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Lawler and Nonaka Take QS Titles at Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill

June 17th, 2018 No comments

 

Jordan Lawler (Australia) and Minami Nonaka (Japan) captured the prestigious World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) Men’s and Women’s titles respectively in the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill which ended in small but contestable 0.5 to 1.0 metre waves at Big Bay in Bloubergstrand on Sunday.

Lawler played a patient game at the start of the Men’s final, but he fell behind his three South African opponents so he decided to get busy and it paid off. First he added a 7.0 to an earlier 6.0 to overtake Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) who had led the 25 minute encounter from the outset.

Shortly thereafter the Australian caught a wave that reformed on the inside and, surfing to the judging criteria, he performed several manoeuvres with speed, power and flow to be rewarded with an 8.25, the only score in the excellent range (8 points or more out of 10) and the highest score of the final.

His two wave heat tally of 15.25 left Adin Masencamp (Strand) needing a near-perfect 9.25 for victory, while McGillivray and Chad du Toit (Durban) each needed to replace both their counting rides as the clock wound down.

“I’m so stoked! It has been a while since I won a QS and I am over the moon,” said Lawler who has been in South Africa since the opening event of the WSL Africa Qualifying Series at the end of March. He has accumulated several good results, including a runner-up finish in Port Alfred, but this is his first QS victory since 2014 in Australia.

“I really love it here so much, every South African I have met is just the coolest guy ever and everybody is so nice. It definitely plays a role in my surfing over here,” he added.

The diminutive Nonaka is just 16 but posted the highest heat total, 15.50 points out of 20, in the women’s opening round held in pounding overhead surf at Melkbosstrand on Friday. Although she was eliminated in the semi-finals of the Junior Women’s event on Saturday, she kept advancing in the women’s event and went on to clinch her first QS victory.

She defeated two of South Africa’s top female talents, multiple event winner Sarah Baum (Durban) and reigning WSL Africa Women’s Champion Nicole Pallet (La Lucia), as well as local rising star Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga) in a hard fought final.

Baum dominated the early exchanges of the matchup with a pair of six-point rides, consistently making the connection to the inside section and displaying great wave selection. But the petite Japanese girl found a runner that she worked over nearly all the way to the beach for a confidence-boosting 7.75 and then slammed the door on her rivals with a 6.50 in the dying minutes of the encounter.

“I just wanted to catch the best waves I could during the final,” said Nonaka through a translator. “I was in second place when I picked the best wave and got the 7.75 and that gave me the confidence to find the 6.5 at the end that gave me the win.”

Baum had to settle for second spot while Pallet and Nogueira took third and fourth respectively.

The next event, the Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing pres. by Hurley, starts in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday and features a QS 3,000 Women’s event, a QS 1,500 Men’s event, Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) 1,000 Men’s and Women’s events for surfers 18-and-under, and Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) events for Men and Women.

Full results, photos and video footage for the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill will be available on www.WorldSurfLeague.com and on the WSL App, with highlights on the WSL QS Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill – QS 1,000 Men’s Final Results
1. Jordan Lawler (Australia) 15.25 points
2. Adin Masencamp (Strand) 11.85
3. Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) 9.50
4. Chad du Toit (Durban) 9.25

Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill – QS 1,000 Women’s Final Results
1. Minami Nonaka (Japan) 14.255 points
2. Sarah Baum (Durban) 13.0
3. Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) 8.35
4. Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga) 7.30

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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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VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships Get Underway in Azores

September 17th, 2016 No comments
The 2016 South Africa Junior Surfing Team in their traditional blazers and ties for the opening ceremonies of the VISSLA ISA World Junior Championships in the Azores on Saturday  Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

The 2016 South Africa Junior Surfing Team in their traditional blazers and ties for the opening ceremonies of the VISSLA ISA World Junior Championships in the Azores on Saturday  Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

– Boys Lead the Way for South Africa on Day 1
– South Africa Wins Warm-Up Event Against New Zealand and Great Britain

The 2016 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships got underway on San Miguel Island in the Azores on Saturday, bringing together a record-breaking 371 surfers from 39 nations in the largest gathering of junior surfers since becoming a stand-alone event in Durban in 2002. .

The first ISA event for surfers aged 18 and under since last month’s IOC decision to include surfing in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo started with the teams marching through the streets of Ribeira Grande in their colourful regalia in the traditional Parade of Nations. Then came the stirring Sands of the World Ceremony where sand from each team’s beaches was poured into a container to symbolize the peaceful gathering nations of the world through surfing..

Competition began at 3pm with the first 12 heats of the Under-18 Boys and U16 Boys divisions running simultaneously on separate podiums on the North facing beach of Praia de Monte Verde in bright sunshine, warm water and small 0.6 to 1.0 metre waves.

The three South African boys in action displayed the team’s intent immediately by finishing in the top two in their respective heats to advance directly to Main Event Round 2 and avoiding the cutthroat Repercharge rounds.

Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) won his opening U18 Boys heat, outpointing opponents from Tahiti, Israel and Norway, followed by Adin Masencamp (Strand) who finished second to Ariel Sanin (ISR) in a nail biting, low-scoring encounter where the top three were separated by just 0.54 of a point.

In the U16 Boys, Max Elkington (Kommetjie) earned a pair of six point rides to secure a narrow heat win over Cristian Portelli (SWE) as the pair dispatched rivals from Brazil and Germany to the Repercharge round.

The VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships features national teams made up of four U18 and four U16 boys along with two U18 and two U16 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 (25 September).

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.

Due to the record number of competitors, the event will only feature two Repecharge Rounds, moving into a single elimination format from Round 3.

The 2016 South African junior team got their campaign off to a good start by winning a warm-up event at Praia de Monte Verde on Friday, convincingly defeating teams from New Zealand and Great Britain in a tag-team format. The final result was SA 79 points, NZ 49 and GB 47.

The action at the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship can be watched live at http://isaworlds.com starting at approximately 11am SA time daily. The latest news, results, photographs and video footage are also available on the website.

Schedule for Day 2 – Sunday 18 September

Podium 1 (SA Time)
11h00 U18 Girls Round 1 Heats 1 – 16
16h30 U18 Boys Round 1 Heats 13 – 27

Podium 2 (SA Time)
11h00 U16 Girls Round 1 Heats 1 – 16
16h30 U16 Boys Round 1 Heats 13 – 27

Follow the South African Junior Team’s progress at:

Daily media releases: www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

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

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

2016 SA Junior Surfing Team

Under 18 Boys
Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay)
Adin Masencamp (Strand)
Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay)
Bevan Willis (Salt Rock)

Under 18 Girls
Crystal Hulett (Cape St Francis)
Sophie Bell (Salt Rock)

Under 16 Boys
Max Elkington (Kommetjie)
Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay)
Sebastian Williams (Durban)
Koby Oberholzer (Warner Beach)

Under 16 Girls
Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay)
Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay)

Manager
Karen Elkington (Kommetjie)

Coach
Chris Bond (Cape Town)

Surfing South Africa is the recognized 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 chosen by the National Selectors and in terms of the SSA Constitution. All national teams are ratified by the Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa prior to being forwarded to SASCOC for colours approval

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Beyrick de Vries Places 3rd in USA : Slade Prestwich Top South African in France

August 24th, 2015 No comments
Beyrick de Vries, pictured here during the US Open of Surfing,shows the form that has seen him climb to No. 35 on the WSL QS rankings  Image: WSL / Morris

Beyrick de Vries, pictured here during the US Open of Surfing,shows the form that has seen him climb to No. 35 on the WSL QS rankings  Image: WSL / Morris

Big Waves Expected for Final Two Days of Billabong Pro Tahiti

Beyrick de Vries earned his second best rankings points haul for 2015 at the Vans Pro on the East coast of the America while Slade Prestwich was the top South African performer at the Sooruz Lacanau Pro on the South West coast of France when the two World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) events ended on opposite sides of the North Atlantic Ocean on Sunday.

De Vries advanced through four rounds of competition and into the Final of the QS 3000 rated Vans Pro held at Virginia Beach in tiny half metre waves. The 22-year-old from Umhlanga finished third overall to earn US $4 750 (approx. R61 000) and 1 680 points, lifting him eight places to No. 35 on the latest WSL QS rankings.

“Happy but hungry for a win this year,” said de Vries on his Facebook page. “Thanks to all the epic people for the support! It’s insane to see how many people get behind you whilst at one of these events. Thanks for the good energy and vibes.”

Michael February was the only other South African at Virginia Beach and the Kommetjie resident was ousted in his opening encounter. MFeb placed equal 33rd and pocketed R10 000 and 360 points that saw him drop 10 places to 75th on the rankings. He is now right on the cusp of qualifying for the remaining highly rated QS events on the 2015 calendar.

The event was won by 18-year-old Californian prodigy Kanoa Igarashi who collected the 3 000 points and moved into the No. 3 spot on the QS rankings.

Meanwhile in France, Prestwich battled his way through small surf and two lay days to advance from the Round of 96 to the last 16 in the QS 3000 rated event before being eliminated in equal 13th place on the final day when the surf increased to 1.5 metres.

His haul of nearly R20 000 and 840 points moved the 20-year-old from Scottburgh up 35 places to No. 152.

Rookie pro Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) impressed in the opening rounds, winning his first two heats and posting the highest heat scores on Day 1. He was ousted in Round 3, one round before the prize-money started, but collected a useful 210 points to add to his 2015 ranking.

Dale Staples (St Francis Bay) and recently crowned SA Open Champion, David van Zyl (Glenashley), were both sidelined in their opening encounters, finishing equal 33rd and equal 49th respectively. Dylan Lightfoot placed second in his first heat to progress to the Round of 32 but placed 4th there to finish equal 25th overall, taking home R13 000 and 555 points.

