McGillivray, Bulard and Beukes Take Titles at Vans Surf Pro Classic

June 3rd, 2018 No comments

Cannelle Bulard (Reunion Island), Eli Beukes (Kommetjie) and Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) took the Women’s, Junior Men’s and Men’s titles in the 2018 Vans Surf Pro Classic at Lamberts Bay on Sunday Image: WSL / Van Gysen

YoYo’s Fires and Performances Soar on Final Day

Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay), Cannelle Bulard (Reunion Island) and Eli Beukes (Kommetjie) took the Men’s, Women’s and Junior Men’s titles respectively at the 2018 Vans Surf Pro Classic in Lamberts Bay on Sunday.

The final day produced incredible high-scoring encounters as YoYos delivered pumping 1.5 to 2 metre waves in clean offshore conditions and even though the wind freshened into a Southerly crosswind later in the day, the final heat of the day saw the event’s highest score.

The men’s event was upgraded to a World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1,500 rating for 2018 and the 64-man field was whittled down to the last eight all of whom had hopes of taking home the R40,000 prize purse and the precious 1,500 points on the international leaderboard.

The final saw Jeffreys Bay buddies and training partners Dylan Lightfoot and Matt McGillivray go head to head with Lightfoot starting the stronger, leaving McGillivray needing to better 14 points before he’d even caught a good wave.

But once McGillivray did get his first lined up righthander, he went ballistic with a couple of strong turns on the outside and then going for broke with a high risk aerial on the inside. The country’s highest QS rated surfer then went from strength to strength, overtaking Lightfoot with a 7.5 and then slamming the door with another gigantic aerial that the judges rewarded with a 9.65

Although Lightfoot was surfing really well, the 19.16 requirement was a bridge too far and it was McGillivray who claimed the title and moved back into the top 10 spot on the QS rankings he has held since winning the first QS3,000 event of the year in Israel.

“The final went really well, the waves were pulsing which gave us plenty of opportunities,” said McGillivray. “Dylan started really well and got two good waves, but I just tried to block that out and focused on my own performance.

“My first good score I did a some turns out the back and then there was a nice section for an air on the inside and although I probably should have played it safe, I decided to risk it and it paid off and I’m really stoked I managed to land the air and get a 9.5. That helped me relax and I took the lead with my next ride and then I added that 9.65 for the win.

“This is another keeper result to help my seeding for the second half of the year and hopefully it will get me a wildcard for the Ballito Pro and then I can work towards the wildcard for J-Bay. Nice to know I’m making progress towards my goals, but there’s still lots of hard work ahead. I’d like to thank the Lord for the wonderful waves he gave us for the whole event, and for helping me. And also Graham, my surfboard shaper, it was cool to have him here giving me advice and being able to bounce ideas off him, and my girlfriend Zoe McDougall for her support and always being there for me.”

McGillivray defeated an inform David Van Zyl (Glenashley) in their semi-final clash and earlier ousted red hot Brazilian junior Eduardo Motta in the quarterfinals. Lightfoot had overcome another Brazilian in Luan Carvalho in the quarters and then event top seed Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga) in their semi duel.

The 560 points Van Zyl earned for his third place finish was sufficient for him to overtake Jordy Maree (Cape Town) at the top of the men’s regional rankings heading into stop No. 6 on the WSL Africa Qualifying Series, the Jordy Smith Cape Town Pro, later this month.

The QS1,000 women’s final was a tightly contested encounter that was only decided in the dying seconds when Reunion Island’s former star Cannelle Bulard posted a 7.0, the highest scoring ride of the 25 minute matchup against Nicole Pallet (La Lucia), the WSL Africa rankings leader.

“It was really hard out there and we couldn’t hear anything, so neither of us had a wave at the start,” explained the ever-smiling Bulard, who had been a standout in the powerful Lamberts Bay surf from the outset of the event on Friday.

“I had my first wave on the left and after that long paddle I was so tired I had no more arms. But then I got that good one at the end, a seven, in the last 20 seconds. I’m so stoked, I’ve won some points and some money, it’s so cool!”

Bulard, who was competing in her first event in five years, and Pallet each earned 9.0 point rides in their respective semi-final victories with the Reunion Islander defeating an rising star Natasha van Greunen (Muizenberg), who produced one of her best results. Pallet outpointed perennial rival and former WSL Africa women’s champion Faye Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis)

The Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) 1,000 event for men 18-and-under was a hometown victory of sorts as Eli Beukes, who grew up in Lamberts Bay, but now reside with his family in Kommetjie, beat all comers to clinch a title he had wanted to win for years by successfully landing a Hail-Mary aerial manoeuvre after the siren had sounded.

