FINAL RESULTS FROM MERCEDES - BENZ SOUTH AFRICAN SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS HOSTED by BUFFALO CITY
Shot to Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders (NMBS) Masters team for their 2nd place at SA Champs - getting pipped by Border. The NMBS Open team came 5th, so overall standing for NMBS was a 3rd spot.
Men's Open Final:
1st Brandon Benjamin - 15.75
2nd Greg Emslie - 14.75
3rd Cody Coetsee - 8.85
4th Llewellyn Whittaker - 5.45
Women's Open Final:
1st Olivia Brand - 17.25
2nd Heather Clark - 16.75
3rd Danica Stockigt - 11.35
4th Maya Shefer Boswell - 8.95
Men's Over 35 Final:
1st Tyrell Johnson - 18.4
2nd Llewellyn Whittaker - 11.45
3rd Orrin Johnson - 10.65
4th Etienne Potgieter 10.35
Men's Over 40 Final:
1st Greg Emslie -16.25
2nd Tristan Johnson - 15.25
3rd Justin Maisch - 8.25
4th Warwick Heny - 8.0
Men's Over 45 Final:
1st Wayne Monk - 14.5
2nd Carl Roux - 13.75
3rd Gareth Sepp - 11.15
4th Rob Moore Boyle - 8.5
Men's Over 50 Final:
1st David Malherbe - 18.5
2nd Daryl Adamson - 15.0
3rd Richard Heath - 12.5
4th Andre Mory - 5.0
Women's Over 30 Final:
1st Heather Clark - 18.75
2nd Michelle Van Kempen - 12.2
3rd Lynne Mackey - 10.65
4th Tasha Mentasti - 8.05
Men's Over 55 Final:
1st Chris Knutsen - 17.4
2nd Trevor Hansen - 14.25
3rd Andre Venter - 8.75
4th Bruce Anderson - 4.25
Men's Over 60 Final:
1st Gordon Harmer - 14.25
2nd Jeremy Zinn - 13.25
3rd Dave Lipschitz - 5.35
4th Warren Wareing - 4.85
All images Ian Thurtell/SA Surfing
Huge surf pounds East London's Nahoon Reef forcing organisers of the 2017 Mercedes - Benz SA Surfing Champs hosted by Buffalo City to move to a safer venue
The predicted massive swell arrived in East London with a vengeance on Day Three of the Mercedes -Benz SA Surfing Championships hosted by Buffalo City forcing organisers to move the event away from an out of control Nahoon Reef to Nahoon Corner.
This decision was made by experienced Surfing South Africa Contest Director Cyril Nel who described the conditions at Nahoon Reef as "the biggest I have seen it in 30 years". Continuing with the contest at Nahoon Reef would have put contestant's lives at risk and moving the rounds to the relative calm of Nahoon Corner was met with applause by the surfers.
As the mayhem continued to build along the East London coastline the SA Championship the twenty two Day Three heats ran in the relative four foot tranquility of Nahoon Corner which will probably be the venue for Day Four as the huge surf continues to pound the better known surf spots.
The Open Women Semi Finalists were decided on Day Three and the first of these semis is made up of Olivia Donald and Samelikiswe Cele ( both eThekweni), Danica Stockigt ( Buffalo City) and Tasha Mentasti (Eden). The second semi consists of eight time SA Champion Heather Clark (Ugu), Britney Linder (Nelson Mandela Bay), Lynn Mackey (eThekweni) and Maya Shefer - Boswell ( Cape Town). The top two from each semi will compete for the SA Championship title in the Final on Sunday.
Qualifying for the first Over 35 Men's Semi Final are Tyrell and Stuart Fowles (both Buffalo City),Rene Terblanche (Cape Winelands) and Etienne Potgieter (Nelson Mandela Bay). Defending champion Llewellyn Whittaker (Eden) is joined by Orrin Johnson (Buffalo City), Jon Sam Caswell (Cape Winelands) and Calvin Moore (Ugu) in the other Semi Final.