Frenchmen dominated the Lacanau event, filling six of the eight quarterfinal spots, with Reunion Islander Maxime Huscenot claiming his first QS event victory and moving into the top 10 on the rankings.

The next events on the schedule are the QS 1500 rated Anglet Pro which runs from 25 – 30 August at Chambre d’Amour in France and the WRV Outer Banks Pro, a QS 1000 event at Nag’s Head, North Carolina from 26 – 30 August.

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The 16 surfers still in contention for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, the seventh stop on the Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour (CT), are bracing themselves for double overhead surf as a powerful new swell is expected to arrive today at the dangerous break of Teahupo’o, renowned for its incredibly hollow waves.

Four man-on-man heats featuring the likes of former event winners Adrian Buchan (AUS), Kelly Slater and fellow Floridian CJ Hobgood remain in Round 3 before the three-man non-elimination Round 4 heats commence.

The holding period for the Billabong Pro Tahiti ends on Tuesday and all the action can be followed live at www.worldsurfleague.com starting at 8.3opm (SA Time).

Vans Pro Final Results:
1. Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 15.44, $16,000
2. Noah Schweizer (USA) 13.43, $10,00
3. Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 11.24, $4,750
4. Oney Anwar (IDN) 8.80, $4,250

Vans Pro Semifinal Results:
Heat 1: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 13.43, Oney Anwar (IDN) 12.24, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.10, Dylan Graves (PRI) 6.84
Heat 2: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 12.44, Noah Schweizer (USA) 12.16, Jesse Mendes (BRA) 10.64, Evan Geiselman (USA) 9.57

SOÖRUZ LACANAU PRO FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 15.60
2 – Nomme Mignot (FRA) 13.60

SOÖRUZ LACANAU PRO SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Nomme Mignot (FRA) 16.33 def. Joan Duru (FRA) 14.50
SF 2: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 15.00 def. Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 14.37

SOÖRUZ LACANAU PRO QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Joan Duru (FRA) 17.60 def. Adrien Toyon (FRA) 11.00
QF 2: Nomme Mignot (FRA) 17.10 def. Jorgann Couzinet (REU) 13.34
QF 3: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 17.04 def. Lucas Silveira (BRA) 16.03
QF 4: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 15.77 def. Marc Lacomare (FRA) 11.26

SOÖRUZ LACANAU PRO ROUND OF 16 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Adrien Toyon (FRA) 12.37, Jorgann Couzinet (REU) 11.37, Deivid Silva (BRA) 10.57, Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 8.83
Heat 2: Nomme Mignot (FRA) 17.60, Joan Duru (FRA) 15.85, Charly Martin (GLP) 11.57, Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 8.13
Heat 3: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 14.60, Marc Lacomare (FRA) 13.56, Bino Lopes (BRA) 10.66, Pedro Henrique (PRT) 9.93
Heat 4: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 12.13, Lucas Silveira (BRA) 12.13, Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 11.70, Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 8.33

SOÖRUZ LACANAU PRO ROUND OF 32 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Jorgann Couzinet (REU) 15.56, Charly Martin (GLP) 11.83, Steven Pierson (PYF) 11.63, Vicente Romero (ESP) 9.17
Heat 2: Deivid Silva (BRA) 14.60, Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 13.57, Mitch Crews (AUS) 11.13, Mateia Hiquily (PYF) 6.60
Heat 3: Nomme Mignot (FRA) 11.60, Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 10.10, Tommy Boucaut (FRA) 9.53, Thiago Camarao (BRA) 6.47
Heat 4: Joan Duru (FRA) 17.70, Adrien Toyon (FRA) 10.90, Jean Da Silva (BRA) 9.90, Victor Bernardo (BRA) 8.02
Heat 5: Pedro Henrique (PRT) 10.64, Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 10.63, Mihimana Braye (PYF) 9.00, Timothee Bisso (GLP) 7.27
Heat 6: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 14.34, Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 10.83, Jose Ferreira (PRT) 7.26, Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 4.50
Heat 7: Lucas Silveira (BRA) 14.17, Bino Lopes (BRA) 8.90, Miguel Tudela (PER) 7.40, Dean Bowen (AUS) 3.57
Heat 8: Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 14.24, Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 9.10, Medi Veminardi (REU) 8.83, Mitchell James (AUS) 8.40

WSL QS Rankings
1 Muniz,Alejo BRA 22350
2 Ribeiro,Alex BRA 17850
3 Igarashi,Kanoa USA 16540
4 Toledo,Filipe BRA 16500
5 Flores,Jeremy FRA 16400
6 Ibelli,Caio BRA 15950
7 Callinan,Ryan AUS 15250
8 Duru,Joan FRA 14980
9 Huscenot,Maxime FRA 14650
10 Andino,Kolohe USA 14560

South Africans
35 De Vries,Beyrick ZAF 7790
75 February,Michael ZAF 4407
101 Staples,Dale ZAF 3015
133 Lightfoot,Dylan ZAF 2072
142 Van Zyl,David ZAF 1820
152 Prestwich,Slade ZAF 1640
280 Smith,Jordy ZAF 550
332 McGillivray,Matthew ZAF 410

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About the World Surf League

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

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Emslie, Rautenbach and Prestwich crowned Mr Price SA Open champions at Nahoon Reef

August 30th, 2010 No comments

GREG EMSLIE : 2010 MR PRICE SA OPEN CHAMPION: PICTURE BY PIERRE TOSTEE
Greg Emslie is the 2010 Mr Price SA Open Champion. After two days of competition on Saturday and Sunday (August 28 & 29) in conditions that ranged from marginal 2 foot surf on Day One to perfect 5-6 foot offshore at Nahoon Reef on Day Two, the title in the eighth edition of the SA Open of Surfing went the way of the top seed.

