The Bloodscan Surf Industry Cup was held at the Point in JBay over the long weekend, and it was a chance for those of us in the Industry to catch up, surf and compete for the coveted title and bragging rights of the Surf Industry Cup, last surfed in 2003, and last won by Billabong.
Bloodscan were the major sponsor, and together with the JBay locals put on an incredible event. The rules are pretty simple - it's a normal individual surf comp, with prize money for the individual winners but each individual also surfs for an Industry Team, and each team has to have at least one staff member surfing. The contest lineup was pretty impressive, and after the Billabong Pro and Mr.Price Pro, one would be hard pressed to find a comp, boasting such a draw of talented surfers!
Team BOMBsurf consisted of John and I, Mark Shepperson and Stan Badger, and unfortunately, we didn't do very well, with John, Stan and I all getting knocked out in the first round. Sheppo restored some respectability and won his first heat only to become unstuck in the second round, leaving us only one place from the bottom (Thanks RVCA!)
There was plenty to keep us busy though, with all the beer flowing in the beer tent (thanks Black Label), the extended surf family of the Industry to catch up with, a mini ramp (thanks Element!) a Sector 9 Poker run, and not to mention festivities at the MexiCAN…it was a busy 2 days!
The surfing was out of the top draw with some classic match ups from the old guard of Frankie O, Mickey Lindsay, John Mc, Warren Dean and Chappy Adshade, to the long standing Pros like Foot, Davey Weare, Shane Thorne, Casey Grant and Antonio and new school of Slade, Beyrick, Mikey and Dale Staples.
The semi's and finals of all the event, including the Juniors, the girls and the U20s were super close and incredibly exciting, even though the waves were small - the weather was beautiful, the crowds were vocal and the beer was cold!
Well done to Mikey for taking out the event, especially considering he was a wildcard and had to surf a trial heat to get into the Bloodscan Team, and then went on to win the entire thing, and the U20 division as well! And well done to Gav, Casey, Klee and Antonio from Team Lizzard who won the Industry Cup for 2012.
Antonio, Gav, Casey and Klee.
Watch out...next year we're coming for you!
Final team placings.
tie 10 - Sector9
tie 10 - VonZipper
tie 12 - Hurley
tie 12 - O'Neill
13. Core Surf Shop
14 - EP Development Team
15 - TheBombSurf
16 - RVCA
Team's chilling under the gazebos.
The awesome beer tent!
The crowds loving the beer sponsor!
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Posted by Dieter on the 04/05/2012 18:34
Glad you are making the most of it all. Hope to hear all about it over a few cold ones. Keep fnnidig the way, all the best and find your rhythm!
Posted by Berdua on the 05/05/2012 03:07
really true. would be nice know how much do they get paid. so hurley oeffred him 6 million?? so quik should have oeffred him more than that. wow thats a lot but well deserved. surfers like him (anyway, they are just a few, not more than 10, 15) are the ones who make those companies richer and richer
Posted by Bruno on the 19/07/2012 23:32
NO NO @cupoyankee NO NO they are there because they are the best!!! Are you saynig kelly is only there because of quiksilver!! Dont let those ten world titles confuse you mate!!! I was there last year when taj won and for kelly this year!!! both deserving!!! there is a seperate league for you and jordy!! its called the WQS so you can off to that
Posted by Nina on the 22/07/2012 07:17
but @Sloth55Chunk but your understanding of the way the world works is worst. not to meoitnn your surfing, and all the while your saying jordy should be in the wqs. loser should shut up and never criticize people with potential .
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For glory, bragging rights and a huge jol!
South African Surf Industry Prepares To Do Battle For The Industry Cup
The inaugural BloodScan Surf Challenge and Industry Cup. An open surfing event that will incorporate the Industry Cup, an event that was last surfed in 2003. The last time the Industy Cup event was surfed it was won by Billabong, and the trophy has sat with Billabong ever since. The Surf Challenge is an open surfing event, and everyone is catered for, from the young U14 Girls and U14 Boys, to the U20 Girls and U20 Boys, as well as the Open Division, which will be competing for the Industry Cup. There is R74,000 in prize money, with the winner of the Open Division receiving R15,000.
