Quiksilver Surf Series Heads To Port Alfred For Final Event Of 2015 Series
Port Alfred – The Quiksilver Get Free Surf Series will head to the town of Port Alfred on the Sunshine Coast at the end of August for the final event of this three-part series. South Africa’s best Open Men, U20 and U16 Boys will be competing for over R30 000 in prize money, 3A Surfing South Africa Pro Surf Tour points and the final Quiksilver Get Free titles.
Port Alfred’s East Beach is a highly regarded surf break and with favourable conditions and swell it could make for the perfect amphitheatre for a high performance showdown. “Port Alfred is definitely a top venue for an event of this nature, when the waves are on, they are on! I can’t wait to surf a heat there. The contest should be great,” said Shane Sykes, the winner of the U20 junior boys division in the second leg of the series which was held at Umhlanga Rocks, KZN.
Favourites in the Open Men's division include Umhlanga’s Beyrick de Vries, who recently placed 9th in the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Michael February of Kommetjie who was runner up to de Vries in the second leg of the series as well as experienced veterans Daniel Redman and Brandon Jackson, both of Durban North. Previous U20 winners Shane Sykes of Salt Rock and Diran Zakarian of Melkbosstrand and SA Junior Team members Michael Monk of East London, Richard Kidd and Ntando Msibi of Durban will be serious contenders in the point-like conditions in this division.
There will be stiff competition in the U16 boys division with the likes of 2015 National Junior team member Sebastian Williams of Durban, Adin Masencamp of the Strand, Joshe Faulkner of Jeffreys Bay and Luke Malherbe of East London all competing in the event. Others to watch are Jake Elkington of Hout Bay as well as Ethan Fletcher and Ford Van Jaarsveldt of Kommetjie.
Quiksilver Marketing and Sales Manager Dane Patterson has been very happy with the 2015 series and anticipates that the final event in Port Alfred will deliver great surf conditions, “I think that the series we’ve put on this year has been very well received, good for the South African surfers and for our domestic surf tour, we’re hoping that it will encourage other brands to invest more in the sport and the local surf scene. Port Alfred can be a very good venue and make for a top event when the ocean delivers, so we’re hoping that mother nature comes to the party for the final event of the series.”
Supporting sponsors to the series include Zigzag Surfing Magazine, Techniblock sunscreen, Drift action camera’s, Skullcandy, Neff and Red Bull.
For more information, videos, photos go to www.quiksilver.co.za/getfree.
To enter go to www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and click on the Quiksilver Get Free Series poster
Surfing South Africa is the governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).