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

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@billabongsa
Hashtag: #BillabongJNR

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

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

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

For media queries contact
Craig Jarvis
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2. 082 376 4443

 

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

September 29th, 2018 No comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Facebook:

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

Instagram
@billabongwomens_za
@billabongsa
Hashtag: #BillabongJNR

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

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

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

For media queries contact
Craig Jarvis
1. info@craigjarvis.co.za
2. 082 376 4443

 

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

September 28th, 2018 No comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Facebook:

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

Instagram
@billabongwomens_za
@billabongsa
Hashtag: #BillabongJNR

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

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

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

For media queries contact
Craig Jarvis
1. info@craigjarvis.co.za
2. 082 376 4443

 

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

Instagram
@billabongwomens_za
@billabongsa
Hashtag: #BillabongJNR

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

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

Jason Mendonca
e. jason.mendonca@billabong.co.za
t. 079 698 7456

For media queries contact
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e. info@craigjarvis.co.za
t. 082 376 4443

World’s Longest Running Professional Surfing Event Celebrates Golden Jubilee at Ballito in June

April 26th, 2018 No comments

Jordy Smith (Durban) celebrates his victory in the 2017 Ballito Pro pres. by Billabong Photo: WSL / Cestari

The world’s longest running professional surfing event will celebrate its Golden Jubilee in KwaDukuza this year when many of the world’s best surfers take to the surf in the Ballito Pro pres. by Billabong at Willard Beach on 25 June.

The event that started out as the Durban 500 in 1969, evolved into the Gunston 500 in 1971, became the Mr Price Pro in 2000 and moved to Ballito in 2009 has always been a key event on the annual World Surf League (formerly ASP) schedule and is set to commemorate its 50th anniversary this year as the premier event in the continent’s biggest beach festival.

For the tenth consecutive year the region will host the world’s best men in a WSL Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 rated event with a prize-pool of R3.1 million and the highest available ranking points at stake.

The women will showcase their talent in the QS1,000 Ballito Women’s Pro pres. by Billabong while the historic 21st edition of the Billabong Junior Series pres. by BOS includes events for men and women aged 18-and-under at Ballito for the third year.

“We’re excited to host the Ballito Pro for the 10th consecutive year,” says the Mayor of KwaDukuza, Cllr Ricardo Mthembu. “This event is a significant economic multiplier, which presents opportunities for local businesses and communities alike in the region. On the other hand, it is undisputedly an A-list sports tourism event and entertainment scene in South Africa.

“We welcome all participants and I am convinced all guests will enjoy our positive waves and grand culture of Ubuntu. I encourage the more than 50 million streamers who will be following the event from all corners of the world to visit this iconic town ‘Heartbeat of the North Coast’. We wish the event a happy 50th edition and are jovial that it has been dedicated to ‘Living the Legacy’ of Nelson Mandela.”

This year’s edition will be bigger and better than ever as it again welcomes the support of global apparel and equipment giant Billabong.

“Billabong is once again proud to be presenting the Ballito Pro for 2018,” said Chad D’Arcy, Group Marketing & Sales Manager for Billabong South Africa. “Our relationship with KwaDukuza continues to flourish and we look forward to another amazing chapter in this event’s rich and storied history.

“The 2018 edition marks a number of impressive milestones as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the event, the 10th year of KwaDukuza hosting it and also the 21st year of the Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS, which will be the pre-cursor to the main event. We look forward to presenting another world class surfing festival and helping South African surfing thrive. On behalf of Billabong I would like to welcome all of the competitors and spectators from across the globe to our amazing coastline.”

Last year’s men’s field included a dozen of the world’s elite WSL Championship Tour (CT) surfers and was won for a second time by South Africa’s own Jordy Smith (Durban). Runner-up Willian Cardoso (BRA), third placed Michael February (Cape Town) and the likes of Jesse Mendes and Yago Dora (both Brazilians) all went on to qualify for the prestigious 2018 CT thanks to the significant number of ranking points they earned in Ballito.

The 112-man entry for the event provides local WSL Africa members with invaluable experience competing against the world’s best, along with opportunities to earn prize-money and coveted rankings points which assist them in gaining entry to the higher rated events internationally and also count towards the annual WSL Africa title.

