Greg Emslie

Local surfer and former CT surfer Greg Emslie will be using local advantage at the upcoming Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro pres. by Reef Wetsuits. • Photo: WSL / THURTELL

WHAT: The Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro pres. by Reef Wetsuits – stop No. 3 of 13 on the 2018 WSL Africa Tour and the second of five events in the City Surf Series (CSS) – comprises Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 rated events for Men and Women and Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) 1,000 rated events for Men and Women aged 18-and-younger.

WHEN: Friday to Sunday, 13-15 April, 2018

WHERE: Nahoon Reef, East London, an open ocean reef break with predominantly right breaking waves that provide excellent long rides at any size between 0.5 and 3.0 metres with suitable winds.

WHO: More than 100 of the country’s top open and junior surfers and a handful of international campaigners. The top seeds in each event are:


1 Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga)
2 David van Zyl (Glenashley)
3 Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay)
4 Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay)
5 Jordy Maree (Tokai)
6 Jordan Lawler (Australia)


1 Josefina Ane (Argentina)
2 Nicole Pallet (La Lucia)
3 Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay)
4 Crystal Hulett (St Francis Bay)

Junior Men

1 Max Elkington (Kommetjie)
2 Koby Oberholzer (Warner Beach)
3 Calvin Goor (Salt Rock)
4 Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay)

Junior Women

1 Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay)
2 Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga)
3 Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay)
4 Tayla de Coning (East London)

FORMAT: Heats consist of four surfers with the top two in each heat advancing to the next round until four remain to contest the final in each division. The QS1,000 men’s event sees the last four compete in two man-on-man semifinals and a man-on-man final.

The finals in Women’s and Junior Women’s events will be run on Saturday 14 April with the Men and Junior Men’s champions crowned on Sunday 15 April

STATUS: The men’s, women’s and junior men’s and women’s events are sanctioned by the WSL Africa regional office. Each competitor earns points for their final position in the event and those points count towards the crowning of the annual WSL Africa champions.

The points earned in the men’s and women’s events also count towards the international QS rankings, which are used to determine which surfers qualify for and receive preferential seeding in high priority WSL events worldwide.

The points earned in junior men’s and women’s events count towards the selection of the four men and two women who represent the WSL Africa region at the annual WSL World Junior Championship in Australia every January.

All surfing events in South Africa are sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA), the national controlling body for the sport.

PRIZE-MONEY: A total of R80,000 in prize money is on offer

QS1,000 Men: R30,000
QS1,000 Women: R20,000
JQS1,000 Men: R20,000
JQS1,000 Women: R10,000

PRODUCTION: The Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro pres. by Reef Wetsuits is produced by Accelerate Sports. The executive producer is Edward Gregory

WSL Africa Operations Manager Colin Fitch is the contest director

WSL Africa Media Manager Paul Botha is the media liaison


About WSL

The World Surf League (WSL) 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 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, annually 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 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 Tyler Wright, John John Florence, Paige Alms, Kai Lenny, Taylor Jensen, Honolua Blomfield, Mick Fanning, Stephanie Gilmore, Kelly Slater, Carissa Moore, Gabriel Medina, Courtney Conlogue and more battle on the most unpredictable and dynamic field of play of any sport in the world.

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About Surfing South Africa

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

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