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Top Seeds Dominate Opening Rounds of Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro pres. by Reef Wetsuits

April 13th, 2018 No comments

Defending men’s event winner Steven Sawyer (Jeffreys Bay) was one of the standout performers on the opening day of the Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro pres. by Reef Wetsuits  Photo: WSL / Thurtell

The top rated competitors in the Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro pres. by Reef Wetsuits justified their seeding by advancing to the next round on Day 1 of the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) event taking place at Nahoon Reef in East London.

Classic calm conditions and highly contestable 1 to 1.3 metre waves at dawn saw the organisers get stop No. 3 of 13 in the WSL Africa Tour underway with the QS1,000 Men’s event at 7.30 am. Freshening winds at midday did little to affect the surf as Round One of the QS1,000 Women was running, and a gentle drizzle saw the wind drop again for the opening round of the Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) Women’s heats that ended the day’s action

The top four seeds – Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga), David van Zyl (Glenashley) and the Jeffreys Bay pair of Matt McGillivray and Dylan Lightfoot all posted comfortable heat wins. Lightfoot was the standout of the quartet, hunting down four great waves and utilising his trademark high performance repertoire to earn the day’s highest heat total of 15.40 out of 20.

Local and national surfing legend Greg Emslie (East London) showed his knowledge of Nahoon Reef, the break that he honed his skills on, by delivering an excellent 8.0 ride and a heat tally of 13.75. But it was Diran Zakarian (Melkbosstrand) who earned the highest single ride score, an outstanding 8.50, as he cruised into Round Two alongside heat runner-up Chris Leppan.

History was made when Jean Patrice Furcy became the first Mauritian surfer to compete in a WSL event. Thanks to the tireless efforts of WSL Africa Operations Manager, Colin Fitch, Furcy will be spending three months in South African competing in the local events. He was presented with two brand new surfboards by Hurricane Surf when he arrived at the event site this morning.

There were upsets in the women’s event when Kayla Nogueira (uMhlang) and Danielle Powis (Muizenberg) were eliminated in the first round, but Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) and Olivia izzard (La Lucia) restored order by progressing to meet the top eight seeds in Round 2.

Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay), winner of both the women’s and junior women’s event in Port Elizabeth over Easter, and Summer Sutton (Kommetjie) took the honours in the opening heats of the junior women’s heats on Day 1.

Saturday’s schedule will see both the women’s and junior women’s events concluded with the winners crowned at the event site at the end of the day’s proceedings.

Competitors, organisers and spectators will observe a minute’s silence before the start of Saturday’s action in keeping with the 10 days of mourning for the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, declared by State President Cyril Ramaphosa.. The South African national flag at the event will be flown at half-mast

Organisers will meet at East Beach at 7.00 am local time on Saturday to make a call on when to get the contest underway, with an 8 am start anticipated.

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).

 

Issued on behalf of:

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

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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 No comments

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
Results

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

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).

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

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

Top 10 Finish for Adin Masencamp at Jeep World Junior Surfing Championship in Australia

January 10th, 2018 No comments

Adin Masencamp (Strand) posted the best result by a South African when he finished 9th in the Jeep World Junior Championship in Australia on Wednesday Photo: WSL / Dunbar

Finn McGill (HAW) and Vahine Fierro (PYF) Crowned 2017 WSL World Junior Champions

Adin Masencamp (Strand) delivered the best result of the seven South Africans in the world’s premier event for surfers aged 18-and-under when he finished ninth at the Jeep World Junior Championship which ended in wind affected one metre waves at Bombo Beach in Kiama, NSW, Australia on Wednesday.

After opening his account with a third place finish in his opening heat, Masencamp went on to blitz Kehu Butler (NZL) in Round 2 before causing one of the biggest upsets of the event by eliminating Brazilian standout Mateus Herdy in Round 3.

Up against Indonesian Rio Waida and Yuji Nishi (JPN) in Round 4 on the final day of competition, the South African narrowly missed out in the tricky conditions that made wave selection a lottery as the top two in the heat progressed to the quarter-finals.

The men’s title was won by Finn McGill (HAW) who dominated the final against Japanese prodigy Joh Azuchi (JPN), putting together an electric performance to post two excellent wave scores, an 8.00 and an 8.90 to bring his accumulative total to 16.90. The Hawaiian linked together a chain of giant backside turns in the final heat, which saw Azuchi requiring a combination of two-scores to overtake McGill’s lead.

“I can barely talk right now, it hasn’t really sunk in just yet,” McGill said. “After coming off an injury I wasn’t expecting too much of a result at this event. I was never feeling in much of a rhythm and seemed to just be sneaking through heats. It all changed in my quarter-final and all of a sudden I began to build and feel the flow. Then once I was in the final I knew I had just one more heat to surf, so I just had to wait for the good ones and surf them well.”

The women’s event was won by Vahine Fierro (PYF) who was awarded a wildcard into the WJC after missing out on qualifying. The young Tahitian built on her performances through each round and saved her best performance until the final where she met good friend Summer Macedo (HAW).

Fierro took a commanding lead early with a 12.83 heat total awarded for a silky smooth approach in the trying conditions. Macedo failed to find a rhythm leaving Fierro to become the first ever WSL World Champion to come from Tahiti.