The Over 40 Quarter Finalists are Greg Emslie, Tristan Johnson,Philip Malherbe and Greg Harris (all Buffalo City), Warwick Heny, Simon Owen and Andrew Donaghy (all Nelson Mandela Bay), Graeme Field, Rory Heard and Ryan Kuhn (all Cape Town), Karl Ribbink and Ross Solomon (eThekweni), Justin Maisch and Gary Van Wieringen (both Ugu), Luke Meiring (Eden) and Dave Petersen (Ilembe).
The Qualifiers for the Over 45 Quarters are Gareth Sepp, Andre Malherbe, Kevin O' Brien and Wayne Monk (all Buffalo City), Jacques Terblanche, Ryan Ribbink and Rob Moore Boyle (all eThekweni), Pieter Ben Van Rhijn and Mickey Lindsay (both Nelson Mandela Bay) and defending champion, Carl Roux (Ugu).
Day Four will see surfers in the Over 30 Women's Division, Over 55 and Over 60 Division joining the contest for the first time this week.
All the results and photos are posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and heat results with scores are posted on the Surfing SA Facebook page immediately after they are completed.
The 2017 Mercedes - Benz SA Surfing Championships is hosted by Buffalo City and supported by the Department of Sport and Recreation SA and the National Lotteries Commission. The event is hosted by the Buffalo City Surfriders and presented by Surfing South Africa ,the recognised governing body for the sport. Surfing South Africa is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).
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Huge surf pounds East London's Nahoon Reef forcing organisers of the 2017 Mercedes - Benz SA Surfing Champs hosted by Buffalo City to move to a safer venue
The early rounds of the 2017 Mercedes – Benz SA Surfing Championships hosted by Buffalo City began in challenging conditions at Nahoon Reef in East London today (Tuesday August 22)
The 52nd Edition of the premier Surfing South Africa National Championships features over 160 surfers from nine Districts who are competing for nine individual titles as well as Team honours.
Strong winds and changing conditions, which improved throughout the day, produced some fine individual performances and high scoring heats.
Standout surfer on the day was Heather Clark of UGU Surfriders. who posted a remarkable 19 out of a possible 20 points in her Round One heat. Clark is attempting to secure her 9th South African title since winning her first one at Nahoon Reef in 1989.
Another standout on Day one was five time and defending SA Mens Champion Greg Emslie of Buffalo City Surfriders who posted the highest heat score in Round One.
Joining Emslie in Round Three as Heat winners are teammates Michael Monk, Devyn Mattheys, Luke Malherbe and Thomas Lindhorst. Others who won their first round heats were Cody Coetsee and Derek Horlock (both UGU), Adin Masencamp (Cape Winelands).Jerry Van Wyk and Joshe Faulkner
(Nelson Mandela Bay) and Llewellyn Whittaker (Eden).
Joining Clark in Round Three of the Womens division are Olivia Brand (eThekweni),Danica Stockigt and Tayla de Coning (both Buffalo City) and Britney Linder (Nelson Mandela Bay).
The South African Championships ends with the finals on Sunday. Day One results are posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za
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TEAHUPO’O, Tahiti (Sunday, August 13, 2017) - Julian Wilson (AUS) claimed victory today at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, Stop No. 7 of 11 on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), after defeating Gabriel Medina (BRA) in the Final. A full day of competition witnessed intense action from the remaining competitors as they battled through 15 heats in six-to-seven foot (1.8 - 2 metre) surf at Teahupo’o.
Today’s win marks Wilson’s third CT victory and best result at the Billabong Pro Tahiti. The Australian is always a serious WSL Title contender and his first place finish moves him up from 8th to 5th place on the Jeep Leaderboard heading into the Hurley Pro at Trestles.
“It has been a few years,” said Wilson. “It is so special to win. I am ecstatic and I have nothing left in me. I am just so happy and relieved to finally win an event again. It took so many good waves to win this event and I was lucky enough to get those. I felt like I was trending in the right direction. I’ve had a pretty steady start to the year and I am so happy to be in the mix now. With so many events left, I am really looking forward to it. I was already enjoying myself on tour and even more so now. I cannot wait for the rest of the year.”
