Durban based surfer Slade Prestwich won the JBU Supertrial, presented by RVCA in solid 4 – 6 foot surf at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay today (Sunday).
Combining long drawn-out bottom turns with big carves off the top, Prestwich overcame a strong challenge from Mikey February in the final of the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA. Local surfers Shaun and Ryan Payne finished in third and fourth position respectively.
Prestwich won the coveted wild card entry into the World Surf League’s Championship Tour event, the JBay Open of Surfing, which will be held in Jeffreys Bay from 8 – 19 July.
“Surfing Supertubes with just three other guys in the line up was the highlight of the Supertrial for me,” said an excited Prestwich after his win.
“Seeing three big sets coming and knowing I could take any waves I wanted too was an amazing feeling and I cannot wait to surf against the likes of Kelly Slater in the JBay Open next month”.
Prestwich is guaranteed a minimum purse of R109 000 for competing in the WSL JBay Open, the only World Championship Tour event that is held on the African continent.
Contest director Koffie Jacobs who called the Supertrial on this morning was happy with the conditions on the day.
"Supertubes delivered yet again and proved why it is rated as one of the best waves in the world. It was tough having to call off the JBU Supertrial last weekend with the gigantic surf that battered the coastline but waiting the extra week was worthwhile as we witnessed a high standard of surfing today in Jeffreys Bay."
Watched by nearly 1 000 spectators on the beach, Ryan Payne won the award for the worst surfed best wave, while Davey Van Zyl won an Arbor skateboard for the best carve of the event.
Shaun Payne won a Nixon watch for the best barrel of the JBU Supertrial, while Mikey February won a Firewire surfboard for being nominated as the surfer of the event.
The JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA, forms part of the annual JBay Winterfest – www.jbaywinterfest.com, a multi sports festival which takes place every July in Jeffreys Bay and is presented by Woodlands Dairy.
The JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa. Surfing South Africa is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), and recognised by the Dept. of Sport and Recreation as the national controlling body for surfing.
The JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA is supported by Arbor, Firewire, Stance, Nixon, Monster Energy South Africa, Zigzag Magazine and El Jimador Tequila.
Stop No. 5 on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour (CT), the Fiji Pro, commenced today with the world’s best surfers tackling building four-to-six foot (1.5 - 2 metre) waves at Cloudbreak for Round 1 of competition.
Holding a waiting period from June 7 - 19, the 2015 Fiji Pro opened with five consecutive lay days, allowing the world’s best surfers to acclimatize to their temporary homes of Tavarua and Namotu as well as re-familiarize themselves with the world-class lefthander of Cloudbreak. The brief pause before action resulted today’s explosive Round 1 that bore witness to a number of upsets as well as excellent scores.
First to take to the water was 11-time WSL Champion and three-time Fiji Pro winner Kelly Slater (USA) against 2014 semifinalist Kolohe Andino (USA) and former CT surfer Alejo Muniz (BRA). While the swell slowly built throughout the morning, Muniz successfully snatched the lead with less than ten minutes gone and was able to hold onto it throughout the remainder of the 35-minute bout, relegating both Slater and Andino to the elimination Round 2.
“We’ve been waiting for that heat for so many days,” said Muniz. “It feels amazing to surf in that heat and get the win. I know it’s only the first round but it feels like a really big win for me because I’m here as a wildcard and I don’t know when I’ll be back again.”
Taj Burrow (AUS) managed to take the win over rookie Matt Banting (AUS) and replacement surfer Artiz Aranburu (ESP) in wave-starved Heat 2. A buzzer beater from the tour veteran earned him the highest single-wave score of the heat and a place in Round 3.
“It’s pretty nerve wracking when you know you’ve only got a few seconds and there’s one little wave left,” said Burrow. “I felt like I surfed pretty back through most of the heat but luckily enough that little wave came and I got it done. It was a close heat though. It’s unreal to have Jay (Davies) here, he was so excited when he got the call.”
