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

November 23rd, 2014
Michael February (Kommetjie) in action during the ISA China Cup where he progressed to Round 3 yesterday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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