The SA Masters went down in some challenging waves at Vic Bay. Nelson Mandela Surfriders got a credible 4th possie, with Buffalo City taking the win.
Top performers for NBMS were Stan Badger, with a 4th in the Over35's, and Steve Bredell, with a WIN in the Over 50 Men's.
Huge respect to Steve, who beat legend Wayne Monk in both his semi and in the finals.
Steve's story is a classic one. He used to surf in KZN back in the day - and went to trails a coupla times, but due to financial constraints at the time could never afford to go to all the trials needed to qualify, so never made a team.
He them gave up competitive surfing for 23 years. The ou's co-opted him back into the fold for these SA Masters - and he ends up winning the darn thing! Only guy in the comp to win a division that has never won a division before.
Better late than never Steve!
Day Two of the South African Longboarding Champs presented by RYD Brand sanctioned by Surfing South Africa kicked off in balmy weather and, once again, flawless offshore surfing conditions.
To start the day, the Veteran division took to the sizable 4-6ft conditions in style. This is no small feat considering that this division comprises surfers aged 60 and older.
Barry Campbell, representing KwaZulu Natal, put together an excellent heat, locking in the second highest heat score total of the day with a 17.00 total (8.00 + 9.00). The 63-year old, former Springbok surfer comes fresh off a win at the South African Surfing Masters Championships last week and proved to be a standout for the day, across all divisions.
As the wind turned onshore in the late morning, the Open Men’s abilities were put to test in somewhat trickier conditions. Standouts from the first day of competition who shone in the trials of more difficult conditions included Thomas King (Western Province), Sam Christianson (KwaZulu Natal) and Michael Hill (Eastern Province), marking them as surfers to watch for possible podium finishes. Each of these surfers achieved at least one excellent score (range 8.00 - 10.00) in testing surf.
The contest site was graced by representatives of the Kouga Municipality, who took the opportunity to snap a photo with World Tour surfer Jordy Smith. As the main sponsor, the Kouga Municipality has shown unwavering support for the event.
The day was cut short by a rising onshore wind that rendered the conditions sub-par. Action will resume tomorrow with the Quarterfinals taking place in what are expected to be smaller, clean offshore conditions.
For Live Heat score updates from the event, head to https://www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za/ and click on the “LIVEHEATS” Button.
For media use only, images from the day available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rvstnz46i1cdli1/AAD6s4TBzCIWNVxoDgfYcyJ4a?dl=0
Photographer credit: Mike Ruthnumhere to edit.
Jeffreys Bay to host 2021 South African Longboard Championships
For the first time in 12 years, teams of longboard surfers from around the country will meet in Jeffreys Bay to compete for the numerous South African team titles on offer at this annual event.
Jeffreys Bay will host the 31st annual SA Longboard Championships, sanctioned by Surfing South Africa, presented by RYD from the August 24th – 29th, subject to Covid-19 regulations.
Longboard surfers from around the country will get together at the world famous surf break to compete in an event that will involve both male and female competitors from the Under 14 category up to the Over 70 Legends division.
The pristine wave at Jeffreys Bay Lower Point lends itself perfectly to the art of longboard surfing. The Kouga municipality, together with a team of locals headed up by Cheron Kraak, have transformed the gardens of Point and Lower Point to create a warm welcome for guests from around the country.
“The locals and municipality have worked together tirelessly to beautify this high-traffic area and it’s looking gorgeous,” comments Cheron Kraak.
South Africa has a rich history of producing world class surfing talent and national championships have proven to be a breeding ground for future World Longboard Champions. 2018 WSL World Longboard Champion and Jeffreys Bay local, Steven Sawyer will be just one of the talented longboarders who will be taking part in the tournament at his local break. Four Wildcards will be added to the event this year, making it all the more competitive.
The event dates are subject to lockdown regulations at the given time. In terms of Surfing South Africa Covid -19 protocols all participants will be required to adhere to the Covid -19 event Standard Operating Procedures.
Confirmation of the final dates of the 2021 South African Longboard Championships will be confirmed based on National Government Lockdown regulations.
Contact Paul O’Connell for more information:
079 257 8822
Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii – After advancing through round three of the Vans World Cup 10,000 Qualifying Series (QS) event at Sunset Beach yesterday, word came out from the World Surf League (WSL) that JBay Surfer Matt McGillivray was a confirmed qualification for the 2020 Championship Tour (CT).
