Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro
presented by O’Neill
Melkosstrand
22 – 25 June 2017

 Final Results

Ribeiro & McDougall Clinch Titles at Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill
Faulkner and Fulton Grab Junior Crowns

Alex Ribeiro (BRA) and Zoe McDougall (HAW) clinched back-to-back titles in South Africa when they won the men’s and women’s events at the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill in front of a packed beachfront at Melkbosstrand in Cape Town on Sunday.

Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) was the only South African winner at the event, successfully defending the junior men’s crown he won last year, while Sophia Fulton (AUS) grabbed her second victory in the past three weeks by dominating the junior women’s final

Ribeiro added this week’s World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 win to his victory in the QS3,000 Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing in Durban last weekend, which sees the former Championship Tour (CT) surfer jump three places to No. 2 on the QS rankings.

Up against close friend and travelling companion Marcos Correa (BRA) in the final, Ribeiro shot into a commanding lead as a growing swell pushed the wave heights up to two metres. Finding the only high scoring left breaking wave of the event, an 8.67, Ribeiro had his opponent in a combination situation within 10 minutes and Correa still needed 15.68 points when the 25 minute heat ended.

McDougall, who has already won four events in South Africa this year, overcame an uncharacteristically sluggish performance in the junior women’s final to dominate the women’s final, racking up scores of 7.83 and 6.67 for a 14.50 heat total that her opponents, Camilla Kemp (PRT), Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) and Reiki Noro (JPN) were unable to match.

Joshe Faulkner was ecstatic to return to the winners circle at the junior men’s event he won last year. The lanky Jeffreys Bay teenager stayed very busy throughout the final, riding a total of 13 waves in the 25 minutes, and took the lead from Liam O’Brien (AUS) with a high-risk aerial that netted him an excellent 8.87.

With Joao Chianca (BRA) threatening the lead, Faulkner posted a 7.0 on his twelfth ride to seal the victory ahead of Chianca, O’Brien and his brother Angelo.

The junior women’s final was the first to run as the swell started filling in and became a nail-biting contest as the top three were separated by less than half a point. It was Fulton’s opening ride of 7.33 that prevailed when the last rides of both fellow Australian Pacha Luque-Light and McDougall fell agonizingly short of overhauling the leader. Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) struggled to find waves with scoring potential in the final and finished fourth.

The presence of event sponsor and current world No. 3, Jordy Smith, drew throngs of spectators to the event and he put his signature on everything from surfboards to T-Shirts and posters before presiding at the awards ceremony.

The outreach programmes conducted by Surfing South Africa (SSA) at the each of the five events in the City Surf Series formed an important part of the activities, enabling young surfers from various backgrounds to participate in the international events. Comprising beach activities, water coaching, a tag team contest and beach relays the initiatives were presented by the Surfers With Original Talent (SWOT) organisation headed by Danielle Johnson.

Full results, news, photos and videos will be available at www.worldsurfleague.com and on the WSL App, which is a free download.

The Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro is proudly supported by O’Neill, City of Cape Town, Tsogo Sun, Skullcandy, El Jimador, Yesman, Red Bull, World Surf League, Surfing South Africa and Accelerate Sport.
Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill
Men’s Final Results
1. Alex Ribeiro (Brazil) 15.67 R12,000 1,000 pts
2. Marcos Correa (Brazil) 10.43 R 6,000 750 pts

Women’s Final Results
1. Zoe McDougall (Hawaii) 14.05 R8,000 1,000 pts
2. Camilla Kemp (Portugal) 8.37 R4,000 750 pts
3. Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) 8.13 R2,500 560 pts
4. Reiki Noro (Japan) 7.33 R2,000 525 pts

Junior Men’s JQS1,000 Final Results
1. Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) 15.83 R8,000 1,000 pts
2. Joao Chianca (Brazil) 14.27 R4,000 750 pts
3. Liam O’Brien (Australia) 11.53 R2,500 560 pts
4. Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) 9.27 R2,000 525 pts

