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Jordy Smith Increases Rankings Lead after Runner-up Finish at Hurley Pro Trestles

September 16th, 2017 No comments
Jordy Smith (Durban) on his way to 2nd place in the Hurley Pro Trestles in California Photo: WSL / Morris

Jordy Smith (Durban) on his way to 2nd place in the Hurley Pro Trestles in California Photo: WSL / Morris

Filipe Toledo Clinches First Trestles Title and Second CT Victory of 2017

South Africa’s Jordy Smith increased his lead at the top of the Jeep Rankings Leaderboard when he finished runner-up to Filipe Toledo (BRA) in the final of the Hurley Pro Trestles, Stop No. 8 of 11 on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), on Friday.

In a wave-starved final, Smith’s strategy of waiting for the bigger waves saw him record the highest score of the 35 minute encounter, a 9.0 out of 10,. But Toledo stayed busy and racked up scores of 8.0 and 7.67 to secure his first title at Trestles and in the process became the first male CT surfer to win two events this year.

“I would’ve liked to get a couple more waves in that heat, but today wasn’t my day, unfortunately, and Filipe [Toledo] just surfed really well,” Smith said. “I went out there with a strategy and executed it pretty much as perfectly as I could. But in surfing there are some things you can’t control and that’s Mother Nature. In that 35-minutes I just didn’t get a second chance.

“Now I’ll just try to focus on the next event and live every moment for what it is and what’s to come. It’s time to get ready for Europe where it’s very happy-go-lucky and I like roaming those lineups and just being there.”

Smith, who came into the event ranked No. 1, 950 points ahead of 2016 World Champion John John Florence (HAW), earned US $50,000 (approx R650,000) and 8,000 points at Trestles. The Durbanite is now 2,450 points ahead of Florence, who remains rankings runner-up following his defeat by Toledo in the semi-finals, and 8,650 points above No. 3 Julian Wilson (AUS).

Toledo put on spectacular performances for the San Clemente crowd with his powerful turns and big airs throughout the event. Today’s Final Series witnessed Toledo continue to turn up the heat en route to the 5th CT victory of his career.

“Finally! This is a very special moment right now,” said Toledo. “I always get stopped in the semis and beating Jordy [Smith], the one who beat me last time, is an incredible feeling. I’m so thankful for all my friends to be here and thank God for all the waves he sent to me. This event is always so entertaining to watch. I am so excited to win with my friends and family all here.”

The Swatch Pro Trestles, Stop No. 7 of 10 on the 2017 Women’s CT, saw a dominant performance from Silvana Lima (BRA), who claimed a massive win over Keely Andrew (AUS) by putting her in a combination situation with nearly half the heat remaining. Lima showcased her formidable forehand attack throughout the week and earned two more excellent scores in the final, an 8.67 and 8.93.

Andrew did her best to fight back, but despite having posted a string of eight and nine point rides earlier in the event, she couldn’t find a score greater than a 6.00 in the final.

“I still can’t believe I won over here,” Lima said. “All I could think about after the last event was coming here to Lowers. It’s my favorite wave on tour because I can surf how I like, do turns how I like and I just had to keep going. Heading into that final it took me back to my last final at Bells (in 2010) and I just wanted to smash it. When it came down to the last five minutes having Keely [Andrew] in a combination, I realized I won and couldn’t believe it.”

The next event on the 2017 WSL Women’s CT will be the Cascais Women’s Pro, which will see the world’s best female surfers head to Portugal from September 27 to October 5, 2017.

The next CT event for Men is the Quiksilver Pro France on the Bay of Biscay coast from October 7 to 18.

Highlights from the Hurley Pro and Swatch Pro events at Trestles can be found at WorldSurfLeague.com.

Hurley Pro Final Results:
1 – Filipe Toledo (BRA) 15.67
2 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 9.80

Hurley Pro Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.33 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 10.17
SF 2: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.90 def. John John Florence (HAW) 12.66

Hurley Pro Remaining Quarterfinal Results:
QF 3: John John Florence (HAW) 14.84 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.80
QF 4: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 15.26 def. Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 11.10

Swatch Pro Final Results:
1 – Silvana Lima (BRA) 17.60
2 – Keely Andrew (AUS) 10.93

Swatch Pro Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 16.90 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.60
SF 2: Keely Andrew (AUS) 13.43 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.17

2017 WSL Men’s Jeep Leaderboard (After Hurley Pro at Trestles):
1 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 45,850 pts
2 – John John Florence (HAW) 43,400 pts
3 – Julian Wilson (AUS) 37,200 pts
4 – Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 36,450 pts
5 – Owen Wright (AUS) 35,850 pts

2017 WSL Women’s Jeep Leaderboard (After Swatch Pro at Trestles):
1 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 45,100 pts
2 – Courtney Conlogue (USA) 44,800 pts
3 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 44,700 pts
4 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 39,950 pts
5 – Sage Erickson (USA) 37,150 pts

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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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Jordy Smith Wins Hurley Pro in California :: Moves into World Title Contention

September 15th, 2016 No comments
Jordy Smith carves off the top on his way to victory in the Hurley Pro in California on Wednesday  Photo: WSL / Rowland

Jordy Smith carves off the top on his way to victory in the Hurley Pro in California on Wednesday  Photo: WSL / Rowland

– Tyler Wright Clinches Swatch Women’s Pro :: Extends Rankings Lead
– Bianca Buitendag Drops Out of Top 10

SAN CLEMENTE, California, USA (Wednesday, September 14, 2016) – South Africa’s Jordy Smith claimed victory at the Hurley Pro in California on Wednesday, defeating 2012 World Champion Joel Parkinson in the final of Stop No 8 of 11 on the Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) in 1 – 1.3 metre waves at the high performance cobblestone break of Lower Trestles.

The win was Smith’s fifth on the Championship Tour, his second at Lower Trestles and his best result of 2016 season, earning the 28 year-old from Durban US $100,000 (R1.4 million) and 10,000 points which lifted him to No. 4 on the Jeep Leaderboard and firmly into the World Title race with three events remaining on the schedule.

“I’ve had a really good surfboard under my feet this event,” Smith said. “I came into the event with an open mind. I missed it last year (through injury) when the waves were firing so I just wanted to come in and take it heat-by-heat. I’ve watched Joel [Parkinson] throughout my career and he’s one of my favourite surfers. I’m frothing and I’m over the moon.”

Smith’s tactics of staying in the inside position at the start paid off and he established a strong lead with a 6.0 and an excellent 8.17 early in the final as the two former event winners went head-to-head. But Parkinson responded with a 6.93 and a critical 8.43, the highest scoring ride of the clash, before Smith added a 7.63 to his tally. Without priority and three minutes on the clock, the Australian needed a 7.27 to take the win, but was not able to land the requirement.

