Michael February and Zoe McDougall claimed the Men’s and Women’s titles at the Corona Durban Surf Pro presented by Quiksilver and Roxy which was completed in glassy half to one-metre waves at Dairy Beach on Sunday.

Top Seeds Deliver Come-From-Behind Victories
T
he top seeds in their respective QS1,000 rated events both delivered come-from-behind victories, producing high scoring rides in the pressure-packed dying minutes of their Finals to lift the trophies, pocket the bulk of the prize money and add 1,000 precious points to their WSL Qualifying series rankings.

Adin Masencamp and Kayla Nogueira Crowned Junior Champions
The JQS1,000 18-and –under event titles went to Adin Masencamp (Strand) and Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga) both of whom led for the bulk of their respective final encounters, with Masencamp posting a pair of nine-point rides that left his rivals combo’d and needing to replace both their counting scores.

February (Kommetjie), ranked No. 26 on the QS leaderboard and wearing the zebra striped Skullcandy rankings leader’s vest in Durban, has been the in-form surfer throughout the City Surf Series and advanced to his third successive final after earning totals in the high teens in virtually every heat he contested.

Up against fellow QS campaigner Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay), February started the final with a couple of mid-range scores before being overtaken by his opponent but came back with an excellent nine-point ride in the last couple of minutes to secure his second victory in April.

“I started the final with two mediocre rides and then Matt overtook me with that 7.8 he got under my priority and then added a 6.3,” said February. “After sitting for nine minutes with priority I lost it on a small wave, so I was super nervous. But with three minutes to go probably the best wave of the heat came through and gave me the chance to get that 9.0.”

“I’m super happy to get another win and extend my rankings lead. These City Surf Series events have been great, they fill the gap between the two QS6,000 events in Australia early in the year and the bigger events here and overseas still to come. The momentum I’ve built up will really help me in Japan next month.”

McDougall came into the event ranked No. 13 in the WSL Women’s QS standings, and dominated her heats on the way to the Final, and the Hawaiian started strongly with a 7.17. But a see-saw battle ensued when reigning WSL Africa Women’s champion Faye Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis) grabbed the lead and then former WSL Championship Tour (CT) campaigner Nikita Robb (East London) took over with back-to-back rides.

Without priority, McDougall caught a wave in the dying seconds that walled up and she produced the maneuvers that earned her a 7.57 and the title.

“It was a pretty slow heat for waves and with the high tide all four of us were close to the pier trying to get the lefts,” said McDougall. “I swung on that last wave without priority and Emma (Smith) let me have it, so I guess I owe her one.

“I’m glad to pick up the 1,000 points and am going to spend another month here in Jeffreys Bay – my dad is coming over for a surf trip – before going to Mexico and El Salvador for QS6,000 events early in June.”

Masencamp won all three heats he contested in the Junior men’s event, finding the best waves and employing his full range of carving and above the lip maneuver that relegated his three fellow finalists to fighting for second place.

“I’m super happy to get the win here after struggling to get it together in the last two events,’ said Masencamp. “I feel like I’m fully in tune with the rhythm of the ocean and I’m surfing really well, so I’m looking forward to the next events in Cape Town and Lamberts Bay.”

Nogueira bounced back to form with great surfing throughout Junior Women’s event, posting seven and eight point rides in every heat, including the final, and adding the Durban title to the one she collected in Port Elizabeth a fortnight ago.

“There were very few waves in the final and we sat for nearly five minutes before catching anything. But once I had that 8.17 I led all the way to the end,” said Nogueira. “I really wanted to do well in this event so it feels good and I’m really stoked to be back at the top of the rankings again.”

After three back-to-back events on consecutive weekends, February has a significant 1,200 point lead at the top of the 2017 WSL Africa Men’s rankings, with Steven Sawyer (Jeffreys Bay) and Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga) within 200 points of each over in second and third places.

The other three leaderboards are all much tighter with Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay) holding a slender 50 point lead over Crystal Hulett (St Francis Bay) among the Women, Jake Elkington just 70 points in front of Masencamp in the Junior men and Nogueira a slightly more comfortable 250 points ahead of Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) in the Junior Women.