Junior Women’s JQS1,000 Final Results
1. Sophia Fulton (Australia) 10.10 R4,000 1,000 pts
2. Pacha Luque-Light (Australia) 10.00 R2,000 750 pts
3. Zoe McDougall (Hawaii) 9.70 R1,110 560 pts
4. Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) 3.64 R 900 525 pts

Men’s Semifinal Results (2nd = 3rd place; R3,000; 560 pts)
SF1: Marcos Correa (BRA) 16.17 def. Alonso Correa (PER) 15.50
SF2: Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 10.16 def. Robson Santos (BRA) 4.03

Event sponsor and current world No. 3, Jordy Smith, with Zoe McDougall (Hawaii) and Alex Ribeiro (Brazil), winners of the women’s and men’s events at the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill at Melkbosstrand on Sunday
Photo: WSL / Thurtell

 


Men Reduced to Last 16 on Day 2 of Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill
Top Seeds Dominate with Perfect 10 Point Rides

The top seeds dominated the action on Day 2 of the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill as the World Surf League QS1,000 event was reduced to the last 16 men in solid 1 to 1.5 metre waves at Melkbosstrand on Friday.

After washing over the beach road and leaving it strewn with kelp during the overnight Spring tide, the swell subsided as the day wore on and two perfect 10 point rides and nearly a dozen scores of 9.0 or more thrilled the crowd who flocked to the beach to witness the world’s best surfers in action.

While many of the crowd were hoping to see SA surfing icon and event sponsor Jordy Smith in action, the current world No. 3 ranked surfer opted to give the younger surfers a chance to compete against the highly ranked international surfers by withdrawing from the event named in his honour

“This is really a dream for me, to be able to give back to surfing here in South Africa that has given me so much,” said Smith. “It’s the least I could do to give back, to give some South Africans the opportunity to compete against guys of the highest levels. So let’s hope we get some great waves today and I look forward to watching the guys compete.

“I’m not going to surf in the event, I’m just going to take the time to watch and I think it’s really important to give other people the opportunity. So I’m just going hang out and I’m really excited about we have to offer here.”

Smith went on to make a lot of his fans really happy by conducting an extended signing session at the event and will repeat that each day over the weekend.

Meanwhile in the surf Dean Bowen (AUS) was the first to go over 9.0 points as early as Heat 2 of Round 2 and he was followed by Vicente Romero (ESP), Alex Ribeiro (BRA), who posted two for an incredible 18.60 heat total, before Manuel Selman (ARG) went perfect with three massive hacks.

The assault continued as Australians Chris Zaffis and Jackson Baker both went near-perfect, as did Andy Criere (ESP) and Ribeiro again in his Round 3 clash. Krystian Kymerson (BRA) rounded out the high-scoring bonanza in the last heat of the day when he opened his account with a 10 and then sealed the heat win, and a place in the last 16, with an excellent 8.33 backup, all in the first five minutes of his heat.

Ribeiro, who spent 2016 among the world’s top 34 on the elite WSL Championship Tour (CT), is the highest seed in the event and was happy with his performances in the cold water and air temperatures. The Brazilian won the QS3,000 event in Durban last week to move into No. 5 on the QS leaderboard, and is aiming for huge result in the first QS10,000 of the year at Ballito in 10 days of the year

“After that great result in Durban there are very different conditions here in Cape Town, the water is too much cold and the first couple of waves I could not feel my feet on the board,” said Ribeiro. “I’m stoked to make a great start and get through the first heats here in Jordy Smith’s contest and I hope to do better.”

Spanish compatriots and travelling partners Vicente Romero and Andy Criere took turns to stamp their authority in their respective heats. Romero won their Round 2 clash before they each won their Round 3 clashes and will now meet up again in Round 4.

“I was surfing against my friend (Andy Criere) and we are staying together,” said Romero. “I saw everybody was catching great waves, and I started with just four points, just a backup score. Then I got the 9.5. I couldn’t hear anything but I knew it was a good score because I made four big turns, and the judges liked it.”

Cape Town’s Jordy Maree, 18, sent the local supporters home happy when he clung onto second place behind Kymerson in the last heat of the day to become the only South African through to the last 16.