“If I can be in with a shot at the World Title this year then that will be great,” continued Smith. “The European events can go either way so I’m just going to try my hardest and see how it goes. I think my Round 4 match-up against Kelly [Slater] and Michel Bourez was the toughest here, and of course that semi-final against Filipe (Toledo) was a big heat too.”

This event marks Parkinson’s best result of the year and his first finals appearance since the 2014 J-Bay Open where he also earned a runner-up finish. The 2004 Lowers Champion found his form once again, overcoming in-form local wildcard Tanner Gudauskas (USA) in a nail-biting semi-final duel to earn a place in the final against Smith. Parkinson moves up eight places to sixth on the Jeep Leaderboard.

“I really fell in love with this wave and this town in 2004,” Parkinson said. “This year was another wonderful year at Trestles and I’m really happy to be back here and on the podium — it feels really good. This event I was so motivated and really keen to notch up a win. The talent of surfing in this event is incredible and I have to give it to Jordy, he’s an amazing surfer and a top World Title contender.”

Tyler Wright (AUS) claimed her fourth Championship Tour victory of the season in an all-Australian final against six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS). The win sees Wright retain the Jeep Leader Yellow Jersey, increases her lead on the rankings and moves her ever closer to claiming her first World Title heading into the last three events.

“It’s been quite a journey from this point last year and a lot has changed this season,” said Wright. “It’s all come together and I’m absolutely loving it. I knew I had to get on the better waves facing Steph [Gilmore] in the final. Surfing against her is great, she’s still one of my surfing idols and inspires me to go after things my own way.”

The two finalists have shared 19 head-to-head CT match-ups, with Wright taking her eighth win over Gilmore. Wright opened her account with an excellent 8.50 and 6.37 to put pressure on the six-time WSL Champion and Gilmore charged back with progressive surfing to lock in a 6.00, but still needed an excellent 8.87.

With two minutes left, a set provided the finalists one last opportunity. Gilmore delivered a near-perfect 9.13 but Wright was able to improve her 6.37 with an 8.63 and take the win.

Gilmore posted the highest heat total of the Swatch Women’s Pro in Round 4 and her runner-up finish sees the 2014 event winner move up from 7th to 5th place on the Jeep Leaderboard.

“I love this place and this wave so it’s really nice to come here and get a good result,” said Gilmore. “Congrats to Tyler [Wright]! My goal is just to win an event this season. Since my injury I haven’t really put together a complete performance so we’ll see what happens heading into Europe and in Hawaii, which is a favourite.

South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag was eliminated in Round 2 of the Swatch Women’s Pro, finishing equal 13th and dropping from 10th to 12th on the Jeep Leaderboard. The 22 year-old from Victoria Bay will be determined to deliver great results in Europe and Hawaii to force her way back into the top 10 in order to re-qualify for a fourth successive year on the CT.

The next event on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour will be the Cascais Women’s Pro, which will see the world’s best female surfers go head to head in Portugal from September 24 – 2 October. The next CT event for men is the Quiksilver Pro France from 4 – 15 October.

Highlights, images and video footage of every heat from the Hurley Pro and the Swatch Women’s Pro are available at WorldSurfLeague.com

Men’s Hurley Pro Final Results:
1 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.80
2 – Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.36

Men’s Hurley Pro Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.23 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.50
SF 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.43 def. Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 14.33

2016 WSL Jeep Leaderboard Top 5 (After Hurley Pro)
1. John John Florence (HAW) 41,650 points
2. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 37,450
3. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 36,500
4. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 35,200
5. Kelly Slater (USA) 29,650

Swatch Women’s Pro Final Results:
1 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.13
2- Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.13

Swatch Women’s Pro Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.60 def. Sage Erickson (USA) 14.17
SF 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 18.60 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 14.60

2016 WSL Jeep Women’s Leaderboard Top 5 (After Swatch Women’s Pro):
1. Tyler Wright (AUS) 63,450 points
2. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 46,200
3. Carissa Moore (HAW) 42,500
4. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 38,450
5. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 37,300

12. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 23,550

ENDS

Note: High resolution images are available on request for media outlets

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.

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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Tel: +27 (0) 21 783 4965
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Career Best Result for Mikey February in Azores :: Jordy Smith into Quarters in California

September 12th, 2016 No comments
Michael February throws an arc of spray on his way to a career best 3rd place result at the Azores Airlines Pro on Saturday  Photo: WSL / Masurel

Michael February throws an arc of spray on his way to a career best 3rd place result at the Azores Airlines Pro on Saturday  Photo: WSL / Masurel

– Early Elimination for Bianca Buitendag at Trestles
– WSL Africa Titles up for Grabs in Morocco this Week

Cape Town’s Michael February posted best result of his professional career on the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) in the Azores on Saturday, while Durban’s Jordy Smith advanced directly into the Quarterfinals of the Hurley Pro Trestles, Stop No. 8 of 11 on the Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour (CT), in California later the same day.

Competing in the QS6,000 rated Azores Airlines Pro, February cut a swathe through the top seeds in the event before being narrowly pipped in the semi-finals, finishing the event in equal third place with earnings of US $5 500 (R77 000) and 3 550 points.

Despite still wearing strapping on the ankle he injured before the Ballito Pro in June, the 23 year-old from Kommetjie benefitted from his powerful manoeuvres and excellent strategic decisions to defeat higher rated opponents such as Pat Gudauskas (USA), Mitch Coleborn (AUS) and others before falling to eventual event winner Ian Gouveia (BRA).

His record setting points haul sees February leapfrog 45 places up the QS leaderboard to No. 35, which cements his place in the remaining top rated QS10,000 events at Cascais in Portugal next week, and the two season-ending Hawaiian events in November and December, and assures him of preferential seeding in those events.

February is now less than 5 000 points off the Top 10 on the QS rankings, and 1 000 points behind Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga), whose 73rd place result in the Azores dropped him three places to No. 27 in the rankings. Although they will be up against the world’s best at Cascais, and particularly in Hawaii, the pair has the opportunity to challenge for a top 10 yearend finish and qualification for the elite 2017 WSL CT.

See full results and video highlights from the Azores Airlines Pro at http://bit.ly/2cSNkK6

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Jordy Smith propelled himself into the 2016 World Title race with a towering display in his Round 4 match-up at the famed high-performance cobblestone break of Trestles on Saturday afternoon. Posting a pair of scintillating 9.0 point rides, the lanky resident of nearby San Clemente dispatched Michel Bourez (PYF) and Kelly Slater (USA) to cutthroat Round 5 elimination heats while progressing directly to the last eight himself.

“Going into that heat with Michel [Bourez], obviously one of the most powerful surfers in the world, as well as Kelly [Slater] — I just wanted to do my best surfing and Round 4 allows you to be a lot more free,” said Smith, who narrowly scraped through his Round 3 heat earlier in the day.