“I’ve always wanted to win this event because I grew up here in Lamberts Bay so to finally win it is amazing,” said Beukes after his first JQS event win. “I started off making a couple of mistakes because the wind was pretty strong and it was difficult to do turns. But once I got priority I was a bit more confident and then I went for it on that final air.

“I’m stoked to come away with the win and super stoked that I’ve jumped up the rankings because one of my goals for the year is to make it into the top four who go to the World Junior Championships in Australia.”

Like the men’s event, the junior draw resulted in four South Africans and four internationals in the last eight. Beukes defeated Dylan Groen (Germany) in the final after accounting Eduardo Motta (Brazil) in the semis. Groen needed an excellent 8.25 and a 7.50 in his semi-final to oust Brazilian Daniel Templar, who had delivered the highest score of Day 1’s action.

The 2018 Vans Surf pro Classic will be remembered for the huge surf that forced the organisers to move the action inside the shelter of the harbour wall on Friday, and for the outstanding surfing and exceptionally high scores when the event was moved back to YoYo’s on Saturday and Sunday.

Full results, along with news, images and video footage will be available at www.worldsurfleague.com.

The Vans Surf Pro Classic is proudly supported by Vans, Zigzag, Hydro Flask, WSL and SSA.

Vans Surf Pro Classic (Yo-Yo’s, Lamberts Bay, Western Cape)
Results

Men’s QS1,500 Final Results
1. Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) 19.15 R40,000 1,500 pts
2. Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) 15.70 R20,000 1,125 pts

Women’s QS1,000 Final Results
1. Cannelle Bulard (Reunion Island) 11.75 R8,000 1,000 pts
2. Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) 8.40 R4000 750 pts

Junior Men’s JQS1,000 Final Results
1. Eli Beukes (Kommetjie) 12.40 R8,000 1,000 pts
2. Dylan Groen (Germany) 9.80 R4,000 750 pts

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

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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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Vans Surf Pro Classic Ups the Ante at ‘Yo-Yo’s’ in Lamberts Bay

May 23rd, 2018 No comments

The high-performance waves at YoYo’s in Lamberts Bay along with substantial prize money and WSL rankings  points have attracted a huge field for the 2018 Vans Surf Pro Classic Image: WSL / Van Gysen

Men’s event upgraded to QS1,500 with R150,000 Prize-Purse

The Vans Surf Pro Classic returns to the iconic surf break of YoYo’s in Lamberts Bay for its third edition which has been boosted by upgrading the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) men’s event to a QS1,500 rating alongside the QS1,000 women’s and JQS1,000 junior men’s events.

Scheduled for Friday to Sunday, 1-3 June, the entry lists for all three events are full and the bustling West Coast fishing village will be bursting at the seams as competitors from as far afield as Hawaii, USA, Australia, South America, Europe, Mauritius and Japan arrive to test their skills at the break dubbed the ‘Trestles’ of Africa after the outstanding waves experienced in the past two years.

“Vans are really happy to be able to bring the 3rd annual Vans Surf Pro Classic back to Lamberts Bay this year,” says Vans Marketing Manager, Warren Talbot. “This is definitely one of our most favourite events of the year and Lamberts Bay offers a highly contestable wave for all our competitors.

“We have upped the ranking this year to a QS1,500 which should help our local riders get those much needed points on their QS campaigns, and we here at Vans would like to wish all the competitors the best of luck.”

The total prize-purse has almost tripled to R190,000 and the coveted points on offer on both the international and regional rankings determine their qualification for and seeding in major events worldwide. The junior men also earn points that count towards selection of the WSL Africa squad who will represent the region in the annual World Junior Championships in Australia in January 2019.

David van Zyl (Glenashley), the 2017 Vans Surf Pro Classic runner-up, heads the men’s seedings and will be determined to go one better this time. Van Zyl, winner of the first event on the 2018 WSL Africa QS in Port Elizabeth in March, faces tough opposition from the likes of 2016 Vans winner Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga), current regional rankings leader and 2016 Vans junior men’s champ Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay), Australian Jordan Lawler and a host of others.

The women’s field is also headed by last year’s runner-up, Hawaiian Zoe McDougall, who will be challenged by the vastly experienced all round French surf star Justine Dupont. The South African contingent includes international campaigner Tanika Hoffman (Cape Town), regional rankings leader Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) and rising stars Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) and Zoe Steyn (East London).

A new junior men’s champion will also be crowned this year as 2017 winner Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) is no longer in the 18-and-under category. Fellow Capetonian Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay), a semi-finalist at YoYo’s last year, heads an exciting crop of emerging talents such as Max Elkington (Kommetjie), Bryce du Preez (East London) and Luke Thompson (Durban)

The third edition of the event will again be hosted by the local West Coast Boardriders Club with the invaluable assistance of the volunteers from Christian Surfers South Africa.