The experienced East London surfer was joined in the winner’s circle by fellow SA Team member Chantelle Rautenbach of Melkbosstrand, who won the Women’s title, and Slade Prestwich of Scottburgh whose brilliant performance in the Pro Junior Final saw him taking home the trophy.

Emslie was a standout throughout the event, setting benchmarks in every heat he surfed in. Even when conditions were small, and at times marginal, on Day One the current SA Champion was outstanding. In his first round Emslie showed his true skill by recording a 9. 20 out of 10 wave score which underlined his status as a true champion.

It was not all plain sailing in the final however and the thirty two year old was pushed all the way by 16 year-old Jeffreys Bay star Steven Sawyer who led the heat until Emslie caught his final high scoring rides. Simon Fish who makes surfboards out of Cape St Francis but hails from East London was third and father-to-be Tyrell Johnson of East London came fourth.

Emslie has now won four of the five PST events he has competed in this year and is not only the current SA Champion, National Team captain and Cold Water Classic winner but can now add a second SA Open title to his list of achievements in 2010.

Rautenbach produced top quality surfing in the Women’s final beating Kirsty Delport of Durban, local girl Alice Mc Gregor and fellow national team member Stacey Guy into second, third and fourth respectively.

Scottburgh local Prestwich produced the highest heat score of all three finals, 16 out of a possible 20, beating Dylan Lightfoot and fellow Jeffrey’s Bay surfer Steven Sawyer into second and third respectively. Another JBay local, Bertie Stuurman, achieved his best result in a major PST event when he finished fourth.

Competitors in the 2010 Mr Price SA Open of Surfing were protected by the Surfing South Africa Shark Shield devices which were placed strategically in the line-up by the local lifeguards and other water craft on both days of the event.

The 2010 SA Open of Surfing was sponsored by Mr Price, sanctioned by Surfing South Africa and hosted by the Border Surfriders Association. It was a 3A Men’s Pro Surf Tour contest with the Women and Pro Juniors both 2A rated. R40 000 in total prize-money was on offer across the divisions.

Members of the 2010 SA Team as well as Head Coach Graham Hynes attended the event as part of their preparations for the 2010 ISA World Surfing Games in Peru in October. The team preparation, camps and fitness training as well as their attendance at the World Games is supported by a R250 000 grant from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.

Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport and is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association.

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South African Junior Invitation Team to compete in Reunion in October named

August 4th, 2010 No comments

 

Pictured: Durban standout David van Zyl will represent South Africa as a member of the Junior Invitation team that visits Reunion Island in October Photo: Patterson / Billabong

Twelve surfers, a coach, judge and manager have been selected to compete in an international surfing contest in Reunion Island from October 14-16.

The SA Junior Invitation team is made up of surfers whose contest performances have impressed the national selectors over the last twelve months.

Heading the group is talented Jeffreys Bay surfer Bertie Stuurman who, along with SA Championship runner up Alice McGregor of East London, will surf in the U20 Boys and Girls Divisions respectively.

Jacob Mellish of Somerset West, the reserve for the Under 18 Division of the 2010 SA Junior surfing team, gets his chance to compete internationally along with ISA Scholarship recipient Papi Makinyane of Delft and top Durban surfer David Van Zyl.

The three Under 18 girls are 2010 SA Junior team reserve Holly Armstrong of Scarborough, fellow WP surfer Sabrina Scott of Glencairn and up and coming Nikita Kekana of Durban.

SA Grommet Games U16 Boys champion, Marshall Renz of Jeffreys Bay, will be joined by SSA Scholarship recipient Brandon Benjamin of Retreat while the U16 girls are SA Grommet Games winner Micaela Venter of Durban and talented Emma Smith of Jeffreys Bay.

Eastern Province Surfing Council stalwart Brian Abrahams has been appointed Manager, WP’s Craig Johnson will coach the team and Grant Arendse of Strandfontein will accompany the group as a Judge.

The tour by the SA Invitation Team is both a competitive visit to the volcanic island as well as a reciprocal cultural exchange. A group of surfers from Reunion visited Cape Town and Durban last year, competing in two separate events and staying with South African families.

The project is a major talent identification initiative and the trip is supported by funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.

Surfing South Africa is the governing body for the sport and is recognized by Sport and Recreation SA (SRSA). SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). All South African teams are chosen by a selection committees appointed by the Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa.