The event is set to run from 28 - 30 April. This is normally a good time for surf in Jeffrey's Bay, and the contest organisers are obviously hoping for firing surf.
Sheppo using his toastmaster skills to distract Dan Redman from the real task at hand.
The venue for the BloodScan Surf Challenge and Industry Cup is The Point, Jeffrey's Bay. "It has been a privilege that we are in a position to sponsor these exciting events and bring such an amazing line up to J-Bay." says BloodScan's Lewis Khoury. "BloodScan is in its second year of being involved with surfing, and I am personally so stoked with the results that this is having for us and the surfers we interact with. I am looking forward to the upcoming Challenge in J-Bay."
The Bloodscan Surf Challenge is an open surfing event in a time when surf contests are quite few and far between. Bloodscan is proud to be involved with a sport like surfing, and have promised continued and growing support in the future. The event will be raising much-needed funds for the Supertubes Surfing Foundation. The Foundation has been preserving the waves and beaches of Jeffrey‚s Bay since 1999
The best competitive surfers in the country will be present at the event, as well as a solid industry contingent. Rules state that each team has to have one industry surfer representation. Local J-Bay teams like Billabong, Firewire, Nixon, Sector9, VonZipper and RVCA will be in attendance. Quiksilver, O'Neill, Volcom, Bombsurf, and Lizzard from Durban have entered, as well as Oakley and Hurley from Cape Town. There is also an EP Development team, that has been selected and entered by the Eastern Province Surfing Council.
John with longtime coach and training companion, Fernando and his secret formula for success
Event co-sponsors are African Bank, Black Label, Sector9, Element and EP Skydivers.
Red Bull will be supplying the energy for all contestants.
For contest entries please contact Laureen Payne on firstname.lastname@example.org or 072 898 1001
For more information contact Koffie Jacobs on email@example.com or on 084 515 7026
For media enquiries please contact Craig Jarvis on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 082 376 4443
The Jeffrey's Bay Surf Challenge is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA) and Eastern Province Surfing Council (EPSC).
Iain training with the sharks to fine tune his razor sharp competitive skills
Can you believe they are letting Badger out of the loony bin for the weekend just to surf in theBOMBsurf team!
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Posted by Gazza on the 22/04/2012 19:11
Here's my prediction on Team BOMBsurf:
Sheppo shreds and wins the whole event.
Iain watches the other 3 ous breeze past him in his heat while trying to conduct a fines meeting from back line.
John starts off well and is en-route to the semi's until he gets derailed on the beach by some good looking chicks and cold beer.
Stan brings some surfing credibility and is also looking good until he breaks all the boards he owns doing crazy moves and gets disqualified trying to bodysurf into the finals.
Posted by Brant on the 22/04/2012 19:35
Mark could do it with tube and aerial combos... if he can stay sober on that team 'Motley Crue'.
Posted by Gevs on the 23/04/2012 05:34
I think you guys might have a shot at the Fair play award... Go BOMBsurf team.
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Shark Alert Advisory.
FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION
Saturday 14 April 2012
SHARK ALERT ADVISORY: Controversial Ocearch shark tagging project to operate in False Bay from Sunday
The controversial Ocearch shark tagging project headed by American Chris Fischer, the producer of the dramatised Shark Men series on the National Geographic Channel, will be operating in False Bay starting on Sunday (15 April) despite the concerted opposition of the local and international shark experts and the local watersports community.
According to Chris Fallows of Apex Shark Expeditions, he and the other two shark cage diving permit holders in False Bay have been notified by Alison Kock, the head ‘shark scientist’ for False Bay and manager of Cape Town’s Shark Spotting Program, that the Ocearch project will be conducting their contentious research around Seal Island for ‘the next few days’.
Fallows, internationally renowned for his images of Great White Sharks breaching, and Rob Lawrence from African Shark Eco-Adventures have been offering shark cage diving trips to Seal island since 1996 and are vehemently opposed to the Ocearch project. The third operation, which is owned and operated by Ms Kock’s husband, has not commented.
Awareness of the research was first raised by Simon’s Town based wildlife photographer Dr Dirk Schmidt, the author of two books on Great Sharks, who issued a Shark Alert Advisory for ocean users in False Bay earlier this week after petitioning Dr Alan Boyd, the Director of Biodiversity and Coastal Research for the Dept of Environmental Affairs (DEA), who issued the permit to Fischer.