“It was difficult, there was a lot of glare and hard for the judges to see, but there were definitely a couple of waves and I really enjoy this wave, especially for a contest, so I’m happy to get through,” said Maree.

“Having all these events back to back here is the biggest thing in SA surfing in many years. I’m just grateful to everyone who put these events together so we don’t have to travel around the world to get the points. I haven’t done a full year on the QS yet, so I’m just getting points so I can qualify for the QS6,000’s and then I can do the tour full time”

Saturday’s schedule sees the QS1,000 women’s event and JQS1,000 junior men’s and women’s events get underway. The champions in all four events will be crowned on Sunday.

An outreach programme will be conducted by Surfing South Africa (SSA) on Sunday 25 June. Participants from local outreach organisations will be involved in beach activities, water coaching, a tag team contest and beach relays with all participants receiving breakfast, lunch and a commemorative medal.

Live scoring, news, photos and video’s will be available at www.worldsurfleague.com and on the WSL App. which is a free download. Daily highlights can be found on the WSL QS Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Alex Ribeiro (BRA) is the highest ranked surfer still in contention for the men’s crown at the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill
Photo: WSL / Thurtell


Surfers Conquer Victory-at-Sea Conditions on Day 1 of Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill
Tubewave at Melkbosstrand Produces Chunky Waves in Huge Swell

A giant swell and strong crosswinds did not prevent the competitors in the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill, from producing excellent performances in what can only be described as ‘victory-at-sea’ conditions on the opening day at Melkbosstrand north of Cape Town on Thursday.

With whitewater from the beach to the horizon, Tubewave maintained its shape with the waves reforming on the inside and providing those with paddle power and resolve the opportunity to rack up scores in the excellent range – over 8.0 points out of a possible 10.

Daiki Tanaka (JPN) showed the way in the second heat, opening his account with an 8.0 before adding and even better 8.83, and then closing out the 20 minute encounter with an action packed ride that earned a near-perfect 9.33, to deliver the highest heat total of the day with 18.16 out of 20.

Liam O’Brien (AUS), competing in just his second overseas QS event, was another to pack two excellent range scores into his total, coming up with the second highest total of the day, 17.73, that included a 9.23 and an 8. 50. That left his three opponents in a combination situation and needing to replace both their counting scores.

“That heat went really well. I couldn’t hear the scores out there but I managed to find myself on a couple of fun waves, and it looked like everyone got a few,” said O’Brien. “It was just a good heat, plenty of exchanges and I’m just stoked to come out on top. This has been a really good trip, South Africa is such an amazing place for waves, so diverse. I went up to Durban for the 3,000 and it was fun there, warm water and beach breaks But here its colder with plenty of raw ocean power – it’s been good to surf all the different conditions in the first two QS events I’ve done overseas.”

Cristobal de Col (PER) was another who enjoyed the powerful Cape waves and felt really at home in the conditions to advance to the next round.

“I made it through so it was a good heat for me,” said de Col. “The conditions are really tricky, it’s very consistent but a real mess out there. I really love the power of the wave and the shape, it has a big wall. It’s my first time in Cape Town and I’m loving it. I love the vibe of the people and it feels like home – like a real family vibe.

Powerfully built South African Dale Staples had fun in his heat and was happy to advance to the last 64 in the event as he prepares for the Championship Tour event at Jeffreys Bay after winning the wildcard in solid surf at Supertubes earlier this month.

“Its super fun, there are really nice double-ups coming through but it’s a helluva lot of paddling because of the bigger swell coming through and the wind,” said Staples after winning his heat. “I’ve doing really bad in the local series, but I’m looking forward to the J-Bay CT, so it’s good to get a couple of warm-up waves for that. You usually have to get used to the cold water in Cape Town, but it’s really warm today, warmer than the air.”

Organisers completed the 16 heats in Round 1 of the men’s event on Thursday and will continue with Round 2 where the top 32 seeded surfers in the event enter the fray. All eyes will be on local hero and current world No. 3 Jordy Smith who will be coming up in Heat 8 at approximately 11am.