Rookie Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) stormed into the lead with a 7.17 by connecting a series of clean turns. Injury replacement Jay Davies (AUS) answered back with a 5.00 and a 3.00 to leave Josh Kerr (AUS) in third place. Davies followed up with the best barrel of the day so far, earning a heat high 8.17 for the lead but without a strong back-up score the Brazilian rookie was able to steal the heat win with a late 6.67.
“I surfed this morning and it wasn’t really barrelling so I just wanted to try and find the medium wave and make big hacks,” said Dantas. “I’m so stoked to my heat. I’ve been waiting for the swell and really hoping that it’s been coming.”
Dantas was joined by fellow rookies Keanu Asing (HAW) and Italo Ferreira (BRA) in collecting Round 1 wins today.
Mick Fanning (AUS), three-time WSL Champion, posted a commanding Round 1 win today over rookie Ricardo Christie (NZL) and local wildcard Aca Ravulo (FJI). Looking composed and precise, Fanning dismantled the running lefthanders and advanced directly into Round 3.
“Fiji has become somewhat of a second home for me in recent years,” said Fanning. “It’s an incredibly special place with great people and waves. I’ve spent a lot of time here and you can’t undervalue experience and timing out at these waves. Great to get a Round 1 win and excited to see what the rest of the forecast delivers for us.”
Kai Otton (AUS) kept the Australian momentum going following the Fanning win, blasting his way to a forehand victory over current Jeep Frontrunner Adriano de Souza (BRA).
“I owed Adriano (de Souza) here as he’s knocked me out twice before in Fiji - I was ready for payback,” said Otton. “Not great Cloudbreak today but decent conditions and really rippable. I love coming to Fiji and I’m looking forward to the rest of the event.”
Gabriel Medina (BRA), reigning WSL Champion and defending Fiji Pro winner, reclaimed some of his 2014 form today, posting the day’s high heat total of a 17.13 out of a possible 20 for an unparalleled forehand assault across the Cloudbreak walls.
“Waves weren’t what we expected going into that heat but it was pretty fun,” said Medina. “I have a pretty good board under my feet and was able to surf more comfortably than I have pretty much all year. I love Fiji. I love both Cloudbreak and Restaurants and am happy to be here.”
C.J. Hobgood (USA), 2001 world champion, is into his 17th year amongst the world’s elite and mysteriously donned the #11 jersey of fellow Floridian Kelly Slater (USA) for this afternoon’s Round 1 heat. Following the bout in which he fell short to Medina, Hobgood announced that 2015 will be his final year as a WSL competitor.
“I really want this to be my last year as a competitor,” said Hobgood. “I won’t be putting a jersey on after 2015. I’ve been fortunate enough to have a long career on tour, spent time with friends who became family and have enjoyed a lot of ups and downs throughout. As part of my last year on tour, I want to honor a few surfers who have inspired me throughout my career so I’m wearing Kelly’s jersey here in Fiji. Anyone who has ever touched a surfboard in the last 30 years has been inspired by Kelly (Slater) and he was gracious enough to allow me to do this in Fiji.”
Hobgood will take on Julian Wilson (AUS) in the elimination Round 2 when competition recommences.
Surfline, official forecasters for the WSL, are calling for:
A medium to fairly solid SW swell will continue Saturday and will get reinforcements throughSunday morning. Confidence is increasing that a larger and solid SSW swell will build in for Mon/Tue. Wind conditions will need to be monitored carefully in the next few days; mornings generally look favorable, although we may see less than ideal wind for some of the afternoons.
When competition recommences, up first will be current Jeep Frontrunner Adriano de Souza (BRA) up against local wildcard Inia Nakalevu (FJI) in the opening heat of the elimination Round 2.
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7:30am to reassess conditions for a possible 8am start.
Highlights from the Fiji Pro will be available via WorldSurfLeague.com.
The world's best surfing is broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports in Australia, MCS Extreme in France, EDGE Sports in China, South Korea, Malaysia and other territories and on Globo TV in Brazil.