Wilson had a slow start to this season on the Australian leg but has been building momentum throughout the 2017 season, with improved results at each event, specifically his 3rd place finish in J-Bay, 5th in Fiji and 9th in Rio. The contender’s win now puts him just 2,150 points behind World No. 4 Owen Wright (AUS).
The exciting Final saw an all-out battle between Medina and Wilson. The Brazilian got the lead over the Australian with an incredible 17.87 combined score (out of a possible 20), with a near-perfect 9.20 (out of a possible 10) and excellent 8.67. Wilson was stuck in a combination situation and needed two new scores with time running out. Wilson fought back with a critical 8.10 and outstanding 9.23, but still trailed by 1.09 points. Under pressure but with priority, Wilson found his way out of a deep tube to earn a near-perfect 9.73 for the win in the dying minutes of the Final.
Caption: Julian Wilson (AUS) escaped out of tricky barrels to earn the highest two-wave total of the event, a near-perfect 18.96.
Credit: © WSL / Cestari
“It was an awesome Final,” continued Wilson. “With that 9, it was such a good wave and I was a little bit far in, but it was so nice that I wanted to make something special happen. I had plenty of time to get that 8.6. It really turned on for us in the Final and we had some great opportunities, so I am just glad to get that special one. Thank you to Gabby (Gabriel Medina) for an awesome Final. We seem to have these amazing match-ups in the Final and we didn’t disappoint. It has been such a special few days and I think we finished in the best conditions. We had a good battle and I am just so happy.”
The runner-up finish for Medina is his best result this season. The 2014 WSL Champion and event winner has struggled to excel past the Semifinals in 2017, but the Final appearance today proves that Medina is back in the game heading into the second-half of the season. The Brazilian superstar will improve two places to 7th on the Jeep Leaderboard.
“I am stoked to make another Final against Julian (Wilson),” said Medina. “He has been surfing really well the whole event and I think it is a little harder on your backhand, so good job to him. I am stoked. It feels good to be back in the game and now I am thinking about Trestles. I am happy. It is Father’s Day in Brazil and my dad is here, so that was a good present.”
Caption: Gabriel Medina (BRA) earned a runner-up finish after great performances at the Billabong Pro Tahiti. The Brazilian posted a Perfect 10 in the Quarterfinals, the highest single-wave score of the event.
Credit: © WSL / Poullenot
Wilson previously ended Jordy Smith’s (ZAF) run in Tahiti in the second Semifinal. Today the South African earned his best result in Tahiti, a 3rd place finish, and the top spot on the Jeep Leaderboard. Current World No. 1 Smith will head into the Hurley Pro at Trestles not only ready to defend his event win but eager to keep his lead over the world’s best surfers to improve his World Title campaign.
“I am still learning a lot and I wish I had figured it out earlier in the event,” Smith said. “I am just going to continue to keep learning and watching John (Florence), Jeremy (Flores), Kelly (Slater) and those guys and keep learning. I am stoked to be in the top spot. Obviously, it is a long way to go, but it is sick to be in the front there. This year is a new year and I just want to bring something new, something fresh, and keep trying my hardest.”
The first Semifinal heat saw Medina eliminate Kolohe Andino (USA) with two commanding 7-point rides. Andino posted the highest single-wave score of the heat, an 8.90, but could not secure the backup score required to advance to the Final. Andino’s excellent 3rd place finish marks his career-best result in Tahiti after a disappointing 25th place at the 2017 Corona Open J-Bay. Andino will look to bring the momentum from his Semifinal finish into his hometown of San Clemente, which will host the next stop on the 2017 CT.
2017 World Title contenders John John Florence (HAW), Owen Wright (AUS) and Matt Wilkinson (AUS) were eliminated from the event prior to the heated Semifinal match-ups but will keep within striking distance of the Jeep Leader Jersey as they remain in the Top 4 on the rankings.
