’s champion Faye Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis)

The Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) 1,000 event for men 18-and-under was a hometown victory of sorts as Eli Beukes, who grew up in Lamberts Bay, but now reside with his family in Kommetjie, beat all comers to clinch a title he had wanted to win for years by successfully landing a Hail-Mary aerial manoeuvre after the siren had sounded.

“I’ve always wanted to win this event because I grew up here in Lamberts Bay so to finally win it is amazing,” said Beukes after his first JQS event win. “I started off making a couple of mistakes because the wind was pretty strong and it was difficult to do turns. But once I got priority I was a bit more confident and then I went for it on that final air.

“I’m stoked to come away with the win and super stoked that I’ve jumped up the rankings because one of my goals for the year is to make it into the top four who go to the World Junior Championships in Australia.”

Like the men’s event, the junior draw resulted in four South Africans and four internationals in the last eight. Beukes defeated Dylan Groen (Germany) in the final after accounting Eduardo Motta (Brazil) in the semis. Groen needed an excellent 8.25 and a 7.50 in his semi-final to oust Brazilian Daniel Templar, who had delivered the highest score of Day 1’s action.

The 2018 Vans Surf pro Classic will be remembered for the huge surf that forced the organisers to move the action inside the shelter of the harbour wall on Friday, and for the outstanding surfing and exceptionally high scores when the event was moved back to YoYo’s on Saturday and Sunday.

Full results, along with news, images and video footage will be available at www.worldsurfleague.com.

The Vans Surf Pro Classic is proudly supported by Vans, Zigzag, Hydro Flask, WSL and SSA.

Vans Surf Pro Classic (Yo-Yo’s, Lamberts Bay, Western Cape)
Results

Men’s QS1,500 Final Results
1. Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) 19.15 R40,000 1,500 pts
2. Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) 15.70 R20,000 1,125 pts

Women’s QS1,000 Final Results
1. Cannelle Bulard (Reunion Island) 11.75 R8,000 1,000 pts
2. Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) 8.40 R4000 750 pts

Junior Men’s JQS1,000 Final Results
1. Eli Beukes (Kommetjie) 12.40 R8,000 1,000 pts
2. Dylan Groen (Germany) 9.80 R4,000 750 pts

ENDS

About WSL
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

About Surfing South Africa
Surfing South Africa is recognised governing body for Surfing in South Africa by the Department of Sport and Recreation. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

 

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Vans Surf Pro Classic Ups the Ante at ‘Yo-Yo’s’ in Lamberts Bay

May 23rd, 2018 No comments

The high-performance waves at YoYo’s in Lamberts Bay along with substantial prize money and WSL rankings  points have attracted a huge field for the 2018 Vans Surf Pro Classic Image: WSL / Van Gysen

Men’s event upgraded to QS1,500 with R150,000 Prize-Purse

The Vans Surf Pro Classic returns to the iconic surf break of YoYo’s in Lamberts Bay for its third edition which has been boosted by upgrading the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) men’s event to a QS1,500 rating alongside the QS1,000 women’s and JQS1,000 junior men’s events.

Scheduled for Friday to Sunday, 1-3 June, the entry lists for all three events are full and the bustling West Coast fishing village will be bursting at the seams as competitors from as far afield as Hawaii, USA, Australia, South America, Europe, Mauritius and Japan arrive to test their skills at the break dubbed the ‘Trestles’ of Africa after the outstanding waves experienced in the past two years.

“Vans are really happy to be able to bring the 3rd annual Vans Surf Pro Classic back to Lamberts Bay this year,” says Vans Marketing Manager, Warren Talbot. “This is definitely one of our most favourite events of the year and Lamberts Bay offers a highly contestable wave for all our competitors.

“We have upped the ranking this year to a QS1,500 which should help our local riders get those much needed points on their QS campaigns, and we here at Vans would like to wish all the competitors the best of luck.”

The total prize-purse has almost tripled to R190,000 and the coveted points on offer on both the international and regional rankings determine their qualification for and seeding in major events worldwide. The junior men also earn points that count towards selection of the WSL Africa squad who will represent the region in the annual World Junior Championships in Australia in January 2019.

