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Steven Sawyer & Matthew Moir into Round 4 of Jeep World Longboard Surfing Champs in China

December 8th, 2016
Thomas King (Cape Town) hangs five during his Round 3 heat at the Jeep World Longboard Championships in Hainan, China today. Image: WSL / Hain

Thomas King (Cape Town) hangs five during his Round 3 heat at the Jeep World Longboard Championships in Hainan, China today. Image: WSL / Hain

– SA’s Grant Beck, Thomas King & Tarryn King Eliminated
– More at WorldSurfLeague.Com & the WSL App

Riyue Bay, Wanning/CHN (Thursday, December 8, 2016) – South Africans Steven Sawyer and Matthew Moir advanced to Round 4 of the 2016 Jeep World Longboard Championship presented by Wanning as Riyue Bay on the Island Of Hainan in China continued to serve up pumping one metre waves for the fourth straight day.

Sawyer, a rank-outsider in the event after finishing 25th last year, upset former two-time world title-holder Taylor Jensen (USA) in his opening heat on Tuesday and continued his giant-killing act by defeating fifth seed Jeferson Silva (BRA) today to move into the last 12 of the men’s event.

The silky smooth goofy-footer from Jeffreys Bay arrived at the venue a fortnight ago and made good use of his practice at the venue as he rode the nose and switch turned his way to victory in both heats.

“I’m having the time of my life,” Sawyer said. “I’ve been here for two weeks and have been scoring amazing waves the whole time. My focus is a more on single fin, soulful traditional longboarding, so to drop such high scores with this level of competition is a great feeling.”

Moir, a former two-time ISA world longboard champion with a best finish of 5th in the 2013 WSL world longboard champs, struggled to find good waves in Round 1. But bounced back with solid win over Kaniela Stewart (HAW) in Round 2 yesterday and went on to defeat good friend Adam Griffiths (GBR) today to join Sawyer in the last 12.

Thomas King traveled to China to support his wife Tarryn, who had qualified to represent WSL Africa in the women’s event. However, a late withdrawal from the men’s event saw the Capetonian awarded a wildcard and, like Sawyer, he caused a major upset in Round 1 by relegating Silva to Round 2.

Despite surfing well today, King was no match for top seed and reigning world champ Piccolo Clemente (PER) who posted a perfect 10 point ride and added a near-perfect 9.80 to oust the South Africa. King pocketed US $1 300 (approx. R17 500) for his equal 13th place finish.

Grant Beck of Port Elizabeth and Tarryn King were both eliminated in their respective men’s and women’s Round 2 encounters.

The 2016 Jeep World Longboard Championships hosted by Wanning Province with support from Corona waiting period runs from Dec 4-13 and will be broadcast live at www.worldsurfleague.com and on the WSL App from approximately 2am SA time daily.

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