Rip Curl surfer McGillivray was placed 6th on the international QS ratings prior to this contest, and his advancement into round four will see him replace one of his lowest counting results. He now cannot be bumped out of the top ten, and qualifies for the premier CT for next year.
The CT comprises 22 surfers from the current tour, as well as 10 surfers from the QS, combined with wild cards and injury replacements, to make 36 surfers. In order to qualify from the QS you need to be within the top ten at year-end.
McGillivray will join fellow South African Jordy Smith on tour next year. The CT commences with the Corona Open Gold Coast at Snapper Rocks in Australia on 26 March 2020.
“I just want to say thank you so much to everyone back home for the support,” said McGillivray from Hawaii. “I got so many messages I still have to reply to, I didn't realize how many people followed what was going on, and it has been amazing to experience the support.”
McGillivray will come up against Nolan Rapoza (USA), Morgan Ciblic (AUS) and Jesse Mendes (BRA) in the second heat of round four when surfing commences again in Hawaii.
The event can be viewed live here https://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2019/mqs/3172/vans-world-cup-of-surfing and should go live between 7 and 8 PM tonight South African time.
2019 Surf Classic organised by the Pipe Surf Club went down on Saturday in some tricky conditions at the Pipe. Didn't bother the entrants though, as every had a jol and there was a high standard of surfing. Dillen Hendricks from JBay took the Men's title, with Ashley Vaughan the Ladies, Kye McGregor the Men's longboard and Michelle van Kempen the Ladies Longboard.
Thanks to the sponsors Billabong, RVCA, Vissla, Muse, RHBC, Ellies, Surf Centre and Beershack, and for Mervyn Goddard & the Pipe crew for organising.
Surf images Tristan Wright Photography/ Prize giving images Pertonel Poshumus Photography
Historical victory for the Buffalo City Surfriders junior team at the 2019 Sea Harvest SA Junior Surfing Championships in Jeffreys Bay.
Sunday September 29th 2019: The Buffalo City Surfriders junior team made history today when they recorded their first ever Team Title at the 2019 Sea Harvest SA Junior Surfing Championships, which was completed in 3 foot offshore surf at Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay.
The closest the East London junior team has ever come to winning the Freedom Cup in the 23 history of the National Junior Championships was in 2003 when they came second at their home break of Nahoon Reef. Last year they were third behind Cape Town Surfriders and eThekweni Surfriders.
The coveted Freedom Cup is awarded to the team accumulating the highest points across all divisions at the five day tournament.
Buffalo City’s accumulated 45221 points to runners up Cape Town Surfriders 43264 points. eThekweni were third with 37050 points, hosts Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders were fourth with 36445 points and Cape Winelands Surfriders posted 31597 points for fifth place. 2019 Loud and Proud Team Spirit Award winners, UGU Surfriders from Southern KZN were sixth with 28127 points; the Eden Surfriders from the Garden Route scored 26310 points and came seventh while ILembe Surf riders from Northern KZN’s 25575 points gave them eighth place. The small but determined SA Development Academy Team were eighth with 10680 points.
The 23rd edition of this important surfing championship will be remembered for its difficult onshore conditions and small surf on the first four days but the conditions for the finals were good and the vibes throughout the competition were excellent.
The annual Sea Harvest also determines four female and four male South African Champions in the U12, U14, U16 and U18 Divisions.
This year Bryce du Perez (Buffalo City) is the U18 Boys champion after beating Karl Steen of eThekwini into second place. JBay local, Angelo Faulkner (Nelson Mandela Bay) was third and Eli Beukes (Cape Town) came fourth.
Female Surfer of the Contest,Tayla de Coning gave the Buffalo City team the double in the premier U18 Division when she beat Gabi Lailvaux (eThekweni) into second place to secure the U18 Girls Championship title. Cape Town Surfriders representatives Caroline Brown and Summer Sutton were third and fourth respectively.
Daniel Emslie took gold in the U16 Boys final edging Buffalo City Surfriders team mate, Mitch du Preez into second place. Brad Scott (Cape Town) was third and Christian Venter (Cape Winelands) came fourth.