“This is such an amazing way to end my junior career and kick off my 2018 season,” Fierro said. “This is the first time I have been to the World Junior Championship and to win is so special, especially when I was so close to missing out on the event. Today was crazy with a lot of heats to surf but after a few lay days we were all so excited to surf which made it easier. That was my third Final with Summer which is so cool as we are great friends. I’m really speechless at the moment, I just can’t believe it.”

The results of the WSL Africa squad that participated in the Jeep World Junior Championship were:

Men
=9. Adin Masencamp (Strand)
=13. Jake Elkington (Kommetjie)
=13. Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay)
=25. Max Elkington (Kommetjie)
=25. Ford van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie)

Women
=13. Sophie Bell (Salt Rock)
=13. Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga)

The 2017 WSL Jeep World Junior Championship was held from January 4 – 10, 2018. For more information, highlights and images, head to www.worldsurfleague.com or check out the WSL App.

Jeep World Junior Championship Men’s Final Results:
1: Finn McGill (HAW) 16.90
2: Joh Azucho (JPN) 11.00

Jeep World Junior Championship Women’s Final Result
1: Vahine Fierro (PYF) 13.83
2: Summer Macedo (HAW) 6.36

Jeep World Junior Championship Men’s Semifinal Results:
H1: Joh Azucho (JPN) 11.50 def. Yuji Nishi (JPN) 5.00 (interference)
H2: Finn McGill (HAW) 11.17 def. Joao Chianca (BRA) 11.00

Jeep World Junior Championship Women’s Semifinal Results:
H1: Vahine Fierro (PYF) 11.67 def Taina Hinckel (BRA) 9.00
H2: Summer Macedo (HAW) 9.17 def Minori Kawai (JPN) 7.53

ENDS

About the World Surf League
The World Surf League (WSL), formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), 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 truly 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, 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, Grant Baker, Phil Rajzman, Tory Gilkerson, 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.

 

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

 

 

Jake Elkington Wins Opening Encounter at Jeep World Junior Surfing Championship in Australia

January 4th, 2018 No comments

Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) won his opening heat and advanced directly to Round 3 in the Jeep World Junior Championship in Australia on Thursday Photo: WSL / Dunbar

South Africa’s Jake Elkington started his challenge for honours at the World Surf League (WSL) Jeep World Junior Championship (WJC) by winning his opening heat and progressing directly to Round 3 of the sport’s most prestigious event for surfers aged 18-and-under.

Competing in clean one metre waves at Bombo Beach at Kiama, NSW, Australia, the 2017 WSL Africa Junior champion from Kommetjie stayed busy throughout the 25 minute encounter. Posting his counting scores of 6.43 and 5.67 (each out of 10) on his last two rides, Elkington overtook his opponents Rio Waida (IND) and Ocean Macedo (HAW) who were relegated to cutthroat Round 2 elimination heats.

Of the five men and two women in the WSL Africa regional squad who received coveted invitations to compete in the annual yearend event, only Elkington advanced directly to Round 3.

Adin Masencamp (Strand), who finished 17th in the 2016 WJC last January, placed third behind Hawaiian standout Barron Mamiya and Jhonny Guerrero Yauri (PER) in his opening clash. The former WSL Africa junior champ and will be up against Te Kehukehu Butler (NZL) when competition resumes with the winner moving through to join the Round 1 winners in Round 3 and the loser eliminated from the event.

Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) and Max Elkington, Jake’s younger sibling, were unfortunate to be drawn together in Heat 9. Joh Azuchi (JAP) posted a 6.50 on his first ride and that proved to be the only score over four points in the heat and he went on dispatch the South African pair to Round 2, where the seeding will see them meet again in Heat 8 of Round 2, with only the winner remaining in contention.

Ford van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie) was awarded a wildcard to compete in the WJC and came close to winning his opening match-up after earning a 6.67, the highest single score of his first heat. But he was overtaken by Che Allen (BRB) who needed a 5.34 for the heat win and was rewarded with a 5.97 on his final ride. Van Jaarsveldt will face Ryland Rubens (USA) in Round 2.

WSL Africa women’s junior champ Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) and runner-up Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga) each finished third in their respective heats. The highly experienced Bell will take on Alyssa Spencer (USA) in Round 2 while debutant Nogueira needs to overcome the threat posed by local Zahli Kelly (AUS).

The 2017 Jeep World Junior Championship will run from January 4-12 at Bombo Beach in Kiama on the Beautiful South Coast of NSW. It will feature the top 36 Men and 18 Women Junior Surfers from around the globe. All the action can followed live on www.worldsurfleague.com or the WSL App starting from 10 pm (SA time) daily.