Ranked equal No. 5 on the Jeep Leaderboard coming into the event, Smith is now the highest seeded surfer left in the contest after a series of major upsets saw rankings leader John John Florence (HAW), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Gabriel Medina (BRA), Adrian Buchan (AUS) and Julian Wilson (AUS) all eliminated from competition.

Having already earned 5 200 points, enough to see him move into fourth place in the rankings, Smith will face the winner of the Round 5 duel between Bourez and giant-killing wildcard Brett Simpson (USA) when competition resumes. A repeat of his 2014 victory at Trestles would see Smith move to within 1 000 points of a top three berth heading into the last three events of the year on the CT in France, Portugal and Hawaii.

See results, videos, image and LIVE coverage from 4.30pm daily at http://bit.ly/2bH1E6Q

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Bianca Buitendag was eliminated in Round 2 of the Swatch Women’s Pro at Trestles last week, finishing equal 13th in the event where she was runner-up last year.

Sitting right on the qualification bubble going into Stop No. 7 of 10 on the Samsung Galaxy WSL Women’s CT, Buitendag is likely to drop out of the Top 10 who automatically re-qualify for the elite top tier as several lower ranked women are still in contention in California.

With a QS ranking of No. 166, the 22 year-old from Victoria Bay in the Southern Cape, who ended last year ranked a career-high fourth on the CT, will be determined to post good results in the remaining three events of season in Portugal (Cascais), France and Maui in Hawaii in order to retain her seat at Women’s surfing’s highest table.

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The 2016 WSL Africa regional titles for Men and Women will be up for grabs in Morocco when the Quiksilver Pro Casablanca and Roxy Pro Casablanca, both QS1,500 rated events, start tomorrow in front of the Anfaplace Shopping Center in the city.

The second edition for Men and inaugural Women’s event are co-sanctioned by WSL Africa and WSL Europe with the points earned counting towards the surfers’ respective regional rankings.

While WSL Africa rankings leader Beyrick de Vries and second placed Micheal February have opted to remain in Europe to practice for the QS10,000 rated Cascais Pro in Portugal starting next weekend, third ranked Dylan Lightfoot and fourth ranked fellow Jeffreys Bay resident Matt McGillivray will be determined to claim the coveted WSL Africa title, won last year by David van Zyl (Glenashley).

The champions from each region are guaranteed entry into all the major QS events in the following year which is a huge advantage for any surfer hoping to qualify for the elite WSL Championship Tour.

Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay) and Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay) will be aiming to overtake current rankings leaders Faye Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis) and Nikita Robb (East London) to clinch the regional Women’s title. Hoffman, currently third, only needs to collect her vest for the first heat to take the lead, but will be wary of Smith who can grab the title by finishing first or second in the event.

Watch the events unfold live at http://bit.ly/2cQBh1m

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AZORES AIRLINES PRO MEN’S FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Ian Gouveia (BRA) 12.53
2 – Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 9.10

AZORES AIRLINES PRO MEN’S SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Ian Gouveia (BRA) 13.13 def. Michael February (ZAF) 12.00
SF 2: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 14.10 def. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 11.93

AZORES AIRLINES PRO MEN’S QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Ian Gouveia (BRA) 12.97 def. Yago Dora (BRA) 8.26
QF 2: Michael February (ZAF) 15.93 def. Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 15.50
QF 3: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 15.27 def. Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 11.66
QF 4: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 12.16 def. Lucas Silveira (BRA) 11.84

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Men’s Hurley Pro Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 10.27 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 9.83
Heat 2: Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.83 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 11.17
Heat 3: Kelly Slater (USA) 16.27 def. Jack Freestone (AUS) 9.34
Heat 4: Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.70 vs. Conner Coffin (USA) 10.50
Heat 5: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 18.10 def. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 10.40
Heat 6: Brett Simpson (USA) 15.16 def. John John Florence (HAW) 8.74
Heat 7: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 17.34 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.13
Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.23 def. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 13.00
Heat 9: Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 16.37 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.94
Heat 10: Jadson Andre (BRA) 13.84 def. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 13.66
Heat 11: Josh Kerr (USA) 15.67 def. Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 9.67
Heat 12: Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 15.47 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.70

Men’s Hurley Pro Round 4 Results:
Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 18.50, Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.50, Kelly Slater (USA) 13.16
Heat 2: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 18.97, Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.60, Brett Simpson (USA) 14.14
Heat 3: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 14.84, Stu Kennedy (AUS) 13.67, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 10.90
Heat 4: Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 14.56, Jadson Andre (BRA) 12.80, Josh Kerr (AUS) 11.26

Men’s Hurley Pro Round 5 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Kelly Slater (USA)
Heat 3: Stuart Kennedy (AUS) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)
Heat 4: Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Joel Parkinson (AUS)

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.

Issued on behalf of:

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

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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Bianca Buitendag and Jordy Smith Ranked in Top 10 after Drug Aware Margaret River Pro

April 17th, 2016 No comments
Bianca Buitendag (Victoria Bay, ZAF) on her way to the quarterfinals of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro in Australia  Image: WSL / Cestari

Bianca Buitendag (Victoria Bay, ZAF) on her way to the quarterfinals of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro in Australia  Image: WSL / Cestari

Sebastian Zietz Claims Victory over World’s Best, Vaults to No. 2 in the World
Tyler Wright Clinches Second Event Title in 2016

South African’s Bianca Buitendag and Jordy Smith are both ranked in the Top 10 in their respective women’s and men’s Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tours (CT) after the third stop of the season, the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro in Western Australia.

Buitendag (Victoria Bay, ZAF) advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time this year before being eliminated by three-time WSL and reigning WSL women’s champion Carissa Moore (HAW). Her 5th place finish saw Buitendag climb from eleventh to No. 8 on the Jeep Rankings leaderboard.

Smith (Durban, ZAF), who came into Margaret River ranked No. 3 following his runner-up result at Bells Beach, posted several powerful performances before he was ousted by Brazilian rookie Caio Ibelli in the round before the quarterfinals. Smith dropped four places to No. 7 on the leaderboard after finishing 9th overall in Western Australia.

Tyler Wright (AUS) won the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro on Friday, defeating defending event champion and Jeep rankings leader Courtney Conlogue (USA) in pumping 2 – 2.5 metre waves at the Main Break.

Wright took the lead early in the final and then put her opponent in a combination situation and needing to improve on both her scores when the Australian completed a deep tube ride for a near perfect 9.60 out of 10. Conlogue, who has won three titles at this event, struggled to find the scores to combat Wright and was left needing a 9.97 point ride for victory.

“I knew Courtney was just dropping 9-point rides every heat, so I had to be smart in selecting my waves and turns and not get over excited,” Wright said. “Every wave I had felt dreamy. This event was easy for me. No massive mental challenges, so I was really stoked on that and the happy headspace I’ve been in.”