Live scoring for the Vans Surf Pro Classic, along with results, images, video footage and news will be available at www.worldsurfleague.com.

The Vans Surf Pro Classic is proudly supported by Vans, Zigzag, Hydro Flask, WSL and 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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Masencamp and Slijpen Take Men’s Titles at Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force

May 20th, 2018 No comments

Adin Masencamp (Strand, red vest) and Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay, white vest)) won the Men’s and Junior Men’s titles at the Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force on Sunday Photo: WSL / Thurtell

Capetonians Adin Masencamp (Strand) and Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay) mastered the testing conditions to take the men’s and junior men’s titles respectively at the Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force at North Beach in Durban on Sunday.

The stiff onshore winds turned the contest area into a maelstrom of whitewater and the inclement weather kept the crowds away on the final day of the fourth event of 13 on the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) and the third of five on City Surf Series. But the surfing performances produced by the men and junior men (18-and-under) remained red hot with multiple rides in the excellent range (8.0 or more out of 10)

Masencamp and Slijpen were the form surfers on the final day with the former delivering the two highest heat totals, 15.75 and 15.25 (each out of 20), in Round 4 and the semi-finals, while Slijpen produced a near-perfect ride that was awarded 9.0 by the judges in his semi-final.

The men’s final was an anti-climax after the great surfing that went on earlier with current WSL Africa rankings leader Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay) and Masencamp only managing to produce short rides as they searched the length and breadth of North Beach.

With five minutes remaining and Maree holding the lead with a heat high 5.25, Masencamp found a wave that produced some workable sections and the 18 year-old from the Strand smashed an 8.0 point score. Along with his backup of 2.90, Masencamp’s 10.90 heat tally was enough for him to clinch his first QS event title in South Africa.

“It was a very tricky final and I didn’t have a great start,” Masencamp explained. “In the beginning Jordy had better waves, but then a bomb came through and I capitalised on it.
This win has been a long time coming. I’ve had three finals and this is third time lucky. I’m super stoked to take the win, it means a lot to me.”

Maree continued to chase more waves and added a 4.0 to his tally but he was unable to overtake Masencamp’s total and had to settle for second place, which ensured that he retained his lead in the regional rankings.

On his way to the final Masencamp eliminated local favourite and top seed David van Zyl (Glenashley) in a high scoring, man-on-man semi-final and also finished in first place in a stacked Round 4 heat that included van Zyl, Steven Sawyer (Jeffreys Bay) and Ethan Fletcher (Kommetjie).

Maree’s path to the final included ousting Durban local Chad du Toit in their semi clash after heading a Round 4 lineup that included du Toit and Jeffreys Bay residents Joshe Faulkner and Dylan Lightfoot.

Slijpen, who has honed his skills in the frigid waters and hollow waves of Llandudno on the Cape Peninsula, earned his maiden WSL Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) title in just his third appearance in a final. He posted a narrow victory over Bryce du Preez (East London), Aya Gericke (Wilderness) and Calvin Goor (Salt Rock).

The win saw him leapfrog into the lead on the WSL Africa JQS rankings where he has set his sights on finishing in the top four at year end to secure a spot in the squad that will represent the region in the WSL World Junior Championship in Australia in January.

Slijpen will also be hoping to carry his form into the next event on the WSL Africa schedule, the Vans Surf Pro Classic that runs from 1 to 3 June at YoYo’s in Lamberts Bay. He finished third in his semi-final last year at the wave that is touted as the ‘Trestles of Africa’ due to its high performance characteristics.

The women’s champions in the Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force were crowned on Saturday with Zoe McDougall (Hawaii) successfully defending her QS1,000 women’s title and Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) clinching her third consecutive JQS1,000 event win of the year.

Full 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.

Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force – Men’s Final
1. Adin Masencamp (Strand) 10.90 points
2. Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay) 9.25

Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force – Junior Men’s Final
1. Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay) 11.50 points
2. Bryce du Preez (East London) 9.75
3. Aya Gericke (Knysna) 7.05
4. Calvin Goor (Salt Rock) 6.50

Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force – Men’s Semi-Finals
SF1: Adin Masencamp (Strand) 15.25 def. David van Zyl (Glenashley) 12.50
SF2: Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay) 13.35 def. Chad du Toit (Durban) 12.65

WSL Africa Rankings (After Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force)

Men                                        Pts   Prize Money

1 Jordan Maree (Kalk Bay) 2705 R29 400
2 David Van Zyl (Glenashley) 2280 R44 500
3 Adin Masencamp (Strand) 2170 R32 000
4 Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) 1795 R12 500
5 Diran Zakarian (Melkbosstrand) 1430 R4 250

