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Capetonians Adin Masencamp (Strand) and Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay) mastered the testing conditions to take the men’s and junior men’s titles respectively at the Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force at North Beach in Durban on Sunday.

The stiff onshore winds turned the contest area into a maelstrom of whitewater and the inclement weather kept the crowds away on the final day of the fourth event of 13 on the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) and the third of five on City Surf Series. But the surfing performances produced by the men and junior men (18-and-under) remained red hot with multiple rides in the excellent range (8.0 or more out of 10)

Masencamp and Slijpen were the form surfers on the final day with the former delivering the two highest heat totals, 15.75 and 15.25 (each out of 20), in Round 4 and the semi-finals, while Slijpen produced a near-perfect ride that was awarded 9.0 by the judges in his semi-final.

The men’s final was an anti-climax after the great surfing that went on earlier with current WSL Africa rankings leader Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay) and Masencamp only managing to produce short rides as they searched the length and breadth of North Beach.

With five minutes remaining and Maree holding the lead with a heat high 5.25, Masencamp found a wave that produced some workable sections and the 18 year-old from the Strand smashed an 8.0 point score. Along with his backup of 2.90, Masencamp’s 10.90 heat tally was enough for him to clinch his first QS event title in South Africa.

“It was a very tricky final and I didn’t have a great start,” Masencamp explained. “In the beginning Jordy had better waves, but then a bomb came through and I capitalised on it. 

This win has been a long time coming. I’ve had three finals and this is third time lucky. I’m super stoked to take the win, it means a lot to me.”

Maree continued to chase more waves and added a 4.0 to his tally but he was unable to overtake Masencamp’s total and had to settle for second place, which ensured that he retained his lead in the regional rankings.

On his way to the final Masencamp eliminated local favourite and top seed David van Zyl (Glenashley) in a high scoring, man-on-man semi-final and also finished in first place in a stacked Round 4 heat that included van Zyl, Steven Sawyer (Jeffreys Bay) and Ethan Fletcher (Kommetjie).

Maree’s path to the final included ousting Durban local Chad du Toit in their semi clash after heading a Round 4 lineup that included du Toit and Jeffreys Bay residents Joshe Faulkner and Dylan Lightfoot.

Slijpen, who has honed his skills in the frigid waters and hollow waves of Llandudno on the Cape Peninsula, earned his maiden WSL Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) title in just his third appearance in a final. He posted a narrow victory over Bryce du Preez (East London), Aya Gericke (Wilderness) and Calvin Goor (Salt Rock).

The win saw him leapfrog into the lead on the WSL Africa JQS rankings where he has set his sights on finishing in the top four at year end to secure a spot in the squad that will represent the region in the WSL World Junior Championship in Australia in January.

Slijpen will also be hoping to carry his form into the next event on the WSL Africa schedule, the Vans Surf Pro Classic that runs from 1 to 3 June at YoYo’s in Lamberts Bay. He finished third in his semi-final last year at the wave that is touted as the ‘Trestles of Africa’ due to its high performance characteristics.

The women’s champions in the Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force were crowned on Saturday with Zoe McDougall (Hawaii) successfully defending her QS1,000 women’s title and Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) clinching her third consecutive JQS1,000 event win of the year.

Full results, photos and video footage will be available on  and on the WSL App, with highlights on the WSL QS Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force – Men’s Final

1.  Adin Masencamp (Strand) 10.90 points

2. Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay) 9.25

Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force – Junior Men’s Final

1. Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay) 11.50 points

2. Bryce du Preez (East London) 9.75

3. Aya Gericke (Knysna) 7.05

4. Calvin Goor (Salt Rock) 6.50

Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force – Men’s Semi-Finals

SF1: Adin Masencamp (Strand) 15.25 def. David van Zyl (Glenashley) 12.50

SF2: Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay) 13.35 def. Chad du Toit (Durban) 12.65

WSL Africa Rankings (After Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force)


Men                                                                            Pts      Prize Money 

1          Jordan Maree           Kalk Bay                    2705   R29 400

2          David Van Zyl           Glenashley               2280   R44 500

3          Adin Masencamp     Strand                                    2170   R32 000

4          Dylan Lightfoot         Jeffreys Bay              1795   R12 500

5          Diran Zakarian         Melkbosstrand          1430   R4 250

Junior Men

1          Luke Slijpen              Hout Bay                   1955   R10 500

2          Dillon Hendricks      Jeffreys Bay              1580   R8 000

3          Bryce Du Preez        East London             1575   R6 000

4          Luke Thompson       Durban                      1500   R8 000

5          Max Elkington          Kommetjie                 1470   R5 000


1          Nicole Pallet             La Lucia                     2610   R14 250

2          Kai Woolf                   Jeffreys Bay              2330   R12 000

3          Zoe Steyn                  East London             2290   R9 400

4          Teal Hogg                  Shakas Rock           1840   R5 400

5          Emma Smith             Jeffreys Bay              1535   R3 000

Junior Women

1          Kai Woolf                   Jeffreys Bay              3000   R12 000

2          Kirsty McGillivray     Jeffreys Bay              1540   R2 800

3          Zoe Steyn                  East London             1515   R2 600

4          Olivia Izzard              La Lucia                     1225   R1 500

5          Sophie Bell               Salt Rock                   1170   R2 600


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