Competitors in the Ballito Women’s Pro pres. by Billabong also earn prize-money and points on both the international and regional rankings while the18-and-under competitors in the Billabong Junior Series pres. by BOS will be striving for the prestigious event titles and selection for the WSL Africa squad that is invited to the annual WSL World Junior Championship.

“My sincere thanks to KwaDukuza Municipality, the residents, Billabong and Ballito for continuing to be a part of our global surfing family for another three years,” said WSL Africa Operations Manager, Colin Fitch. “The nine years the event has been in Ballito has been nothing short of fantastic.

“Not only have we seen growth in the event and festival but also the growth of our surfers like Michael February, who has progressed from surfing the junior event all the way to becoming the first South African surfer of colour to qualify for the WSL Championship Tour. Thanks to the Ballito Pro presented by Billabong we now have two male surfers on the Championship Tour and along with celebrating the 50th edition of the event in 2018 we can proudly say that we are an Africa Force”.

The Ballito Pro Surf Festival kicks off with the Billabong Junior Series pres. by BOS from June 22-24 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 – 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 to this coastal holiday highlight.

World surfing champion Shaun Tomson (1977) will be attending the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the event he won an unprecedented six consecutive times from 1973 to 1978. The former Durbanite, now an internationally acclaimed author and motivational speaker, will also conduct a Positive Wave Tour with business, council and the various high schools in KwaDukuza leading up to and after the festival that will all culminate in a Mandela Day celebration on 18 July.

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

The Ballito Pro pres. by Billabong is proudly supported by the KwaDukuza Municipality, Billabong, Capitec, Casio G-Shoc, 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).

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Maiden Event Titles for Dale Staples and Luke Thompson at Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro pres. by Reef Wetsuits

April 15th, 2018 No comments

Dale Staples (St Francis Bay) on his way to victory in the Men’s event at the Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro pres. by Reef Wetsuits in East London on Sunday Photo: WSL / Thurtell

Dale Staples (St Francis Bay) and Luke Thompson (Durban) earned their maiden World Surf League (WSL) event titles when they won the Men’s and Junior Men’s respectively at the Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro pres. by Reef Wetsuits in East London on Sunday.

Classic conditions and a pumping 1.5 to 2.0 metre swell at Nahoon Reef produced the ideal canvas for the country’s top surfers to perform their magic in the Qualifying Series (QS)1,000 rated men’s and Junior Qualifying Series (JQS)1,000 rated events.

After having to wait out a lull in the waves that saw the Men’s final restarted after no rides were had in the first 10 minutes, Staples raced into a commanding lead in the final, tearing his first wave apart and being rewarded with an excellent 8.50 out of 10 from the judges, before adding a 7.0 minutes later.

His opponent Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay), currently the highest ranked South African in 10th place on the QS leaderboard, was left needing a massive 15.50 points before he had even caught a wave. Uncharacteristically McGillivray fell victim to a priority interference error that penalised him the full score of one of his two counting rides and effectively banished him to the runner-up spot.

Staples eventually ran out the winner by 15.50 vs. 5.00 to claim his first WSL event title and, even though he claims that he is no longer a full-time competitive surfer, he has moved into the top 5 on the WSL Africa rankings list with his victory.

The semi-finals saw Staples have the rare privilege of ousting East London surfing legend Greg Emslie in his home break while McGillivray dug deep and produced and epic ride that earned him the event’s highest score – a near-perfect 9.25 – to overtake Diran Zakarian (Melkbosstrand) in the dying minutes of their last four encounter.

The Junior Men’s final showed that local surfing is in good hands when the four finalists all went ballistic in the pumping overhead surf and the lead changing hands after virtually every wave. When the siren sounded to end the final Luke Thompson from the Durban beachfront was leading by a slender 0.60 of a point over local favourite Thomas Lindhorst (East London).

Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay) made a determined effort for victory with a great last ride, but had to settle for third place, 0.75 of a point behind Lindhorst, while East Londoner Mitch du Preez claimed fourth place.

Alongside the red hot surfing action, Surfing South Africa, the national controlling body for the sport, ran activities coordinated by SSA Development Officer, Danielle Powis, designed to foster and encourage surfing among young people, regardless of their background.

Full results, photos and video footage will be available on www.WorldSurfLeague.com and on the WSL App.

Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro Men’s Final Results
1. Dale Staples (St Francis Bay) 15.50
2. Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) 5.0

Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro Men’s Semi-Final Results
SF1: Dale Staples (St Francis Bay) 12.25 def. Greg Emslie (East London) 9.50
SF2: Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) 16.5 def. Diran Zakarian (Melkbosstrand) 12.10

Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro Junior Men’s Final Results
1. Luke Thompson (Durban) 12.10
2. Thomas Lindhorst (East London) 11.50
3. Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay) 10.75
4. Mitch du Preez (East London) 7.35

WSL Africa Men’s Rankings (After Mitchum Port Alfred Surf Pro pres. by Reef Wetsuits)
1 Maree, Jordan Kalk Bay 1955
2 Van Zyl, David Glenashley 1720
3 Lightfoot, Dylan Jeffreys Bay 1400
4 Staples, Dale St Francis Bay 1185
5 Masencamp, Adin Strand 1170

WSL Africa Junior Men’s Rankings (After Mitchum Port Alfred Surf Pro pres. by Reef Wetsuits)
1 Hendricks, Dillon Jeffreys Bay 1280
2 Elkington, Max Kommetjie 1050
3 Thompson, Luke Durban 1000
4 Slijpen, Luke Hout Bay 955
5 Lindhorst, Thomas East London 950

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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Top Seeds Dominate Opening Rounds of Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro pres. by Reef Wetsuits

April 13th, 2018 No comments

Defending men’s event winner Steven Sawyer (Jeffreys Bay) was one of the standout performers on the opening day of the Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro pres. by Reef Wetsuits  Photo: WSL / Thurtell

The top rated competitors in the Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro pres. by Reef Wetsuits justified their seeding by advancing to the next round on Day 1 of the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) event taking place at Nahoon Reef in East London.

Classic calm conditions and highly contestable 1 to 1.3 metre waves at dawn saw the organisers get stop No. 3 of 13 in the WSL Africa Tour underway with the QS1,000 Men’s event at 7.30 am. Freshening winds at midday did little to affect the surf as Round One of the QS1,000 Women was running, and a gentle drizzle saw the wind drop again for the opening round of the Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) Women’s heats that ended the day’s action

The top four seeds – Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga), David van Zyl (Glenashley) and the Jeffreys Bay pair of Matt McGillivray and Dylan Lightfoot all posted comfortable heat wins. Lightfoot was the standout of the quartet, hunting down four great waves and utilising his trademark high performance repertoire to earn the day’s highest heat total of 15.40 out of 20.

Local and national surfing legend Greg Emslie (East London) showed his knowledge of Nahoon Reef, the break that he honed his skills on, by delivering an excellent 8.0 ride and a heat tally of 13.75. But it was Diran Zakarian (Melkbosstrand) who earned the highest single ride score, an outstanding 8.50, as he cruised into Round Two alongside heat runner-up Chris Leppan.

History was made when Jean Patrice Furcy became the first Mauritian surfer to compete in a WSL event. Thanks to the tireless efforts of WSL Africa Operations Manager, Colin Fitch, Furcy will be spending three months in South African competing in the local events. He was presented with two brand new surfboards by Hurricane Surf when he arrived at the event site this morning.

There were upsets in the women’s event when Kayla Nogueira (uMhlang) and Danielle Powis (Muizenberg) were eliminated in the first round, but Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) and Olivia izzard (La Lucia) restored order by progressing to meet the top eight seeds in Round 2.

Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay), winner of both the women’s and junior women’s event in Port Elizabeth over Easter, and Summer Sutton (Kommetjie) took the honours in the opening heats of the junior women’s heats on Day 1.

Saturday’s schedule will see both the women’s and junior women’s events concluded with the winners crowned at the event site at the end of the day’s proceedings.

Competitors, organisers and spectators will observe a minute’s silence before the start of Saturday’s action in keeping with the 10 days of mourning for the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, declared by State President Cyril Ramaphosa.. The South African national flag at the event will be flown at half-mast

Organisers will meet at East Beach at 7.00 am local time on Saturday to make a call on when to get the contest underway, with an 8 am start anticipated.

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).