Conlogue will continue to wear the Jeep Leaders Jersey in the next event in Rio de Janeiro in May as she remains in 1st place position on the rankings. The American continued to demonstrate strong and consistent performances that saw her reach her third straight final on the 2016 CT.

Sebastian Zietz (HAW), a former elite tour competitor and injury replacement surfer on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour, claimed his first CT victory at Margaret River in a dramatic final against Julian Wilson (AUS) on Saturday.

Wilson opened up a lead in the final but Zietz responded by posting a 9.10 to stay in contention. A set of waves with five minutes remaining resulted in Wilson taking the first one but not improving his two-wave total while Zietz showcased his trademark Hawaiian power and style to grab the lead.

“I am stoked,” Zietz said. “The pressure was on and I pulled that last maneuver in the white-water and made it. To win was definitely the goal I’d set for a long time. It is epic to win a CT event against all the top guys and come out on top. I just want to dedicate this win to my family and everyone at home.”

After narrowly failing to requalify for this season’s elite tour, Zietz has been competing as an injury replacement in the three Australian leg events. His event win now vaults the Hawaiian to No. 2 in the world heading into the remainder of the year.

“I love the wave here and the crowd that comes down,” said Wilson. “That was a good final. Massive congrats to Seabass [Sebastian Zietz] for his first win. We were able to go blow for blow and produce two great heat totals out there. I am happy to get a good result here and Bells was a better result than last year. I look forward to the rest of the year and to carry that momentum and fire into Brazil.”

The next stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour will be the Oi Rio Pro from May 10 – 21, 2016

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Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Women’s Final Results:
1 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 18.67
2 – Courtney Conlogue (USA) 14.70

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Women’s Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 17.44 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 12.17
SF 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 15.07 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.07

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Women’s Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 15.00 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 7.20
QF 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 17.33 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 6.67
QF 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.57 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 6.40
QF 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) 16.53 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 8.74

2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Rankings (After Drug Aware Margaret River Pro):
1. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 26,000 pts
2. Tyler Wright (AUS) 25,200 pts
3. Carissa Moore (HAW) 19,500 pts
4. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 18,200 pts
5. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15,600pts

8. Bianca Buitendag (Victoria Bay, ZAF) 11,800pts

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Men’s Final Results:
1 – Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 17.40
2 – Julian Wilson (AUS) 16.67

Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Men’s Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Julian Wilson (AUS) 16.60 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.50
SF 2: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 16.27 def. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 13.17

2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Rankings (after Drug Aware Margaret River Pro):
1. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 24,000 pts
2. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 15,750 pts
3. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 14,750 pts
4. Kolohe Andino (USA) 13,700 pts
5. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13,450 pts

7. Jordy Smith (Durban, ZAF) 12,500pts

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.
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Smith Runner-Up to Wilkinson at Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

April 3rd, 2016 No comments
Jordy Smith (Durban, ZAF) on his way to second place in the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach in Australia on Sunday Image: WSL / Sloane

Jordy Smith (Durban, ZAF) on his way to second place in the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach in Australia on Sunday Image: WSL / Sloane

Buitendag Ninth in Women’s Event
Highlights from Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Available at WorldSurfLeague.Com

Jordy Smith (ZAF) posted his best result at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach when he finished runner-up to Matt Wilkinson (AUS) in pumping 2 – 3 metre (6 -10 feet) waves at the iconic venue in the Australian State of Victoria on Sunday.

The second stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach is the longest-running annual surf event in the world and today proved nothing short of historic with Wilkinson’s victory being the first for a goofy-footer at Bells Beach in 17 years (last won by Mark Occhilupo in 1998).

The final showcased Wilkinson and Smith exchanging huge scores as each battled to hold the lead. Wilkinson unleashed his strong backhand to deliver vertical snaps, earning him a 9.20 and an 8.17, challenging Smith to find two new scores at the halfway point. Smith finished with a 14.16 two-wave combined score, but it was not enough to beat Wilkinson’s total of 17.37.

After suffering a string of injuries in 2015, Smith’s performance at Bells puts his WSL Title campaign back on track. Although he experienced an early Round 2 loss at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast last month, he made a major comeback by defeating Australians Adam Melling and Kai Otten, Caio Ibelli (BRA), Michel Bourez (PYF) and posting a first victory at Bells over three-time WSL Champion and four-time event winner Mick Fanning (AUS) on his way to the Final.

“Last year I had a back injury and struggled through it, but I am glad to make the Final here today,” Smith said. “This year was a little different for me at Bells. I did not have my expectations so high, and I wanted to put on a good performance and surf my best. I am just trying to put my head down and do the best surfing I can and work as hard as I can.”

The result sees Smith vault to No. 3 on the Jeep rankings heading into the third stop on the Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour – the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro – which starts in Western Australia on Friday 8 April.

Following a win at the opening stop of the season on the Gold Coast, the Wilkinson has gone back-to-back to start the year with today’s emphatic victory and now holds a points total that is more than double his nearest challenger.

“I have been trying to win everywhere, forever and it has never happened, and this year I seem to keep picking up trophies, which is making me feel pretty good,” Wilkinson said, “I am so happy to be at Bells. I’ve been coming down to this event for so long, and I’ve always wanted to win it. I finally got my chance.”

Courtney Conlogue (USA) won the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach on Friday, defeating two-former event winner Sally Fitzgibbons in the Final and taking over the Jeep ranking’s leader’s yellow jersey heading into Margaret River.

Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) caused an upset by relegating six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) to Round 2 in the opening round encounter. But the 22 year-old from Victoria Bay was narrowly outpointed by Alessa Quizon in Round 4 and ended her Bells Beach campaign in ninth place overall, slipping to No. 11 in the rankings.

Highlights from the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach are available at WorldSurfLeague.com.

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Final Results:
1 – Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 17.37
2 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.16

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 17.27 def. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 12.40
SF 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.17 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.90

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.30 def. Nat Young (USA) 12.33
QF 2: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 13.26 def. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 12.00
QF 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.90 def. Conner Coffin (USA) 16.17
QF 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.77 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 17.26

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Remaining Round 5 Results:
Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.50 def. Davey Cathels (AUS) 6.33
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.80 def. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 16.33

2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Top 5 (after Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach):
1. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 20,000 pts
2. Conner Coffin (USA) 9,200 pts
3. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 8,500 pts
3. Kolohe Andino (USA) 8,500 pts
5. Mick Fanning (AUS) 8,250 pts
5. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 8,250 pts
5. Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 8,250 pts

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.
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Jordy Smith & Bianca Buitendag into Round 4 at Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

March 28th, 2016 No comments
Jordy Smith (Durban, ZAF) powers his way over the falling lip on his way to Round 4 of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach in Australia  Image: WSL / Sloane

Jordy Smith (Durban, ZAF) powers his way over the falling lip on his way to Round 4 of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach in Australia  Image: WSL / Sloane

Jordy Smith and Bianca Buitendag have advanced to Round 4 of the men’s and women’s events at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, the second stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT).

