EVENT: 
Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill

STATUS:
QS1,000 Men & Women
JQS1,000 Junior Men & Women

VENUE:
Melkbosstrand, Cape Town, South Africa

DATES:
June 22-25, 2017

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

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
Surfing South Africa is recognised by the Department of Sport and Recreation as the national governing body for the sport. Surfing South Africa is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

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