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Near Perfect Performance by South Africa on Day 1 of VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships

October 13th, 2015 No comments
Ntando Msibi throws a fan of spray on his way to victory in his Round 1 heat at the 2015 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Oceanside, California on Monday.  Photo: ISA / Chris Grant

Ntando Msibi throws a fan of spray on his way to victory in his Round 1 heat at the 2015 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Oceanside, California on Monday.  Photo: ISA / Chris Grant

The South African Junior Surfing team posted a near perfect performance on the opening day of the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship which got underway in excellent 1.0 to 1.5 metre waves and ideal weather conditions at Oceanside in California on Monday.

Team captain Shane Sykes led the way as seven of the eight SA team members in action on the day advanced directly to Round 2 of the Main Event in the world’s biggest junior surfing event which ran through 30 heats in each of U18 and U16 boys’ divisions.

Competing in the U18 boys’ on the South side of the Oceanside Pier, Sykes set the bar for the team as early as the second heat of the event when he won his closely fought Round 1 heat. He progressed along with heat runner-up, Luis Perloiro from Portugal, as they relegated their third and fourth placed opponents from Belgium and Denmark to the grueling Repercharge Rounds.

Teammates Ntando Msibi and Richard Kidd racked up narrow victories before Michael Monk, competing in the last heat of the day, made it a clean sweep of opening day heat wins for SA’s U18 boys.

Sebastian Williams, contesting the U16 boys’ division in great waves on the North side of the pier, delivered the standout performance for the team. Having grown up in California and Mexico before relocating to South Africa, Williams was in tune with the waves on offer and used his wide repertoire of manoeuvres to earn scores of 8.43 (the third highest of the day) and 7.50 for a two-wave heat tally of 15.93, the fourth highest in all 60 heats run on Day 1.

Fellow SA U16’s, Luke Malherbe and Adin Masencamp, both finished comfortably in second place behind their respective Portuguese rivals to remain in the Main Event stream.

Joshe Faulkner was the only SA team member to drop into the Repecharge Rounds when he slipped to third place in his opening encounter. The tenacious teenager from Jeffreys Bay will being doing his utmost to post first or second place finishes in 10 consecutive heats to reach the Grand Final of the U16 boys division.

Logan Bediamol from the Hawaii recorded both the highest single ride score (9.67 out of 10) and heat total (17.87 out of 20) in the U16 boys as the defending ISA World Junior Team champions completed eight out of eight heat victories in their quest to secure back-to-back team gold medals and the prestigious ISA World Junior Team Champion Trophy.

The VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship runs until Sunday 18 October and the action can be followed live at http://isaworlds.com/juniors/en/ starting at approximately 4pm SA time daily. The latest news, results, photographs and video footage are also available on the website.

Other ways to follow the South African Junior Team’s progress include:

Daily releases : www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

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

2015 SA Junior Surfing Team website: www.surfingsouthafricateams.co.za

2015 SA Junior Surfing Team Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1Lg8M1Q

VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship
Schedule for Day 2 (Tuesday – South African Time)

South Podium: (Webcast live)
4pm – 2 heats Boys U-18 Main Event Round 1
4:40pm – 16 heats Girls U-18 Main Event Round 1 (SA’s Teal Hogg in Heat 7, Chanelle Botha H10)
10pm – 2am – 12 heats Girls U-16 Main Event Round 1 (Olivia Izzard H3)

North Podium:
4pm – 2 heats Boys U-16 Main Event Round 1
4:40pm – 16 heats Boys U-18 Main Event Round 2 (Shane Sykes H2, Ntando Msibi H7, Richard Kidd H9, Michael Monk H16)
10pm – 2am – 12 heats Boys U-16 Main Event Round 2 (Sebastian Williams H7, Luke Malherbe H10)

Surfing South Africa is the recognised governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). All South African surfing teams that participate in international events are ratified by the Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa.

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General Manager
Surfing South Africa
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Shane Sykes Named SA Captain as Action Starts at ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in California

October 12th, 2015 No comments
The 2015 South Africa Junior Surfing Team marching in the Parade of Nations, part of the opening ceremonies for the VISSLA ISA World Junior Championships in Oceanside California on Sunday  Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

The 2015 South Africa Junior Surfing Team marching in the Parade of Nations, part of the opening ceremonies for the VISSLA ISA World Junior Championships in Oceanside California on Sunday  Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

Shane Sykes has been selected as the Captain of the 12-person South African Junior Team which gets its campaign underway for individual and team honours at the 2015 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship at Oceanside in California today.