The permit, which was granted without any public participation, allows Fischer to use up to 5 000 kgs of fish chum over the 20-day duration of the local operations between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas to attract Great White sharks to the vicinity of his specially adapted 126 foot ship, then hook and fight the chosen sharks until they are exhausted before lifting the shark out of the water on a platform.
Up to 30 scientists from 16 organisations then have a maximum of 20 minutes to conduct experiments on the shark, including blood and sperm sampling and attaching a Smart Position Only Tag (SPOT) which is permanently bolted to the shark’s dorsal fin even though the satellite tracking device may only work for a couple of years, before returning the shark to the ocean.
The entire operation is being filmed by Fischer, a former big game fishing TV celebrity, who is reportedly funding the project to the tune of US $2 million (approx. R15.6 million). This despite Nat Geo Channel not renewing the Shark Men series and distancing itself from Fischer’s current project, which is subject to an international petition criticising the methods used and integrity of the research findings produced.
Dr Schmidt issued the shark alert advisory to notify ocean users of the possibility of increased shark activity in and around the research area after receiving no response from Dr Boyd about the lack of public participation in the permit process and the methodology to be used.
Supported by undisputed world authority on sharks, Dr. Leonard Compagno of AfriOceans Conservation Alliance, Dr Schmidt has now petitioned Dr. Mayekiso, the Deputy Director General for the Oceans and Coasts branch of the DEA, to urgently suspend the permit on a number of grounds.
Dr Schmidt queries the amount of fish chum permitted and the fact that, if this does not attract the required sharks, then oil and scents from marine mammals may be used to create a ‘scent path’ in the area of the research, which may be as close as 2 000 metres from the coast.
He also raises questions over the lack of a sustainable protection plan for the tagged sharks; the controversial nature of the SPOT tags which have been known to seriously injure the sharks; the validity of the invasive research techniques; the catch and release methods including the hooking and fighting the shark to submission, the lifting and effects of gravity on the sharks organs while out of the water; the effects of the media component of the operation which may see proper procedures subverted by Fischer in order to ‘get the shot’ and the possibility of a fatality to a threatened species.
Fischer is on record as saying that all the research will be made public and has already published maps of the sharks tagged during his operations in the Port Elizabeth and Mossel Bay areas on the Ocearch Facebook page. These show that the sharks immediately leave the area where they have been tagged and have been found to go as far as 40 degrees South, which has never before been recorded.
Obviously the position of the sharks will also be available to the unscrupulous shark fin industry. This is particularly worrying at present as the entire fleet of Marine and Coastal Management (MCM) inshore protection boats is currently tied up in Simon’s Town harbour awaiting the resolution of the new management tender debacle!
Meanwhile no official shark alert warning has been issued by the Cape Town environmental authorities. Gregg Oelofse, the Head of Environmental Policy and Strategy, says that ‘permits for this kind of research is outside of the City’s jurisdiction and resides with Department of Environmental Affairs’.
Oelofse also says that the Ocearch project will only be operating in False Bay after the 20th of this month and that the permit states that the City may place an observer on one of the project vessels in any operations that take place outside of the approved White Shark Cage Diving area in False Bay, provided they apply two days in advance.
In the absence of any formal notification, this Shark Alert Advisory is being issued based on the latest news from Ms Kock, manager of the Shark Spotters program which is partially funded by the City, that the Ocearch project could be operating in False Bay from tomorrow (Sunday).
Ocean users are warned that excessive amounts of chum, including marine mammal oils and scents, may be poured into the ocean and recently hooked, landed and possibly disorientated sharks may be released into False Bay over the ‘next few days’.
Concerns may be directed to the Director of Biodiversity and Coastal Research – Dr. Alan Boyd at email: email@example.com, to Gregg Oelofse at Gregg.Oelofse@capetown.gov.za and / or Alison Kock at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Posted by Peter Britz on the 16/04/2012 09:37
The great white shark issue is a highly emotive one. While this statement raises valid ethical concerns about research on sharks and the handling of live animals, as well as the lack of public participation on the issuing of a permit, publishing a "Shark Alert Advisory" is inappropriate as there are no logical grounds to suggest that shark activity will increase at beaches in False Bay. Chumming will take place well offshore (more than 2km) and will be highly localized.