David van Zyl (Glenashley), the 2017 Vans Surf Pro Classic runner-up, heads the men’s seedings and will be determined to go one better this time. Van Zyl, winner of the first event on the 2018 WSL Africa QS in Port Elizabeth in March, faces tough opposition from the likes of 2016 Vans winner Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga), current regional rankings leader and 2016 Vans junior men’s champ Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay), Australian Jordan Lawler and a host of others.

The women’s field is also headed by last year’s runner-up, Hawaiian Zoe McDougall, who will be challenged by the vastly experienced all round French surf star Justine Dupont. The South African contingent includes international campaigner Tanika Hoffman (Cape Town), regional rankings leader Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) and rising stars Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) and Zoe Steyn (East London).

A new junior men’s champion will also be crowned this year as 2017 winner Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) is no longer in the 18-and-under category. Fellow Capetonian Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay), a semi-finalist at YoYo’s last year, heads an exciting crop of emerging talents such as Max Elkington (Kommetjie), Bryce du Preez (East London) and Luke Thompson (Durban)

The third edition of the event will again be hosted by the local West Coast Boardriders Club with the invaluable assistance of the volunteers from Christian Surfers South Africa.

Live scoring for the Vans Surf Pro Classic, along with results, images, video footage and news will be available at www.worldsurfleague.com.

The Vans Surf Pro Classic is proudly supported by Vans, Zigzag, Hydro Flask, WSL and SSA.

ENDS

About WSL
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

About Surfing South Africa
Surfing South Africa is recognised governing body for Surfing in South Africa by the Department of Sport and Recreation. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

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Masencamp and Slijpen Take Men’s Titles at Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force

May 20th, 2018 No comments

Adin Masencamp (Strand, red vest) and Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay, white vest)) won the Men’s and Junior Men’s titles at the Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force on Sunday Photo: WSL / Thurtell

Capetonians Adin Masencamp (Strand) and Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay) mastered the testing conditions to take the men’s and junior men’s titles respectively at the Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force at North Beach in Durban on Sunday.

The stiff onshore winds turned the contest area into a maelstrom of whitewater and the inclement weather kept the crowds away on the final day of the fourth event of 13 on the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) and the third of five on City Surf Series. But the surfing performances produced by the men and junior men (18-and-under) remained red hot with multiple rides in the excellent range (8.0 or more out of 10)

Masencamp and Slijpen were the form surfers on the final day with the former delivering the two highest heat totals, 15.75 and 15.25 (each out of 20), in Round 4 and the semi-finals, while Slijpen produced a near-perfect ride that was awarded 9.0 by the judges in his semi-final.

The men’s final was an anti-climax after the great surfing that went on earlier with current WSL Africa rankings leader Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay) and Masencamp only managing to produce short rides as they searched the length and breadth of North Beach.

With five minutes remaining and Maree holding the lead with a heat high 5.25, Masencamp found a wave that produced some workable sections and the 18 year-old from the Strand smashed an 8.0 point score. Along with his backup of 2.90, Masencamp’s 10.90 heat tally was enough for him to clinch his first QS event title in South Africa.

“It was a very tricky final and I didn’t have a great start,” Masencamp explained. “In the beginning Jordy had better waves, but then a bomb came through and I capitalised on it.
This win has been a long time coming. I’ve had three finals and this is third time lucky. I’m super stoked to take the win, it means a lot to me.”

Maree continued to chase more waves and added a 4.0 to his tally but he was unable to overtake Masencamp’s total and had to settle for second place, which ensured that he retained his lead in the regional rankings.

On his way to the final Masencamp eliminated local favourite and top seed David van Zyl (Glenashley) in a high scoring, man-on-man semi-final and also finished in first place in a stacked Round 4 heat that included van Zyl, Steven Sawyer (Jeffreys Bay) and Ethan Fletcher (Kommetjie).

Maree’s path to the final included ousting Durban local Chad du Toit in their semi clash after heading a Round 4 lineup that included du Toit and Jeffreys Bay residents Joshe Faulkner and Dylan Lightfoot.

Slijpen, who has honed his skills in the frigid waters and hollow waves of Llandudno on the Cape Peninsula, earned his maiden WSL Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) title in just his third appearance in a final. He posted a narrow victory over Bryce du Preez (East London), Aya Gericke (Wilderness) and Calvin Goor (Salt Rock).