The team, managed by Isaac February and coached by Greg Emslie and David Malherbe, arrived in California late last week and has enjoyed excellent waves and conditions at the Oceanside Pier, venue for this year’s event.

With over 320 competitors from 36 countries participating, this is the biggest edition of the annual contest since the ISA Junior Championship was inaugurated as a stand-alone event in Durban in 2002. After finishing eighth, sixth and seventh in the last three years, the SA team event will be going all-out to emulate the glory days of 2011 when they finished second to hosts Peru in the team standings and returned home with four medals.

The opening ceremonies were held on Sunday. First all the teams marched down the boardwalk to the Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre in the colourful Parade of Nations. That was followed by the stirring Sands of the World ceremony where participants from each nation added sand from their home beaches to a special glass receptacle to symbolise the peaceful gathering of the nations of the world through surfing.

The participants were welcomed at the amphitheatre by the Dancing Cloud Singers from the San Luis Rey Mission playing ceremonial drums before speeches from dignitaries and ISA President Fernando Aguerre officially declared the event open.

The event consists of national teams made up of four Under 18 and four Under 16 boys along with two Under 18 and Under 16 girls. They compete for individual honours with the top four finishers in each division being awarded gold, silver, bronze and copper medals at the closing ceremony next Sunday (18 October).

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

The top eight nations from the previous year’s standings also compete against each other in the exciting ISA Tag Team event. A selection of four boys and one girl compete in a relay style competition with each competitor having to ride two waves before returning to the team box to tag the next surfer within a specified time limit.

The opening day of competition will see Rounds One of the Under 18 and U16 boys in action. Sykes (U18 boys) and Joshe Faulkner (U16 boys) will be the first South Africans to take to the surf when they compete in their respective divisions.

The event is run simultaneously on dual podiums on the North and South sides of the Oceanside Pier. The contest uses a double-elimination format with the top two in each heat advancing to the next round of Main stream.

The third and fourth placed surfers drop into the cutthroat Repercharge stream where they compete in almost double the number of heats, but can advance all the way the Grand Final in their division provided they do not finish outside the top two in any further heat.

The VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship runs until Sunday 18 October and the action can be followed live at http://isaworlds.com/juniors/en/ starting at approximately 4pm SA time daily. The latest news, results, photographs and video footage are also available on the website.

Other ways to follow the South African Junior Team’s progress include :

Daily releases : www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

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

2015 SA Junior Surfing Team website: www.surfingsouthafricateams.co.za

2015 SA Junior Surfing Team Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1Lg8M1Q

2015 SA Junior Surfing Team

Under 18 Boys
Michael Monk (East London)
Shane Sykes (Salt Rock)
Ntando Msibi (Durban)
Richard Kidd (Ballito)

Under 18 Girls
Teal Hogg (Umhlanga)
Chanelle Botha (Warner Beach)

Under 16 Boys
Adin Masencamp (Strand)
Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay)
Sebastian Williams (Jeffreys Bay)
Luke Malherbe (East London)

Under 16 Girls
Sophie Bell (Umdloti)
Olivia Izzard (La Lucia)

Manager
Isaac February (Kommetjie)

Coaches
Greg Emslie (East London)
David Malherbe (Coffee Bay)

Surfing South Africa is the recognised governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). All South African surfing teams that participate in international events are ratified by the Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa.

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For further information contact:

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

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50th South Africa Surfing Championships Awakens Memories

August 14th, 2015 No comments
Neville Calenbourne rides a giant wave at Ansteys Beach in 1966 Photo: John Thornton

Neville Calenbourne rides a giant wave at Ansteys Beach in 1966 Photo: John Thornton

Surfing Column for Independent on Saturday – 15 August 2015

By Paul Botha

The completion of the 50th annual South African Surfing Championships at Richards Bay last weekend has awakened memories of a bygone era when surfing was considered a fringe activity and not the highly organised global sport performed by professional athletes it has become today.

The first official national championships was held in Durban in July 1966 with provincial teams from Natal, Border (East London), Eastern Province (Port Elizabeth) and Western province (Cape Town) participating. After two days of dismal half metre waves at Dairy Beach, organisers opted to run Saturday’s heats at Ansteys Beach on the Bluff.