Zoe Steyn (Buffalo City) successfully defended her U16 Girls title beating Kayla Nogueira (eThekweni) into second place. Ceara Knight and Katie Winter (both Cape Town Surfriders) came third and fourth respectively.
2018 U12 Boys Champion Nate Colby (eThekweni) added the U14 Boys title to his growing list of wins when he beat River Gericke (Eden) into the runner up spot in this division. Joel Dace (Nelson Mandela Bay), who won the TCS – WiFi award and a Samsung Galaxy tablet for his efforts, was third and Connor Slijpen (Cape Town Surfriders) filled the fourth spot)
2018 U12 Champion Sarah Scott ( Cape Town) won gold in the U14 Girls Final this year with Mayah Potgieter (ILembe) second, Gemma Hannafey (Buffalo City) third and Scarlette van Jaarsveldt (Cape Town) fourth.
Cooper Smith (ILembe) won the U12 Boys title, Male Surfer of the Contest Levi Kolnik (Cape Town) came second, SA Development Academy Team representative Gordon Falangile was third and Ryan Schoon (Cape Town) came fourth.
The U12 Girls gold went the way of talented Anastasia Venter (Cape Winelands) with plucky Gabbi Herbst (eThekweni) second, tiny Louise Lepront (UGU) third and gutsy Meka Loots (Buffalo City) taking fourth spot.
As part of Surfing South Africa’s commitment to transformation, the South African Development Academy team participated in the event thanks to support from Sea Harvest and the Department of Sport and Recreation.
All the individual Heat Results from Round One to the Finals can be found on www.liveheats.com/surfingsouthafrica
Photos from all five days of competition are posted on the Surfing SA Facebook page at Surfing SA.
The 2019 SA Junior Surfing Championships was sponsored by Sea Harvest, supported by Sport and Recreation SA and powered by TCS - WiFi, the Computer Shop. The Kouga Municipality hosted the event which was presented by Surfing South Africa.
Surfing South Africa is the recognised governing body for the sport in South Africa and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC). SSA is a member of the African Surfing Confederation (ASC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA)
Seal Point, Cape St Francis – For the third day in a row the Eastern Cape delivered epic lines to the point at Cape St Francis, and a few rain squalls and howling offshore wind did little to quell the enthusiasm of the junior surfers.
The previous two days saw some incredible surfing taking place, and the finals day saw the levels upped, and some red hot action go down as everyone vied for the number one slot in the respective divisions.
The U12 Girls final was action-packed. Anastasia Venter was in the lead until the last few moments, when Gabi Herbst picked up a bomb and surfed it all the way through for an excellent 8.35 score and victory from Venter. Louise Lepront was in third, Yannah Figl in fourth and Meka Loots in fifth.
Then all eyes turned onto the U12 Boys division, as this ultra competitive division always has plenty of excitement. David Emslie took the winner’s slot with a very comfortable victory over Levi Kohlnick, with Rory Dace in third spot and Josh Malherbe in fourth.
It was young Sarah Scott who took the deserved win in the U14 Girls final with some fine surfing in the at-times tricky low tide conditions. She took victory from Olivia Winter in second place. Third was Maya Figl and Zia Hendricks came in fourth.
Local surfer Nathan Plomaritis was in great form in the U14 Boys Final and used his experience at the break to full effect. He banked a couple of solid 6-point rides before nailing a 7.25 toward the end of the heat and sealed the victory against Nate Colby. River Gericke surfed well in third place but failed to find any epic rides in the final, and Kyra Bennie was fourth.
The U16 Girls final was one of the most exciting heats of the day, with the some of the best female surfers in the country going full-tilt for the victory. Zoë Steyn was in a league of her own though, with a perfect ten point ride awarded for a series of backhand cracks down the point, with power and flow. She backed it up with a 9.25 ride for the highest heat total of the event. She had all three of her opponents combo’ed at the end of the heat, with final tally being Kayla Nogueira in second, Ceara Knight in third and Aimee Du Plessis in fourth.
Luke Thompson continued his in-form streak by winning the U16 Boys final, with Brad Scott in second and Mitch Du Preez in third, and with Dan Emslie in fourth place.
Then all eyes were on the Pro Junior divisions, and in particularly the Pro Junior Women. Once again it was a face-off between Zoë Steyn and Ceara Knight, and even after Steyn’s massive U16 final, she still managed to hold steady for her second win of the day, keeping Knight at bay with another well-deserved victory.