Both South Africans suffered early exits at the first event of year on the Gold Coast of Australia two weeks ago and, being the tallest surfers on their respective tours, have relished the additional size and power of the waves at Bells Beach, the iconic venue for this event for past 55 years.

Smith, after finishing second to John John Florence (HAW) in their non-elimination Round 1 heat held in one metre waves on Friday, was able to use his full repertoire of carving rail manoeuvres to defeat dangerous injury replacement Adam Melling (AUS) in unruly double overhead, three metre conditions on Saturday.

The Durbanite continued his momentum on Sunday, slashing his way through the 1 to 1.5 metre onshore surf on Sunday to post victory over Kai Otton (AUS) and advance to Round 4. There he faces three-time world champion and four-time and defending Bells champion Mick Fanning (AUS) and rookie Conner Coffin (USA) with the heat winner progressing directly to the quarterfinals while the other two compete in elimination two-man Round 5 heats.

Smith, a three-time semifinalist at Bells, and Fanning are the only top-12 seeded surfers remaining in the bottom half of the draw following a series of major upsets that saw Joel Parkinson, Florence and Gabriel Medina sidelined by rookies Coffin, Caio Ibelli (BRA) and Davey Cathels (AUS), while Kelly Slater was ousted by Michel Bourez (PYF).

Buitendag started her Bells campaign with a well deserved Round 1 win over six-time world champ Stephanie Gilmore and rookie Chelsea Tuach of Barbados to skip Round 2. However, the 22 year-old from Victoria Bay was relegated to third place by reigning world and Bells champ Carissa Moore and fellow Hawaiian Malia Manuel in Round 3.

Buitendag faces a match up with another Hawaiian in Alessa Quizon when competition resumes with the winner advancing to a quarterfinal clash with Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and the loser eliminated from the event in equal ninth place overall.

Sunday’s action was capped off with the WSL Heritage Series heat between Australian former world champions Barton Lynch (1988) and Damien Hardman (1987, 1991). Despite the challenging lineup, the icons surgically dismantled the tricky Bells conditions on their backhand, with Lynch walking away the victory

Surfline, the official forecasters for the event, are predicting a dropping swell and onshore winds for Tuesday and Wednesday. Clean but small conditions are likely for Thursday before the swell fills in again with offshore winds from Friday.

Event organizers will reconvene each morning at 8am local time (11pm SA time) to assess conditions for a possible recommencement of competition.

All the action from the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach can be watched LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com which also features full results, images, video footage, the Heat Analyser, news, forecasts, and more.

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 17.00 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 15.83
Heat 2: Nat Young (USA) 13.50 def. Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 7.67
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.44 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 9.67
Heat 4: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 15.47 def. Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 8.37
Heat 5: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 13.37 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 12.60
Heat 6: Mason Ho (HAW) 15.10 def. Adriano De Souza (BRA) 14.33
Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.60 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 11.57
Heat 8: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.33 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 13.26
Heat 9: Conner Coffin (USA) 16.27 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 13.26
Heat 10: Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.83 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 13.70
Heat 11: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 15.54 def. John def. John Florence (HAW) 15.50
Heat 12: Davey Cathels (AUS) 15.40 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 12.07

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Round 4 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA), Nat Young (USA), Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 2: Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Mason Ho (HAW)
Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS), Jordy Smith (ZAF), Conner Coffin (USA)
Heat 4: Michel Bourez (PYF), Caio Ibelli (BRA), Davey Cathels (AUS)

Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 11.66, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 10.40, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 4.77
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.27, Malia Manuel (HAW) 8.60, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 6.30
Heat 3: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 14.50, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 11.10, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 6.76
Heat 4: Johanne Defay (FRA) 7.10, Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 6.36, Tyler Wright (AUS) 4.83

Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach Round 4 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Alessa Quizon (HAW) vs. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)
Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) vs. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
Heat 3: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) vs. Tyler Wright (AUS)
Heat 4: Bronte Macaulay (AUS) vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)

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.
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Bianca Buitendag and Jordy Smith Progress in WSL Hawaiian Events

November 30th, 2015 No comments
Bianca Buitendag Photo: WSL Cestari

Bianca Buitendag Photo: WSL Cestari

Benji Brand Into Round 3 at Sunset After Winning Opening Two Heats
Michael February and Beyrick de Vries Bow Out

South Africans Bianca Buitendag and Jordy Smith progressed to Round 4 of their respective World Surf League (WSL) events at Honolua Bay on Maui and Sunset Beach on Oahu in Hawaii on Sunday.

Buitendag, ranked No. 6 on the Samsung Galaxy WSL Women’s Championship Tour (CT) going into the season ending Target Maui Pro, had a forgettable opening encounter in which she struggled to find the best waves and also suffered a broken leash that necessitated a time-consuming change of equipment.

However, the 22 year-old from Victoria Bay in the Southern Cape bounced back in Round 2, using her signature high-performance backhand repertoire to post a convincing victory over Laura Enever (AUS) in the inconsistent but pristine 1.0 to 1.5 metre waves.

After getting off to a great start in her Round 3 clash, Buitendag was overtaken by Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS). Her runner-up finish means Buitendag now faces a do-or-die clash against good friend Johanne Defay (FRA) for a place in the quarterfinals when competition resumes.

Jordy Smith Photo: WSL / Kirstin

Jordy Smith Photo: WSL / Kirstin

Smith, who has slipped to 29th on the men’s CT rankings after an injury plagued season, gained some competitive momentum for the first time since the Margaret River event in April when he placed second in his opening heat in Round 3 of the QS10 000 Vans World Cup of Surfing.

Competing in windswept, unruly 3 metre plus surf at Sunset, Smith’s powerful, carving manoeuvres on the double to triple-overhead waves earned the lanky 1.9 metre Durbanite a heat total of 13.10 out of 20 and a spot in Round 4 along with heat winner Frederico Marais (PRT).

Benji Brand, whose family has homes in Kommetjie and on the North Shore of Oahu and who competes as a WSL Hawaii member, showed the value of experience in the huge ‘playing field’ at Sunset Beach when he convincingly won both his Round 1 and 2 heats on Saturday. A former finalist in junior events at the break, the 19 year-old caught the best waves in his heats and eliminated a quartet of higher ranked opponents.

When competition in the Vans World Cup resumes, Brand will be in the first heat against WSL CT stars John John Florence (HAW) and Kolohe Andino (USA), as well as US Open of Surfing winner Hiroto Ohhara (JAP).

Beyrick de Vries Photo: WSL / Kirstin

Beyrick de Vries Photo: WSL / Kirstin

Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga) was unlucky in his Round 2 encounter when he was wiped-out as he exited one of the biggest tube rides of the day, earning just 2.60 points out of 10 for what could have been a heat-winning ride. Out of rhythm for the rest of the heat, de Vries ended his 2015 campaign on the WSL Qualifying Series with an 81st place finish. He pocketed US $500 and 500 rankings points that will not factor into his overall ranking which currently stands at No. 50.