After the Junior Men (18-and-under) had been sent out first into overhead two metre waves, the Open Men took to the surf in a rising swell producing consistent three metre waves and occasional four metre sets. Many competitors struggled to paddle through the mountains of whitewater to catch unbroken waves and only the top watermen such as Robbie McWade of Durban and Peter Basford of Cape Town comfortable dealing with the conditions.

Ironically the standout of the day was a non-contestant, Durban lifeguard Neville Calenbourne, who was immortalising when his ride on a five metre high wall of water was captured by photographer John Thornton and published in the following day’s newspaper.

The contest was completed the next day in half metre waves at Dairy Beach with McWade becoming the first South African surfing champion while Capetonians secured the rest of the titles with Donald Paarman in the Junior Men, Margaret Smith in the Women’s division and John Whitmore in the Senior Men (over-35).

The South African Surfing Association (formed in September 1965) then selected their first Springbok surfing team to participate in the ISF World Surfing Championships in San Diego, California that October. The trip, paid for by the United States Surfing Association, saw the Bok team cause a stir on the beach when they arrived for the opening ceremony clad in collars, ties and green blazers amongst the casual and colourful hippie attire worn by their contemporaries from the rest of the surfing world.

Tributes to Peter Daniels have flooded social media and surfing websites globally after the legendary Durban born surfboard shaper passed away in Northern Spain earlier this week. Globally acknowledged for his expertise in designing and hand shaping in excess of 40 000 surfboards in a career spanning more than four decades, ‘Pepsi’ honed his skills while living in Jeffreys Bay in the early 1970’s and produced equipment for many of the world’s best surfers while living according to his own rules in many of the world’s most popular surfing locales.

Daniels and Durban’s ‘Mr Surfing’, Max Wetteland, who passed away in early July, charted the course of modern day surfing through their artistry, energy and having the courage to defy convention and experiment with designs, materials and equipment that have become today’s standards.

The world’s best surfers performing in big, hollow waves at Teahupo’o in Tahiti can be watched live at worldsurfleague.com during the Billabong Pro Tahiti starting at 8.30pm daily until 25 August.

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Tanika Hoffman clinches Silver medal as SA Surf Team places fourth at ISA China Cup

November 24th, 2014 No comments
Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay) on the podium after clinching the Silver medal for the Women’s division at the ISA China Cup on Monday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales  

Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay) on the podium after clinching the Silver medal for the Women’s division at the ISA China Cup on Monday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Tanika Hoffman clinched a memorable Silver medal for placing second in the Women’s division as the South African Surfing team finished fourth in the ISA China Cup at Riyue Bay in Wanning, on Hainan Island in the South China Sea earlier today.

The invitational event, which featured the top seven ISA surfing nations plus a team from hosts China for the first time, ended in small thigh to waist high waves and rainy conditions on Monday.

Hoffman, one of the country’s most experienced female surfing competitors, earned a well deserved first medal in her sixth appearance in national team colours. She marched undefeated directly from Round 1 into the Grand Final in China and led the decider for the first 20 minutes, but struggled to find a high-scoring backup wave and slipped to second place behind Milushka Tello (Peru) in the dying moments of the encounter.

In the Men’s division, Michael February was the best SA performer. The Kommetjie resident reached Round 3 of the Qualifying stream before being relegated to the Repercharge rounds. There he survived one further round before being ousted in 7th position overall.

Faye Zoetmulder was the next best South African, placing equal 9th in the Women’s division. Casey Grant finished his campaign in equal 15th place, Dylan Lightfoot was equal 17th and David Brand ended equal 21st.

With strong performances on both the Men and Women’s side, Peru won the Team Gold medal and the ISA China Cup Team Trophy. Australia placed a close second, earning the Silver medal, Brazil won the Bronze medal and South Africa took the Copper medal.