"I was really stoked to win," said Steyn after the final. "The waves were cooking for the whole event, and to get high scores in the final was really nice. Thanks to everyone who put on such a great event.In a freshening southerly breeze the Pro Junior men’s final took to the water, and it was natural-footer versus goofy-footer in the high performance conditions. The southerly breeze gave the waves a little ruffle along the lip-line, perfect conditions for big off-the-top cracks and power gouges.
Tom Lindhorst on his backhand found a few good runners, but was unable to find the walled-up sets, and was struggling to execute the high scoring moves, but Bryce Du Preez on his forehand found the bombs and performed some radical, high-risk moves for the big scores from the judges. His final wave was a 7.75 for a series of power turns and big lip hits that saw him surf all the way through to the inside, and get the big score and the deserved win.
BOS Highest Heat Score went to Zoë Steyn
VZ Flair Show was won by Caroline Brown
VZ Air Show was won by Eli Beukes.
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TEAHUPO’O, Tahiti (Wednesday, August 28, 2019) - Today, Owen Wright (AUS) won the Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o presented by Hurley Stop No. 7 of 11 on the World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Championship Tour (CT), in six-to-eight foot (2 - 2.5 metre) waves at the world-famous Teahupo’o reef pass. The rematch of the 2018 Tahiti Pro Final with Gabriel Medina (BRA) was one for the books with some of the best conditions since 2014.
Owen Wright (AUS) claimed his first event win in Tahiti after defeating Gabriel Medina (BRA), the two-time WSL Champion and defending Tahiti Pro winner. This is Wright’s first CT victory since the 2017 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast when the Australian inspired the world with his incredible comeback from a traumatic brain injury he suffered at Pipeline in 2015.
“I can’t be happier,” said Wright. “Gabby (Medina) was always going to be the toughest matchup and I had no priority and I snuck into those few on the inside. I tried to get as deep as possible and still make it. I teared up out there when the hooter went. I’ve been working hard and I am stoked to win.”
In a rematch of last year's Tahiti Pro Final, goofyfoots Wright and Medina battled once again at Teahupo'o but this time in heavy barrels. After a slow start, the heat turned into a barrel shoot-out at the twenty-minute mark and saw both surfers go wave for wave. Medina broke away with a 7.83 (out of a possible 10) and backed it up with a second 7-point ride, but Wright fought back with his own 7.73, only needing a 7.21 to win with eight minutes left. Under priority, Wright scored a near-perfect 9.17 to steal the title from Medina.
“I said I really wanted Gabby in the Final just to have that rematch and it was such a special time last year,” continued Wright. “The waves were just so perfect and to share that with a great mate was really special. When you come out here and in your first heat you get a 10, it makes things feel like things are coming. I haven’t won since Snapper and it has been so long. I won so early back then in my recovery and it has been so up-and-down and it has finally felt up and up and up in the last few months. I’ve tried to win this event a lot of times and it is amazing to finally get that today.”
Medina was not able to defend his title in Tahiti but still has the opportunity to defend his win at the Freshwater Pro pres. by Outerknown, the next stop on the WSL Championship Tour. The second-place finish vaults him up to fourth on the Jeep Leaderboard and another step closer to a third World Title.
“Owen (Wright) really deserved that one,” said Medina. “He started the day off with a 10-point ride and when someone starts like that, I think you feel like it is going to go your way. I am happy for him and stoked to be in the Final against him again. Last year it was me and today he got me. I love to compete against him, he is one of the best so it was good to get second to Owen.”
“I have to enjoy the momentum,” continued Medina. “It is hard to get the rhythm but now I feel like I am there. The win in J-Bay felt good and I think that will help me at the end of the year. Now I am just thinking about the wave pool. I cannot wait. I just want to thank God for the opportunity to have another Final with my great friend. This contest was unbelievable.”
Rookie Seth Moniz (HAW) captured his career-best performance today after making the Semifinals. Although the 22-year-old fell to runner-up Medina, he showcased his talents in heavy-water conditions in his freshman year on the elite CT. Moniz eliminated injury replacement Caio Ibelli (BRA), who sat right on the requalification cut-line before this event. Ibelli now moves up to 18th on the Jeep Leaderboard and betters his chances of qualifying for the 2020 CT next season after falling short last year.
