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Matthew McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) is the top seed for the Zigzag Durban Surf Pro
starting in Durban on Friday, 10 May.  (
Photo: WSL / Thurtell)

South Africa’s top men and women surfers head to the warm waters of KwaZulu-Natal for the Zigzag Durban Surf Pro taking place from 10-12 May 2019. Stop no. 4 of 8 on the WSL Africa Tour and the third of four events in the City Surf Series (CSS), comprises World Surf League (WSL) 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.

The Men’s event will see Jeffreys Bay’s Matt McGillivray back on home soil after competing in a handful of QS events overseas. After falling out in Round 3 at the Ichinomiya Chiba Open in Japan, he will hope to score some points in local waters towards his QS campaign for the year.

Defending event winner Adin Masencamp (Strand) will be back to fight for the title, but he will face a confident Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) who earned his first QS win at the Royal St Andrews Hotel Port Alfred Classic.
Llandudno’s Luke Slijpen will surely look forward to the Zigzag Durban Surf Pro as the 2018 event was his maiden junior QS win and after a strong performance back in Port Alfred, he could be the one to beat. He will have to overcome fellow Capetonian Eli Beukes from Kommetjie and Luke Thompson will hope to put on a solid display of surfing in his hometown.

There will be new women’s champion as two-time event winner Zoe McDougall from Hawaii will not be in Durban to defend her title. While the international contingent dominated last year, the 2019 event is an all South African affair.
Ceara Knight from Cape Town has been quietly crushing the junior women’s competition, with a runner-up finish at the Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro and her first junior QS win at the Royal St Andrews Hotel Port Alfred Classic. Her biggest competition will come from goofy-footer Zoe Steyn and the young local ripper, Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga).

Alongside the world-class surfing action, the CSS events also embrace sustainability and transformation programs such as the Surfing South Africa Learn To Surf outreach project in collaboration with Caltex, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and Ocean Pledge.

Ocean Pledge will assist in creating ‘Blue Events,' while the NSRI will be educating members of the public, competitors, local schools and surf outreach programs about ocean safety and ocean awareness.
More information, results and images will be available on www.worldsurfleague.com and on the WSL App. Catch the final day’s action LIVE on the WSL QS Facebook page.

2019 WSL Africa Tour Schedule

  • March 27-30 : Senegal Pro - Dakar, Senegal M&W QS1,500 - 
Completed
  • April 18-20 : Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro, Port Elizabeth - M&W QS1,000 + JQS1,000 - 
Completed
  • April 22-24: Royal St Andrews Hotel, Port Alfred Surf Classic Port Alfred - M&W QS1,000 + JQS1,000 - 
Completed
  • May 10-12 : Zigzag Durban Surf Pro, Durban - M&W QS1,000 + JQS1,000
  • May 31-1 Jun : Vans Surf Pro Classic, Lamberts Bay - M QS1,500; W QS1,000; M JQS1,000
  • Jun 13-17 : Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing, Port Elizabeth WQS3,000; MQS1,000; M&W JQS1,000
  • Jun 27-29 : O’Neill SMTH Shapes Pro Junior, Ballito - M&W JQS1,000
  • Jul 1-7 : Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill, Ballito - M QS10,000; W QS1,000