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Board of Directors elected at 2010 Surfing South Africa AGM on Friday July 30

August 3rd, 2010 No comments

Mark Hoffman was unanimously elected President of Surfing South Africa at the 2010 AGM held in Newlands, Cape Town on Friday July 30.

Hoffman, who was the Surfing South Africa Vice President, takes over from Cecil Solomon who was not available for re election.

Board members Ant Brodowicz and Minette Joubert were elected Vice President and Deputy President respectively while existing Board members Pax Nydoo and Emile Zoetmulder were unanimously re-elected.

Border Surfriders Association President Dave Fish was elected unopposed and becomes the newest member of the SSA Board.

The SSA Board of Directors is elected by the eight affiliated provincial associations and representatives from SA Longboarding, SA Bodyboarding and the SA Students Surfing Union.

The newly elected Board will serve a two year term.

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Safari Surfboards team riders star at South African Surfing Championships

June 7th, 2010 No comments

SA Champs, Chris Knutsen + finalists 

DURBAN (Thursday 3 June 2010) – Safari Surfboards team riders starred in the 2010 South African Surfing Championships completed at St Mikes on the KZN South Coast on the weekend, winning four of the eight individual titles, finishing runner-up in two divisions and reaching the finals in another two.

Former ASP World Tour campaigner Greg Emslie, SA’s highest earning pro surfer with more than US $600 000 in prize-money, clinched his second SA Open Men’s Title and, along with runner-up and fellow East Londoner, Devyn Mattheys, helped the Border provincial surfing team to secure the prestigious Presidents Cup.

In the Open Women, reigning ISA World Masters Champion and Port Shepstone local Heather Clark showed she is well on the way to a full recovery after her horrific car accident last year by capturing her umpteenth national crown, while rising star Tanika Hoffman (Kommetjie) surfed her way into the final where she placed fourth overall.

Former ASP World Pro Am champion David Malherbe from Coffee Bay was another who contributed to Border’s team victory by winning the Kahunas (over 45) division where Durban’s Murray Niven came in third.

The peerless Chris Knutsen, a four-time SA Men’s Open champion in his heyday and the reigning ISA World Grand Kahunas (over 50) champion, maintained his unbeaten record since SA Masters events were introduced to the local surfing calendar back in 2007 by clinching his fourth consecutive national title. And for the second year in a row Grantley Read from Zululand finished runner-up in the Grand Kahunas.

“What a fantastic performance by all the Safari Surfboards team riders in the SA Champs,” said legendary surfboard shaper Spider Murphy. “Congratulations to all the guys and girls who participated in the event and particularly those who created history by winning national titles.”

“It’s a pleasure working with such talented surfers and really gratifying to contribute to their success at SA’s longest running event.”

Safari Surfboards was established in 1963 and are the exclusive providers of Spider Murphy’s shapes. Contact boards@safarisurf.com for more information.

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World’s Best Unleash Upon Pipeline for Day 1 Billabong Pipeline Masters

December 11th, 2009 No comments

Pictured: Andy Irons (HAW), 31, former three-time ASP World Champion and former four-time Pipe Masters Champion, saw a welcomed returned to form today at the Billabong Pipeline Masters. Credit: © ASP/ CI/ CESTARI via GETTY IMAGES

PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii (Thursday, December 10, 2009) – Round 1 of the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Event No. 10 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, commenced today in clean six-to-ten foot (2 – 3 metre) waves at the Banzai Pipeline.

The third and final event in the Vans Triple Crown (an ASP Specialty Series), the Billabong Pipeline Masters plays host to two dramatic story arcs: the showdown for the 2009 ASP World Title and the requalification race for the 2010 ASP Dream Tour. Amidst the world’s best surfers exists a spattering of Pipeline specialists, making the competition field particularly challenging to navigate.

Michael Picon (FRA), 30, current ASP World No. 39, is in need of an impressive result in the final event of the year to secure his position amongst the world’s elite in 2010. Today, the Frenchman put the rest of the draw on notice, first eliminating wildcard Manoa Drollet (PYF) before posting the highest heat total of the event, a 19.76 out of a possible 20, for a brilliant backhand tube-riding approach to take out Josh Kerr (AUS), 25, in the final heat of the day.

“That was the best heat of my life,” Picon said. “I was just trying to build momentum and I feel like all of the training I’ve done is paying off. It’s great to have this heat at Pipeline and in Hawaii. Today was all about the rights. We all knew that. I was going for the right too. I figured I’d go for the death, whatever.”

To vault himself ahead the current qualification cutoff point, Picon will have to finish third or better at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, but the calculated Frenchman remains calm heading into the remainder of the event.

“I’m trying not to think about it,” Picon said. “I’m just thinking about having a good heat and having a good contest here because it’s always been a dream for me to do well at Pipeline. I’m just really confident after that heat.”

John John Florence (HAW), 16, the Billabong Pipeline Masters’ youngest competitor, was a tour du force in his Round 1 heat, posting an impressive 17.20 out of a possible 20, to defeat fellow Hawaiian wildcard Danny Fuller (HAW), 27.