Fiji Pro Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 12.20, Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.54, Kelly Slater (USA) 11.37
Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS) 12.33, Matt Banting (AUS) 11.13, Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 10.50
Heat 3: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 13.84, Jay Davies (AUS) 13.17, Josh Kerr (AUS) 5.07
Heat 4: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 15.16, Dane Reynolds (USA) 8.53, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 8.50
Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.77, Ricardo Christie (NZL) 9.26, Aca Ravulo (FJI) 5.40
Heat 6: Kai Otton (AUS) 15.60, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 8.86, Inia Nakalevu (FJI) 5.30
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.13, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.93, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 10.67
Heat 8: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 14.00, Owen Wright (AUS) 13.67, Dusty Payne (HAW) 7.50
Heat 9: Nat Young (USA) 13.00, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 11.57, Glenn Hall (IRL) 10.77
Heat 10: Jadson Andre (BRA) 15.17, Adam Melling (AUS) 14.60, Julian Wilson (AUS) 11.34
Heat 11: Keanu Asing (HAW) 11.50, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 10.93, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 6.33
Heat 12: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.97, Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.20, Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 11.47
Fiji Pro Round 2 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Inia Nakalevu (FJI)
Heat 2: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Aca Ravulo (FJI)
Heat 3: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Dane Reynolds (USA)
Heat 4: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Jay Davies (AUS)
Heat 5: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Aritz Aranburu (ESP)
Heat 6: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Glenn Hall (IRL)
Heat 9: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 10: Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 11: Jeremy Flores (AUS) vs. Ricard Christie (NZL)
Heat 12: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Matt Banting (AUS)
Congrats to the NMBS Masters team to compete at SA Champs in Richards Bay in August 2015
35+ 1.Clinton Fraser 40+ 1.Jason Erlank
2.Brad Sorour 2.Pieter Ben vRhijn
3.Martin Hartslief 3.Warwick Heny
4.Justin Douglas- Jones 4.Dennis Ellis
45+ 1. Mervyn Goddard 50+ 1. Andre Venter
2. Munro Munnik 2.Johnny Bakker
55+ 1.Fuzi Jappie 60+ 1.Dave Lipschitz
2. TBA 2.Mush Hide
Please confirm your availability by Friday 12th June. Note that Masters comp runs for shorter duration than main comp - and only starts on the Thursday - to accommodate peeps who battle to get time off work.
Contact Mervyn Goddard firstname.lastname@example.org
Wanna know why you're now NMBS and no EP anymore? Here's the story:
By now you shoulda noticed that EP Surfing is no longer, and has been replaced by Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders (NMBS). All thanks to the government telling SASCOC to get their ducks in a row, which in turn resulted in a big re-structure by SA Surfing from our old provincial system to a new district system. Complicated stuff - you can read the whole story here.
K, so what that means is a new logo is needed to represent our new district. Here's your chance to sharpen your pencils and design our town a kiff new logo for the Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders (NMBS).
The only guidelines is that the prominent colours must be red and black, and it's gotto have NMBS or Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders somewhere on it.
Even if you suck at photoshop and stuff, just draw it on a piece of paper and take a photocopy of it (or even a pic of it with your phone) and send it to Merv.
Send your entries to Mervyn on email@example.com
Comp closes 27 June 2015.
The winning logo wins R2000 thanks to sponsors Decopro and Surf Centre.
Winner will be decided by the NMBS committee. Judges decision is final.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders Executive would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the following surfers who will be representing NMBS at the 50th SA National Surfing Championships. The 2015 Citroen SA Champs will be held in Richards Bay at Alkanstrand from the 2nd – 9th August 2015.
U20 Boys U20 Girls
1. Matt McGillivray 1. Crystal Hulett
2. Joshe Falconer 2. Gina Smith
3. Jerry van Wyk
4. Dylan Lightfoot
Open Men Open Ladies
1. Remi Petersen 1. Emma Smith
2. Grant Beck 2. Faye Zoetmulder
3. Daniel Jeggels
4. Dane Cox
Please confirm your availability by Friday 12th June 2015. Contact either Etienne Venter or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Masters team will be announced shortly.