2017 WSL Jeep World Junior Championships Men’s Round One Results:
Heat 1: Samuel Pupo (BRA) 12.00, def Ryland Rubens (USA) 10.96, Marco Mignot (FRA) 4.43
Heat 2: Mateus Herdy (BRA) 15.16, def Mikey McDonagh (AUS) 8.80, Keanu Kamiyama (JPN) 8.43
Heat 3: Jake Elkington (ZAF) 12.10, def Rio Waida (IDN) 11.40, Ocean Macedo (HAW) 9.33
Heat 4: Barron Mamiya (HAW) 13.60, def Adin Masencamp (ZAF) 7.20, Jhonny Guerrero Yauri (PER) 7.60
Heat 5: Erwan Blouin (FRA) 13.34, def Finn McGill (HAW) 11.60, Te Kehukehu Butler (NZL) 11.56
Heat 6: Cody Young (HAW) 14.97, def Lucas Wrice (AUS) 11.83, Kauli Vaast (FRA) 8.96
Heat 7: Momoto Tsuzuki (JPN) 12.10, def Reef Heazlewood (AUS) 12.04, Theo Julitte (FRA) 11.06
Heat 8: Liam O’Brien (AUS) 13.10, def Tyler Gunter (USA) 10.07, Yuri Ogasawara (JPN) 5.86
Heat 9: Joh Azuchi (JPN) 11.17 def, Joshe Faulkner (ZAF) 9.33, Max Elkington (ZAF) 8.40
Heat 10: Sandon Whittaker (AUS) 12.50, def John Mel (USA), 11.50, Eli Hanneman (HAW) 7.44
Heat 11: Leo Paul Etienne (FRA) 12.27, def Yuji Nishi (JPN) 8.44, Cole Houshmand (USA) 12.00
Heat 12: Che Allan (BRB) 11.80, def Joao Chianca (BRA) 9.27, Ford Van Jaarsveldt (ZAF) 11.17

2017 WSL Jeep World Junior Championships Women’s Round One Results:
Heat 1: Teresa Bonvalot, (PRT) 11.20, def Alyssa Lock (AUS) 11.10, Sophie Bell (ZAF) 4.27
Heat 2: Vahine Fierro (PYF) 10.70, def Kirra Pinkerton (USA) 6.23 (Intf) Kayla Nogueira (ZAF) 4.60
Heat 3: Macy Callaghan(AUS) 17.50, def Shino Matsuda (JPN) 9.64, Ellie Turner (GBR) 7.20
Heat 4: Zoe McDougall (HAW) 10.17, def Alyssa Spencer (USA) 8.96, Sol Aguirre (PER) 7.50
Heat 5: Minori Kawai (JPN) 12.10, def Zahli Kelly (AUS) 11.80, Sara Wakita (JPN) 10.73
Heat 6: Sophia Fulton (AUS) 15.54, def Summer Macedo (HAW) 13.40, Taina Hinckel (BRA) 9.93

ENDS

About the World Surf League
The World Surf League (WSL), formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), 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 truly 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, 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, Grant Baker, Phil Rajzman, Tory Gilkerson, 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.

 

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

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WSL Africa Champions Elkington and Bell Head Squad for World Junior Championship in January

December 14th, 2017 No comments

Pictured: Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) on his way to clinching the 2017 WSL Africa Junior Men’s title and an invitation to represent the region at the World Junior Championship in Australia in January Photo: WSL / Thurtell

Newly crowned World Surf League (WSL) Africa junior champions Jake Elkington and Sophie Bell will be the top seeds in the regional squad invited to compete in the prestigious World Junior Championship (WJC) in Australia in January 2018.

The 2017 WSL Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) season was the busiest in the African region’s history and saw a record number of junior surfers competed in an unprecedented nine men’s and eight women’s contests which were staged at many of South Africa’s most iconic surf breaks.

The WSL JQS is the first stepping-stone in the development of the next crop of elite professional competitors, giving surfers 18-and-under a platform to hone their skills, sample international competition and become comfortable travelling to surf events while making friends from all corners of the globe.

The top four ranked men and top two ranked women from each of the seven WSL regions earn coveted invitations to compete in the annual World Junior Championship event which will be held in Kiama, Southern NSW. Previous champions include the likes of the late Andy Irons, Joel Parkinson, Gabriel Medina and South Africa’s Jordy Smith along with Sally Fitzgibbons and Jesse Miley-Dyer.

Elkington dominated the men’s JQS, clinching three event titles in the five finals he contested and leading the rankings from start to finish. After finishing equal 25th at the 2016 WJC, the powerful natural-footer from Kommetjie is honoured to have qualified again and is looking forward to measuring his skills against his peers.

“This is my final year as a junior surfer and it’s been the best year of my career so far. I’d never won a WSL Pro Junior event and this year I won three, which has been a huge confidence booster,” Elkington explained. “The highlight was winning the Vans Surf Pro Classic against a stacked field including top internationals. That has given me the belief to take on the Qualifying Series (QS) in 2018.

“I’m very stoked to be representing WSL Africa in Australia, it’s a privilege to represent such a strong surfing region with its great surfing heritage. The WJC is the most prestigious junior surfing event and the top 36 junior surfers from around the world will be competing. Many who have competed in this event have gone on to qualify for the Championship Tour and I see this as a checkpoint in my surfing career and a great opportunity to prove myself.”

Elkington will be joined in the WSL Africa men’s squad by experienced international campaigner Adin Masencamp (Strand), who finished equal 17th at the 2016 WJC and will be going all out to improve on that result in his final year in the junior rankings.

Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay), winner of the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro, and Max Elkington (Kommetjie), Jake’s younger brother, will be making their debut appearances at the WJC, as will Ford van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie) who won the final event of the year, the Billabong Junior Series at Seal Point, and has been granted a wildcard for Kiama.

Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) and Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga) fought a see-saw battle for supremacy in the 2017 WSL Africa junior women’s rankings, with Bell winning three and Nogueira two of the first five events of the season. Bell narrowly outscored the 14-year-old rising star in the remaining events and will be keen to improve on her equal 13th place finish in the 2016 WJC.

“Getting second place in the first event in Port Elizabeth made me train harder for the next event which I ended up winning,” said Bell, who won both the junior and QS1000 women’s titles at the next stop in East London.

“After that I just needed to be consistent to qualify for the WSL junior championship in January, which is such an honour as there are so many talented surfers in this country. I’ve worked hard for my spot to compete with the world’s best and to see how the top international surfers are progressing.”

The 2017 WSL World Junior Championship will be held from January 4-12 at Bombo Beach in Kiama on the Beautiful South Coast of NSW. It will feature the top 36 Men and 18 Women Junior Surfers from around the globe. For more information visit www.worldsurfleague.com or check the WSL App.

ENDS

About the World Surf League
The World Surf League (WSL), formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), 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 truly 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, 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, Grant Baker, Phil Rajzman, Tory Gilkerson, 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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Contact: Colin Fitch – Operations Manager
Tel: 021 534 5738
Email: cfitch@worldsurfleague.com

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Champions in Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel Crowned at Seal Point

October 1st, 2017 No comments
Ford van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie) on his way to clinching the U18 boys title at the Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel at Seal Point on Sunday Photo: Billabong / Thurtell

Ford van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie) on his way to clinching the U18 boys title at the Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel at Seal Point on Sunday Photo: Billabong / Thurtell

The 20th annual champions in the Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel were crowned at Seal Point in Cape St Francis on Sunday after the fourth and final event in 2017 series was completed in highly contestable 1 – 1.5 metre waves and glassy conditions.

Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) and Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) clinched the premier U18 boys’ and girls’ Billabong Junior Series titles which earned them each a coveted trip to the tropical surfing paradise of Bali thanks to All Aboard Travel. The same pair also topped the World Surf League (WSL) Africa Junior regional rankings lists and are the 2017 WSL Africa Junior champions.

The U16 boys’ and girls’ series titles were won by Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) and Tayla de Coning (East London) respectively despite neither of them winning any of the four events. Ceara Knight (Cape Town) and Daniel Emslie (East London) each secured two event victories on their way to the U14 girls’ and boys’ series titles while Kyra Bennie (Vredehoek), the U12 boys’ series champion, won three of the four events in 2017

The seven finals run at Seal Point on Sunday produced phenomenal surfing with Ford van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie) capturing his first WSL Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) men’s event victory after defeating Calvin Goor (Salt Rock). The lanky 18-year-old Capetonian posted a near perfect score of 9.0 out of ten plus three rides in the seven point range, the best of which was a 7.87, and his heat total of 16.87 left Goor still needing a 9.76 when time ran out.

Former Jeffreys Bay local Kai Woolf, now competing under the New Zealand flag, won both the JQS (U18) women’s event and the U16 girls’ division, delivering heat totals in the mid-teens in both finals. Woolf finished ahead of Taghiti Gericke (Wilderness) in the one-on-one JQS final while Olivia Izzard (La Lucia), Summer Sutton (Kommetjie) and Tayla de Coning (East London) challenged her throughout the U16 final.

Visiting French teenager George Pittar won the U16 boys’ title, relegating last year’s U14 boys’ winner Tide Lee Ireland (Durban) to the runner-up spot while Luke Thompson (Durban) and Zoe Steyn (East London) dominated today’s U14 boys and girls finals respectively.

Brazilian Ryan Kanailo was outstanding in the U12 boys’ final, earning a near perfect heat total of 18.70 out of 20 that left all three of his opponents needing to replace both their highest scoring rides in order to overtake him.

The highly anticipated VonZipper Air Show was staged after the finals and provided Calvin Goor (Salt Rock) with the chance to shine as he clinched the R2,000 winner-takes-all prize purse for landing the best aerial manoeuvre.

Full results for all divisions can be found at http://www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and the heat scores, images and more JQS U18 men’s and women’s events can be found at www.worldsurfleague.com

The Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel is supported by BOS, VonZipper, Zigzag, Surfing South Africa and the World Surf League.

Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel
2017 Final Series Rankings

U18 Boys
1st Jake Elkington (Kommetjie)
2nd Ford van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie)
3rd Max Elkington (Kommetjie)

U18 Girls
1st Sophie Bell (Salt Rock)
2nd Summer Sutton (Kommetjie)
3rd Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga)

U16 Boys
1st Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay)
2nd Saxton Randall (Durban)
3rd York van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie)

U16 Girls
1st Tayla de Coning (East London)
2nd Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga)
3rd Summer Sutton (Kommetjie)

U14 Boys
1st Daniel Emslie (East London)
2nd Mitch du Preez (East London)
3rd Luke Thompson (Durban)

U14 Girls
1st Ceara Knight (Cape Town)
2nd Zoe Steyn (East London)
3rd Caroline Brown (Cape Town)

U12 Boys
1st Kyra Bennie (Vredehoek)
2nd C-Jay Posthumus (Port Elizabeth)
3rd Kai Hall (Durban)

Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel
Event #4 of 4 – Seal Point – Final Results