A group of young surfers from various outreach projects in Durban participated in a program conducted by Surfing South Africa (SSA) at Dairy Beach on Sunday. The participants enjoyed beach activities, water coaching, a tag team contest and an Easter egg hunt under the watchful eye of SSA Development Officer Danielle Johnson and members of the Muizenberg based SWOT Surf Club

The SSA Outreach programs are supported by the National Lotteries Commission, Reef Wetsuits, and Volkswagen and are an integral part of the City Surf Series events.

Results, images, video footage, news and more from the Corona Durban Surf Pro presented by Quiksilver and Roxy will be available at WorldSurfLeague.com and on the WSL App, with highlights on the WSL QS Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

The Corona Durban Surf Pro is supported by Quiksilver, Roxy, Volkswagen, Yesman, Tsogo Sun, Skullcandy, El Jimador, California Dreaming and Accelerate Sport.

 

Corona Durban Surf Pro presented by Quiksilver and Roxy (Dairy Beach, Durban)

Men’s QS1,000 Final Results

1. Michael February (Kommetjie)  15.17              R12,000         1,000 pts

2. Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay)  14.16              R  6,000            750 pts

Women’s QS1,000 Final Results

1. Zoe McDougall (HAW)  14.74                           R8,000           1,000 pts

2. Faye Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis)  14.60     R4,000              750 pts

3. Nikita Robb (East London)  13.54                    R2,500              560 pts

4. Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay)  10.50                   R2,000              525 pts       

Junior Men’s JQS1,000 Final Results

1.  Adin Masencamp (Strand)  18.03                    R8,000           1,000 pts

2. Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay)  14.53              R4,000              750 pts

3. Jake Elkington (Kommetjie)  11.10                   R2,500              560 pts

4. Luke Malherbe (East London)  9.70                 R2,000              525 pts

Junior Women’s JQS1,000 Final Results

1. Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga)  14.0                    R4,000           1,000 pts

2. Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay)  10.76           R2,000              750 pts

3. Tayla de Coning (East London)              9.20              R1,110              560 pts

4. Taghiti Gericke (Wilderness)  8.66                   R    900             525 pts

Men’s QS1,000 Semifinals Results (2nd = 3rd place; R3,000; 560 pts)

SF1:  Michael February (Kommetjie) 18.0 def. Antonio Bortoletto (Durban) 14.50

SF2:  Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) 16.83 def. Shane Sykes (Salt Rock) 11.14

 

2017 WSL Africa Rankings (Top 5 after three events)

Men

1          February,Michael     Kommetjie                 2750

2          Sawyer,Steve           Jeffreys Bay              1560

3          De Vries,Beyrick      uMhlanga                  1365

4          Lightfoot,Dylan         Jeffreys Bay              1330

5          Faulkner,Joshe        Jeffreys Bay              1155

Women

1          Smith, Emma            Jeffreys Bay              1670

2          Hullett, Crystall         St Francis Bay          1620

3          Bell, Sophie              Salt Rock                   1500

4          Zoetmulder, Faye     Cape St Francis       1445

5          Pallet, Nicole            La Lucia                     1375

Junior Men

1          Elkington,Jake         Kommetjie                 2120

2          Masencamp,Adin     Strand                                    2050

3          Oberholzer,Koby      Warner Beach          1815

4          Elkington,Max          Kommetjie                 1575

5          Faulkner,Joshe        Jeffreys Bay              1330

Junior Women

1          Nogueira,Kayla        uMhlanga                  2395

2          Bell,Sophie               Salt Rock                   2145

3          McGillivray,Kirsty     Jeffreys Bay              1800

4          De Coning,Tatla       East London             1400

5          Gericke,Taghiti         Wilderness                1340

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Caption: Men’s event winner Michael February (Kommetjie) and runner-up Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) celebrate on the podium at the Corona Durban Surf Pro presented by Quiksilver and Roxy at Dairy Beach on Sunday. • Photo: WSL / Thurtell

NOTE: High-resolution images of all the action are available for media outlets on request

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