For more objective information on the Ocearch activities see the statement by Shark Spotters
and the interview with Dr Alan Boyd:
Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science
Posted by Jamii on the 17/04/2012 10:01
Peter, you have raised a few note worthy points and shown that you have a good insight to the topic, but I have to disagree with you not the suggestion that issuing a warning is inappropriate!
We in a fundraising initiative for Paddling for Smiles campaign were planning this past weekend to do a False Bay Crossing with the predicted NW from Muizenberg - Pringle Bay and this route may have taken us directly through the area were this research may have been conducted. Upon getting insight to the chumming and the high likeliness of increased shark activity we opted to change our route for Monwabisi - Pringle Bay as a precaution, fortunately we had no shark sighting other than many seals. Should anybody wish to contribute to the Smile campaign any donation would be appreciated, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paddling-for-Smiles/224106967656852
Posted by kmfuiqwh on the 18/04/2012 17:52
Posted by not impresssed on the 23/04/2012 09:12
Peter - you still think it was not necessary to publish an advisory?
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Province celebrate victory
Western Province break the Eastern Province grip on the Mandela Bay Trophy and win the 2012 Billabong SA Grommet Games
Western Province beat hosts Eastern Province and won the coveted Mandela Bay Trophy at the 2012 Billabong SA Grommet Games in Port Elizabeth Sunday (April 8). Their victory is a credit to the management of Western Province Surfing who had their team well trained and highly motivated for the tournament. Selected after local trials in accordance with the strict guidelines set out by Surfing South Africa, Western Province can be proud of them.
The Western Province team celebrate their victory in the 2012 Billabong SA Grommet Surfing Games
Photo: SSA / Mentasti
The 2012 Billabong SA Grommet Surfing Games was held at The Pipe at Pollock Beach in Port Elizabeth over the Easter weekend. The Grom games is a Surfing South Africa development project Hosted by the Eastern Province Surfing Council and is Sponsored by Billabong and supported by Sport & Recreation SA and the Lotto.
It was close though and Western Province had to fight hard to wrest the trophy from the host province who won it in 2009, 2010 and last year. After counting all the points scored in each of the events that make up the Grommet Games, Western Province posted a total of 27,645 points while Eastern Province came in with 27,111. Kwazulu-Natal Central was third, Southern Cape came fourth, Boland were fifth, Border sixth, Southern KZN seventh and Zululand finished eighth.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Trophy is awarded to the provincial team with the highest combination of scores from the individual surfing results as well as the results from the Tag Team, Paddle Battle and Beach Flags.
Over 120 girls and boys from eight provincial associations took part in the annual event which is Surfing South Africa's premier entry level inter provincial tournament.
Sponsorship from Billabong and funding support from Sport and Recreation South Africa and the Lotto ensured that the 20th SA Grommet Games was a huge success once again. The event remains one of the highlights of the annual Surfing South Africa event calendar.
The tournament got off to a great start at the opening function held in the Amphitheatre at the Boardwalk on Wednesday April 4 when the teams were addressed by two National team members, Tarryn Chudleigh and Dale Staples, who spoke about the importance of representing provincial and national teams. Both surfers began their careers as 10 year olds surfing in national junior contests at the Pipe in Port Elizabeth.
During the event competitors enjoyed good offshore conditions, endured rainy onshore surf and had to battle strong to gale force winds but there were no complaints.
Thanks to the efforts of hosts, Eastern Province Surfing Council, under the guidance of President Johnny Bakker, event Secretary Shirley Fairall and other support staff, Contest Director Brian Abrahams, Head Judge Brad Beck and Surfing South Africa's Tasha Mentasti, the tournament was completed without a hitch.
Boland were awarded the Best Team Trophy for their energy, enthusiasm and support of not only their own team members but of the contest as a whole, while Western Province claimed a double by beating Eastern Province in the Tag team final where Border came third and KZN Central took fourth place. KZN Central won the Surfing Trophy for posting the highest points in the surfing category alone.