All the results, along with images and videos from the China Cup can be found at http://hainaninternationalsurfingfestival.com/china-cup Additional information and images can be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and https://www.facebook.com/surfing.sa

ISA China Cup Team Results:

ISA China Cup – Team Rankings
1- Peru- 13,378 – Gold medal + ISA China Cup Team Trophy.
2- Australia- 13,232 – Silver medal
3- Brazil- 9,766 – Bronze medal
4- South Africa- 9,760 – Copper Medal
5- Argentina- 9,27
6- Costa Rica- 8,910
7- Panama 7,640
8- China 7,140

ISA China Cup – Women’s Results
1- Miluska Tello (PER) – Gold medal
2- Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay, RSA) – Silver Medal
3- Jessica Grimwood (AUS) – Bronze medal
4- Leilani McGonagle (CRI) – Copper medal

9- Faye Zoetmulder (Seal Point, RSA)

ISA China Cup – Men’s Results
1- Nicholas Squiers (AUS) – Gold medal
2- Juninho Urcia (PER) – Silver medal
3- Miguel Tudela (PER) – Bronze medal
4- Mariano Arreyes (ARG) – Copper medal

7- Michael February (Kommetjie, RSA)
15- Casey Grant (Scottburgh, RSA)
17- Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay, RSA)
21- David Brand – Kommetjie, RSA)

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognized by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee as the governing body for surf riding in South Africa. SSA is made up of surfers, longboarders, bodyboarders and Stand Up Paddlers and is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA), the World governing body for surf riding.

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Michael February and Tanika Hoffman fly SA flag in ISA China Cup

November 23rd, 2014 No comments
Michael February (Kommetjie) in action during the ISA China Cup where he progressed to Round 3 yesterday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Michael February (Kommetjie) in action during the ISA China Cup where he progressed to Round 3 yesterday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Wanning, Hainan Island, China, November 23, 2014 –Michael February and Tanika Hoffman flew the flag for the South African surfing team when both advanced through two rounds of competition on the opening day of the ISA China Cup taking place in Wanning, on Hainan Island in the South China Sea.

The event features eight invited national teams with Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru and South Africa joined by a team from China, who are participating in an ISA surfing event for the first time.

Competing is well shaped one metre waves that became smaller as the day wore on, all six South Africans team members finished first or second in their respective opening heats to progress to Round 2 of the Qualifying stream in the double elimination format used at ISA events.

As the swell faded David Brand (Kommetjie), Casey Grant (Scottburgh) and Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) in the Men’s division and Faye Zoetmulder (Seal Point) in the Women struggled to find waves that offered scoring potential and were relegated to the taxing Repercharge rounds when they placed outside of the top the two positions in their Round 2 heats.

February posted a convincing heat victory in Round 1 before holding onto second place in Round 2. The 21 year-old from Kommetjie, who was SA’s top male performer at the ISA World Surfing Games in Peru last month, will face three Peruvians in his Round 3 encounter when the contest resumes on Monday.

Hoffman, who like February was the top SA performer in her division in Peru, also won her first match-up and placed second in Round 2 in China. The Hout Bay based 22 year-old comes up against surfers from Australia, Costa Rica and Peru in Round 3, with the top two progressing directly to the Grand Final and guaranteed a gold, silver, bronze or copper medal.

South Africa, Australia, Peru, Brazil, and Costa Rica still have all of their athletes in contention and are in the hunt for the Team Gold Medal and the 2014 ISA China Cup. Argentina is sitting in 6th place in the provisional standings while Panama is in 7th and unfortunately for the local Chinese team, despite a solid effort, they have lost all of their athletes and will finish in 8th place.

Official Forecaster, Surfline, has predicted that Monday will feature small to fun-size ENE wind-swell with slight reinforcements early, then easing throughout the day. Inconsistent surf, mainly knee to waist high with occasional stomach high sets around favorable tides. NE winds are light to moderate (5-13kt) in the morning, trending ENE through the afternoon.

All the action at the Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival can be found at http://hainaninternationalsurfingfestival.com/china-cup Live coverage starts at 1.40am (SA time) with The Morning Show hosted by Mike Latronic, who will be joined by Team China..

Additional information and images can be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and https://www.facebook.com/surfing.sa

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognized by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee as the governing body for surf riding in South Africa. SSA is made up of surfers, longboarders, bodyboarders and Stand Up Paddlers and is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA), the World governing body for surf riding.

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SA finish 6th as hosts Peru clinch team title at ISA Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games

November 2nd, 2014 No comments
South Africa won the Bronze medal for finishing third in the ISA Aloha Cup tag team relay event on the final day of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Peru. On the podium with their medals (LtR) Etienne Venter (Coach), Faye Zoetmulder, Michael February (Capt), David Brand and Casey Grant  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

South Africa won the Bronze medal for finishing third in the ISA Aloha Cup tag team relay event on the final day of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Peru. On the podium with their medals (LtR) Etienne Venter (Coach), Faye Zoetmulder, Michael February (Capt), David Brand and Casey Grant  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

The South African Surfing team ended in sixth place out of the 22 nations at the historic Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games at Punta Rocas in Peru on Saturday as the hosts clinched the coveted ISA World Team Champions title in their home waters.