“With four guys out at Pipe I was going crazy and just trying to get every wave I could,” Florence said. “Yesterday was big and messy and today’s conditions have really cleaned up. This morning was fun, but this afternoon’s wind has made it really good. Growing up here, I really looked up to all the local guys for inspiration and advice out here. To be competing in the Pipe Masters is an honor and I hope I have the opportunity to surf through a few more rounds.”

Florence will take on current ASP World No. 27, Heitor Alves (BRA), 27, in Heat 12 of Round 2 when competition resumes.

Andy Irons (HAW), 31, former three-time ASP World Champion and former four-time Pipe Master Champion, showed a return to form today recovering from an early heat double-interference collision with opponent Marcus Hickman (HAW), 30, and rallying with a dominant performance in the Backdoor righthanders. Although on sabbatical from full-time competition this season, Irons’ return to the ASP World Tour in 2010 has been highly-anticipated by the surfing world.

“I’ve decided to be on the world tour next year and just being in a jersey is a good warm-up for it,” Irons said. “I definitely feel like I’m in a better position going into next season after taking this year off.”

Irons will take on current ASP World No. 25, Drew Courtney (AUS), 30, in Heat 16 of Round 2 when the Billabong Pipeline Masters recommences.

Andy wasn’t the only Irons to make a dent in today’s competition as younger brother and former ASP World Tour campaigner, Bruce Irons (HAW), 30, took down lethal Californian Tim Reyes (USA), 27, in Round 2 of competition.

Torrey Meister (HAW), 21, wildcard into the Billabong Pipeline Masters, was the first alternate called to action when Sunny Garcia (HAW), 39, failed to show for his Round 1 heat. Despite arriving late to the lineup, Meister put in an inspired performance in both the Backdoor rights and the Pipeline lefts to net a 16.83 out of a possible 20 to overtake Nic Muscroft (AUS), 27.

“I don’t know what happened,” Meister said. “I expected Sunny (Garcia) to turn up and I was sitting on the beach getting tired watching the waves. It was firing and I couldn’t get too antsy because I didn’t know if I was going to get into the event, but I’m happy that I did. I guess it’s kind of an advantage to get in this way, because I didn’t have time to get nervous before my heat.”

Meister will face current ASP World No. 16, Kai Otton (AUS), 29, in the first heat when competition resumes.

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:30am to assess conditions for a possible 8am start.

The Billabong Pipeline Masters will be webcast LIVE via www.billabongpro.com and www.triplecrownofsurfing.com

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BILLABONG PIPELINE MASTERS ROUND 1 RESULTS:

Heat 1: Gavin Gillette (HAW) 15.50 def. Jihad Khodr (BRA) 11.33
Heat 2: Gabe Kling (USA) 11.17 def. Kalani Chapman (HAW) 10.17
Heat 3: Andy Irons (HAW) 12.42 def. Marcus Hickman (HAW) 10.17
Heat 4: Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 13.17 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 12.96
Heat 5: Liam McNamara (HAW) 7.67 def. Nathaniel Curran (USA) 7.34
Heat 6: Hank Gaskell (HAW) 12.00 def. David Weare (ZAF) 8.73
Heat 7: Bruce Irons (HAW) 12.34 def. Reef McIntosh (HAW) 11.66
Heat 8: Torrey Meister (HAW) 16.83 def. Nic Muscroft (AUS) 8.90
Heat 9: Michael Picon (FRA) 10.50 def. Manoa Drollet (PYF) 9.93
Heat 10: Shane Dorian (HAW) 16.67 def. Kamalei Alexander (HAW) 7.73
Heat 11: Dayyan Neve (AUS) 13.43 def. Jonah Morgan (HAW) 6.84
Heat 12: Flynn Novak (HAW) 16.40 def. Luke Stedman (AUS) 12.34
Heat 13: Sion Miloski (HAW) 17.00 def. Dustin Barca (HAW) 14.03
Heat 14: John John Florence (HAW) 17.20 def. Danny Fuller (HAW) 11.33
Heat 15: Mason Ho (HAW) 15.83 def. Jay Thompson (AUS) 9.50
Heat 16: Phillip MacDonald (AUS) 12.66 def. Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 10.33

BILLABONG PIPELINE MASTERS ROUND 2 RESULTS:

Heat 1: Liam McNamara (HAW) 7.94 def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 6.83
Heat 2: Roy Powers (HAW) 10.26 def. Gabe Kling (USA) 10.06
Heat 3: Phillip MacDonald (AUS) 10.40 def. Greg Emslie (ZAF) 3.83
Heat 4: Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 12.00 def. Mason Ho (HAW) 10.67
Heat 5: Bruce Irons (HAW) 15.67 def. Tim Reyes (USA) 13.93
Heat 6: Shane Dorian (HAW) 11.17 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 8.33
Heat 7: Michael Picon (FRA) 19.76 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 16.73