U/18 Boys
1 Ford Van Jaarsveld (Kommetjie) R8 000
2 Calvin Goor (Salt Rock) R4 000
=3 Luke Malherbe (East London) R2 500
=3 Mitch du Preez (East London) R2 500

U/18 Girls
1 Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) R4 000
2 Taghiti Gericke (Wilderness) R2 000
=3 Summer Sutton (Kommetjie) R1 000
=3 Tayla de Coning (East London) R1 000

U/16 Boys
1 George Pittar (France) R2 000
2 Tide Lee Ireland (Durban) R900
3 Ryan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) R600
4 Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) R500

U/16 Girls
1 Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) R2 000
2 Olivia Izzard (La Lucia) R900
3 Summer Sutton (Kommetjie) R600
4 Tayla de Coning (East London) R500

U/14 Boys
1 Luke Thompson (Durban) R2 000
2 Mitch du Preez (East London) R900
3 Daniel Emslie (East London) R600
4 Nate Spalding (Durban) R500

U/14 Girls
1 Zoe Steyn (East London) R2 000
2 Lhea Johnston (East London) R900
3 Caroline Brown (Cape Town) R600
4 Jesse Powell (Scottburgh) R500

U/12 Boys
1 Ryan Kainalo (Brazil) R1 000
2 Kai Hall (Durban) R450
3 Kyra Bennie (Vredehoek) R300
4 Nathan Plomaritis (Port Elizabeth) R250

VonZipper Airshow – R2 000
Calvin Goor (Salt Rock)

More information and images are available at

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Billabong South Africa: www.facebook.com/Billabong
Billabong Women’s South Africa: www.facebook.com/BillabongWomens

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ENDS

About the World Surf League
The World Surf League (WSL), formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), 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 truly 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, running global events across the Samsung Galaxy 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.

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 Mick Fanning, John John Florence, Stephanie Gilmore, Greg Long, Gabriel Medina, Carissa Moore, Makua Rothman, Kelly Slater, Adriano de Souza and more battle on the most unpredictable and dynamic field of play of any sport in the world.

Surfing South Africa
Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognised by the Dept. of Sport and Recreation as the national controlling body for the sport and is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).

For more details contact

Chad D’Arcy:
e.chad.darcy@billabong.co.za
t. 079 519 5990
or

For media queries contact
Craig Jarvis
e. info@craigjarvis.co.za
t. 082 376 4443
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Finalists Decided on Day 2 of Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel

September 30th, 2017 No comments
Calvin Goor (Salt Rock), pictured, will take on Ford van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie) in the U18 boys’ final of the Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel at Seal Point in Cape St Francis on Sunday. Photo: WSL / Thurtell

Calvin Goor (Salt Rock), pictured, will take on Ford van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie) in the U18 boys’ final of the Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel at Seal Point in Cape St Francis on Sunday. Photo: WSL / Thurtell

Organisers took advantage of the solid 1 – 1.5 metre waves and pristine conditions on offer on Day 2 of the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel to complete the semi-finals in each of the seven divisions, leaving just the finals still to be run before the event and 2017 series champions are crowned on Sunday.

The country’s best junior surfers revelled in the long glassy waves at Seal Point in Cape St Francis, posting numerous scores in the excellent range (8 or more out of 10) as they chased prestige, prize-money, points and series titles in the fourth and final event in the world’s longest running junior surfing series.

The World Surf League (WSL) Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) 1,000 rated event for U18 boys saw current runaway rankings leader Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) eliminated in Round 2 by Luke Malherbe (East London ) and Calvin Goor (Salt Rock), who advanced to the man-on-man semi-finals. Goor’s near perfect 9.0 plus a 5.0 gave him victory over Malherbe and the Dolphin Coast surfer advanced to his second final of 2017.

In the bottom half of the draw Ford van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie) was outstanding in Round 2, delivering scores of 9.0 and 8.17 for a heat tally of 17.17, the highest in the division to date. He was joined in the semi by 14 year-old Mitch du Preez (East London) who had to be happy with a third place finish as van Jaarsveldt delivered another master-class and will take on Goor for the title in Sunday’s final.

The JQS women’s event followed suit with former Jeffreys Bay star Kai Woolf, now surfing under the New Zealand flag, showing superior manoeuvres and heat strategy to earn scores of 9.0 and 7.67 to ease into the final at the expense of Tayla de Coning (East London)

Woolf will be up against Taghiti Gericke (Wilderness) who outpointed rising star Summer Sutton (Kommetjie) in their semi-final encounter on her way to a career first one-on-one JQS final.

In the 3A rated SA Surf Tour (SAST) events, Woolf, de Coning and Sutton, along with Olivia Izzard (La Lucia), will also contest the four person U16 girls’ final, while Angelo Faulkner and fellow Jeffreys Bay resident Ryan Lightfoot, Tide Lee Ireland (Durban) and French surfer George Pittar will battle for honours in the U16 boys’ final.

The final four in the highly competitive U14 boys’ division include Durbanites Luke Thompson and Nate Spalding who will take on Daniel Emslie and Mitch du Preez, two of the promising crop of young talents currently emerging from East London.

The U16 girls’ final will feature Caroline Brown, Zoe Steyn, Lhea Johnston and Jesse Powell while the U12 boys will be a hard fought affair as previously unbeaten Kyra Bennie (Vredehoek) seeks revenge over young Brazilian Ryan Kainalo, who defeated him in their semi-final. The pair can expect stiff opposition from Kai Hall (Durban) and Nathan Plomaritis (Port Elizabeth).