In the individual surfing categories, the exciting and incredibly talented Ntando Msibi (KZNC) won the premier Under 16 Boys final and was named Surfer of the Contest for his outstanding surfing. Peter Coffey had to settle for second while fellow EP surfer Bernhardt Pretorius was third and Birk Jorgensen (WP) came fourth.
Samantha Sutton (WP) won the Under 16 Girls title when she beat Michelle Verreynne (S/Cape) into second place. Jayde Lamb (KZNC) was third and Caroline Van der Merwe (S/Cape) came fourth. The Under 14 Boys victory went the way of Alex Van Rijswick (EP) with Kayla-Anne Verreynne (S/Cape) taking the Under 14 Girls gold medal. Julien Zens (Bol) won the Under 12 Boys final, Olivia Izzard (KZNC) earned the Under 12 Girls title, Ruben Voster (S/Cape) won the Under 10 final and James Ribbink took honours in the Under 8 final.
Ntando Msibi, Gabriel Kriel (Bor), Peter Coffey, Birk Jorgensen and Kayla-Anne Verreynne all won a Billabong certificate and Palmers wax as the surfers who posted the best wave of the day during the event. Kayla – Anne Verreynne also won the Da Kine gift pack as the surfer who posted the Highest Heat Score of the contest. Loyiso Ngcungama (SKZN) took home a Billabong back-pack for producing the Best Manoeuvre of the Contest while diminutive Tide-Lee Ireland (KZNC) not only won the inaugural Von Zipper Air show but was also presented with the Sportsmanship Award.
Senhlanhla Makhubu (KZNC) won the Junior Girls Beach Flags and Loyiso Ngcungama (SKZN) took honours in the Junior Boys Flags. In the Senior Girls Flags Tamlyn Gill (EP) came out on top with Marchall Nortje (S/Cape) winning the Senior Boys Flags gold medal. Samantha Sutton (WP) won the Girls Paddle Battle and Paul Van Rijswick (EP) took gold when he won the Boys Paddle Battle.
The SA Grommet Games is a tournament with a primary focus on transformation and development within the sport, and provincial structures are set strict criteria when selecting their teams for the four days of competition. While the main focus of the event is on surfing, participation in events such as a Paddle Battle, Beach Flags and Tag Team is also included in the activities.
This year participants were able to use a specially designed skateboard ramp courtesy of Element and were able to win prizes in the Sector 9 poker run. An Easter egg and treasure hunt were also part of the four day programme.
The tournament is also used to identify and reward surfers who excel during the surfing contest and each year Surfing South Africa names a South African Development
2012 SA Development Academy Squad:
BOYS : Ntando Msibi (KZNC),Peter Coffey (EP), Bernhardt Pretorius (EP), Birk Jorgensen (WP), David Garcia (WP), Jelina Sithole (SKZN), Lutho Ngquba (KZNC), Alex Van Rijswick (EP), Sebastian Bidoli (WP), Ghotso Khesa(KZNC), Riel Viviers (SC), Manqoba Dladla (SKZN), Lwandile Ngcungama (SKZN), Gabriel Fernandes (WP), Julien Zens (Bol), Redd Valentino-Debray (WP), Andreas Lubanjana (SKZN).
GIRLS : Samantha Sutton (WP), Michelle Verreynne (SC), Aishah Abrahams (EP), Samkeliswe Cele (KZNC), Kayla-Anne Verreynne (SC), Zama Japha (KZNC), Ibtehaj Jaylanie (EP), Tamlyn Gill (EP).
MANAGERS : Paul Izzard (KZNC), Babara Johnson (WP)
COACH : Roger Vuuanza (WP)
2012 BILLABONG SA GROMMET SURFING GAMES supported by Sport and Recreation SA and Lotto
1. NTANDO MSIBI - KZNC
2. PETER COFFEY - EP
3. BERNHARDT PRETORIUS - EP
4. BIRK JORGENSEN - WP
BOYS PADDLE BATTLE:
1.PAUL VAN RIJSWICK – EP
2. RIEL VIVIERS - BOL
3. NICHOLAS VAN DER MERWE – BOL
JUNIOR GIRLS FLAGS :