Jordy Smith (ZAF) lost to Wright in the Semifinals. Earlier today Smith dispatched 2015 WSL Champion Adriano de Souza (BRA) to claim a third-place result, which moves him up to World No. 2 on the Jeep Leaderboard. The earlier eliminations of Top 5 competitors Kolohe Andino (USA), Filipe Toledo (BRA), Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) and Italo Ferreira (BRA) opened the door for Smith to strengthen his World Title campaign.
Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o pres. by Hurley Final Results:
1 - Owen Wright (AUS) 17.07
2 - Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.93
Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o pres. by Hurley Quarterfinal Results:
SF 1: Owen Wright (AUS) 15.67 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 10.66
SF 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 11.16 def. Seth Moniz (HAW) 7.43
Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o pres. by Hurley Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Owen Wright (AUS) 19.07 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 16.67
QF 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.06 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 8.67
QF 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 11.77 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 2.50
QF 4: Seth Moniz (HAW) 15.60 def. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 12.83
Current WSL Jeep Leaderboard Top 10 (after Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o pres. by Hurley)
Filipe Toledo (BRA) 36,600 pts
Jordy Smith (ZAF) 35,450 pts
Kolohe Andino (USA) 35,175 pts
Gabriel Medina (BRA) 34,695
John John Florence (HAW) 32,690 pts
Italo Ferreira (BRA) 31,280 pts
Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 30,780 pts
Owen Wright (AUS) 27,365 pts
Seth Moniz (HAW) 22,885 pts
Kelly Slater (USA) 22,385 pts
2019 Mercedes-Benz SA Surfing Championships hosted by Buffalo City gets going in tough onshore surf.
After gathering at an enthusiastic Opening Function on Tuesday August 20th surfers in the 2019 Mercedes–Benz South African Surfing Championships hosted by Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality got down to business on Day One of the event at Nahoon Reef today (Wednesday August 21st).
Early morning conditions were excellent but by midday the wind had turned onshore and the surf had deteriorated.
Despite the onshore surf, a handful of surfers posted some excellent scores with Tyrell Johnson (Buffalo City Surfriders), the standout. His heat total of 17 points out of a possible 20 in the Over 35 Division was the highest on the day and he became the first recipient of a set of Mach fins. The surfer with the highest heat score on each day of competition wins a set of these performance surfboard fins.
The next highest score was 16 out of 20 which was posted by defending South African Women’s Champion and National Team member Zoe Steyn (Buffalo City Surfriders) while Jake Elkington (Cape Town Surfriders) 15 out of 20 was the third highest score on the day.
Also showing his mettle in the tricky surf was Joshe Faulkner (Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders) whose 8 point ride and 12,67 was the fourth highest heat score on Day One of the 54th South African Surfing Championships.
Other surfers to win their Open Division heats were Liam de Villiers ( iLembe Surfriders), Bryce du Preez, Tyrell Johnson and Devyn Mattheys (all Buffalo City Surfriders), Simo Mkhize (Ugu Surfriders), as well as Paul Sampson and Ethan Fletcher (both Cape Town Surfriders).
Joining Zoe Steyn in the Open Women’s Division winners enclosure were eight time South African Champion Heather Clark (Ugu Surfriders), Aimee du Preez ( Buffalo City Surfriders) and National Junior Team member Kayla Nogueira (eThekweni Surfriders).
Tyrell Johnson, his brother Orrin, Buffalo City Surfrider’s teammate Devyn Mattheys and Ryan Halkett (Cape Town Surfriders) all won their first round heats in the Over 35 Division.
Conditions are expected to improve dramatically on Day Two of the Championship which will end with the presentation of all nine division Finals on Sunday August 25th.
The Mercedes–Benz SA Championships hosted by Buffalo City is the premier event on the Surfing South Africa calendar and features surfers in the Open Men’s and Women’s Divisions as well seven other age groups ranging from Over 30 to Over 60.
Over the 54 years that organised surf contests have taken place in South Africa, the powerful right handed Nahoon Reef waves have been the venue for numerous iconic South African Surfing Championships as well as the 1978 ISA World Surfing Championships and two Gunston 500’s.
The annual South African Championships is one of the longest running surfing tournaments in the World and Buffalo City has hosted more National Championships than any other in South Africa.