Junior Men
1 Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay) 1955 R10 500
2 Dillon Hendricks (Jeffreys Bay) 1580 R8 000
3 Bryce Du Preez (East London) 1575 R6 000
4 Luke Thompson (Durban) 1500 R8 000
5 Max Elkington (Kommetjie) 1470 R5 000

Women
1 Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) 2610 R14 250
2 Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) 2330 R12 000
3 Zoe Steyn (East London) 2290 R9 400
4 Teal Hogg (Shakas Rock) 1840 R5 400
5 Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay) 1535 R3 000

Junior Women
1 Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) 3000 R12 000
2 Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) 1540 R2 800
3 Zoe Steyn (East London) 1515 R2 600
4 Olivia Izzard (La Lucia) 1225 R1 500
5 Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) 1170 R2 600

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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McDougall and Woolf Win Women’s Titles at Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force

May 19th, 2018 No comments

Women’s winner Zoe McDougall (Hawaii, Red vest) and runner-up Josefina Ane (Argentina , Blue) celebrate on the podium at the Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force on Saturday Photo: WSL / Thurtell

Zoe McDougall (Hawaii) and Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) won the women’s and junior women’s titles respectively at the Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force in wind effected one metre waves at North Beach in Durban on Saturday.

The two winners justified their top seeding in the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 women’s and Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) 1,000 events, with McDougall successfully defending the title she in Durban won last year and also finishing runner-up to Woolf in the junior final.

The women’s final was an all international encounter with McDougall, who has won half-a-dozen events in South Africa over the past two years and spends considerable time staying in Jeffreys Bay with the McGillivray family, overcoming the challenge of Josefina Ane (Argentina), who has just returned from a month long training trip in Indonesia after winning the women’s title in the third event on the WSL Africa QS in Port Alfred in April

The pair were evenly matched in the 25 minute final but the Hawaiian found the better right breaking waves while Ane, a goofy-foot who surfs with her right foot in front, chose to ride the left breaking waves in the middle of the beach that provided less opportunity to score highly.

“I feel great and I’m super happy to win this two years in a row,” said McDougall. “Hopefully next year I can come back and win it for a third year.”

To reach the final McDougall eliminated South African surfing legend and former Women’s Masters World Champion Heather Clark (Port Shepstone) in a lopsided semi-final while Ane got the better of Teal Hogg (Shakas Rock) in their last four clash.

The junior final was a see saw event with Woolf paddling out late and having to play catch up as her opponents had already posted scores. But the exciting goofy-footed talent from Jeffreys Bay stayed patient and only surfed four waves, taking the lead with rides of 5.25 and 6.50 (both out of 10) for a heat total of 11.75 that her rivals could not match.

McDougall rode 12 waves with the best two netting her 10.75 while the fast improving Zoe Steyn (East London) featured in yet another final and finished just ahead of surprise finalist Ceara Knight (Cape Town), who was competing in her first WSL Africa event of the year.

“The international girls coming in is making it really exciting,” said Woolf on the podium. . “Everybody is pushing each other and surfing is on a whole new level. My goal is definitely to get into finals in both divisions next time, but I am just taking it one heat at a time and seeing where I go.”

Earlier in the day the QS1,000 men’s event saw the top seeds enter the fray in the Round of 32 and set up a classic finals day on Sunday with David van Zyl (Glenashley), Dylan Light foot (Jeffreys Bay), Jordy Maree (Hout Bay) and Shane Sykes (Salt Rock) all posting heat wins.

Organisers will meet at North Beach at 7.00 am local time on Sunday to make a call on when to get the contest underway. The men’s and junior men’s winners will be crowned at North Beach on Sunday afternoon

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.

Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force – Women’s Final
1. Zoe McDougall (Hawaii) 12.85 points
2. Josefina Ane (Argentina) 9.10

Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force – Junior Women’s Final
1. Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) 11.75 points
2. Zoe McDougall (Hawaii) 10.75
3. Zoe Steyn (East London) 9.20
4. Ceara Knight (Cape Town) 5.25

Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force – Women’s Semi-Finals
SF1: Zoe McDougall (Hawaii) 10.75 def. Heather Clark (Port Shepstone) 4.10
SF2: Josefina Ane (Argentina) 11.75 def. Teal Hogg (uMhlanga) 8.0

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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Tel: 021 534 5738
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Top Seeds Dominate Opening Rounds of Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force

May 18th, 2018 No comments

Zoe McDougall (Hawaii) delivered a stunning performance in the last heat of the opening day at the Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force Photo: WSL / Thurtell

The top ranked competitors justified their seeding in the Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force with all but two out of 24 advancing to the next round of their respective events on the opening day the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) events at North Beach in Durban.