1. SENHLANHLA MAKHUBU -KZNC.
2. ZOE SMITH - EP.
3. FINN MUSSON - BOR
JUNIOR BOYS FLAGS :
1. LOYISO NGCUNGAMA - SKZN.
2. RED VALENTINO-DEBRAY - WP
3. LUCIANO WINDVOGEL – SC
SENIOR GIRLS FLAGS :
1. TAMLYN GILL - EP
2. KAYLA-ANNE VERREYNNE - SC
3. MISHKA STEYN - BOL
SENIOR BOYS FLAGS :
1. MARCHALL NORTJE - SC
2. ROBERT TWEDDLE - WP
3. JAMES MULLER – BOL
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Quik Pro Junior 2012
Prestwich Crowned Quiksilver Pro Junior 2012 Champ
New Pier, Durban – Slade Prestwich (Durban) was crowned the Quiksilver Pro Junior champion today at New Pier, Durban. The seventeen year old, formerly from Scottburgh, defeated the event favourite and last year’s champion Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) in a 20 minute final. Prestwich and de Vries were early standouts in the event posting some of the highest scores in the testing 4 ft (1.5-metre) surf.
Prestwich got off to a strong start in the under twenty division final well with a solid ride, scoring 8.25 out of a possible 10 points. De Vries battled to get going and had to make his way to the beach to swap boards after a shaky start. Ultimately time was on Prestwich’s side after sealing the heat and leaving de Vries needing a near perfect 9 point ride.
“I am so happy to win the event, I have been training every day and it has paid off, the surf was difficult but I stuck to my game plan and it paid off,” said a very pleased Prestwich after collecting his R15 000 winners cheque.
In the King of the Groms under sixteen division it was Max Armstrong (Cape Town) who was unstoppable in the man-on-man final against Steffen Burrows (Cape Town). Armstrong not only pocketed the R5 000 winner's cheque, he will fly to France in September to compete in the Quiksilver King of the Groms international finals which is held in conjunction with the Quiksilver Pro France World Tour event.
Slade Prestwich (Durban), winner of the Quiksilver Pro Junior 2012, is raised by good friends Jacob Mellish (left) and Beyrick de Vries (right) after beating de Vries in a man-on-man final.
Photo Credit: Luke Patterson
Koby Oberholzer, son of legendary south coast free surfer Frankie Oberholzer, cleaned up in the King of the Groms under fourteen and under twelve divisions. Oberholzer impressed judges and spectators alike with his clean and stylish surfing to earn himself the coveted kings crown and a cool R5 500, for a days surfing.
Michael February and Jacob Mellish, both from Cape Town took home R2 500 each and a set of Skullcandy headphones for winning the two Expression Session prizes. Mellish "blew up" on a perfect wave at New Pier to win the “Best Wave” award while February took to the air to win the “Best Aerial Maneuver” in the 20 minute session.
The Quiksilver Pro Junior & King of the Groms was presented by the City of Durban and supporting sponsors included Independent On Saturday, Skullcandy and Nestle Pure Life Water. The event was sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals and Surfing South Africa; surfers were kept powered by Red Bull.
Quiksilver Pro Junior:
1 Slade Prestwich
2 Beyrick de Vries
3 David van Zyl
3 Michael February
1 Koby Oberholzer
2 Max Elkington
3 Angelo Faulkner
4 Joseph Webster
Top Seeds Perform On Day Two at Quiksilver Pro Junior 2012
New Pier, Durban – A second day of onshore, choppy conditions made it difficult for all surfers on day two of the Quiksilver Pro Junior 2012. North easterly winds continued to blow causing surfers to struggle in the unpredictable four foot surf at Durban’s New Pier.
Despite a testing ocean, top seeds Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga), David van Zyl (Durban) and Michael February (Cape Town) all managed to put in excellent performances and post high scores to advance to the next round of the competition. De Vries who emerged victorious in the same event in 2011 stamped his authority early on in his round of sixteen heat by scoring an eight-point ride by getting fully covered up in the barrel and ending the ride off with a massive floater maneuver. “The conditions are a bit tricky but I am feeling confident in these waves, the onshore winds allow me to go to the air which is a necessity these days to win events,” said an excited de Vries.
Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) opted for aerial maneuvers to get through to the next round at the Quiksilver Pro Junior 2012.