This is the third year in a row that Mercedes–Benz and Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality have partnered with Surfing South Africa to showcase South Africa’s surfing talent, crown nine new South African Champions and determine which team will win the coveted Presidents Cup, the Masters Cup and the Champions Trophy.
The support of these two iconic brands extends to the National Surfing Team which travels to the ISA World Surfing Games in Japan on September 2 in an attempt to qualify South African surfers for the 2020 Olympics in Japan.
All of Day one’s heat results and the rest of the week’s rounds are posted on www.liveheats.com/surfingsouthafrica
Once logged into www.liveheats.com/surfingsouthafrica anyone with a smart phone, laptop or PC will be able to view real time scores in every heat through each round.
Daily results and photos are posted on Surfing South Africa’s Facebook page, Surfing SA.
The 2018 Mercedes–Benz South African Surfing Championships are hosted by Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality and supported by Sport and Recreation SA.
The event is presented by Surfing South Africa in association with the Buffalo City Surfriders and produced by Accelerate Marketing.
JEFFREYS BAY, South Africa (Friday, July 19, 2019) - Today, Carissa Moore (HAW) and Gabriel Medina (BRA) won the Corona Open J-Bay, the sixth stop on the 2019 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), in four-to-six foot (1.2 - 1.8 meter) waves at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa. The win is a first in South Africa for World Champions Moore and Medina, and also marks their first CT wins this season to strengthen their respective World Title campaigns.
The action-packed Finals Day at the Corona Open J-Bay saw no shortage of drama and with six near-perfect 9-point rides and extremely close heats to complete the CT's halfway marker.
Gabriel Medina’s win not only jumpstarted his World Title campaign but meant a goofy-footer earned the CT victory in J-Bay for the first time since Mark Occhilupo in 1984. This is the 13th CT win of Medina’s career and the first of 2019 after failing to move past the Quarterfinals so far this season. The 25-year-old took down Italo Ferreira (BRA) in the Final, Kolohe Andino (USA) in the Semifinals and Owen Wright (AUS) in the Quarterfinals.
“That felt so good!” said Medina. “This is a hard contest to win. I had a lot of fun this week, it was amazing and I wasn’t expecting that. I’m really happy right now. Something clicked in that heat that was really special. I knew I could match up with Italo (Ferreira) or Filipe (Toledo), both of them were ripping. I just want to thank God for giving me the waves and I’m so happy I did the job.”
Although Medina only moves up one place to 7th on the Jeep Leaderboard, he is heading into the five events that he has previously won and three of which where he is the defending event winner (Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o, Freshwater Pro, Billabong Pipe Masters). Medina is known to clinch results in the back-half of the season and will be a threat in his hunt for a third World Title.
"It feels so good to get one over Italo (Ferreira)," continued Medina. "He surfs so well, even when he was combo’d I wasn’t comfortable because I know he can do anything. Being in the Final with another goofy-foot was amazing. All the Brasilians are doing so well and to share a Final with Italo means so much. It means a lot and this contest was really special because it’s hard to win out here. I’m back and I feel amazing. I just want to surf and do my best. The year is still long, so I’m happy with a win here.”
The CT event in J-Bay had never seen an all goofy-foot Final before today. The all-Brasilian battle was a momentous clash between Ferreira and Medina. Ferreira opened with a 9.10 (out of a possible 10) to set the tone, but Medina replied with a near-perfect 9.73. It took a while for both surfers to find a winning backup score. Ferreira got a 7.67 and with Medina only requiring something in the 7-point range. He didn’t hold back and matched the speed of the wave, completing his turns in the critical part of the wave with a smooth, flowing rhythm. Medina scored a barreling section to the roar of the crowd and came out flying for a 9.77, capturing 19.50 two-wave total (out of a possible 20) to place Ferreira in a combination situation in the dying minutes.
Ferreira dominated the event with some of the biggest scores in his first run past a 13th place result in J-Bay. The 25-year-old was responsible for the eliminations of J-Bay standout Filipe Toledo (BRA) in the Semifinals, Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) in the Quarterfinals, and 11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater (USA) in the Round of 16. Ferreira now sits at World No. 4 on the Jeep Leaderboard behind No. 3 John John Florence (HAW), who withdrew from this event due to injury, No. 2 Toledo, and No. 1 Andino.