South Africa did bag one medal at the event, the bronze for third place in the ISA Aloha Cup tag team relay event, and also ensured that the country stayed amongst the top seven nations who are invited to compete in the annual ISA China Cup, a National Team competition in on Hainan Island in China, and to contest the ISA Aloha Cup at the next World Surfing Games.

Michael February, Casey Grant, David Brand and Faye Zoetmulder, the quartet who represented SA in the Aloha Cup on the final day, secured a berth in the Final when they claimed the runner-up spot behind Argentina in the semifinals on Friday.

But the SA squad was relegated to third place behind gold medalists Peru and runners-up Argentina from start to finish of the 60 minute final on Saturday, with Australia awarded the Copper medal for fourth place even though they did not field a team in the final.

The 2014 ISA Women’s title went to an ecstatic Anali Gomez who posted a heat total of 12.86 to win the Gold medal. Ecuador’s Dominic Barona (12.53) took the Silver medal followed by Australians Philippa Anderson (12.50) with the Bronze and Jessica Grimwood (11.63) with the Copper.

Leandro Usuna (ARG) dominated the Men’s Final, earning impressive scores of 8.90 and 9.63 out of 10, the highest of the heat, for a total heat of 18.53 and a deserved Gold medal. Costa Rica’s Anthony Fillingim (13.57) clinched the Silver medal ahead of Australians Shane Holmes (12.84) and Nicholas Squires (12.70) who took home the Bronze and Copper medals respectively.

Peru overtook Australia in the standings in the last heat of the event to record the narrowest winning margin in the history of the team event. The host nation finished just 62 points ahead when Anali Gomez won the Women’s title and none of the four Australians in the two Finals could finish higher than third place.

Argentina grabbed a historic third place overall largely as a result of Usuna’s victory in the Men’s division while Costa Rica finished a fairytale fourth when Fillingim’s runner-up spot earned a massive 3 440 points towards their team total.

Ecuador just held onto 5th spot, 62 points in front of South Africa, thanks to Dominic Barona’s runner-up spot in the Women’s division where the Ecuadorian finished just three / one hundredths (0.03) better off than Australia’s Philippa Anderson.

All the action from Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games including news, full results, video footage and images can be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and http://isawsg.com

The 2014 South African Surfing Team competed in Peru thanks to assistance from the Department of Sport and Recreation.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and recognised by Sport and Recreation SA as the national governing body for the sport. SSA is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA), the world’s governing body for surfing.

Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games (Punta Rocas, Peru)

National Team Results:
1. Peru- 11,402 points, Gold medal + Fernando Aguerre World Team Champion Trophy + IOC President’s Trophy
2. Australia- 11,340 points, Silver Medal
3. Argentina- 10,922 points, Bronze Medal
4. Costa Rica- 9,508 points, Copper Medal
5. Ecuador- 8,330 points
6. South Africa- 8,268 points
7. Chile- 7,830 points
8. Puerto Rico- 6,720 points
9. Japan- 6,540 points
10. Panama- 6,400 points
11. New Zealand- 6,352 points
12. Mexico- 6,340 points
13. Uruguay- 5,760 points
14. Colombia- 5,540 points
15. Switzerland- 4,560 points
16. Scotland- 3,952 points
17. Tahiti- 3,756 points
18. Russia- 3,456 points
19. Venezuela- 2,520 points
20. Israel- 2,280 points
21. Turkey- 1,152 points
22. Dubai- 720 points

Open Men
1. Leandro Usuna (ARG), Gold Medal
2. Anthony Fillingim (CRI), Silver Medal
3. Shane Holmes (AUS), Bronze Medal
4. Nicholas Squires (AUS), Copper Medal

=9th. Michael February (Kommetjie, RSA)
=13th. Casey Grant (Scottburgh, RSA)
=16th. David Brand (Kommetjie, RSA)
=49th. David van Zyl (Glenashley, RSA)