 

Issued on behalf of:

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

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Jordy Maree and Josefina Ane Clinch Titles at Royal St Andrews Hotel Port Alfred Classic pres by Quiksilver

April 8th, 2018 No comments

Jordy Maree (Cape Town) and Josefina Ane (Argentina) were crowned the men’s and women’s champions at the Royal St Andrews Hotel Port Alfred Classic pres. by Quiksilver on Sunday Photo: WSL / Thurtell

– Veteran Matthew Moir Crowned Men’s Longboard Champion
– Goofy-footers Dominate Final Day – All Six Finalists Surf with Right Foot in Front

Jordy Maree (Cape Town) and Josefina Ane (Argentina) earned the biggest wins of their professional surfing careers today when they clinched the men’s and women’s World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) titles at the Royal St Andrews Hotel Port Alfred Classic pres. by Quiksilver.

Veteran former two-time ISA World Longboard Champion Matthew Moir (Cape Town) celebrated his first victory in a WSL rated event by defeating former WSL No. 2 Steven Sawyer (Jeffreys Bay) in a high performance final that highlighted the talent of local longboard surfers.

The inaugural Royal St Andrews Hotel Port Alfred Classic pres. by Quiksilver, Stop No 2 of 13 on the 2018 WSL Africa Tour, enjoyed great waves and conditions at East Beach in Port Alfred, bringing WSL competition back to the Kowie Rivermouth for the first time since the 1990’s.

On a day when goofy foot surfers (those who ride with their right foot in front) dominated proceedings by filling all six spots in the three finals, Jody Maree led the charge with an outstanding win over red hot Australian Jordan Lawler.

Maree opened his account in the final with two massive backhand turns and then safely completed the close-out re-entry to earn 7.25 out of 10, which ultimately was the highest score of the encounter. He continued to build his heat total with mid-range scores, but Lawler blasted back into contention with a 6.0 and then took the lead with a 6.90 with seven minutes still on the clock.

Holding his nerves in check and using the priority system intelligently, Maree waited for a wave that peeled down the sandbar and hooked into two huge backhand blasts that were rewarded with a 6.45 to regain the lead. Needing a 6.81 with just two minutes remaining, Lawler went for broke on a high flying aerial manoeuvre but couldn’t land it and Maree claimed the win.

“I’m really happy to win my first QS event and want to thank all the people that made the event possible,” said Maree on the podium. “I also want to thank all those who have supported me – my coach, my sponsors, my family and my girlfriend. Thank you so much for helping me get this win.”

Maree was very fortunate to advance from his first heat in the event when he was penalised for a priority interference but managed to progress with a single ride score of 6.75. On finals day he outpointed established QS surfer Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) in the semi-finals and scored a narrow win over another seasoned traveler in Slade Prestwich (Durban) in the quarter-finals.

His victory earned Maree R12,000 and 1,000 points on the QS and regional rankings which, combined with his haul of 560 points for a third-place finish in Port Elizabeth last week, sees him jump to the top of the WSL Africa leaderboard.

Lawler started his finals day by eliminating Cape Town based junior Max Elkington (Kommetjie) in the quarters and then delivered the only perfect 10 point ride of the event in his semi-final win over Greg Emslie (East London), one of South Africa’s most celebrated surf stars. The Australian had already posted an excellent 8.0 score and finished with a heat tally of 18.0 out of 20, the highest in the entire men’s event.

Josefina Ane arrived in South Africa last week fresh off a career-best runner-up finish in a QS1,000 event in her hometown of Mar del Plata. The 19-year-old was elated to secure her first title by defeating 14-year-old standout Zoe Steyn (East London) today.

The highest QS ranked woman in the event at No. 56, the Argentinean ousted reigning WSL Africa Junior and QS champions Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) and Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) in the quarters and semis respectively. In the finalshe selected great waves and used her exciting backhand attack to build what became an insurmountable 13.75 point total that her younger rival could not match.

“This is my first QS win and I’m really happy and thankful for all the people who have this event,” said Ane in her heavy Spanish accent. “My English is a little bit bad but I’m really happy and thank you to all the people for coming to this event.”

Steyn usually competes in the junior events but was unfazed by her older opponents in Port Alfred and consistently produced high heat totals throughout the event. She ousted women’s longboard winner Crystal Hulett (St Francis Bay) from the event in their quarter-final match up and then reached the final by eliminating Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay) in the semis.

The result saw the youngster leapfrog into joint first place on the WSL Africa women’s rankings after two events.