REMAINING BILLABONG PIPELINE MASTERS ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 8: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Torrey Meister (HAW)
Heat 9: Dean Morrison (AUS) vs. Sion Milosky (HAW)
Heat 10: Chris Ward (USA) vs. Aritz Aranburu (EUK)
Heat 11: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Flynn Novak (HAW)
Heat 12: Heitor Alves (BRA) vs. John John Florence (HAW)
Heat 13: Mick Campbell (AUS) vs. Gavin Gillette (HAW)
Heat 14: Tim Boal (FRA) vs. Dayyan Neve (AUS)
Heat 15: Ben Dunn (AUS) vs. Hank Gaskell (HAW)
Heat 16: Drew Courtney (AUS) Andy Irons (HAW)

BILLABONG PIPELINE MASTERS ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:

Heat 1: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. TBA
Heat 2: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. TBA
Heat 3: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. TBA
Heat 4: Bobby Martinez (USA) vs. TBA
Heat 5: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. TBA
Heat 6: Tom Whitaker (AUS) vs. TBA
Heat 7: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. TBA
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. TBA
Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. TBA
Heat 10: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. TBA
Heat 11: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. TBA
Heat 12: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. TBA
Heat 13: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. TBA
Heat 14: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. TBA
Heat 15: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. TBA
Heat 16: Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. TBA

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Nikita Robb and Rosanne Hodge qualify for 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour

December 10th, 2009 No comments

Pictured: Nikita Robb in action in Costa Rica earlier this year. Photo: Sanchez / ISA 
Wednesday, December 10, 2009 – In a massive boost for women’s surfing in South Africa, both Nikita Robb and Rosanne Hodge have qualified for the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour giving the country two representatives at the highest level of women’s competition surfing for the first time since the two-tier system was introduced in 1992.

Hodge , 22, qualified for her fourth consecutive year on the Dream Tour when she finished No. 10 on the yearend ASP Women’s World Tour rankings after the completion of the Billabong Pro Maui in Hawaii yesterday. The East Londoner, ranked No. 9 going into the final event, spent an anxious 24 hours awaiting the outcome when she was eliminated in Round 3.

Rebecca Woods (AUS) overtook her in the ratings by advancing to the quarterfinals, but the balance of the lower ranked opponents were eliminated and Hodge clinched the last automatic re-qualification spot and a place amongst the world’s best competitive female surfers for yet another year.

Robb, 20, also from East London, has been waiting for confirmation of her spot among the elite of women’s surfing since the final event on the 2009 ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) in Ro de Janeiro in October. A fifth place in that event saw her jump to No. 9 on the yearend WQS rankings where the top six qualify for the top-tier World Tour.

However, three of the girls ranked in the WQS top six were also competing on the World Tour and could double-qualify if they stayed in the top 10 on the Dream Tour, with their WQS spots then going to the girls ranked Nos. 7, 8 and 9. Coco Ho (HAW) and Paige Hareb (NZL) were comfortably placed on the World Tour rankings and Robb’s fate lay in the performance of Rebecca Woods (AUS) in the final event.

Robb’s heart must have sunk into her heels when Woods was relegated to a cutthroat, sudden-death Round 2 heat after placing third in her opening match-up in Maui. And even more so when Woods appeared to be struggling in the Round 2 encounter. But Woods rallied and snatched second place by a miniscule 0.20 of a point and then went on to defeat former ASP World Champion Chelsea Hedges (AUS) in Round 3, cementing her No. 9 ranking and enabling Robb to take her place in the highest flight in 2010.

“I couldn’t be more stoked,” Robb said of her qualification. “I’ve had a really long time thinking about what will happen if I qualify or if I didn’t, but you can never really comprehend the happiness of when you get that phone call saying ‘Well done, you have just qualified for the 2010 WCT’.”

“Where too from here? Preparation, getting good boards, training and last but not least enjoying surfing and living my dream! It’s funny, at the start of the year I was working in gardens trying to get enough money to follow the WQS. Now, at the end of the year, I’ve achieved something I’ve wanted for so long. So I guess I’m really excited about next year and I have a feeling 2010 is going to be a good year for me.”

Robb becomes only the third South African female surfer to reach the highest echelons of the women’s world surfing after Heather Clark (Port Shepstone) and good friend and fellow East Londoner Rosanne Hodge. Next year will be her first outside the Pro Junior (U20) ranks where she secured a number of international event victories and accolades and a string of national titles.

2010 ASP Women’s World Tour Qualifiers

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
Silvana Lima (BRA)
Sofia Mulanovich (PER)
Coco Ho (HAW)
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
Melanie Bartels (HAW)
Chelsea Hedges (AUS)
Paige Hareb (NZL)
Rebecca Woods (AUS)
Rosanne Hodge (ZAF)
Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS)
Carissa Moore (HAW)
Claire Bevilacqua (AUS)
Lee Ann Curren (FRA)
Bruna Schmitz (BRA)
Nikita Robb (ZAF)
ASP wildcard to be decided
For more on Nikita see www.nikitarobb.co.za

For more information on both of South Africa’s two highest rated female surfers see www.aspafrica.com

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Stephanie Gilmore Claims Billabong Pro Maui and Vans Triple Crown

December 10th, 2009 No comments

Pictured: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 21, claimed her third consecutive Billabong Pro Maui title today as well as her second Vans Triple Crown title.