Classic conditions and small but contestable one metre waves prompted the organisers to get stop No. 4 of 13 in the WSL Africa Qualifying Series (QS) underway at 7 am. A total of 24 heats were completed starting with QS 1,000 Men’s and Women’s events and followed by the Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) Men’s and Women’s heats for surfers 18-and-under which closed out the day’s action.

KwaZulu-Natal locals reveled in their home surf with veteran campaigners Brandon Jackson (Durban North) and Dan Redman (uMdloti) both blasting their way through two rounds to reach the last 32 in the men’s event.

Rising star Bryce Burness (Berea) bagged a pair of seven point rides to post a heat total of 14.75, the highest of the day in the men’s event while Capetonians Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay), Ford van Jaarsveldt and Max Elkington (both Kommetjie) all racked up heat wins.

Defending women’s event winner Zoe McDougall (Hawaii) and Josefina Ane (Argentina), winner of the second series stop in Port Alfred in March, got their campaigns underway with comfortable victories. But it was Nicole Pallet (La Lucia), the highest ranked South African in the women’s field who delivered the highest heat total of the round with 12.50 out of a possible 20.

Only two junior men’s heats were run which saw Mitch du Preez (East London) and Karl Steen (Durban) top their Round 1 heats and advance to the last 16 alongside their respective heat runners-up in Daniel Orpen (Knysna) and Daniel Emslie (East London).

McDougall produced a stunning display of competitive surfing in her junior women’s heat, the last to be run on the day, posting a near-perfect score of 9.25 to go with an earlier excellent 8.75 for an superb heat tally of 18.0. The Hawaiian, who spends a significant amount of time in Jeffreys Bay with her partner Matt McGillivray, also earned scores of 7.75 and 6.50, which did not even factor into her two counting rides.

WSL Africa junior women’s rankings leader Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) eased her way into the last eight with a comprehensive heat win and was joined by fellow heat winners Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay), the current No. 2, and Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga), the defending event winner.

Organisers will meet at North Beach at 7.00 am local time on Saturday to make a call on when to get the contest underway. The women’s and junior women’s event champions will be crowned on Saturday afternoon while the men’s and junior men’s winners will be determined on Sunday.

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).

 

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Shaun Tomson to Host Golden Jubilee Celebrations for Ballito Pro pres. by Billabong

May 17th, 2018 No comments

Shaun Tomson in action at the Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii in 1978 Photo: Larry Pierce

Former world surfing champion Shaun Tomson will host the Golden Jubilee celebrations for the historic 50th edition of the Ballito Pro presented by Billabong which will be run at Willard Beach in KwaDukuza from June 25 to 1 July.

Tomson has played a huge role in the history of the world’s longest running professional surfing event. His late father Ernie was instrumental in founding the Durban 500 back in 1969 and Tomson won the Gunston 500 for six consecutive years from 1973 to 1978, a record that is unlikely to be surpassed at this or any other major international surfing contest.

The former Durbanite, now an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, author and film-maker who resides in California, will spend more than a month in KwaDukuza conducting a Positive Wave Tour comprising motivational workshops with business, council and various high schools leading up to and continuing after the festival.

The tour will culminate with 67 minutes of work at a selected high school to celebrate the Centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July.

He will also host a screening of Bustin Down The Door at the Ballito Junction Regional Mall, the venue for the Ballito Pro Food and Wine Festival. Produced by Tomson in 2008, the film chronicles the often turbulent birth of professional surfing during the mid-1970’s that led to his crowning as the second pro world surfing champion in 1977

Tomson will be honoured at a glittering awards function on Wednesday 27 June at Coco Der Mer in Ballito alongside the other South African winners of the event. They include two-time and defending champion Jordy Smith (2010 & 2017), Ricky Basnett (2006) and Gavin Rudolph, winner of the inaugural edition in 1969.

This year’s edition of the Ballito Pro Surf Festival also celebrates the tenth anniversary since it relocated from Durban to KwaDukuza and the 21st year of the Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS which has played a pivotal role in grooming young South African surfers for future competitive success.