With the swell predicted to drop during the day and onshore winds forecast to increase, organisers will be keen to complete the finals as early as possible. There is also an exciting VonZipper Airshow that rewards the surfer landing the best aerial manoeuvre with a winner-takes-all R2,000 prize purse.

And the U18 boys’ and girls’ Billabong Junior Series champions have the added incentive of winning a coveted trip to the tropical surfing paradise of Bali thanks to All Aboard Travel,

All the event, series and WSL Africa titlists will be crowned at the awards ceremony on the beach after the finals.

See results, images and news on the JQS1,000 events at www.worldsurfleague.com and results for all divisions at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

The Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel is supported by BOS, VonZipper, Zigzag, Surfing South Africa and the World Surf League.

ENDS

About the World Surf League
The World Surf League (WSL), formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), 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 truly 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, 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, Grant Baker, Phil Rajzman, Tory Gilkerson, 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.

Surfing South Africa
Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognised by the Dept. of Sport and Recreation as the national controlling body for the sport and is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).

For more details contact

Chad D’Arcy:
e.chad.darcy@billabong.co.za
t. 079 519 5990
or

Jason Mendonca
Email: jason.mendonca@billabong.co.za
Phone: 079 698 7456

For media queries contact
Craig Jarvis
e. info@craigjarvis.co.za
t. 082 376 4443
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Seal Point Delivers for Opening Rounds of Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel

September 29th, 2017 No comments
Mitch du Preez (East London) in action on the opening day of the 2017 Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel Photo: WSL / Thurtell

Mitch du Preez (East London) in action on the opening day of the 2017 Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel Photo: WSL / Thurtell

The opening rounds of the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel were completed in inconsistent but clean one metre waves fanned by strengthening offshore winds at Seal Point in Cape St Francis on Friday.

The fourth and final event in the 20th annual edition of the world’s longest running surf series for surfers 18-and-under will crown event and series champions in seven divisions, as well as the men’s and women’s WSL Africa junior champions and also determine who will represent the region at the WSL World Junior Championships in Australia In January.

Current Billabong Junior Series and WSL Africa junior rankings leader Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) had to play catch-up in the first heat of the U18 boys heat when Bryce du Preez (East London) opened his account with a 6.50 and then added a 4.60. But Elkington showed the form that has earned him three event victories already this year to secure second place and advanced to Round 2 alongside du Preez.

There was a major upset in Heat 3 of the U18 boys when Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) was eliminated by Saxton Randall (Durban) and 14 year-old Mitch du Preez (East London). Faulkner had his sights set on victory at Seal Point, which would have seen him clinch a place in the WSL Africa squad for the World Junior Champs, but the J-Bay resident could only muster 10.17 points and was ousted when he placed third in the heat.

The U18 girls’ heats also produced an upset when Daniella Finlayson (Jeffreys Bay) grabbed victory ahead of second seed Taghiti Gericke (Wilderness). But order was restored when top seed Tayla de Coning (East London), Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) and Summer Sutton (Kommetjie) comfortably won their heats and advanced to Round 2.

As the offshore wind strengthened, the U16 division delivered excellent competitive performances with the likes of Faulkner, Ryan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay), Aya Gericke (Wilderness) and newcomer George Pittar claiming heat wins in boys, while Woolf, Sutton and Gabi Lailvaux (Westbrook) stamped their authority in the girls heats.

The highly competitive U14 boy’s category lived up to its billing with East Londoners Mitch du Preez and Daniel Emslie joined by Durbanites Luke Thompson and James Ribbink as heat winners after hard fought battles.

Meanwhile the U12 boys, the youngest division in the series, continue to prove that the future of South African surfing is in good shape with series champion elect Kyra Bennie (Vredehoek) and fourth seed Kai Hall (Durban) emerging triumphant from their opening encounters along with newcomers Ryan Kainalo and Joel Dace.

The U14 girls were the only category not to compete on Friday and they will be first up when the event gets underway on Saturday in what is expected by slightly bigger surf and light winds for the semi-finals of all divisions.

The Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel runs until Sunday when all the event and series champions will crowned at the awards ceremony on the beach. The U18 boys’ and girls’ series champions have the added incentive of winning a coveted trip to the tropical surfing paradise of Bali thanks to All Aboard Travel, while the exciting VonZipper Airshow rewards the surfer landing the best aerial manoeuvre with a winner-takes-all R2,000 prize purse.

The Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel is supported by BOS, VonZipper, Zigzag, Surfing South Africa and the World Surf League.

Billabong Web:
Facebook:
Billabong South Africa: www.facebook.com/Billabong
Billabong Women’s South Africa: www.facebook.com/BillabongWomens

Hashtag: #BillabongJNR

ENDS

About the World Surf League
The World Surf League (WSL), formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), 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 truly 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, 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, Grant Baker, Phil Rajzman, Tory Gilkerson, 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.

Surfing South Africa
Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognised by the Dept. of Sport and Recreation as the national controlling body for the sport and is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).