The win saw him leapfrog into the lead on the WSL Africa JQS rankings where he has set his sights on finishing in the top four at year end to secure a spot in the squad that will represent the region in the WSL World Junior Championship in Australia in January.

Slijpen will also be hoping to carry his form into the next event on the WSL Africa schedule, the Vans Surf Pro Classic that runs from 1 to 3 June at YoYo’s in Lamberts Bay. He finished third in his semi-final last year at the wave that is touted as the ‘Trestles of Africa’ due to its high performance characteristics.

The women’s champions in the Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force were crowned on Saturday with Zoe McDougall (Hawaii) successfully defending her QS1,000 women’s title and Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) clinching her third consecutive JQS1,000 event win of the year.

Full results, photos and video footage will be available on www.WorldSurfLeague.com and on the WSL App, with highlights on the WSL QS Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force – Men’s Final
1. Adin Masencamp (Strand) 10.90 points
2. Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay) 9.25

Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force – Junior Men’s Final
1. Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay) 11.50 points
2. Bryce du Preez (East London) 9.75
3. Aya Gericke (Knysna) 7.05
4. Calvin Goor (Salt Rock) 6.50

Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force – Men’s Semi-Finals
SF1: Adin Masencamp (Strand) 15.25 def. David van Zyl (Glenashley) 12.50
SF2: Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay) 13.35 def. Chad du Toit (Durban) 12.65

WSL Africa Rankings (After Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force)

Men                                        Pts   Prize Money

1 Jordan Maree (Kalk Bay) 2705 R29 400
2 David Van Zyl (Glenashley) 2280 R44 500
3 Adin Masencamp (Strand) 2170 R32 000
4 Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) 1795 R12 500
5 Diran Zakarian (Melkbosstrand) 1430 R4 250

Junior Men
1 Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay) 1955 R10 500
2 Dillon Hendricks (Jeffreys Bay) 1580 R8 000
3 Bryce Du Preez (East London) 1575 R6 000
4 Luke Thompson (Durban) 1500 R8 000
5 Max Elkington (Kommetjie) 1470 R5 000

Women
1 Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) 2610 R14 250
2 Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) 2330 R12 000
3 Zoe Steyn (East London) 2290 R9 400
4 Teal Hogg (Shakas Rock) 1840 R5 400
5 Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay) 1535 R3 000

Junior Women
1 Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) 3000 R12 000
2 Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) 1540 R2 800
3 Zoe Steyn (East London) 1515 R2 600
4 Olivia Izzard (La Lucia) 1225 R1 500
5 Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) 1170 R2 600

ENDS

About WSL
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

About Surfing South Africa
Surfing South Africa is recognised governing body for Surfing in South Africa by the Department of Sport and Recreation. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

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McDougall and Woolf Win Women’s Titles at Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force

May 19th, 2018 No comments

Women’s winner Zoe McDougall (Hawaii, Red vest) and runner-up Josefina Ane (Argentina , Blue) celebrate on the podium at the Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force on Saturday Photo: WSL / Thurtell

Zoe McDougall (Hawaii) and Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) won the women’s and junior women’s titles respectively at the Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force in wind effected one metre waves at North Beach in Durban on Saturday.

The two winners justified their top seeding in the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 women’s and Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) 1,000 events, with McDougall successfully defending the title she in Durban won last year and also finishing runner-up to Woolf in the junior final.

The women’s final was an all international encounter with McDougall, who has won half-a-dozen events in South Africa over the past two years and spends considerable time staying in Jeffreys Bay with the McGillivray family, overcoming the challenge of Josefina Ane (Argentina), who has just returned from a month long training trip in Indonesia after winning the women’s title in the third event on the WSL Africa QS in Port Alfred in April

The pair were evenly matched in the 25 minute final but the Hawaiian found the better right breaking waves while Ane, a goofy-foot who surfs with her right foot in front, chose to ride the left breaking waves in the middle of the beach that provided less opportunity to score highly.

“I feel great and I’m super happy to win this two years in a row,” said McDougall. “Hopefully next year I can come back and win it for a third year.”

To reach the final McDougall eliminated South African surfing legend and former Women’s Masters World Champion Heather Clark (Port Shepstone) in a lopsided semi-final while Ane got the better of Teal Hogg (Shakas Rock) in their last four clash.

