Pictured: Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) on his way to victory in the Trials for the Vans US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach in California on Sunday • Photo: WSL / Morris

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/ USA (Sunday, July 30, 2017) – South Africa’s Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) powered his way through four rounds of world class competition in California on Sunday to clinch victory in the Men’s Trials and earn the coveted wildcard into the QS10,000 Vans US Open of Surfing.

In his debut appearance in the event, the 20-year-old from Jeffreys Bay defeated Parker Coffin (USA), Jhonny Corzo (MEX) and Flavio Nakagima (BRA) after opening strongly with a 7.50 to gain early control of the heat. Despite lulls and challenging 1 – 1.5 metre conditions throughout the 30-minute final, McGillivray continued to post solid scores and increase his lead over the field.

“It is incredible to win today. This is the first time I’ve tried to surf in this event and it’s one of the biggest in North America, so I am just really happy to be in it,” said McGillivray. “I tried to get a quick start and I managed to get that 7.50 early which took the pressure off and it left me the rest of the heat to just try to find another good score.”

McGillivray, currently ranked 142nd on the Qualifying Series leaderboard, will get his campaign underway at the Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s QS 10,000 in the first heat of the event, starting at 7.30 am local time (5.30 pm SA time) today.

This was McGillivray’s second victory on debut in a trials event, adding to his win in the QS6,000 Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro in Australia in February last year. He also finished third, and the highest placed South African, in the trials for the QS10,000 Ballito Pro pres. by Billabong in June 2015.

Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s QS Trials Final Results:

  1. Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) 14.43
  2. Parker Coffin (USA) 9.63
  3. Johnny Corzo (MEX) 7.60
  4. Flavio Nakagima (BRA) 4.47

Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s QS Trials Semifinal Results:

SF 1: Flavio Nakagima (BRA) 13.00, Jhonny Corzo (MEX) 11.87, Kaito Kino (HAW) 8.50, Colt Ward (USA) 6.66
SF 2: Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) 15.33, Parker Coffin (USA) 13.00, Derek Peters (USA) 12.93, Matt Pasaquindici (USA) 7.87


Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s QS Trials Quarterfinal Results:

QF 1: Colt Ward (USA) 15.34, Jhonny Corzo (MEX) 14.13, Ryland Rubens (USA) 13.33, Taylor Clark (USA) 11.07
QF 2: Flavio Nakagima (BRA) 14.77, Kaito Kino (HAW) 13.54, Imaikalani Devault (HAW) 10.83, Cory Arrambide (USA) 8.30
QF 3: Parker Coffin (USA 14.56, Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) 12.43, Noah Schweizer (USA) 11.50, Seth Moniz (HAW) 11.00
QF 4: Matt Passaquindici (USA) 14.77, Derek Peters (USA) 12.97, Jack Boyes (USA) 12.63, Thiago Camarao (USA) 11.63

Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s QS Trials Round 1 Results:

Heat 1: Taylor Clark (USA) 12.63, Flavio Nakagima (BRA) 12.17, Dylan Graves (PRI) 12.10, Makai McNamara (HAW) 840
Heat 2: Colt Ward (USA) 12.83, Kaito Kino (HAW) 12.63, John Mel (USA) 10.70, Nate Dorman (USA) 6.17
Heat 3: Imaikalani Devault (HAW) 14.67, Jhonny Corzo (MEX) 12.40, Kalani Ball (AUS) 12.10, Jordy Colllins (USA) 12.10
Heat 4: Cory Arrambide (USA) 13.43, Ryland Rubens (USA) 12.76, Cam Richards (USA) 12.07, Rafael Teixeira (BRA) 11.73
Heat 5: Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) 13.83, Jack Boyes (USA) 10.73, Oney Anwar (IDN) 10.33, Keoni Yan (HAW) 9.33
Heat 6: Seth Moniz (HAW) 12.87, Derek Peters (USA) 11.77, Cole Houshmand (USA) 10.36, Joshua Burke (BRB) 10.33,
Heat 7: Matt Passaquindici (USA) 14.94, Parker Coffin (USA) 11.10, Manuel Selman (CHL) 10.76, Che Allan (BRB) 9.87
Heat 8: Thiago Camarao (BRA) 17.76, Noah Schweizer (USA) 15.23, Lucca Mesinas Novaro (PER) 13.37, Dane Gudauskas (USA) 11.20


Bianca Buitendag Places 9th in Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro

OCEANSIDE, California/ USA (Saturday, July 29, 2017) – South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag (Victoria Bay) finished ninth in the WSL Women’s QS6,000 Paul Mitchell Neon Supergirl Pro at Oceanside Beach in California on Sunday.

Buitendag was eliminated by eventual winner Courtney Conlogue (USA) in the first round of one-on-one competition, pocketing US $1,000 and 1,550 rankings points which saw the South African move 13 places up the rankings leaderboard to No. 26.

Tanika Hoffman, the only other South African in the event touted as the largest for female professional surfers, finished equal 73rd overall and has slipped eight places on the rankings to No. 74.

Paul Mitchell Neon Supergirl Pro QS6,000 Final Results:

1 –  Courtney Conlogue (USA) 16.60    6,000 points  $10,000
2 –  Sage Erickson (USA) 12.66            4,550 points  $5,000

Paul Mitchell Neon Supergirl Pro QS6,000 Semifinal Results:

SF 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.43 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 9.67
SF 2: Sage Erickson (USA) 12.33 def. Caroline Marks (USA) 9.70

Paul Mitchell Neon Supergirl Pro QS6,000 Quarterfinal Results:

QF 1: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 12.64 def. Keely Andrew (AUS) 11.67
QF 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.33 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 13.90
QF 3: Caroline Marks (USA) 13.53 def Kobie Enright (AUS) 12.67
QF 4: Sage Erickson (USA) 11.87 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 11.54

Paul Mitchell Neon Supergirl Pro QS6,000 Round Six Results:

Heat 1: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 11.16 def. Carol Henrique (PRT) 9.84
Heat 2: Keely Andrew (AUS) 9.44 def. Meah Collins (USA) 7.60
Heat 3: Silvana Lima (BRA) 16.17 def. Philippa Anderson (AUS) 9.96
Heat 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.74 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 13.13
Heat 5: Kobie Enright (AUS) 14.50 def. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 9.03
Heat 6: Caroline Marks (USA) 17.00 def. Leilani McGonagle (CRI) 12.97
Heat 7: Sage Erickson (USA) 10.66 def. Holly Wawn (AUS) 10.10
Heat 8: Coco Ho (HAW) 13.17 def. Summer Macedo (HAW) 10.37

Current Women's Qualifying Series Rankings: (After Supergirl Pro)

  1. Sage Erickson (USA) 12,650 points
  2. Silvana Lima (BRA) 11,750
  3. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 11,500
  4. Johanne Defay (FRA) 11,200
  5. Keely Andrew (AUS) 10,400

South Africans

  1. Bianca Buitendag (Victoria Bay) 4,850
  2. Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) 2,520
  3. Crystal Hulett (St Francis Bay) 2,440
  4. Tanika Hoffman (Clifton) 2,415
  5. Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay) 2,390

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