For more details contact

Chad D’Arcy:
e.chad.darcy@billabong.co.za
t. 079 519 5990
or

Jason Mendonca
Email: jason.mendonca@billabong.co.za
Phone: 079 698 7456

For media queries contact
Craig Jarvis
e. info@craigjarvis.co.za
t. 082 376 4443
Compiled & Distributed by:

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Tel: +27 (0) 21 783 4965
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 423 1964
Email: lifesabeach@mweb.co.za

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Ballito Pro Surf Festival Brings World’s Best to KwaDukuza in June

May 9th, 2017 No comments
Connor O’Leary of Australia on his way to victory in the 2016 Ballito Pro pres. by Billabong Photo: WSL / Cestari

Connor O’Leary of Australia on his way to victory in the 2016 Ballito Pro Photo: WSL / Cestari

The World Surf League’s top ranked performers will be joined by the cream of South Africa’s men, women and junior surfers for a 14 day festival of high performance action in the waves of Willard Beach in Ballito on the KwaDukuza coast from June 27 to 9 July this year.

For the ninth successive year the region will host the world’s best men in the Ballito Pro presented by Billabong, a WSL Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 rated event with a prize-pool of R3.4 million and the highest available ranking points on offer.

The women will showcase their talent in the QS1,000 Ballito Women’s Pro pres. by Billabong while the Billabong Junior Series includes events for men and women aged 18-and-than ever under at Ballito for the second year.

“KwaDukuza Municipality is pleased to come together yet again with our valued partners to host yet another spectacular internationally renowned sporting event, which continues to position our area as a leading events tourism destination,” says the Mayor of KwaDukuza, Cllr Ricardo Mthembu. “We look forward to the upcoming event as it enters its 9th year on KwaDukuza soil.

“The Ballito Pro presented by Billabong is an important stop on the World Surf League tour and plays a critical role as a platform for local South Africans to develop within the sport. Needless to say, it is our fundamental aim to develop our people both economically and socially through events of this nature and we anticipate another successful year in 2017. We are calling on our community and business community to ensure that they provide our visitors with an experience they will remember. We wish all our participants a happy stay in our district and hope that they will enjoy a spectacular experience. We are also looking forward to renewing our partnership with the World Surfing League beyond 2017.”

The 49th edition of the world’s longest running professional surfing event will be bigger and better than ever in 2017 as it again welcomes the support of global apparel and equipment giant Billabong, who are celebrating the 20th annual running of their acclaimed Billabong Junior Series this year.

“Billabong is honoured to continue our relationship with KwaDukuza,” says Chad D’Arcy, Group Marketing & Sales Manager for Billabong South Africa. “The Ballito Pro is the highlight of our competitive year and we look forward to once again presenting this amazing event in 2017.

“We are an authentic surf brand, with a proud legacy of hosting world class surfing events. We are excited to help nurture competitive surfing in South African and give our athletes the best platforms to compete on the world stage. Billabong would like to wish all of the competitors and spectators at this year’s event amazing waves and great weather.”

The 2016 field for the Ballito Pro pres. by Billabong included a dozen of the world’s elite WSL Championship Tour (CT) surfers and was won by Connor O’Leary (AUS), who along with runner-up Joan Duru (FRA), Ezekiel Lau (HAW), Jeremy Flores (FRA) and Australians Ethan Ewing and Jack Freestone all went on to qualify for the prestigious 2017 CT thanks to the significant number of ranking points they earned in Ballito.

The 112-man field for the event provides the 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.

Similarly, those in the Ballito Women’s Pro pres. by Billabong earn prize-money and points on both the international and regional rankings while the competitors 18-and-under in the Billabong Junior Series will be striving for the prestigious event titles and selection for the WSL Africa squad that is invited to the annual WSL World Junior Championships.

“It’s been an honour and a pleasure for WSL Africa to work alongside such a progressive thinking municipality as KwaDukuza for the past nine years,” said WSL Africa Operations Manager, Colin Fitch. “We’re so grateful to the town of Ballito and its residents for welcoming the surfers into their homes and surf for 14 days of world class surfing.”

“The Ballito Pro has become one of the most important events on the World Surf League Qualifying Series and most of the winners have gone on to qualify for the elite WSL Championship Tour the following year. Sincere thanks to KwaDukuza and Billabong for turning the dreams of so many South African surfers of all races into a reality.”

The Ballito Pro Surf Festival kicks off with the Billabong Junior Series from June 27-29 followed by the Surfing South Africa Trials pres. by Billabong on June 30 and the Ballito Women’s Pro pres. by Billabong on 1 and 2 July.

The crown jewel of the festival, the QS10,000 Ballito Pro pres. by Billabong takes centre stage from Monday to Sunday, July 3-9.

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.

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, 5FM, Monster Energy, Zigzag Surfing Magazine, World Surf League (WSL) and Surfing South Africa (SSA).

ENDS

About the World Surf League
The World Surf League (WSL), formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), 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 truly 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, 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 Mick Fanning, Tyler Wright, John John Florence, Stephanie Gilmore, Gabriel Medina, Carissa Moore, Grant Baker, Kelly Slater, Adriano de Souza and more battle on the most unpredictable and dynamic field of play of any sport in the world.