The junior final was a see saw event with Woolf paddling out late and having to play catch up as her opponents had already posted scores. But the exciting goofy-footed talent from Jeffreys Bay stayed patient and only surfed four waves, taking the lead with rides of 5.25 and 6.50 (both out of 10) for a heat total of 11.75 that her rivals could not match.

McDougall rode 12 waves with the best two netting her 10.75 while the fast improving Zoe Steyn (East London) featured in yet another final and finished just ahead of surprise finalist Ceara Knight (Cape Town), who was competing in her first WSL Africa event of the year.

“The international girls coming in is making it really exciting,” said Woolf on the podium. . “Everybody is pushing each other and surfing is on a whole new level. My goal is definitely to get into finals in both divisions next time, but I am just taking it one heat at a time and seeing where I go.”

Earlier in the day the QS1,000 men’s event saw the top seeds enter the fray in the Round of 32 and set up a classic finals day on Sunday with David van Zyl (Glenashley), Dylan Light foot (Jeffreys Bay), Jordy Maree (Hout Bay) and Shane Sykes (Salt Rock) all posting heat wins.

Organisers will meet at North Beach at 7.00 am local time on Sunday to make a call on when to get the contest underway. The men’s and junior men’s winners will be crowned at North Beach on Sunday afternoon

Live scoring, results, photos and video footage will be available on www.WorldSurfLeague.com and on the WSL App, with highlights on the WSL QS Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force – Women’s Final
1. Zoe McDougall (Hawaii) 12.85 points
2. Josefina Ane (Argentina) 9.10

Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force – Junior Women’s Final
1. Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) 11.75 points
2. Zoe McDougall (Hawaii) 10.75
3. Zoe Steyn (East London) 9.20
4. Ceara Knight (Cape Town) 5.25

Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force – Women’s Semi-Finals
SF1: Zoe McDougall (Hawaii) 10.75 def. Heather Clark (Port Shepstone) 4.10
SF2: Josefina Ane (Argentina) 11.75 def. Teal Hogg (uMhlanga) 8.0

ENDS

About WSL
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

About Surfing South Africa
Surfing South Africa is recognised governing body for Surfing in South Africa by the Department of Sport and Recreation. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

 

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Top Seeds Dominate Opening Rounds of Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force

May 18th, 2018 No comments

Zoe McDougall (Hawaii) delivered a stunning performance in the last heat of the opening day at the Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force Photo: WSL / Thurtell

The top ranked competitors justified their seeding in the Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force with all but two out of 24 advancing to the next round of their respective events on the opening day the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) events at North Beach in Durban.

Classic conditions and small but contestable one metre waves prompted the organisers to get stop No. 4 of 13 in the WSL Africa Qualifying Series (QS) underway at 7 am. A total of 24 heats were completed starting with QS 1,000 Men’s and Women’s events and followed by the Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) Men’s and Women’s heats for surfers 18-and-under which closed out the day’s action.

KwaZulu-Natal locals reveled in their home surf with veteran campaigners Brandon Jackson (Durban North) and Dan Redman (uMdloti) both blasting their way through two rounds to reach the last 32 in the men’s event.

Rising star Bryce Burness (Berea) bagged a pair of seven point rides to post a heat total of 14.75, the highest of the day in the men’s event while Capetonians Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay), Ford van Jaarsveldt and Max Elkington (both Kommetjie) all racked up heat wins.

Defending women’s event winner Zoe McDougall (Hawaii) and Josefina Ane (Argentina), winner of the second series stop in Port Alfred in March, got their campaigns underway with comfortable victories. But it was Nicole Pallet (La Lucia), the highest ranked South African in the women’s field who delivered the highest heat total of the round with 12.50 out of a possible 20.

Only two junior men’s heats were run which saw Mitch du Preez (East London) and Karl Steen (Durban) top their Round 1 heats and advance to the last 16 alongside their respective heat runners-up in Daniel Orpen (Knysna) and Daniel Emslie (East London).

McDougall produced a stunning display of competitive surfing in her junior women’s heat, the last to be run on the day, posting a near-perfect score of 9.25 to go with an earlier excellent 8.75 for an superb heat tally of 18.0. The Hawaiian, who spends a significant amount of time in Jeffreys Bay with her partner Matt McGillivray, also earned scores of 7.75 and 6.50, which did not even factor into her two counting rides.