Smith dispatched Florence in the third Quarterfinal match-up. The 2016 WSL Champion could not find the scores to close the 1.40-point gap and reclaim the yellow Jeep Leader Jersey for the next event. Florence leaves with a back-to-back Quarterfinal result to stay in 2nd on the Leaderboard, only 950 points behind Smith.
Florence showcased incredible surfing in Tahiti and posted the event’s second highest two-wave total, a near-perfect 18.70 in Round 3. In addition to his 5th place result, Florence received the Andy Irons Most Committed Performance Award for the second time in his career (2017, 2013). This prestigious award is given out every year to the standout surfer of the Billabong Pro Tahiti. Previous winners include Kelly Slater (2016), C.J. Hobgood (2015), Owen Wright (2014),Ricardo dos Santos (2012) and Jeremy Flores (2011).
“This is super amazing,” Florence said. “It is such an honor to get this award. Andy Irons was a part of that era that I looked up to growing up. He was the guy that we watched the footage of air-dropping at 12-foot Chopes and just standing in big barrels and getting spit out. Andy being the last Hawaiian World Champ -- and that was when I was younger -- so to win the World Title last year and bring it back to Hawaii and have everyone in Hawaii supporting me was such an amazing thing. It is so cool to win this because Andy is one of my all-time heroes.”
En route to his second place result, Medina knocked out Wright in the Quarterfinals with a Perfect 10 on his opening exchange. Wright was not able to escape the combination and was eliminated in Equal 5th place. Wright will stay in 4th on the Jeep Leaderboard.
Wilkinson was eliminated in Round 5 Heat 2 by Brazilian threat Wiggolly Dantas (BRA). Wilkinson came into Tahiti as World No. 1, but his 9th place finish will move him down to 3rd on the Leaderboard. The Australian will now look to Trestles to climb back to the frontrunner position and strengthen his World Title campaign.
2017 CT Rookies Joan Duru (FRA) and Connor O’Leary (AUS) put up strong fights today but were eliminated in Equal 5th and 9th, respectively.
The next stop on the 2017 World Surf League Championship Tour will be the Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro at Trestles. The heated WSL Title race will continue in San Clemente, California as the world’s best surfers will take on Lower Trestles from September 6 through September 17, 2017.
Highlights from the Billabong Pro Tahiti can be found atWorldSurfLeague.com.
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Billabong Pro Tahiti Final Results:
1 -Julian Wilson (AUS) 18.96
2 - Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.87
Billabong Pro Tahiti Semifinal Results:
SF 1:Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.16 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.90
SF 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.26 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 7.33
Billabong Pro Tahiti Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.23 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 13.94
QF 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.33 def. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 7.67
QF 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.50 def. John John Florence (HAW) 13.10
QF 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.16 def. Joan Duru (FRA) 9.00
Billabong Pro Tahiti Round 5 Results:
Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.37 def. Connor O’Leary (AUS) 11.66
Heat 2: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 15.50 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.00
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.93 def. Conner Coffin (USA) 11.40
Heat 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) 14.24 def Adrian Buchan (AUS) 10.60
Billabong Pro Tahiti Round 4 Results:
Heat 1: Owen Wright (AUS) 14.50, Connor O’Leary (AUS 13.40), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 13.40
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.37, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.50, Gabriel Medina (BRA) 6.00
Heat 3: John John Florence (HAW) 15.76, Conner Coffin (USA) 7.90, Julian Wilson (AUS) 4.00
Heat 4: Joan Duru (FRA) 12.33, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 11.43, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 8.40
2017 WSL Men’s Jeep Leaderboard (After Billabong Pro Tahiti ):
1 - Jordy Smith (ZAF) 37,850 pts
2 - John John Florence (HAW) 36,900 pts
3 - Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 35,950 pts
4 - Owen Wright (AUS) 35,350 pts
5 - Julian Wilson (AUS) 33,200 pts