Memorable Day for South African Surfing at Vic Bay Classic

VICTORIA BAY, GEORGE – High scores and epic waves kept rolling in on Day 2 at the Vic Bay Classic, the 7thstop on the World Surf League (WSL) Africa Qualifying Series (QS) Tour and the final stop on the 2019 City Surf Series (CSS).

Rachel-Presti. Ian-Thurtell

With light winds and a building swell, competitors reveled in the 1.3 to 2 metre (4 to 6 foot) waves. It was a great day for South African surfing, with the surfers capitalizing on their local knowledge and experience at the fabled right-hand point break, sending most of the international field home. 

Eli-Beukes. Ian-Thurtell

Vic Bay local and South African surfing icon Sean Holmes was one of the standouts in the Men’s QS1000, advancing to the Quarterfinals alongside Matthew McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay). The experienced 41-year-old showed no signs of slowing down, impressing the judges with his aerial maneuvers and powerful surfing on the long walls of his home break.

Vic Bay Surf Pro Classic. Ian-Thurtell

Adin Masencamp (Strand) was in the driving seat in the last heat of the Men’s Round 2, opening his account with a perfect 10-point ride, the first of the event.

Vic Bay local Bianca Buitendag secured her spot in the Women’s QS 1000 Semifinals at the Vic Bay Classic.
Credit: WSL/Thurtell

“I had priority in the beginning of the heat when that wave came to me. It’s crucial to take off on the right part of the wave out here to get a good score. I managed to go straight off the bottom, hit the lip, straight into another turn and hit the lip again before going into some rail work,” said Masencamp describing his perfect ride. 

“My board is feeling amazing and I am stoked to be here surfing Vic Bay. It’s incredible to have an event here and just surf with four guys out, because it’s normally really crowded. I’m super stoked to get that 10, I think the last 10 I got was when I was like nine years old!” said Masencamp.

For local star and former Championship Tour (CT) surfer Bianca Buitendag (Vic Bay), it was just another perfect day surfing at the break where she honed her skills. Buitendag delivered the highest scoring heat in the Women’s QS 1000 with a 7.5 and an excellent 9.0 for a total of 16.50, advancing to the Semifinals with Germany’s Rachel Presti. 

Young Capetonian Ceara Knight (Kommetjie) did well to hold onto second spot behind Philippa Anderson (AUS) and secure her place in the Semifinals, joining Buitendag as the only other South African still in contention.

East London goofy-footer, Zoë Steyn is the only South African in the Junior Women’s final after a convincing heat win. Steyn will face Piper Harrison (AUS), Rachel Presti (GER) and Japan’s Julia Nishimoto in the battle for the 1000 points that could see her take the top spot on the WSL Africa Junior rankings from Ceara Knight.

The Junior Men found themselves slipping and sliding off their boards, navigating the bumps on the wave faces. The Durbanites seemed to have the conditions figured out with Karl Steen and Luke Thompson winning their respective Semifinal heats. Saxton Randall, also from Durban, and Luke Slijpen (Llandudno) will join them in the final.

Bigger swell and strong winds are expected for the Finals Day on Saturday, 22 June. Watch the action live on the WSL QS Facebook page.

Alongside the world-class surfing action, the City Surf Series events also embrace sustainability and transformation programs such as the Surfing South Africa (SSA) Learn To Surf outreach project in collaboration with Caltex EC, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and Ocean Pledge.

Ocean Pledge will assist in creating ‘Blue Events,’ while the NSRI will be educating members of the public, competitors, local schools and surf outreach programs about ocean safety and ocean awareness.

More information, results and images will be available on www.worldsurfleague.com and on the WSL App. 

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