About Surfing South Africa
The Ballito Pro, Ballito Women’s Pro, SSA Trials and Billabong Junior Series are sanctioned by Surfing South Africa which is recognised by the Department of Sport and Recreation as the national governing body for the sport. Surfing South Africa is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

Issued on behalf of:

WSL Africa
Contact: Colin Fitch – Operations Manager
Tel: 082 699 4493
Email: cfitch@worldsurfleague.com

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Life’s a Beach Communications
Tel: +27 (0) 21 783 4965
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 423 1964
Email: lifesabeach@mweb.co.za

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
Cell: 083 653 1720
Email: media@oliviajones.co.za

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East London to Host Buffalo City Surf Pro Over Easter

April 14th, 2017 No comments

 

 

Michael February (Kommetjie) is the top seed for the Buffalo City Surf Pro at Nahoon Reef in East London which starts on Saturday Photo: Ian Thurtell

Michael February (Kommetjie) is the top seed for the Buffalo City Surf Pro at Nahoon Reef in East London which starts on Saturday Photo: Ian Thurtell

Second Stop in City Surf Series Attracts Top SA and International Entries

World class professional surfing returns to East London for the first time in a decade when the inaugural Buffalo City Surf Pro presented by Reef Wetsuits runs from Saturday to Easter Monday, 15-17 April, in the challenging waves of Nahoon Reef.

An exceptional field of 128 of South African and international surfers will battle for titles, a share of the R80,000 prize-purse and points on the regional and international rankings in the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) rated events for Men and Women and Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) events for 18-and-under Men and Women.

The Buffalo City Surf Pro is the second of five events in the City Surf Series, an exciting new tour that started in Port Elizabeth last weekend and after East London will also visit Durban and Cape Town.

Michael February (Kommetjie), currently No. 35 on the QS rankings, is the top seed for QS1,000 rated Men’s event this weekend, and will be going all out to capitalise on his confidence boosting victory at the last stop to climb higher even higher on the international rankings and extend his early lead in the chase for 2017 WSL Africa Men’s title.

Among the 64 men standing in his way are last week’s runner-up Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay), 2016 WSL Africa champion Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga), Americans Nate Dorman and Austin Neumann, Kelly Norris (AUS) and vastly experienced hometown hero and Nahoon Reef expert, Greg Emslie (East London).

Australian Tayla Hanak heads the line-up for the QS1,000 Women’s event and in her first visit to East London faces strong opposition from former WSL Championship Tour (CT) competitor Nikita Robb (East London), whose knowledge of the waves of Nahoon Reef is unsurpassed in the 24 strong entry.

The likes of Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay), Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) and Teal Hogg (uMhlanga) will be determined to pocket as many points as possible so they can qualify for the big international women’s events overseas, while the effervescent Crystal Hulett (St Francis Bay) will be hoping to repeat her title winning achievement last weekend and hold onto the Skullcandy striped vest worn by the rankings leader.

With points on offer towards the selection of the WSL Africa squad that is invited to compete in the World Junior Championships in Australia next January, the JQS1,000 men’s and Women’s events will be fiercely contested.

Jake Elkington (Kommetjie), reigning WSL Africa junior champ Adin Masencamp (Strand), Sebastian Williams (Durban) and Luke Slijpen (Cape Town) are the junior men’s favourites, but local standouts Bryce du Preez and Luke Malherbe hold the aces in their home surf.

Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) will be fully committed to re-establishing her dominance of the junior women’s rankings but 13 year-old Durban phenom Kayla Nogueira has been on a roll, taking out five titles in recent weeks, and currently tops the rankings. Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) and Taghiti Gericke (Wilderness) complete the top four seeds.

Organisers will meet at Nahoon Reef early on Saturday morning and the decision on when to get the contest underway will be made at 7.30 am. The 16 heats in the Men’s event will be first up, followed by the eight heats in Round 1 of the Junior Men. Round 1 of the Women’s event is on standby for a possible start later in the day. The event champions will be crowned on Monday afternoon.

An outreach programme conducted by Surfing South Africa (SSA) at Nahoon Beach on Easter Monday morning will feature 60 young surfers from the Unstressed Surf School in Cintsa and Waves 4 Change. The participants will be involved in beach activities, water coaching, a tag team contest, beach relays and an Easter egg hunt with all participants receiving breakfast, lunch and a commemorative medal.

The programme will be run by SSA Development Officer Danielle Johnson and her Swot team to highlight transformation projects in the Buffalo City district and is supported by the Buffalo City Surf Pro, Reef Wetsuits, Volkswagen and the National Lotteries Commission.

Live scoring, results, images, news and more for the Buffalo City Surf Pro presented by Reef Wetsuits will be available at WorldSurfLeague.com and on the WSL App, with highlights on the WSL QS Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

The Buffalo City Surf Pro is supported by Reef Wetsuits, Volkswagen, Corona, the Buffalo City Municipality, Yesman, Tsogo Sun, Skullcandy, El Jimador and Accelerate Sport.

ENDS

About the World Surf League
The World Surf League (WSL), formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), 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 truly 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, running global events across the Samsung Galaxy 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.

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 Mick Fanning, John John Florence, Stephanie Gilmore, Greg Long, Gabriel Medina, Carissa Moore, Makua Rothman, Kelly Slater, Adriano de Souza and more battle on the most unpredictable and dynamic field of play of any sport in the world.

About Surfing South Africa
Surfing South Africa is recognised by the Department of Sport and Recreation as the national governing body for the sport. Surfing South Africa is a member of the SA 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

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