FACT SHEET

WHAT:  The Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing pres. by Hurley – stop No. 9 of 13 on the 2018 WSL Africa Tour and the fifth and final event in the City Surf Series (CSS), comprises a World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 3,000 rated event for Women, a QS 1,500 for Men, Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) 1,000 rated events for Men and Women aged 18-and-younger and Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) 1,000 rated events for Men and Women Longboard surfers.

WHEN:  Wednesday to Sunday, 20-24 June 2018 

WHERE: The Pipe on Pollock Beach in Port Elizabeth , a beach break that generates multiple random peaks that provide consistent, contestable waves between 0.5 and 1.5 metres in height with suitable offshore winds.

WHO:  More than 100 competitors including South Africa’s best surfers and a large contingent of international men and women. The top seeds in each event are:

Men

  1. Vasco Ribeiro (PRT)
  2. Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI)
  3. David van Zyl (ZAF, Glenashley)
  4. Rafael Teixeira (BRA)
  5. Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay)

Women

  1. Pauline Ado (FRA)
  2. Holly Wawn (AUS)
  3. Philippa Anderson (AUS)  
  4. Dominic Barona (ECU)

Junior Men

  1. Max Elkington (Kommetjie)
  2. Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay)
  3. Calvin Goor (Salt Rock)
  4. Koby Oberholzer (Warner Beach)

Junior Women

  1. Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay)
  2. Sophie Bell (Salt Rock)
  3. Zoe Steyn (East London)
  4. Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga)

Longboard Men

  1. Matthew Moir (Cape Town)
  2. Steven Sawyer (Jeffreys Bay)
  3. Michael Hill (St Francis Bay)
  4. Thomas King (Muizenberg)

Longboard Women

  1. Crystal Hulett (St Francis Bay)
  2. Marishka Myers (Jeffreys Bay)
  3. Taryn King (Muizenberg)
  4. Mia Baard (Port Elizabeth)

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 QS 3,000 women’s and QS 1,500 men’s events see the last eight compete in four x one-on-one quarter-finals, two x one-on-one semifinals and a one-on-one final.

The Junior events will be completed on Wednesday 20 June, the Men’s event on Saturday 23 June and the Women’s champion will be crowned on Sunday 24 June

STATUS:  The QS 3,000 rated Women’s event is the highest ranked QS event for women on the African continent.

The men’s, women’s, junior men’s and women’s and longboard men’s and women’s events are sanctioned by the WSL Africa regional office. Each competitor earns points based on their final position in the event. 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 squad of four men and two women who represent the WSL Africa region at the annual WSL World Junior Championship in Australia every January.

The points earned in longboard men’s and women’s events count towards the selection of the squad of two men and two women who represent the WSL Africa region at the annual WSL World Longboard Championships.

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 nearly R600,000 in prize money is on offer

QS 3,000 Women:               US $30,000 / R400,000

QS 1,500 Men:                     R132,000

JQS1,000 Men:                    R20,000

JQS1,000 Women:             R10,000

LQS 1,000 Men:                   R20,000

LQS 1,000 Women:            R  9,500

PRODUCTION: The Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing pres. by Hurley is produced by Accelerate Sports. The executive producer is Edward Gregory

WSL Africa Operations Manager Colin Fitch is the Tour Manager and the Contest Director is Alex Milne

WSL Africa Media Manager Paul Botha is the media liaison