SA surfers post great results in ASP events on both sides of Atlantic Ocean
South African surfers posted great results in Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) events on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean on the weekend with Travis Logie placed third in the 6-Star rated Saquarema Pro in Brazil while Rosanne Hodge, Tarryn Chudleigh and Sarah Baum finished equal ninth in the 6-Star women’s Swatch Girls Pro in France.
Logie’s super-fast surfing was tailor-made for the one to two metre beach-break waves that pumped throughout the Brazilian event and the Durbanite was the only one of the nine South Africans in the event to reach the last 24.
”I couldn’t find the best waves but I got the win that’s the most important,” Logie said after defeating Gabriel Villaran (PER) in the Round of 16 on Saturday. “This place is awesome and the waves have been perfect for the competition since the first day.”
Logie went on to oust Brazilian Wiggolly Dantas in the quarterfinals on the final day before coming up short against fellow ASP World Title Race campaigner and eventual runner-up Marco Polo (BRA) in the semis. The event was won by Brazilian Willian Cardoso.
Logie pocketed US $5 000 and 1 688 points which elevated him to No. 34 on the combined ASP World Rankings which are headed by Taj Burrow (AUS) with SA’s Jordy Smith in the No. 2 spot.
Rudy Palmboom (Bluff) posted the next best result by a South African when he placed equal 25th after finishing third behind Logie and Jihad Khodr (BRA) in the Round of 48, collecting $1 500 and 578 points. Brandon Jackson (Durban North), Ricky Basnett (Bluff), Chad du Toit (Durban) and Brendon Gibbens (Kommetjie) all placed equal 49th with 300 points and $300 while Shaun Joubert (Mossel Bay) and Umhlanga’s Beyrick de Vries and Kyle Lane were Round 1 casualties.
ASP World Rankings
(After event Saquarema Surf Pro International)
1 Burrow,Taj AUS 24125
2 Smith,Jordy ZAF 22191
3 Slater,Kelly USA 21750
4 Andre,Jadson BRA 20977
5 Hobgood,C.J. USA 19484
South Africans (in the top 200)
34 Logie,Travis ZAF 8057
43 Bryson,Royden ZAF 6723
71 Palmboom,Rudy ZAF 4163
78 Jackson,Brandon ZAF 3701
115 Weare,David ZAF 2334
172 Joubert,Shaun ZAF 1289
182 Fahrenfort,Damien ZAF 1141
190 Basnett,Ricky ZAF 1005
Meanwhile on the other side of the Atlantic, a strong contingent of South African girls overcame tough onshore conditions, 1 to 1.5 metre waves and a host of the world’s best female surfers in the Swatch Girls Pro at Hossegor on the Bay of Biscay coast of France.
ASP Women’s World Title Race campaigner Rosanne Hodge (East London) and Tarryn Chudleigh (Kommetjie) advanced through two rounds of competition to reach the last 12 where they were joined by Sarah Baum (Athlone Park), 16, who started in the Round of 60.
“The whole 25 minutes was just paddling and duck diving under waves so you have to find the ones which connect up to the inside section through to the beach. It is a really hard contest with all the girls surfing so well at the moment so I am stoked to get through to the next round,” Baum, 16, said after grabbing second spot behind ASP Women’s Star ratings leader Sally Fitzbgibbons (AUS) and ahead of Bethany Hamilton (HAW) and Sage Ericsson (USA) to move into the last 12.
All three ended up third in their respective heats to place equal 9th overall in the event with earnings of US $900 and 1 800 points. Chudleigh is now the highest ranked SA girls on the ASP Women’s Star Rankings, holding the No. 13 spot just ahead of Bianca Buitendag (George) who placed 19th in France.
Nikita Robb (East London) joined Buitendag in 19th place overall while Chantelle Rautenbach (Melkbosstrand) finished equal 37th. The event was won by three-time and reigning ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) who beat Coco Ho (HAW) in the final.
ASP Women’s Star Ratings
(After Swatch Girls Pro)
1 Fitzgibbons,Sally AUS 7440
2 Wright,Tyler AUS 6240
3 Enever,Laura AUS 5760
4 Miley-Dyer,Jessi AUS 5640
5 Blanchard,Alana HAW 5280
13 Chudleigh,Tarryn ZAF 4728
14 Buitendag,Bianca ZAF 4680
17 Hodge,Rosanne ZAF 4440
17 Robb,Nikita ZAF 4440
24 Baum,Sarah ZAF 4080
41 Rautenbach,Chantelle ZAF 3153
78 Zoetmulder,Faye ZAF 700
Baum was also in outstanding form in the Swatch Girls Pro Junior (U/20) event held at the same venue, defeating both the eventual winner, Courtney Conlogue (USA), and runner-up, Coco Ho, in the earlier rounds. Baum just missed out on reaching the four-person final to finish equal 5th overall. Buitendag and Rautenbach finished equal 17th with Chudleigh equal 25th.
Pictured: Travis Logie (Durban) throws a rooster-tail of spray as he cuts back on his way to third place in the Saquarema Pro in Brazil on the weekend
Photo: Daniel Smorigo / ASP South America
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