Open Women

1. Anali Gomez (PER), Gold Medal
2. Dominic Barona (ECU), Silver Medal
3. Philippa Anderson (AUS), Bronze Medal
4. Jessica Grimwood (AUS), Copper Medal

8th. Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay, RSA)
=17th. Faye Zoetmulder (Port Elizabeth, RSA)

ISA Aloha Cup
1. Peru, Gold Medal
2. Argentina, Silver Medal
3. South Africa, Bronze Medal
4. Australia, Copper Medal

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SA guaranteed an Aloha Cup medal on final day of ISA World Surfing Games in Peru

November 1st, 2014 No comments
South Africa has qualified for the final of the Aloha Cup tag team relay event on the final day of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games. (LtR) Casey Grant, Etienne Venter (Coach), David Brand, Michael February (Capt), Johnny Bakker (Manager) and Faye Zoetmulder. Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

South Africa has qualified for the final of the Aloha Cup tag team relay event on the final day of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games. (LtR) Casey Grant, Etienne Venter (Coach), David Brand, Michael February (Capt), Johnny Bakker (Manager) and Faye Zoetmulder. Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

The South African Surfing team will be competing for a gold, silver, bronze or copper medal in the Aloha Cup event on the final day of competition at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Peru today (Saturday).

Despite being knocked out of contention for individual and team medals earlier on Friday, the SA squad demonstrated teamwork, commitment and skill to qualify for the final of the tag-team relay competition where they will be up against Peru, Argentina and Australia.

Team captain Michael February, Casey Grant, David Brand and Faye Zoetmulder represented SA in the Aloha Cup and accumulated a respectable 38.24 points during the allotted period to finish runners-up to Argentina and ahead of Costa Rica and Ecuador.

February surfed last and saved a five point penalty that would have dropped SA down to fourth spot by getting back to the team ‘box’ on the beach just before the siren sounded to end the heat. The second semi saw hosts Peru finish ahead of Australia, Chile and Mexico.

Earlier in the day February’s run in the Men’s division came to an end in Repercharge Round 8 where he placed third and was eliminated in equal 9th place overall and contributing 2 000 points towards the team total.

Tanika Hoffman’s excellent campaign in Peru saw her open her account with an excellent 8.17 for a long ride on an overhead wave in Women’s Repercharge Round 4. The Capetonian backed that up with a 5.17 and advanced to Round 5, but struggled to find waves with scoring potential in the next heat and bowed out in fourth spot.

Hoffman placed 8th overall in the Women’s division and added a haul of 1 056 points to SA’s team total.

Australia has moved to the top of the provisional team rankings going into today’s final day of competition. Host nation Peru is in second place with Argentina and Costa Rica currently filling the last two team medal positions.

South Africa, currently in sixth place and with no competitors still incontention, could still end up fifth out of the 22 nations at the event if Ecuador’s Dominic Barona finishes lower than second in the Women’s division final.

Today’s action in Peru gets underway at 4pm SA time.

Day 7 Schedule: (South Africans in brackets)

ISA Aloha Cup Final (South Africa)
Women’s Repercharge Final
Men’s Repercharge Final
ISA 50th Anniversary President’s Board Meeting
Women’s Grand Final
Men’s Grand Final

All the action from Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games including news, results, video footage, images and live webcasts can be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and http://isawsg.com

The 2014 South African Surfing Team is competing in Peru thanks to assistance from the Department of Sport and Recreation.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and recognised by Sport and Recreation SA as the national governing body for the sport. SSA is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA), the world’s governing body for surfing.

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Surfing South Africa
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surfingsouthafrica@gmail.com

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South Africa remains in medal contention after Day 4 of ISA World Surfing Games in Peru

October 29th, 2014 No comments
David Brand advanced through two rounds of Repercharge heats on Day 4 of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games at Punta Rocas in Peru on Tuesday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

David Brand advanced through two rounds of Repercharge heats on Day 4 of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games at Punta Rocas in Peru on Tuesday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

The South African Surfing team remains in contention for both individual and team medals at the halfway point of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games after a grueling day of sudden-death Repercharge rounds held in solid waves and sunny skies at Punta Rocas in Peru on Tuesday.

David Brand flew the SA flag high by battling his way through two tense encounters, placing second in his Repercharge Round 2 heat, where he was assisted by two of his opponents being penalised for inference, and then posting a comfortable heat victory in his next clash to join teammate Casey Grant in Repercharge Round 4.