“It was a long week, but I was glad to be in the Final with Gabriel (Medina),” said Ferreira. “It was a good heat, I started with the 9.10, but after that Gabriel smashed me. It was so fun to surf that wave. I came here early and tried to surf it without a crowd and tried to test my boards and everything. I’m so happy, it’s a good result and let’s keep it ripping.”
Two-time, defending event winner Filipe Toledo (BRA) was eliminated in the second Semifinal by compatriot Ferreira. Toledo looked set for another Finals appearance in Jeffreys Bay when he scored a near-perfect 9.00 for his opening ride, but Ferreira was unphased and answered back with a 9.50. Toledo only managed a 5.00 on his second wave, and Ferreira scored an 8.00 to send Toledo home. Toledo is only 565 points behind Andino heading into the Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o.
“Italo (Ferreira) has been in-form the whole event, and he’s probably my favorite backhand surfing this wave,” said Toledo. “He’s really fun to watch and I was really inspired by him trying the most vertical and fastest turns on this wave. I knew it was going to be really tough, that’s why I waited for the bombs. I got that first one and it felt pretty good. I was just waiting on another one and it didn’t happen, but he actually had priority so it just wasn’t my day. Besides that, I’m stoked with the Semifinal, another keeper, and I’m in a good position for the World Title right now. I’m happy to be part of the Brasilian generation that’s once again making history here in J-Bay.”
The last Quarterfinal saw Ferreira knock out Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) with an 8.50 and a 7.03 to Igarashi’s 6.77 and 5.60. Igarashi will now focus his attention on the Vans US Open of Surfing pres. by Swatch Qualifying Series (QS) event, where he is ready to defend his own three-peat in his hometown.
“I am so excited to go back home,” said Igarashi. “I haven’t been back to Huntington Beach since Snapper Rocks in April. I cannot wait to go see my parents and to see my friends back in Huntington. To be able to compete in front of the crowd and the local fans is the best way to go back home. I am going to do whatever I can to win it. Even though it has nothing to do with the World Title or the Olympics, but for me, there is nothing more than I want than to win it three years in a row.”
California’s Kolohe Andino Jumps to World No. 1, Will Wear Jeep Leader Jersey in Tahiti
It was a close matchup between Medina and Kolohe Andino (USA) with only 0.30 points separating them in the end. Andino tried to use the blustery offshore to his advantage and launched into a big aerial maneuver for a 7.50, but the score fell short of what was required to get into first place. He continued looking for opportunities, leaving Medina out the back, but unfortunately could not complete his aerial attempts. Andino previously eliminated Adrian Buchan (AUS) in the Quarterfinals. His third-place finish marks his best result in Jeffreys Bay and now vaults him to World No. 1 on the Jeep Leaderboard for the first time in his career.
Corona Open J-Bay Women’s Final Results:
1 - Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.47
2 - Lakey Peterson (USA) 14.60
Corona Open J-Bay Women’s Semifinal Results:
Heat 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.33 DEF. Caroline Marks (USA) 12.67
Heat 2: Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.27 DEF. Malia Manuel (HAW) 11.00
Corona Open J-Bay Men’s Final Results:
1 - Gabriel Medina (BRA) 19.50
2 - Italo Ferreira (BRA) 16.77
Corona Open J-Bay Men’s Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.30 DEF. Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.00
SF 2: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 17.50 DEF. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.00
Corona Open J-Bay Men’s Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.67 DEF. Owen Wright (AUS) 14.60
QF 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 15.43 DEF. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.10
QF 3: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 15.00 DEF. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 14.40
QF 4: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.53 DEF. Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 12.37
2019 Women’s CT Jeep Leaderboard (following Corona Open J-Bay):
1 - Carissa Moore (HAW) 41,175 pts
2 - Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 37,325 pts
3 - Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 35,065 pts
4 - Lakey Peterson (USA) 33,850 pts
5 - Caroline Marks (USA) 32,135 pts
2019 Men’s CT Jeep Leaderboard (following Corona Open J-Bay):
1 - Kolohe Andino (USA) 33,845 pts
2 - Filipe Toledo (BRA) 33,280 pts
3 - John John Florence (HAW) 32,425 pts
4 - Italo Ferreira (BRA) 29,950 pts
5 - Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 29,450 pts