The introduction of Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) events to the WSL Africa schedule added an exciting new dimension to the contest and the performances produced by the top men and women proved that there is a hotbed of talent in the country The highest heat total of the entire event – a near perfect 18.50 out of 20 – was delivered by Steven Sawyer (Jeffreys Bay) in his semi-final win over Michael Hill.

Matthew Moir has been at the top of the worldwide longboard scene for two decades and put on a master class to capture the LQS men’s title by defeating Sawyer by 15.25 vs. 13.90 in a pulsating final that saw both men effortlessly combine traditional and new school manoeuvres on their nearly three metre long surfboards.

“It’s amazing that the sponsors let longboarding be part of a shortboard contest,” said Moir. “It is also so good that the World Surf League recognises longboarding again in South Africa. The contest was extremely well and I’m just stoked to win it.”

The final of the LQS1,000 women’s event was run on Saturday with Crystal Hulett taking the win over Marishka Myers (Jeffreys Bay).

The event also hosted activities designed to foster and encourage surfing among young people, regardless of their background. These were coordinated by Surfing South Africa, the national controlling body for the sport, and run by SSA Development Officer, Danielle Powis.

Full results, news, photos and video footage from the Royal St Andrews Hotel Port Alfred Classic pres. by Quiksilver can be found at:

QS1,000 Men: https://bit.ly/2q99Kfd
QS1,000 Women: https://bit.ly/2qcAw6G
LQS1,000 Men: https://bit.ly/2H2i8H4
LQS1,000 Women: https://bit.ly/2HhKbQD

Royal St Andrews Hotel Port Alfred Classic pres. by Quiksilver
Results

QS 1,000 Men’s Final
1. Jordy Maree (Cape Town) 13.70
2. Jordan Lawler (Australia) 12.90

QS 1,000 Men’s Semi-Finals
SF1: Jordy Maree (Cape Town) 14.40 def. Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) 13.25
SF2: Jordan Lawler (Australia) 18.00 def. Greg Emslie (East London) 12.50

QS 1,000 Women’s Final
1. Josefina Ane (Argentina) 13.75
2. Zoe Steyn (East London) 7.50

QS 1,000 Women’s Semi-Finals
SF1: Josefina Ane (Argentina) 11.25 def. Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) 3.70
SF2: Zoe Steyn (East London) 9.75 def. Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay) 5.05

LQS 1,000 Men’s Longboard Final
1. Matthew Moir (Cape Town) 15.25
2. Steven Sawyer (Jeffreys Bay) 13.90

LQS 1,000 Men’s Longboard Semi-Finals
SF1: Steven Sawyer (Jeffreys Bay) 18.50 def. Michael Hill 14.50
SF2: Matthew Moir (Cape Town) 17.85 def. Thomas King (Cape Town) 11.75

LQS 1,000 Women’s Longboard Final
1. Crystal Hulett (St Francis Bay) 11.25
2. Marishka Myers (Jeffreys Bay) 9.50

LQS 1,000 Women’s Longboard Semi-Finals
SF1: Marishka Myers (Jeffreys Bay) 10.0 def. Mia Baard 4.15
SF2: Crystal Hulett (St Francis Bay) 10.75 def. Tarryn King (Cape Town) 9.25

WSL Africa – Men’s QS Rankings (after event #2 – Port Alfred Classic)

1 Maree,Jordan (Cape Town) 1560
2 Van Zyl, David (Glenashley) 1420
3 Masencamp,Adin (Strand) 1050
4 Lightfoot,Dylan (Jeffreys Bay) 980
5 Kidd,Richard (Ballito) 745

WSL Africa – Women’s QS Rankings (after event #2 – Port Alfred Classic)

1 Pallet,Nicole (La Lucia) 1310
1 Steyn,Zoe (East London) 1310
3 Woolf,Kai (Jeffreys Bay) 1300
4 Smith,Emma (Jeffreys Bay) 955
5 Hogg,Teal (uMhlanga) 860

Next weekend sees the Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro pres. by Reef Wetsuits at Nahoon Reef in East London, Stop No. 3 of 13 on the 2018 WSL Africa Tour and the second of five events in the City Surf Series.