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

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
Hashtag: #LiveTheLegacy

The Ballito Pro pres. by Billabong is proudly supported by the KwaDukuza Municipality, Billabong, Capitec, Casio G-Shock, Ballito Junction Regional Mall, Coco Der Mer, 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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JORDY SMITH LEADS WORLD TEAM TO VICTORY AT HISTORIC WSL FOUNDERS’ CUP OF SURFING

May 7th, 2018 No comments

World Team celebrates win at WSL Founders’ Cup of Surfing (from L to R): Kanoa Igarashi (Japan), Paige Hareb (New Zealand), Jordy Smith (South Africa), Bianca Buitendag (South Africa), and Michel Bourez (Tahiti)  Credit: © WSL / Rowland

– WORLD TEAM STUNS GLOBAL SURFING POWERS
– BRAZIL TEAM FINISHES 2ND WITH BRILLIANT FINAL PERFORMANCES
– USA UNABLE TO SOLIDIFY WIN DESPITE TERRIFIC START
– AUSTRALIA AND EUROPE FALL SHORT IN QUALIFYING ROUNDS
– MORE AVAILABLE AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM AND WSLFOUNDERSCUP.COM

LEMOORE, Calif./USA (Sunday, May 6, 2018) – The World Team captained by South Africa’s Jordy Smith made history by winning the inaugural World Surf League (WSL) Founders’ Cup of Surfing presented by Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold in California on Sunday.

The first-ever official event at the WSL Surf Ranch, in front of a sellout crowd, was a showcase of incredible surfing and competition as the world’s best female and male surfers battled in teams for their home countries.

Highlighting how globally strong the sport of surfing is, it was the combined World Team who took an incredibly tight win ahead of Brazil in 2nd, USA in 3rd, Australia in 4th and Europe in 5th.

World Team was spearheaded by South African pair Jordy Smith (Team Captain) and Bianca Buitendag and superbly backed up by Michel Bourez (Tahiti), Paige Hareb (New Zealand) and Kanoa Igarashi (Japan).

Heading into the last heat of the Final, Brazil held the lead and the World Team needed a big performance from Smith on his last wave as he came up against USA Team Captain Kelly Slater and Filipe Toledo of the Brazil Team. Under pressure, Smith delivered a phenomenal final ride to earn the required score for the team’s victory at the Founders’ Cup of Surfing.

“It’s an incredible feeling to win as a team,” said Smith. “That was a wild few days and this just leaves room for bigger and better things to come. We’ve been talking about it as a team all weekend, and you can’t leave anything on the table when it comes to Finals Day. You just let it all hang out and enjoy it, and if you can pull that off you’ll walk away with a win. I think all week long we’ve been the underdogs and determination got us through it. Collectively, we just held our confidence up the whole time and supported each other all the way.”

The stunning World Team’s victory saw all five surfers perform amazing feats in the Final against the star-studded USA and Brazil teams. In the Qualifying rounds, the World Team actually finished in Equal 3rd place with Australia, which then forced a surf-off in order to advance. The sudden-death matchup against Australia saw Hareb clinch the win to qualify her team for the Final that eventually opened the door for their first-place result.

“The last two days have been so surreal and it’s still sinking in,” Hareb said. “The win came from nowhere I feel like and it’s the perfect ending to such a fun week. I am so proud to represent this team alongside Jordy (Smith), Bianca (Buitendag), Michel (Bourez), and Kanoa (Igarashi).”

The Brazil Team finished second, fractionally ahead of USA and Australia. Captain Gabriel Medina opened their final with an amazing 9.67 ride, the highest score in the Final. Toledo, Silvana Lima, Adriano de Souza, and Taina Hinckel pushed progression to new heights with miraculous tube-rides and imaginative aerial maneuvers.

“The team vibe was great and everyone was just pushing each other to do better,” Medina said. “I’m really happy with how we performed, even though it’s disappointing to come up short. We surfed really good as a team and it was a really fun event to show what we could do. It’s good to share this moment and have everyone talking to each other, especially with Taina [Hinckel] being so young. We’re so used to all the pressure, but it’s all new for her and we showed her a lot of support so hopefully, when she gets here in the future, she’ll be ready for this amazing atmosphere.”

Despite coming in second, the Brazil Team acquired the event’s highest single-wave scores and broke new ground at the WSL Surf Ranch. Toledo earned a Perfect 10 for his team, which also earned him the Jeep Best Ride Award for having the top-scoring wave of the contest. Toledo will drive out of Lemoore in the award’s prize, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

“It’s such an honor to be a part of surfing’s future and represent Brazil,” Toledo said. “Gabriel Medina, John Florence and I talked about how amazing it was to surf as teams. We were really tight together and the team had your back the whole way through supporting you. It was just an incredible experience and it’s something we will always remember.”

USA Team looked unstoppable after an incredible opening day had them in 1st place by over five points, but their performance in the Finals lacked the flair of the other teams. Team Captain Slater went extremely close to forcing a surf-off against the World Team on his final wave as he required a 9.27 ride to draw level with World Team. Slater surfed incredibly on the final ride but missed the score by only 0.2 points.