Michael February (Kommetjie) was eliminated in his Round 1 heat on Saturday. In his rookie season in the season ending Van Triple Crown of Surfing events in Hawaii, February produced excellent performances to advance through two rounds in the Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa last week and will have gained plenty of experience for future campaigns in Hawaii.

Ranked No. 78 going into the final QS event of the year, February will be hoping that the tally of ranking points he has earned from his best five results during 2015 will be sufficient to ensure that he gains a coveted spot in the elite 96-man fields who will contest the QS10000 events next year.

Both the Target Maui Pro and the Vans World Cup can be watched live on www.WorldSurfleague.com starting at 7pm daily.

TARGET MAUI PRO (Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii)

UPCOMING TARGET MAUI PRO ROUND 4 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA), Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)
Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW), Tyler Wright (AUS)
Heat 3: Courtney Conlogue (USA), Coco Ho (HAW)
Heat 4: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Johanne Defay (FRA)

TARGET MAUI PRO ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 15.37, Lakey Peterson (USA) 8.83, Tyler Wright (AUS) 6.83
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.93, Malia Manuel (HAW) 11.83, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 7.30
Heat 3: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 14.10, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.44, Johanne Defay (FRA) 10.34
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.60, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 11.67, Coco Ho (HAW) 11.50

TARGET MAUI PRO ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Coco Ho (HAW) 14.37, Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 11.57
Heat 2: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 13.94, Sage Erickson (USA) 11.96
Heat 3: Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.23, Dax McGill (HAW) 13.70
Heat 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.20, Keely Andrew (AUS) 8.50
Heat 5: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 14.64, Laura Enever (AUS) 6.53
Heat 6: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 17.73, Silvana Lima (BRA) 15.27

TARGET MAUI PRO ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 15.07, Tyler Wright (AUS) 9.50, Dimity Stoyle (6.67)
Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.96, Lakey Peterson (USA) 13.16, Sage Erickson (USA) 13.10
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.73, Silvana Lima (BRA) 10.20, Dax McGill (HAW) 7.00
Heat 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 16.50, Keely Andrew (AUS) 12.57, Coco Ho (HAW) 12.57
Heat 5: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.44, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 11.97, Laura Enever (AUS) 7.76
Heat 6: Johanne Defay (FRA) 16.60, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 14.50, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 2.20
Vans World Cup of Surfing (Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii)
Results

Round of 64 (1st and 2nd advance to next round)
Heat 1: Frederico Morais (PRT) 13.90pts, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.10pts, Seth Moniz (HAW) 12.96pts, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 9.37pts

Round of 96 (1st and 2nd advance to next round)
Heat 1: Frederico Morais (PRT) 12.97pts, Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) 10.34pts, Wade Carmichael (AUS) 8.17pts, Charles Martin (GLP) 4.67pts
Heat 2: Benji Brand (HAW) 10.34pts, Seth Moniz (HAW) 8.60pts, Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 3.87pts, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 3.10pts
Heat 3: Jack Robinson (AUS) 11.67pts, Ricardo Christie (NZL) 10.94pts, Willian Cardoso (BRA) 10.34pts, Evan Valiere (HAW) 4.67pts
Heat 4: Kekoa Cazimero (HAW) 8.27pts, Conner Coffin (USA) 7.56pts, Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 6.74pts, Kaito Kino (HAW) 6.20pts
Heat 5: Mason Ho (HAW) 12.03pts, Jesse Mendes (BRA) 11.03pts, Thomas Woods (AUS) 10.43pts, Nathan Yeomans (USA) 9.00pts
Heat 6: Torrey Meister (HAW) 13.84pts, Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 12.87pts, Glenn Hall (IRL) 9.84 pts, Gonzalo Zubizarreta (ESP) 8.13pts
Heat 7: Marco Giorgi (URY) 13.50pts, Joan Duru (FRA) 8.87pts, Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 5.40pts, Sunny Garcia (HAW) 2.07pts
Heat 8: Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) 12.27pts, Marc Lacomare (FRA) 11.53pts, Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 5.73pts, Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 5.47pts
Heat 9: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 11.70pts, Yadin Nicol (AUS) 11.67pts, Cooper Chapman (AUS) 9.94pts, Thiago Camarao (BRA) 3.46pts
Heat 10: Soli Bailey (AUS) 13.00pts, Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 9.90pts, Kevin Sullivan (HAW) 8.47pts, Michael Dunphy (USA) 4.47pts
Heat 11: Dusty Payne (HAW) 8.84pts, Pedro Henrique (PRT) 7.00pts, Santiago Muniz (ARG) 6.67pts, Mitch Crews (AUS) 2.93pts
Heat 12: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 14.33pts, Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 11.40pts, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 11.34pts, Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 9.90pts
Heat 13: Joel Centeio (HAW) 14.86pts, Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 11.57pts, Mitch Coleborn (AUS) 8.54pts, Dion Atkinson (AUS) 8.06pts
Heat 14: Brent Dorrington (AUS) 15.16pts, Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 14.94pts, Makai McNamara (HAW) 9.17pts, Nathan Hedge (AUS) 5.44pts
Heat 15: Miguel Tudela (PER) 13.66pts, Connor O’Leary (AUS) 12.43pts, Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 10.90pts, Evan Geiselman (USA) 5.76pts
Heat 16: Deivid Silva (BRA) 13.84pts, Bino Lopes (BRA) 10.93pts, Tomas Hermes (BRA) 7.10pts, Elijah Gates (HAW) 5.47pts

ENDS

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About the World Surf League
The mission of the WSL is simple: to inspire positive change for surfing, our fans and the environment. Formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), the WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, running global products across the Samsung Galaxy men’s and women’s Championship Tours, 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; it strives to put the world’s best surfers on the world’s best waves.

Showcasing the world’s best surfing on its digital platform at WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL has energized an already-passionate global fan base with millions around the world tuning-in to see the likes of Kelly Slater, Filipe Toledo, Gabriel Medina, Makua Rothman, Grant “Twiggy” Baker, Greg Long, Stephanie Gilmore, John John Florence, Carissa Moore and others do battle in the most dynamic field of play in all of sports. For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.

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WSL RELEASES 2016 EVENT SCHEDULE

November 21st, 2015 No comments
The world class right-hander at Jeffreys Bay will return to the Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour in 2016  Image: WSL / Cestari

The world class right-hander at Jeffreys Bay will return to the Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour in 2016  Image: WSL / Cestari

– WORLD’S BEST RETURN TO JEFFREYS BAY IN 2016
– NORTH POINT ADDED AS BACKUP VENUE IN MARGARET RIVER
– MORE AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM

LOS ANGELES, California/USA (Friday, November 20, 2015) – The World Surf League (WSL) has released its 2016 schedule of events covering the Men’s and Women’s Championship Tours (CT), Qualifying Series (QS), Pro Junior tours and Longboard tours.