David van Zyl was not as fortunate, losing out in his Repercharge Round 2 heat by the narrowest of margins. Needing an attainable 5.44 to secure second place and a spot in the next round, van Zyl scrambled into three waves in the last five minutes of the heat, with the last ride looking like he had got the score.

But he was awarded 5.43 by the judges, losing out by just 0.01 of a point, to become SA’s first casualty in Peru. The Durbanite finished in equal 49th place overall and has contributed 960 points to the team total.

Tanika Hoffman was the only other South African in action yesterday and after uncharacteristically slipping into the Repercharge rounds after her Round 1 heat on Monday, the vastly experienced national team member made sure that she remained on track in the event by posting a comfortable heat victory and advanced to Repercharge Round 2.

On a day when nearly 50 competitors were eliminated from the event, Peru was the only team to emerge with all their members still in contention. The hosts head the provisional rankings going into the second half of the championships followed by Argentina and Chile in equal second, South Africa, Ecuador and Puerto Rico in equal fourth and Australia in seventh place.

Today’s action in Peru gets underway at 3pm SA time and will feature Faye Zoetmulder and team captain Michael February competing in their respective Qualifying stream heats before David Brand, Casey Grant and Tanika Hoffman go to work in the Repercharge rounds to keep their campaigns on track.

Day 4 Schedule: (South Africans in brackets)

4 heats: Women’s Qualifying Round 2 (Faye Zoetmulder – Heat 2)
3 heats: Men’s Qualifying Round 4 (Michael February – H1)
6 heats: Men’s Repercharge Round 4 (David Brand – H2, Casey Grant – H6)
4 heats: Women’s Repercharge Round 2 (Tanika Hoffman – H3)
3 heats: Men’s Repercharge Round 5 (TBD)

All the action from Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games including news, results, video footage, images and live webcasts can be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and http://isawsg.com

The 2014 South African Surfing Team is competing in Peru thanks to assistance from the Department of Sport and Recreation.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and recognised by Sport and Recreation SA as the national governing body for the sport. SSA is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA), the world’s governing body for surfing.

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Zoetmulder and February standout on Day 3 of ISA World Surfing Games in Peru

October 28th, 2014 No comments
Faye Zoetmulder in action on Day 3 at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games at Punta Rocas in Peru on Monday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Faye Zoetmulder in action on Day 3 at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games at Punta Rocas in Peru on Monday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

For the second successive day SA Surfing Team captain Michael February posted the highest heat score of the Men’s division at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games as the run of excellent overhead surf continued in Peru on Monday.

And in her first heat in Peru, Faye Zoetmulder (Port Elizabeth) showed her liking for the pumping waves by recording scores of 6.83 and 6.57 for a heat total of 13.40 out of 20, the fourth highest in the Women’s division.

Zoetmulder left second placed Cristina Vargas (ECU) requiring a near perfect 9.34 for the heat win as the top two advanced to Women’s Qualifying Round 2 while third and fourth placed Pamela Verboonen (MEX) and Sofia Loewy (COL) were relegated to the Repercharge rounds

February was on fire again in the big glassy peaks at Punta Rocas., delivering rides of 7.17 and 8.27 for a two wave heat total of 15.44 which left Peruvian standout and hometown favourite Gabriel Villaran 3.5 points adrift in second place. The pair progressed to Round 4 and are now amongst the last 12 competitors still in the Qualifying stream of the double-elimination format.

Meanwhile Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay) narrowly missed out on second place in her opening encounter, earning 8.40 points to the 8.54 of second placed Karelle Poppke (TAH). Heat winner Dominic Barona (ECU) absolutely shredded the Punta Rocas lineup, racking up 18.23 points, the highest total of both the Men’s and Women’s divisions to date.

Hoffman will recommence her campaign in the Repercharge rounds, as will Casey Grant who also slipped to third place in his Round 3 clash. Grant will get going in Men’s Repercharge Round 4 and faces six grueling rounds to make his way into the Grand Final and earn a medal in Peru when the champions are crowned on Saturday.

South Africa remains among 14 national teams yet to have any of their team members eliminated from the event in their bid to accumulate the highest combined points total and successfully defend the Team Gold medal and the Fernando Aguerre World Team Trophy.

The team standings are set to undergo a major shake up to day as three rounds of Repercharge heats are on the schedule.

The Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games resumes today at 2:40pm (South African time) with The Morning Show hosted by “Vico” Hamel, with guests from Team Scotland and Russia.

Following the Morning Show, competition will feature: (South Africans in brackets)

12 heats: Open Men’s Repercharge Round 2 (David Brand – Heat 3, David van Zyl – H5)
4 heats: Open Women’s Repercharge Round 1(Tanika Hoffman – H3)
6 heats: Open Men’s Repercharge Round 3 (TDB)

All the action from Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games including news, results, video footage, images and live webcasts can be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and http://isawsg.com

The 2014 South African Surfing Team is competing in Peru thanks to assistance from the Department of Sport and Recreation.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and recognised by Sport and Recreation SA as the national governing body for the sport. SSA is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA), the world’s governing body for surfing.

ENDS

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

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Michael February stars on Day 2 of ISA World Surfing Games in Peru

October 27th, 2014 No comments
SA team captain Michael February attacks the lip while posting the highest heat score of Day 2 at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games at Punta Rocas in Peru on Sunday  Photo: ISA / Tweddle

SA team captain Michael February attacks the lip while posting the highest heat score of Day 2 at the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games at Punta Rocas in Peru on Sunday  Photo: ISA / Tweddle

SA Surfing Team captain Michael February led from the front on Day 2 of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Peru on Sunday when he posted 16.13 points out of 20, the highest two-wave heat total of the day, in winning his Round 2 match-up.

February opened his account by earning a solid 7.0 points in the slightly smaller but still overhead glassy waves and then added an excellent 9.13 for a long ride that he punctuated with high-risk vertical manoeuvres and ended with an aerial punt.

“I’m really happy, I had a very good heat. Yesterday was a bit slow, but I could put a good heat together today,” said a relieved Michael February. “The waves are really fun, I just want to surf as best as I can and aim to get some good scores. My highest wave was a very good and long wall. There are not many like that, so I’m happy to get that one and get a good score. Tomorrow I want to be on the beach supporting everyone on my team and I hope that everyone goes well.”

February advanced to Round 3 of the Men’s Qualifying stream where he was later joined by teammate Casey Grant. Grant racked up an impressive 14.50 heat tally with an 8.0 and a 6.50 while relegating 2011 ISA Gold medalist Santiago Muniz (ARG) to a distant runner-up spot.

However, the challenge of defending the team title won at the ISA Games in Panama last year was not all plain sailing for South Africa as David Brand and David van Zyl both placed third in their respective Round 2 heats and dropped into the tightly contested Repercharge rounds.

Brand needed a ride of just 4.81 to claim second place and remain the Qualifying stream when the siren sounded to end his Round 2 clash, while Van Zyl needed a more substantial 6.88 after having the points on one of his rides halved by an interference penalty.

While the pair remain in contention to reach the final, they will have to battle through an additional four rounds and will be eliminated from the event if they finish outside the top two in any of their future heats.

Hosts Peru have reveled in the epic conditions for the opening two days of competition and have all four of their men’s team still in the Qualifying stream while all the other 21 national teams at the event have had at least one of their team in the Repercharge Rounds.

South Africa’s Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay) and Faye Zoetmulder (Port Elizabeth) will start their campaigns for team and individual honours at the event when Round 1 of the Women’s event takes to the surf on Day 3.

The Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games resumes today (Tuesday) at 2:40pm (South African time) with The Morning Show hosted by Mike Latronic with Guest Mohammad Rahma from United Arab Emirates.

Following the Morning Show, competition will feature: (South Africans in brackets)

6 heats: Open Women’s Qualifying Round 1 (Faye Zoetmulder – Heat 4, Tanika Hoffman – H5)
6 heats: Open Men’s Qualifying Round 3 (Michael February – H3, Casey Grant – H5)
6 heats: Open Men’s Repercharge Round 1

All the action from Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games including news, results, video footage, images and live webcasts can be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and http://isawsg.com

The 2014 South African Surfing Team is competing in Peru thanks to assistance from the Department of Sport and Recreation.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and recognised by Sport and Recreation SA as the national governing body for the sport. SSA is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA), the world’s governing body for surfing.

ENDS

Issued on behalf of:

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

Compiled & distributed by:

Life’s a Beach Communications
PO Box 48272, Kommetjie 7976, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 21 783 4965
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Email: lifesabeach@mweb.co.za