HONOLUA BAY, Maui/Hawaii (Wednesday, December 9, 2009) – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 21, took out the final stop on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour today, the Billabong Pro Maui, in clean four-to-six foot (1.5 metre) conditions at the iconic pointbreak of Honolua Bay over Sofia Mulanovich (PER), 26, clinching her third consecutive Billabong Pro Maui title after three years of competition at the premier event. Gilmore wrapped up her dominating season amongst the Top 17 by claiming her second consecutive Vans Triple Crown title today as well.

Gilmore capped the year off in appropriate form after claiming her third ASP Women’s World Title at the Gidget Pro Sunset Beach, when she advanced over Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 18, in the Semifinals, en route to defending her flawless record at the Billabong Pro Maui while claiming the prized Hawaiian specialty series and the beefed up $25,000 prize purse supplied by Vans.

“Once again, Maui has just been incredible and to win this event three times in a row is just awesome,” Gilmore said. “I couldn’t have been happier with the way things have gone today. Winning the Vans Triple Crown is definitely up there with winning the World Title and it’s definitely one of the biggest accolades of surfing professionally. I can’t believe it’s all happening again, it’s awesome.”

Gilmore absolutely dominated the day’s proceedings, blitzing the highest heat total of the entire 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour season by surfing a near-perfect heat of 19.67 out of 20 to usurp Samantha Cornish (AUS), 29, in her Quarterfinals heat before topping Fitzgibbons and Mulanovich en route to her second ASP Women’s World Tour win of 2009.

“I guess it’s a little surprising,” Gilmore said. “I would have thought that the highest heat total would have gone down yesterday with all of the barrels. Today there are still some rippable waves out there, but I don’t know. I just went surfing.”

Mulanovich campaigned through a lengthy day of competition, topping Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), 23, Australian veteran Rebecca Woods (AUS), 25, and ASP Women’s World No. 2 Silvana Lima (BRA), 25, but was unable to top Gilmore for the victory and claimed a runner-up finish at the final event of the year to finish her season ASP Women’s World No. 3.

“It’s been a great day,” Mulanovich said. “Congratulations to Steph (Gilmore). She’s a champ and a hero to all of us and thanks to the sponsors of the event and my family and friends. It’s been a great event.”

Fitzgibbons navigated the Honolua Bay lineup with poise and maturity beyond her years and posted some amazing scores before falling in her Semifinals bout against Gilmore, but clinched an impressive heat victory over Coco Ho (HAW), 18, in the Quarterfinals on the way to her third place finish.

“I always love surfing heats with Coco (Ho),” Fitzgibbons said. “She always pushes my level up and I usually have my best heats with her. She’s also a really great friend. I wish there were more waves so we could have dueled a little bit more. She surfed amazing this year and my hat goes off to her.”

Lima, who smashed one of two perfect 10-point rides during the Billabong Pro Maui with amazing barrel riding in yesterday’s action, was in stellar form for the final day of competition, but was overtaken by former Peruvian ASP Women’s World Champion, Mulanovich, in the dying minutes of their Semifinals heat, taking a third place finish to wrap up her year while finishing ASP Women’s World No. 2 for 2009.

“The waves were a lot smaller than yesterday, but it was still good,” Lima said. “Sometimes the heats were slow, but the conditions were still great.”

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Billabong Pro Maui presented by Hawaiian Airlines Final:

1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 18.00
2 – Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 10.17

Billabong Pro Maui presented by Hawaiian Airlines Semifinals Results:

Heat 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.03 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.94
Heat 2: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 13.83 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 11.70

Billabong Pro Maui presented by Hawaiian Airlines Quarterfinals Results:

Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.83 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 15.83
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 19.67 def. Samantha Cornish (AUS) 7.26
Heat 3: Silvana Lima 16.70 def. Melanie Bartels (HAW) 7.20
Heat 4: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 12.77 def. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 6.50

Billabong Pro Maui presented by Hawaiian Airlines Round 3 Result:

Heat 8: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 9.50 def. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 8.17

Final 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour ratings

1. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
2. Silvana Lima (BRA)
3. Sofia Mulanovich (PER)
4. Coco Ho (HAW)
5. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
6. Melanie Bartels (HAW)
7. Chelsea Hedges (AUS)
8. Paige Hareb (NZL)
9. Rebecca Woods (AUS)
10. Rosanne Hodge (ZAF)
11. Samantha Cornish (AUS)
12. Jacqueline Silva (BRA)
13. Alana Blanchard (HAW)
14. Bruna Schmitz (BRA)
15. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS)
16. Amee Donohoe (AUS)
17. Megan Abubo (HAW)
18. Layne Beachley (AUS)

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