“I think it was a huge success,” Slater said. “Everybody had a good time, from those who didn’t know what was going on, to the die-hard surf fans. I think it translated well to everyone and there were a lot of smiles to be had. The other teams came together a little bit better in the end maybe, we were pretty cohesive, but they had the better plan to the Finals approach. When the situation lined up on my part it was a cool thing just knowing my wave would push us into a tie with Brazil or the World Team would win — which them doing so was terrific and really represents what we were doing here as a whole.”

John John Florence’s desperate attempts to defeat Medina in the Final fell short, but the two-time WSL Champion still claimed the event’s Quiksilver Best Air Award with his brilliant 9.80 in his second run on Saturday. Lakey Peterson’s consistent surfing helped earn the USA’s only Final heat win after Carissa Moore fell short to Lima with an 8.77. But, Moore’s overall event experience was one of the team’s best weapons and was a clear standout all weekend.

“You really just wanted to do well for your team and we would’ve loved to win, but it was such a fun experience competing together,” Moore said. “Kelly (Slater) was so close, I think all he needed to do was a turn and I’m glad he pushed it. That’s how this sport is going to get better. I’m just going to really remember being part of a team and the whole experience. To be a part of the first WSL Surf Ranch event and witness the fans here was incredible, and it’s something I’ll never forget.”

Australia Team earned the fourth-place finish after barely missing qualification in their sudden-death, surf-off against the World Team. Unfortunately the experienced team, consisting of Team Captain and six-time WSL Champion, Stephanie Gilmore, three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning, two-time WSL Champion Tyler Wright, and Matt Wilkinson, fell short under the pressure and was eliminated ahead of the Finals.

Earlier this morning, Europe Team’s Run 3 did not help them improve the needed scores to receive a Finals spot and saw them finish in fifth on the Jeep Leaderboard. Team Captain Johanne Defay scored two 7-point rides alongside Portugal’s Frederico Morais. Jeremy Flores and Leonardo Fioravanti had standout barrel rides but did not have the opportunity to continue into the Final. Frankie Harrer struggled to keep pace but is excited to return to the WSL Surf Ranch to continue to gain more experience.

Jeep Leaderboard:

1 – World Team
2 – Brazil Team
3 – USA Team
4 – Australia Team
5 – Europe Team

Final Results HERE: https://www.wslfounderscup.com/results

For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com and WSLFoundersCup.com.

ENDS

About WSL Surf Ranch
The WSL Surf Ranch facility, which was revealed online to the public in December 2015, boasts the best man-made wave in history – a 700-yard, high-performance, bi-directional wave featuring barrel sections and maneuver sections. Primarily existing as a testing facility, the Lemoore site has spent the past two years dialing in the technology under the guidance of 11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater (USA) and feedback from visiting WSL surfers. A private test event last September proved very successful, paving the way for the Founders’ Cup of Surfing presented by Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold to be the first time the public will be allowed onto the grounds.

For more information, please visit www.WSLFoundersCup.com  .
________________________________________
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

 

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Tel: 021 534 5738
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Jordy Smith Captains World Team in Founders Cup at WSL Surf Ranch

May 4th, 2018 No comments

Jordy Smith (Durban) will captain the World Team at the inaugural Founders Cup of Surfing in the man-made waves at the WSL Surf Ranch in California this weekend  Photo: © WSL / Morris

• World’s Best Surfers Compete in WSL’s First Co-Ed Continental Team Event on the Best Man-Made Wave in History
• WSL Surf Ranch, powered by Kelly Slater Technology, Opens its Doors to the Public for First Time

South Africa’s Jordy Smith (Durban) will captain the World Team in the World Surf League’s (WSL) groundbreaking inaugural Founders’ Cup of Surfing presented by Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold this weekend.

Taking place at the WSL Surf Ranch in Lemoore, 200 kms from the California coastline, the 5,000-strong capacity crowds are expected to watch USA, Brazil, Australia, Europe and World Teams compete on the best man-made wave in history over the two-day competition and festival, May 5-6.

In a series of WSL firsts – the first time the WSL Surf Ranch opens its doors to the public, the first live national broadcast in the USA, and the first co-ed, continental team-based competition format – the WSL Founders’ Cup of Surfing pres. by Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold will introduce an exciting new dimension to competition this weekend in Central California.

Smith, a two-time runner-up for the world title (210, 2016), leads a powerful squad comprising fellow South African Bianca Buitendag (Victoria Bay), Tahitian powerhouse Michel Bourez, third-year CT competitor and representing his Japanese heritage Kanoa Igarashi, and veteran New Zealand talent Paige Hareb.