2018 WSL Africa Schedule of Events

Completed Port Elizabeth *Volkswagen Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro pres. by Billabong
Completed Port Alfred Royal St Andrews Port Alfred Classic pres. by Quiksilver
Apr 13-15 East London *Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro pres. by Reef Wetsuits
May 18-20 Durban *ZigZag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force Surfboards
Jun 1-3 Lamberts Bay Vans Surf Pro Classic
Jun 14-17 Cape Town *Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill
Jun 19-24 Port Elizabeth *Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing pres. by Hurley
Jun 22-24 Ballito Billabong Junior Series #1
Jun 25-1 Jul Ballito Ballito Pro pres. by Billabong
Aug 29-2 Sep Dakar, Senegal Senegal Pro (Tentative)
Sep 4-9 Casablanca Anfaplace Pro Casablanca
Sep 27-30 Cape St Francis Billabong Junior Series #2
Jan 1-31 Dec Durban Cell C Good Wave

* City Surf Series (CSS) events

See more details on all the WSL Africa events at www.worldsurfleague.com and on the WSL App

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

Compiled & Distributed by:

Life’s a Beach Communications
PO Box 48272, Kommetjie 7976, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 21 783 4965
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 423 1964
Email: lifesabeach@mweb.co.za

 

 

Testing Conditions Challenge Competitors on Day 1 of Royal St Andrews Hotel Port Alfred Classic pres by Quiksilver

April 6th, 2018 No comments

Dillon Hendricks (Jeffreys Bay) was one of the standout performers on the opening day of the Royal St Andrews Hotel Port Alfred Classic pres. by Quiksilver Photo: WSL / Thurtell

Conditions that started out sublime, deteriorated into a gale-force buster and then returned to gentle offshore challenged the top class field on the opening day of the Royal St Andrews Hotel Port Alfred Classic pres. by Quiksilver in the Eastern Cape on Friday.

Organisers ran through the opening rounds of the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) men’s and women’s events and the Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) men’s and women’s events in an attempt to get as much of the contest as possible completed before Sunday when a huge swell is predicted to slam into the area.

It was the women who created the highlights and the biggest upsets with reigning WSL Africa champion Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) producing the ride of the day, a near-perfect 9.25 out of 10 for a series of high performance manoeuvres. The top seed could only add a 4.35 to her total and was pushed all the way by eventual heat runner-up Josefina Ane from Argentina.

Ane’s 12.10 point heat tally was enough to upset Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay), winner of both the women’s and junior women’s events in Port Elizabeth last weekend, and the young South American in her first season on the QS is certainly an emerging talent.

Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay) accumulated the highest heat total of the women’s rounds – 13.70 out of 20 – and East London teenager Zoe Steyn earned an excellent 8.0 for a dynamic performance on her backhand.

There was also a major surprise in the women’s longboard event when SA champion Christy Gilmour (Durban) was eliminated in her first heat by Marishka Myers (Jeffreys Bay). Tarryn King (Cape Town) was the top scorer in the opening round and will face shortboard ace Crystal Hulett (St Francis Bay) in the semi-finals while Myers will be up against newcomer Mia Baard.

The longboard men were competing when the buster threatened to blow the contest infrastructure away, but Ryan Lightfoot persevered and seamlessly combined modern and traditional manoeuvres to net a pair of seven point rides and the heat win over fellow Jeffreys Bay resident and former World No. 2 Steven Sawyer. Sawyer was determined to compete despite the pain of stitches having recently been removed from his foot.

Thomas King produced an excellent 8.25 to claim the top single ride of the opening round and also claimed the highest heat total of 14.0, while fellow Capetonian and former two-time ISA World Champion Matthew Moir showed his class with a comfortable heat winning performance.

The QS1,000 men’s event saw the contenders whittled down to the last 16 who advanced to meet the top 16 seeds in Saturday’s Round 4. Longtime East London standout and WSL Championship Tour (CT) veteran Greg Emslie showed that the years have not diminished his competitive juices or his ability as he confidently progressed from his opening heat.

Others to stay in contention included a mixed bag of up-an-coming youngsters and established campaigners with former multiple SA champion Wayne Monk (East London) advancing alongside the likes of Dillon Hendricks (Jeffreys Bay), Calvin Goor (Salt Rock) and Luke Malherbe (East London) who posted the division’s top heat total of 14.25.

The Royal St Andrews Hotel Port Alfred Classic also hosts activities designed to foster and encourage surfing among young people, regardless of their background. These are coordinated by Surfing South Africa, the national controlling body for the sport, and run by SSA Development Officer, Danielle Powis.