Photo Credit: www.gregewingphoto.com
The event gets going again at 8:00am on Sunday morning with the King of the Groms under sixteen division surfers. The finals for all four divisions start from 12h30 with the awards ceremony at 15h00. A great day of weather is expected to end off the Easter event and the final day shows signs of light variable winds which means better conditions for the surfers still in contention.
The Quiksilver Pro Junior & King of the Groms is presented by the City of Durban and supporting sponsors include Independent On Saturday, Skullcandy and Nestle Pure Life Water. The event is sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals and
Surfing South Africa, surfers will be powered by Red Bull.
Khayehihle Ncgobo Wins Future Stars Division At Quiksilver Pro Junior 2012
New Pier, Durban – Solid four feet onshore surf greeted contestants on day one of the Quiksilver Pro Junior 2012. Action got underway at 8:00am at Durban’s premier high performance surf break with the Future Stars division. Khayehihle Ncgobo (Umzumbe) emerged victorious after two great performances ahead of Avuyile Ndamase (East London), Nicky Njapha (Umzumbe) and Brandon Benjamon (Cape Town). Solid performances were put in by all eight Future Star surfers who were selected by Surfing South Africa’s transformation program that grooms young, talented surfers from all over South Africa. The initiative aims to give these up-and-coming surfers the opportunity to compete in Durban at this highly anticipated annual junior surfing event.
Khayehihle Ngcobo (Umzumbe) emerged winner of the Future Stars division at the Quiksilver Pro Junior 2012 which is currently taking place at New Pier, Durban.
Photo Credit: Luke Patterson
Standouts in other heats on Friday were Max Armstrong (Cape Town), Shane Sykes (Salt Rock, KZN) and Jason Harris (Scottburgh) who all advanced into the next rounds of the Quiksilver King of the Groms under sixteen division. The event also caters for Pro Junior under twenty surfers as well as King of the Groms under fourteen and under twelve surfers. Seeded under twenty surfers will be taking to the water today (Saturday) with the finals and awards ceremony held on Sunday. The event’s only female surfer, Sarah Baum (Warner Beach), will be taking on the boys in the Pro Junior division. Baum is looking sharp after spending time in Australia competing on the ladies world tour and will be looking to dent some ego’s as she did in the 2011 event.
The event boasts R65 000 in prize money as well as an air ticket to France for the under sixteen winner where he will compete in the Quiksilver King of the Groms international finals in September. The Pro Junior winner will walk away with R15 000 in prize money. Surfing gets underway at 8:00am and concludes at 4:00pm.
The Quiksilver Pro Junior & King of the Groms is presented by the City of Durban and supporting sponsors include Independent On Saturday, Skullcandy and Nestle Pure Life Water. The event is sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals and Surfing South Africa, surfers will be powered by Red Bull.
Glad you are making the most of it all. Hope to hear all about it over a few cold ones. Keep fdiinng the way, all the best and find your rhythm!
Posted by Vincent on the 05/05/2012 04:15
This is getting a bit more sictebjuve, but I much prefer the Zune Marketplace. The interface is colorful, has more flair, and some cool features like Mixview' that let you quickly see related albums, songs, or other users related to what you're listening to. Clicking on one of those will center on that item, and another set of neighbors will come into view, allowing you to navigate around exploring by similar artists, songs, or users. Speaking of users, the Zune Social is also great fun, letting you find others with shared tastes and becoming friends with them. You then can listen to a playlist created based on an amalgamation of what all your friends are listening to, which is also enjoyable. Those concerned with privacy will be relieved to know you can prevent the public from seeing your personal listening habits if you so choose.
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Quiksilver Pro Junior, Durban
New Pier, Durban – Easter weekend will once again play host to South Africa’s most anticipated junior surfing event, the Quiksilver Pro Junior and King of the Groms. Top junior surfers will be making their way to Durban, the warmest place to be, to do battle for top honours in the four divisions that make up this popular Easter event.
The ASP 1 star Pro Junior division caters for all surfers under the age of twenty while the King of the Groms divisions are sanctioned by Surfing South Africa and cater for youngsters below the age of sixteen. The under sixteen, under fourteen and under twelve divisions provide a great platform for young surfers to be able to compete and gain experience. The winner of the under sixteen division will be flown to France in September to compete in the international Quiksilver King of the Groms finals alongside the Quiksilver Pro France World Championship Tour (WCT) mens event, a prize highly valued by all aspiring young pro surfers.