WSL Africa junior women’s rankings leader Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) eased her way into the last eight with a comprehensive heat win and was joined by fellow heat winners Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay), the current No. 2, and Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga), the defending event winner.

Organisers will meet at North Beach at 7.00 am local time on Saturday to make a call on when to get the contest underway. The women’s and junior women’s event champions will be crowned on Saturday afternoon while the men’s and junior men’s winners will be determined on Sunday.

Live scoring, results, photos and video footage will be available on www.WorldSurfLeague.com and on the WSL App, with highlights on the WSL QS Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

ENDS

About WSL
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

About Surfing South Africa
Surfing South Africa is recognised governing body for Surfing in South Africa by the Department of Sport and Recreation. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

 

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Tel: 021 534 5738
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Shaun Tomson to Host Golden Jubilee Celebrations for Ballito Pro pres. by Billabong

May 17th, 2018 No comments

Shaun Tomson in action at the Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii in 1978 Photo: Larry Pierce

Former world surfing champion Shaun Tomson will host the Golden Jubilee celebrations for the historic 50th edition of the Ballito Pro presented by Billabong which will be run at Willard Beach in KwaDukuza from June 25 to 1 July.

Tomson has played a huge role in the history of the world’s longest running professional surfing event. His late father Ernie was instrumental in founding the Durban 500 back in 1969 and Tomson won the Gunston 500 for six consecutive years from 1973 to 1978, a record that is unlikely to be surpassed at this or any other major international surfing contest.

The former Durbanite, now an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, author and film-maker who resides in California, will spend more than a month in KwaDukuza conducting a Positive Wave Tour comprising motivational workshops with business, council and various high schools leading up to and continuing after the festival.

The tour will culminate with 67 minutes of work at a selected high school to celebrate the Centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July.

He will also host a screening of Bustin Down The Door at the Ballito Junction Regional Mall, the venue for the Ballito Pro Food and Wine Festival. Produced by Tomson in 2008, the film chronicles the often turbulent birth of professional surfing during the mid-1970’s that led to his crowning as the second pro world surfing champion in 1977

Tomson will be honoured at a glittering awards function on Wednesday 27 June at Coco Der Mer in Ballito alongside the other South African winners of the event. They include two-time and defending champion Jordy Smith (2010 & 2017), Ricky Basnett (2006) and Gavin Rudolph, winner of the inaugural edition in 1969.

This year’s edition of the Ballito Pro Surf Festival also celebrates the tenth anniversary since it relocated from Durban to KwaDukuza and the 21st year of the Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS which has played a pivotal role in grooming young South African surfers for future competitive success.

The Ballito Pro Surf Festival kicks off with the Billabong Junior Series pres. by BOS from June 22 to 24 before the crown jewel of the festival, the QS10,000 Ballito Pro pres. by Billabong, and the QS1,000 Ballito Women’s Pro pres. by Billabong take centre stage from Monday to Sunday, June 25 to 1 July.

Alongside the surfing, visitors will be spoiled for choice with non-stop activities providing even more entertainment throughout the Ballito festival site. South Africa’s hottest musical acts appealing to all tastes – rock, pop, hip hop, kwaito, electro and dance – will be performing live on Salt Rock Beach over the last weekend. Beach and extreme sports, culinary contests as well as quality retail and food stalls will captivate visitors at this coastal holiday highlight.

For more information, visit:

Website: www.theballitopro.com
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/theballitopro/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TheBallitoPro
Instagram: www.instagram.com/TheBallitoPro
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/theballitopro
Snapchat: Username – TheBallitoPro
Hashtag: #LiveTheLegacy

The Ballito Pro pres. by Billabong is proudly supported by the KwaDukuza Municipality, Billabong, Capitec, Casio G-Shock, Ballito Junction Regional Mall, Coco Der Mer, 5FM, Monster Energy, Zigzag Surfing Magazine, World Surf League (WSL) and Surfing South Africa (SSA).

ENDS

About WSL
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

About Surfing South Africa

Surfing South Africa is recognised governing body for Surfing in South Africa by the Department of Sport and Recreation. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

Issued on behalf of:

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

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KwaDukuza Municipality and Organizers of the Ballito Pro Festival
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Mobile: 072 287 9839
Email: collettebundy0@gmail.com

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