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

April 4th, 2018

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

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


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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