Organisers will meet at East Beach at 7.30 am local time on Saturday to make a call on when to get the contest underway, with an 8 am start anticipated.

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).

Issued on behalf of:

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

Compiled & Distributed by:

Life’s a Beach Communications
PO Box 48272, Kommetjie 7976, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 21 783 4965
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 423 1964
Email: lifesabeach@mweb.co.za

Kai Woolf and David van Zyl Clinch Titles at Volkswagen Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro pres. by Billabong

April 4th, 2018 No comments

Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) won both the women’s and junior women’s World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) titles while David van Zyl (Glenashley) clinched the QS 1,500 men’s event at the Volkswagen Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro pres. by Billabong in Port Elizabeth on Easter Monday Photo: WSL / Thurtell

– Woolf Doubles-Up with Junior Women’s Win
– Dillon Hendricks Grabs Junior Men’s Crown

Kai Woolf of Jeffreys Bay was the standout performer in the Volkswagen Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro pres. by Billabong in Port Elizabeth over the Easter weekend, clinching both the women’s and junior women’s titles while David van Zyl (Glenashley) won the men’s event and Dillon Hendricks, also from Jeffreys Bay, captured the junior men’s crown.

The first of 13 events on the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Africa regional tour, the Volkswagen Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro featured Qualifying Series (QS) events for men and women alongside Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) events for men and women aged 18-and-under.

Woolf, 16, was unbeatable in the beach break conditions, winning every heat she contested in both events while racking up double digit heat scores with her impressive repertoire of high performance manoeuvres.

In the QS 1,000 women’s event, the teenager defeated reigning WSL Africa champion Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) in the one-on-one final, catching two waves early in the final and delivering scores of 6.25 and 7.25 (each out of 10). A howling SW ‘wind that sprang up midway through the heat altered the lineup significantly and Pallet was left the near impossible task of finding an excellent 8.50 in the deteriorating conditions.

Earlier Woolf was equally dominating in the four-person JQS 1,000 women’s final. She again posted her best scores early in the encounter to leave Sophie Bell (Salt Rock), the 2017 WSL Africa junior women’s champ, requiring a solid 7.0 when the siren sounded to end the heat. Anna Jellema-Butler (Cape Town) and Olivia Izzard (La Lucia) took third and fourth places respectively.

Van Zyl justified his top seeding for the QS 1,500 men’s event in PE and was in a class of his own, averaging heat scores of 13.56 (out of 20) during his first event of the year. Ranked No. 67 on the QS at the end of 2017, and No. 2 on the WSL Africa leaderboard, van Zyl narrowly overcame Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) in their quarter-final duel and posted an outstanding 8.75 to pip Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay) in their semi clash.

In the final van Zyl opened his account against Adin Masencamp (Strand) with a well ridden 7.50 and surfed with power and flow to consistently add to his total in the testing conditions. He earned three scores in the six-point range before a 7.0 closed the door on his opponent hopes and saw van Zyl pocket the R40,000 winner’s cheque and 1,500 precious ranking points.

Masencamp, in his rookie season in the open ranks following a stellar junior career, had a confidence-boosting run in the event, but could not match van Zyl’s finesse in the final. The 18-year-old from the Strand defeated Australian Ty Watson in the quarters and then 2017 Ballito Pro Trials winner Richard Kidd (Ballito) in the semis to set up his first man-on-man QS final in South Africa.

Hendricks, 17, came into the event seeded outside the top 10 but cut a path through his more fancied opponents to earn his first JQS title. He outpointed Daniel Emslie (East London) and Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay) this morning to reach the final where he relegated multiple event winner Max Elkington (Kommetjie) to the runner-up spot by the narrowest of margins.

Both surfers scored heat totals of 13.50 out of 20, but Hendricks got the nod thanks to a highest single score of 7.75, which he earned on a mid break wave where he belted the lip multiple times. Elkington’s best of 7.50 was enough to see finish ahead of Koby Oberholzer (Warner Beach) and Bryce du Preez (East London) who had to settle for third and fourth places respectively.

The Volkswagen Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro, which is also the first of five events on the 2018 City Surf Series (see schedule below), enjoyed great conditions for Saturday and Sunday before experiencing four seasons in eight hours on the final day.