Slade Prestwich (17, Durban) placed second at the 2011 Quiksilver Pro Junior
and will be hoping for one better this year.
Photo Credit: Luke Patterson
Beyrick de Vries, the 2011 Quiksilver Pro Junior winner, is excited that the event is back on the calendar and that it is being held at New Pier, “Winning last year's Quiksilver Pro Junior was unbelievable, it was a big win for me and now I am competing on the World Qualifying Series, I am still a junior and cant wait for this years event, I have been away but heard that the waves have been pumping in Durban with all of the cyclone swell. New Pier is always such a good wave for a contest and hope that it turns on again this year,” said an excited de Vries who is currently in Newcastle, Australia surfing in the Burton Toyota Pro. De Vries will have his work cut out for him defending his title with likes of David van Zyl (Durban), Michael February (Cape Town) and Slade Prestwich (Durban) all having entered this year’s event. Prestwich put on an amazing display of surfing at last year’s event falling short to de Vries in the final heat. De Vries was on fine form scoring a massive 15.67 out of a possible 20 in the man-on-man 2011 final.
In the premier under 16 King of the Groms division, favourites include South African junior team members Max Armstrong and Steffen Burrows, both of Cape Town as well as Matthew McGillivray (Port Elizabeth) and Shane Sykes (Salt Rock, KZN). Included in the event is the annual Future Stars division whereby eight surfers from Surfing South Africa’s transformation program are selected, accommodated at the event and compete for a berth as a ‘wildcard’ in the main Pro Junior division. Last year saw Brandon Benjamin of Cape Town claim the title and advance to the round of sixteen. Benjamin has been selected once again to take part in this year’s edition of the event.
The event boasts a total of R65 000 in prize money and is presented by the City of Durban. There will also be a Skullcandy Expression Session where judges will be looking for the two most radical and innovative maneuvers, each will be rewarded with R2 500. Co-sponsors include Independent on Saturday, Skullcandy and Red Bull.
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New Pier, Durban – Eight surfers from Surfing South Africa’s transformation program have been selected to compete in this year’s Quiksilver Pro Junior 2012 presented by the City of Durban. The event, that’s now in its fifth year, will being taking place over Easter weekend from 6 – 8 April and will attract South Africa’s best junior surfers under the age of twenty years old.
The Future Stars division has been included in the event for four years now and aims to give up-and-coming surfers from the transformation program the opportunity to travel to Durban and participate in this elite junior surfing event. All eight surfers are hosted in Durban for the duration of the event, courtesy of Quiksilver, and get the opportunity to compete for the Future Stars title as well as the ASP Pro Junior title. Last year saw Brandon Benjamin (Cape Town) defeat a strong field to win the title ahead of Khayehihle Ncgobo (Umzumbe) and Papi Makanyane (Cape Town). Benjamin will be back in Durban to defend his title and have a go at the sought after Pro Junior title. Other surfers making their way to the Golden Mile for the event include Avuyile Ndmase (East London), Khayehihle Ngcobe (Umzumbe), Nicky Njapha (St. Mikes) and Simo Mkhize (Umzumbe) as well as three surfers from the Umthombo Street Children organization including Sfiso Mhlongo, Ntaka Ngcobo and Bongani Mpasane.
The event is made up of the Future Stars, ASP Pro Junior and King of the Groms divisions and boasts close to R65 000 in prize money. The 2011 champion, Beyrick de Vries, has been tipped to win the U20 Pro Junior division again at this year’s event while the premier U16 division is wide open and counts towards the PST (Pro Surf Tour) ratings. The winner of the U16 King of the Groms division will be flown to France for the International King of the Groms Finals in September which is held in conjunction with the Quiksilver Pro France WCT event.
The event is presented by the City of Durban and supporting sponsors include Independent On Saturday, Skullcandy and Nestle Pure Life Water. The event is sanctioned by ASP and Surfing South Africa and surfers will be kept powered by Red Bull. For more information, images, videos, news and more go to the event mini-site: www.quikprojunior.co.za.
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