“Being able to captain the World Team is a real honour,” said Smith whose repertoire of tube-riding, rail turns and above-the-lip manoeuvres is well suited to the picture-perfect waves at the Surf Ranch. “Our respective countries may not have the same numbers at the elite level as USA, Brazil and Australia, but we are able to draw from a huge talent pool. I’m frothing on the team aspect, it should be really exciting.”

The other five-person teams include Australia, USA, Brazil and Europe. The squad from ‘down-under’ is one of the strongest on paper with 11 World Titles between captain Stephanie Gilmore, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, and back-to-back WSL Champion Tyler Wright, along with Matt Wilkinson.

Brazil Team boasts two of the world’s most exciting surfers in captain Gabriel Medina, the 2014 WSL Champion, and Filipe Toledo, the winner and runner-up respectively of the Future Classic at the wavepool in September last year. Joining those two are 2015 WSL Champion Adriano de Souza, seasoned veteran Silvana Lima and one of the country’s best up-and-comers, Tiana Hinckel.

Europe Team has a combination of talent that spans across the continent, including one of the world’s best tuberiders, Jeremy Flores (FRA); 2017 CT rookies Frederico Morais (PRT) and Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA); a Californian charger representing her German heritage in Frankie Harrer (DEU); and is led by Johanne Defay (FRA), one of the most consistent and progressive women on the CT.

USA Team looks to keep the inaugural Founders’ Cup on home soil with the wave system visionary himself, 11x WSL Champion Kelly Slater. In his first event back after sustaining a foot injury last year, Slater leads a strong team including back-to-back WSL Champion John John Florence, 3 x WSL Champion Carissa Moore, and two Californians Lakey Peterson (Santa Barbara), and CT veteran Kolohe Andino (San Clemente).

All the action at the Founders’ Cup can be watched live via the internet from approximately 5pm (South African Time) on each day, streamed across new WSL partner, Turner Sports’ Bleacher Report Live, and on WSL platforms, WorldSurfLeague.com and the WSL app.

Globally, the WSL’s Facebook page will live stream the event, and the event will be broadcast on television in more than 100 countries.

ENDS

Partners
Thanks to presenting partner Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold, fans can enjoy great views of the competition from the Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Impact Zone at the North End of the pool. Share your stoke with the perfect selfie, free giveaways, and an ice cold Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold. Or, if you’re looking for a place to cool off in between waves, head over to the Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Breaker Bar at the South end of Perkins Lake near Partner Village to catch some shade, more free giveaways, games and more.

Take an adventure with Jeep® Ambassadors Jordy Smith and Malia Manuel in the new “Jeep Sessions: A Surfing Journey in 360°,” which will be featured in Jeep® brand’s Virtual Reality activation located in the Partner Village. Jeep Ambassadors Jordy Smith and Tyler Wright will be stopping by the activation for a meet & greet / signing session.

T-Mobile is setting up the Un-carrier Lounge in the heart of the WSL Surf Ranch, with great views of the competition, a phone charging bar, and custom giveaways. The carrier is also the presenting partner of the in-broadcast Barrel timer and “Dialed Moments” series, featuring Founders’ Cup athletes’ previous best rides on Kelly Slater’s wave.

Stop by the Quiksilver tent in Partner Village to check out the latest in boardshorts and gear, get a free hat, and enter for a chance to win a $500 gift card.

LifeProof will be bringing out their full suite of products including their FRĒ Cases, AQ9 Speakers, Battery Packs, Charging Cables, and New Backpacks.

WSL PURE, the WSL’s non-profit ocean conservation program, will promote its NGO partner Surfrider Foundation onsite in Lemoore with the Founders and through the event broadcast.

About WSL Surf Ranch
The WSL Surf Ranch facility, which was revealed online to the public in December 2015, boasts the best man-made wave in history – a 700-yard, high-performance, bi-directional wave featuring barrel sections and maneuver sections. Primarily existing as a testing facility, the Lemoore site has spent the past two years dialing in the technology under the guidance of 11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater (USA) and feedback from visiting WSL surfers. A private test event last September proved very successful, paving the way for the Founders’ Cup of Surfing presented by Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold to be the first time the public will be allowed onto the grounds.

For more information, please visit www.WSLFoundersCup.com .
________________________________________
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

 

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

Compiled & Distributed by:

Life’s a Beach Communications
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Email: lifesabeach@mweb.co.za

 

 

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).

Issued on behalf of:

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

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Life’s a Beach Communications
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KwaDukuza Municipality and Organizers of the Ballito Pro Festival
Contact: Collette Bundy
Mobile: 072 287 9839
Email: collettebundy0@gmail.com

For more information about the beach festival, music concerts and culinary contests please contact:

Olivia Jones Communications
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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

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