Alongside the red hot surfing action, Surfing South Africa, the national controlling body for the sport, ran activities coordinated by SSA Development Officer, Danielle Powis, designed to foster and encourage surfing among young people, regardless of their background. Other onsite activities included a kids’ “Trash to Treasure” craft section, a group Clean-the-Beach activity and a plastic awareness talk (see more below).

Full results, news, photos and video footage from the Volkswagen Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro pres. by Billabong can be found at:

QS1,500 Men: https://bit.ly/2pWk35r
QS1,000 Women: https://bit.ly/2GtxpNC
JQS1,000 Junior Men: https://bit.ly/2GsIimY
JQS 1,000 Junior Women: https://bit.ly/2H0uZXS

Volkswagen Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro pres. by Billabong
Results

QS 1,500 Men’s Final
1. David van Zyl (Glenashley) 14.50
2. Adin Masencamp (Strand) 11.50

QS 1,500 Men’s Semi-Finals
SF1: David van Zyl (Glenashley) 14.25 def. Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay) 12.15
SF2: Adin Masencamp (Strand) 11.25 def. Richard Kidd (Ballito) 9.65

QS 1,000 Women’s Final
1. Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) 13.50
2. Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) 9.00

QS 1,000 Women’s Semi-Finals
SF1: Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) 11.25 def. Teal Hogg (uMhlanga) 8.50
SF2: Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) 12.15 def. Zoe Steyn (East London) 8.75

JQS 1,000 Men’s Final
1. Dillon Hendricks (Jeffreys Bay) 13.50 (tie-breaker – best single ride – 7.75 vs 7.50)
2. Max Elkington (Kommetjie) 13.50
3. Koby Oberholzer (Warner Beach) 8.90
4. Bryce du Preez (East London) 6.30

JQS 1,000 Women’s Final
1. Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) 11.75
2. Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) 9.15
3. Anna Jellema-Butler (Cape Town) 7.45
4. Olivia Izzard (La Lucia) 6.60

2018 WSL Africa Schedule of Events

Completed Port Elizabeth – *Volkswagen Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro pres. by Billabong
Apr 6-8: Port Alfred – Royal St Andrews Hotel Port Alfred Classic pres. by Quiksilver
Apr 13-15: East London – *Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro pres. by Reef Wetsuits
May 18-20: Durban – *ZigZag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force Surfboards
Jun 1-3: Lamberts Bay – Vans Surf Pro Classic
Jun 14-17: Cape Town – *Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill
Jun 19-24: Port Elizabeth – *Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing pres. by Hurley
Jun 22-24: Ballito – Billabong Junior Series #1
Jun 25-1 Jul: Ballito – Ballito Pro pres. by Billabong
Aug 29-2 Sep: Dakar, Senegal – Senegal Pro (Tentative)
Sep 4-9: Casablanca – Anfaplace Pro Casablanca
Sep 27-30: Cape St Francis – Billabong Junior Series #2
Jan 1-31 Dec: Durban – Cell C Good Wave

* City Surf Series (CSS) events

See more details on all the WSL Africa events at www.worldsurfleague.com and on the WSL App

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).

Volkswagen driving local surfing forward
Volkswagen South Africa was proud to bring surfing fans the first event in the 2018 City Surf Series; the Volkswagen Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong, as well as the final event in the series, the Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing, coming back to Port Elizabeth in June.

Volkswagen South Africa’s remains committed to the City Surf Series first and foremost because of their passion to help drive local surfing and surfers forward. The ‘People’s Car’, with a long-standing history in the surfing culture believe in the opportunity the series presents to local surfers; giving them the chance to score accredited World Surfing League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) points, the log that leads to a spot on the WSL’s Championship Tour.

Amidst cheering on local surfers and displaying the best in surf ready vehicles – such as the Volkswagen California Beach camper van, Caravelle and Transporter Crew Bus – Volkswagen was also out to drive a critical ocean awareness message. Together with their longstanding partners, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT), Volkswagen South Africa set up a giant Recycled Plastic Surf Wave for spectators to pose with to highlight the ocean’s plastic waste crisis. Other activities included a kids’ “Trash to Treasure” craft section, a group Clean-the-Beach activity and a plastic awareness talk at the Learn to Surf Initiative with Surfing South Africa.

Issued on behalf of:

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

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