While he is the event sponsor, along with multi-national surf equipment O’Neill, Smith faces serious competition from the likes of former CT campaigner Alex Ribeiro (BRA), who won the QS3,000 event in Durban last weekend, and a host of hungry QS competitors.

The QS1,000 women’s event will get underway on Saturday morning, followed by the JQS1,000 junior men’s and women’s events.

The swell is expected to drop marginally from today’s seven metres to around five metres on Friday. It is anticipated that the organisers will get Round 2 underway soon after 8am.

An outreach programme will be conducted by Surfing South Africa (SSA) on Sunday 25 June. Participants from local outreach organisations will be involved in beach activities, water coaching, a tag team contest and beach relays with all participants receiving breakfast, lunch and a commemorative medal.

Live scoring, news, photos and video’s will be available at www.worldsurfleague.com and on the WSL App. which is a free download. Daily highlights can be found on the WSL QS Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

The Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro is proudly supported by O’Neill, City of Cape Town, Tsogo Sun, Skullcandy, El Jimador, Yesman, World Surf League, Surfing South Africa and Accelerate Sport.

Cristobal de Col (PER) finds a clean green wall in the victory-at-sea conditions that prevailed at Melkbos on Thursday for the opening day of the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill
Photo: WSL / Thurtell


Cape Storms Force Venue Change for Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill

QS1,000 and JQS1,000 Events Moved to Melkbosstrand for First Two Days

Cape Town’s biggest international surfing event, the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill, has been moved to Melkbosstrand after authorities closed Big Bay at Blouberg, the original venue, due to damage caused by the 30 Year storm earlier this month.

Another massive frontal system with near gale-force SW winds, huge waves exceeding seven metres in height and a deluge of much needed rain, is predicted to reach the drought stricken Western Cape overnight on Wednesday and into Thursday, the opening day of the four-day event.

After being informed that Big Bay could not be used, organisers planned to run the event using a roving venue that took the competition to the best waves available each day at either Llandudno or Tableview. However, the forecasts of giant surf and inclement weather have prompted them to opt for Melkbos, five Kms North of Big Bay and more sheltered from the elements, for at least the first two days.

The presence of Jordy Smith, the South African surfing icon and current world No.3, who is sponsoring the event in conjunction with O’Neill, the global surf industry manufacturer, is expected to attract huge interest in the event from the surfing community and general public.

“I’m ecstatic to have such a diverse and massive field coming to the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill,” said Smith. “The locals get to pit their skills against internationals in home waters and the learning experience from this is invaluable. I’m also excited to showcase the beauty and perfect surf the Peninsula has to offer!”

The World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 rated events for men and women, and Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) 1,000 events for junior (18-and-under) men and women have drawn massive fields, including more than 50 highly rated international surfers in the men’s event, which forced the organisers to add an extra day to the three-day period usually required for similar events.

The event is scheduled to run from Thursday to Sunday, 22-25 June and offers a total prize-purse of R80,000 with 1,000 points going on the QS rankings going to the winner of the men’s and women’s events.

The winners of the junior men and women earn 1,000 points on the WSL Africa regional rankings which determine the annual regional champions and also count for the selection of the four men and two women who represent the region at the World Junior Championships in Australia in January.

An outreach programme will be conducted by Surfing South Africa (SSA) on Sunday 25 June. Participants from local outreach organisations will be involved in beach activities, water coaching, a tag team contest and beach relays with all participants receiving breakfast, lunch and a commemorative medal.

Live scoring, news, photos and video’s will be available at www.worldsurfleague.com and on the WSL App. which is a free download. Daily highlights can be found on the WSL QS Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

The Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro is proudly supported by O’Neill, City of Cape Town, Tsogo Sun, Skullcandy, El Jimador, Yesman, World Surf League, Surfing South Africa and Accelerate Sport.

Caption: Jordy Smith in action during his victory at the Bells Beach Pro in Australia at Easter
Photo: WSL / Sloane

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