Staying true to its core DNA of putting the world’s best surfers on the world’s best waves, the 2016 schedule is designed to foster world-class performances from athletes at events taking place around the globe, from Australia to the South Pacific to Europe and beyond.

Among the changes to the 2016 schedule is the introduction of Western Australia’s North Point, which will serve as an exciting additional location to Margaret River and The Box in the event the waves are firing. The WSL is also introducing a new JQS Series of events in Australasia, providing a stronger platform for young men and women surfers to qualify for the World Junior Championship, where, if they perform, they will gain valuable seeding benefits to kick-start their path through the QS to the CT.

“Surfing takes place on the most dynamic and unpredictable playing field in all of sports,” said Kieren Perrow, Commissioner of the WSL. “This year, we’ve witnessed another season of barrier-breaking performances in all kinds of surf and weather conditions. We look forward to an incredible Tour finale for both our Men’s and Women’s CT in Hawaii and onward to 2016.”

2016 World Surf League (WSL) Samsung Galaxy Men’s Championship Tour
• Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast – March 10-21, 2016
• Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach – March 24-April 5, 2016
• Drug Aware Margaret River Pro – April 8-19, 2016
• Rio Pro – May 10-21, 2016
• Fiji Pro – June 5-17, 2016
• J-Bay Open – July 6-17, 2016
• Billabong Pro Teahupo’o – August 19-30, 2016
• Hurley Pro at Trestles – September 7-18, 2016
• Quiksilver Pro France – October 4-15, 2016
• Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal – October 18-29, 2016
• Billabong Pipe Masters – December 8-20, 2016

Earlier this year, three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning experienced a shark encounter in the Final of the J-Bay Open in South Africa. Since the incident, speculation regarding the event’s future on the WSL Championship Tour has been a consistent topic in the media, and the WSL will return to J-Bay in 2016.

Addressing this issue, Commissioner Perrow said, “Athlete safety is a top priority for the League. We have been in constant discussions with our athletes, event organizers and administrators regarding the future of this event. The WSL has made significant investments in the areas of surveillance and response for all current and future Tour spots, and we are currently working with a number of firms specializing in mitigation technology that focus on both athlete safety and the safety of the marine environment.”

Perrow continued: “The strides we’re making in the areas of surveillance and response are significant, but there presently exists no technology that has been proven to be 100% effective. Our athletes are aware of this, as they have always been.”

The 2015 WSL Championship Tour will finish with the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons in the coming weeks with an historic six surfers in the running for the world surfing crown – Mick Fanning (AUS), Filipe Toledo (BRA), Adriano de Souza (BRA), Gabriel Medina (BRA), Owen Wright (AUS) and Julian Wilson (AUS).

The past two seasons have seen major enhancements to the quality and quantity of events for the world’s best female surfers, with the addition of Fiji, Trestles, as well as the move to Hossegor (FRA) and Maui.

“The quality venues have produced some of the most impressive surfing of the season,” said Jessi Miley-Dyer, WSL Women’s Commissioner. “And the battle between Carissa Moore (HAW) and Courtney Conlogue (USA) for the 2015 WSL Title will be one for the record books.”

2016 World Surf League (WSL) Samsung Galaxy Women’s Championship Tour
• Roxy Pro Gold Coast – March 10-21, 2016
• Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach – March 24-April 5, 2016
• Drug Aware Margaret River Pro – April 8-19, 2016
• Rio Women’s Pro – May 10-21, 2016
• Fiji Women’s Pro – May 29-June 3, 2016
• Vans US Open of Surfing – July 25 – 31, 2016
• Trestles Women’s Pro – September 7-18, 2016
• Cascais Women’s Pro – September 24-Oct 2, 2016
• Roxy Pro France – October 4-15, 2016
• Maui Women’s Pro – November 22-December 6, 2016

The 2015 WSL Women’s Championship Tour is culminating next week at Honolua Bay with the Target Maui Pro.

A full 2016 WSL schedule, including the Qualifying Series, Pro Junior and Longboard tours as well as Specialty events, can be downloaded from http://bit.ly/1NiiLdu

For more information, check out www.worldsurfleague.com

ENDS

About the World Surf League
The mission of the WSL is simple: to inspire positive change for surfing, our fans and the environment. Formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), the WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, running global products across the Samsung Galaxy men’s and women’s Championship Tours, 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; it strives to put the world’s best surfers on the world’s best waves.

Showcasing the world’s best surfing on its digital platform at WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL has energized an already-passionate global fan base with millions around the world tuning in to see the likes of Kelly Slater, Filipe Toledo, Gabriel Medina, Makua Rothman, Grant “Twiggy” Baker, Greg Long, Stephanie Gilmore, John John Florence, Carissa Moore and others do battle in the most dynamic field of play in all of sports. For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.

Dave Prodan
VP of Communications dprodan@worldsurfleague.com
+1 805-758-5586

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Country’s Top Young Surfers Chasing WSL Africa Titles at Cape St Francis

September 26th, 2015 No comments
Bianca Buitendag advanced to Round 3 of the Cascais Women's Pro inPortugal on Friday WSL/ Poullenot

Bianca Buitendag advanced to Round 3 of the Cascais Women’s Pro inPortugal on Friday WSL/ Poullenot

Independent on Saturday – 26 September 2015

By Paul Botha

The country’s top young surfers are locked in a battle for the World Surfing League Africa Junior titles at Seal Point in Cape St Francis this weekend.

After a delay for fog, the third and final event in the 2014 / 2015 Billabong Junior Series got underway on Friday as excellent waves reeled down the long rock-strewn point. The highest ranked competitors justified their preferential seeding and confirmed that local competitive surfing has a bright future.

Jeffreys Bay local Dylan Lightfoot, who heads the Under 20 Men’s rankings, showed the benefit of campaigning on the international circuit by posting both the highest single ride score, a near perfect 9.25 out of 10, and the highest heat total of the day, 15.75 out of 20, in winning his round one heat.

Defending event winner and 2014 WSL Africa Junior Champion, Shane Sykes of Salt Rock, demonstrated that he will not be relinquishing his titles without a fight by winning his opening encounter convincingly, as did the next three on the rankings – Jordy Maree, Matt McGillivray and Adin Masencamp.

In the Under 20 Women, multiple South Africa team member Chanelle Botha and Taghiti Gericke were the standouts on the opening day. They will come up against the top seeds Nicole Pallet, Teal Hogg and Gina Smith when round two gets underway today.

Along with the country’s most prestigious titles for surfers aged 20-and-under, there are also four places at stake for men and two for women in the WSL Africa regional squad team who will compete in the World Junior Championships in January 2016.

