Event:
Vans Surf Pro Classic
Location:
YoYo’s, Lamberts Bay, Western Cape
Status:
QS1,000 for Men & Women + JQS1,000 for Junior Men
Event window:
2-4 June 2017

QS1,000 Events for Men and Women plus JQS1,000 for Junior Men at Yo-Yo’s

The Vans Surf Pro Classic has announced the wildcards who have been awarded entry into the World Surf League (WSL) QS1,000 men’s and women’s events that will be run in Lamberts Bay on the West Coast from Friday to Sunday 2-4 June.

The men’s event sees renowned big-wave charger Josh Redman (Durban) take up a position in the Round of 64 while highly rated juniors, Ford van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie) and Calvin Goor (Salt Rock), will start in the Round of 72.

“I’m super stoked to be in the event, I haven’t surfed a contest for quite a while so thanks to Vans, my new head-to-toe sponsor,” said Redman. “It’s going to be a really fun event and the surf is looking great so I’m looking forward to a good weekend.”

The sponsor’s wildcard for the women’s event has been allocated to former South African champion Stacey Guy (Melkbosstrand) who will be competing in her first event of the year. The WSL wildcard has been awarded to Crystal Hulett (St Francis Bay), currently the second highest rated South African woman, who will join Guy in starting in the quarterfinals at Lamberts Bay.

The Vans Surf Pro Classic also includes a JQS1,000 event for men aged 18-and-under and features 20 international competitors from Hawaii, USA, Australia, Brazil, Peru and Japan, all of whom are keen to test their skills at the break dubbed the ‘Trestles’ of Africa after the outstanding waves experienced last year.

At stake is prize money totaling R70,000 along with rankings points on the WSL QS leaderboard for men and women which determine their qualification for and seeding in events worldwide. The junior men earn points that count towards selection of the WSL Africa squad who will represent the region in the annual WSL World Junior Championships in Australia in January 2018.

WSL Africa members will also accumulate points that determine the 2017 regional champions who qualify for entry into the biggest QS events internationally.

Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga), who finished fifth in the QS6,000 rated event in Japan last weekend, is the top seed in the men’s event and will be defending the Vans title he won at Lamberts Bay last year.

Zoe McDougall (HAW) is the top seed in the women’s event and current rankings leader Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) heads the field for the junior men.

Live scoring for the Vans Surf Pro Classic, along with results, images, video footage and news will be available on the www.worldsurfleague.com website.

Caption: Ford van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie) has been awarded a wildcard into the Men’s event at the 2017 Vans Surf Pro Classic at Lamberts Bay • Image: WSL / Thurtell

About the World Surf League
The World Surf League (WSL), formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), is dedicated to celebrating the world’s best surfing on the world’s best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The League, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a truly global sport with regional offices in Australasia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.

The WSL has been championing the world's best surfing since 1976, running in excess of 180 global events across the Men's and Women's Championship Tours, the Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport's rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels, and in doing so crowns the undisputed world champions in Men’s, Women’s across all divisions within the tour.

Showcasing the world's best surfing on its digital platform at WorldSurfLeague.com as well as the free WSL app, the WSL has a passionate global fan base with millions tuning in to see world-class athletes like Mick Fanning, Tyler Wright, John John Florence, Stephanie Gilmore, Gabriel Medina, Carissa Moore, Grant Baker, Kelly Slater, Adriano de Souza and more battle on the most unpredictable and dynamic field of play of any sport in the world.

About Surfing South Africa

The Vans Surf Pro Classic is registered with Surfing South Africa, recognised by the Dept. of Sport and Recreation as the national controlling body for the sport and a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).

About Vans

Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans authentic collections are sold globally in more than 75 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans also owns and operates nearly 600 retail locations around the world. The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of athletes, musicians and artists and through progressive events and platforms such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans U.S. Open of SurfingVans Pool PartyVans Custom CultureVans Warped Tour®, and Vans’ cultural hub and international music venue, the House of Vans.

 

 

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