The event runs until Sunday and includes events for boys and girls in the Under 14 and Under 16 age categories. Live scoring for the U20 heats can be followed at http://bit.ly/1G7v6Zt

Meanwhile in Europe, South African surf star and current world number four, Bianca Buitendag, slipped to second place in her first heat at the Cascais Women’s Pro which got going at the backup venue of Guincho in Portugal after three successive lay days due to small swell and adverse winds.

But Buitendag bounced back to form in round two, defeating local wildcard Theresa Bonvalot and she faces a matchup with number five ranked Californian Lakey Peterson and Hawaiian Alessa Quizon in round three when competition resumes. Watch the action in Portugal live at http://bit.ly/1NY72A5 from 9am daily.

And the inaugural ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships presented by the Challenged Athletes Foundation also had its first day of action on Friday after the opening ceremonies and a well attending adaptive surfing clinic the previous day.

There are five South African athletes among the 65 competitors who are competing in divisions that include those who can ride kneeling or standing up, sitting on their craft, laying on their craft or those who need assistance catching waves and getting back onto their boards, but ride the waves independently.

These inspiring ocean lovers can be seen inaction at http://bit.ly/1jipcQc from 5pm today and tomorrow.

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World’s Best Surfers at Trestles for Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro

September 9th, 2015 No comments
Adriano de Souza, seen here during the J-Bay Open in July, will wear the Jeep Rankings Leader’s yellow jersey at the Hurley Pro which starts at Trestles in California today (Wednesday) Image: WSL / Cestari

Adriano de Souza, seen here during the J-Bay Open in July, will wear the Jeep Rankings Leader’s yellow jersey at the Hurley Pro which starts at Trestles in California today (Wednesday) Image: WSL / Cestari

Defending Champions Jordy Smith and Stephanie Gilmore Withdraw due to Injuries
Shaun Tomson Takes on Fellow Surfing Legends in WSL Heritage Series

The famed cobblestone break of Lower Trestles, one of the of the most high-performance waves on the planet, will host the world’s best surfers as the Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro kick off today (Wednesday), with a competitive window that could last until September 20.

Adriano de Souza (BRA) remains at No.1 on the Jeep Leaderboard heading into the Hurley Pro, the eighth stop on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT). De Souza holds a narrow lead over his closest rivals, current world No. 2 and three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning and fellow Australian Owen Wright, the current No. 3.

Defending Hurley Pro champion Jordy Smith (ZAF) has withdrawn from the event due to an ongoing injury suffered during a freesurf at the J-Bay Open. Smith has previously missed the Fiji Pro and the Billabong Pro Tahiti this year and is being replaced at Lower Trestles by Aritz Aranburu (ESP).

On the women’s side, California-native Courtney Conlogue (USA) is atop the Jeep Leaderboard, just 400 points ahead of two-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW). Conlogue had a disappointing result at the Swatch Women’s Pro last year and is looking for a solid finish at Lower Trestles this season to retain her ratings lead.

In form South African, Bianca Buitendag, currently ranked No. 4 after posting two runner-up berths and a third place finish in the last three events, faces Tatiana Weston Webb (HAW) and Dimity Stoyle (AUS) in her opening match-up.

Reigning six-time WSL Champion and defending event winner Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) withdrew from the competition due to an ongoing knee injury sustained during a freesurf in Australia’s Margaret River earlier this season. She will be replaced by Caroline Marks (USA), currently No. 2 on the WSL North America Junior rankings.

Alongside the WSL Top 34 and Top 17 the events will see a return of the WSL Heritage Series with a women’s heat and a men’s Expression Session designed to celebrate and honour the icons of the sport.

Shaun Tomson, the 1977 World Champion and South Africa’s most internationally renowned surfer, will take on fellow legends Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew, Simon Anderson, Cheyne Horan (all Australians) and Michael Ho in the men’s event while former world champions Lisa Andersen (USA) and Sofia Mulanovich (PER) will showcase women’s surfing. Seven-time former World Champion Layne Beachley (AUS) has been forced to withdraw from the women’s Heritage Heat following a recent neck and back injury.

The Heritage Series Heat and Expression Session will have the opportunity to run at any point during the competition window.

Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) and Ian Crane (USA) earned the wildcards for the men’s event after winning the Hurley Pro Trials in July while Bethany Hamilton (HAW) has been awarded the wildcard for the Swatch Women’s Pro.

Surfline, official forecaster for the World Surf League, is calling for:

A long run of very rippable Southern Hemisphere SW swell will prevail for the first few days of the waiting period. In addition, we now expect to see SE/SSE swell from Hurricane Linda starting as early as Wednesday afternoon/evening and continuing Thur/Fri. All swells will gradually trend down through the weekend, with a further decrease in surf for early next week. A fun size Southern Hemisphere SW swell is on track for the 16th-18th.

The Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro at Trestles hold a competitive window of September 9 – 20, 2015. All the action will be webcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and on the WSL mobile app. staring at 5.30pm South Africa time daily.

Hurley Pro Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Kelly Slater (USA), Jadson Andre (BRA), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 2: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Aritz Aranburu (ESP)
Heat 4: Owen Wright (AUS), Keanu Asing (HAW), Tomas Hermes (BRA)
Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS), Hiroto Ohhara (JPN)
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Michel Bourez (PYF), Ian Crane (USA)
Heat 7: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Joel Parkinson (AUS), Glenn Hall (IRL)
Heat 8: Josh Kerr (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Kolohe Andino (USA)
Heat 9: Italo Ferreira (BRA), John John Florence (HAW), Ricardo Christie (NZL)
Heat 10: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Fredrick Patacchia Jr. (HAW)
Heat 11: Nat Young (USA), Kai Otton (AUS), C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 12: Taj Burrow (AUS), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA)

Swatch Women’s Pro Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA), Malia Manuel (HAW), Alessa Quizon (HAW)
Heat 2: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW), Dimity Stoyle (AUS)
Heat 3: Courtney Conlogue (USA), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Bethany Hamilton (HAW)
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW), Silvana Lima (BRA), Caroline Marks (USA)
Heat 5: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Coco Ho (HAW), Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 6: Johanne Defay (FRA), Tyler Wright (AUS), Laura Enever (AUS)

ENDS

About the World Surf League
The World Surf League (WSL) organizes the annual tour of professional surf competitions and broadcasts each event live at WorldSurfLeague.com where you can experience the athleticism, drama and adventure of competitive surfing — anywhere and anytime it’s on. The WSL sanctions and operates the following tours: the Junior Tour, Longboard Tour, the Qualifying Series (QS), the Big Wave Tour and the crown jewel of the sport, the WSL Championship Tour (CT) which determines the sport’s undisputed world champions. The organization is headquartered in Santa Monica, California with Commercial Offices in New York. The offices are supported by regional centers in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America and South America.

Issued on behalf of:

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

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