Surfers Paradise in Dakar will be the venue for the inaugural QS1,500 Senegal Pro for men and women which runs from Wednesday until Sunday.  Photo: WSL / Masurel

West Africa will stage a World Surf League (WSL) competition for the first time when the inaugural Senegal Pro presented by BKS gets underway at Surfers Paradise in Dakar on the westernmost point of the continent starting on Wednesday.

Featuring Qualifying Series (QS) 1,500 rated events, this historic contest has attracted entries from a total of 26 women and 41 men from 15 countries and is the first event in the 2019 WSL Africa Series with 19 of the entrants also earning points on the regional rankings, including seven new members from Senegal.

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Two-time event champion Jordy Smith (Durban) will be one of the favourites for the 2019 Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill men’s title at Willard Beach in KwaDukuza in July

Photo: (c) O’Neill 


Congratulations Joshe Faulkner, February’s winner of the Monster Combo. Joshe’s efforts see him win a custom Channel Islands surfboard, an entry into the final round and a chance to win R20 000 cash + 10 day trip to Sozinhos Lodge in Asu, Indonesia, with Beyrick De Vries and the Zag crew. Wez Lewis feeling the good vibes too, banking 1k for his efforts in the water behind the lens. 

Dylan Lightfoot

Caption: Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) on his way to fifth place
at the Vissla Central Coast Pro at Avoca Beach in Australia on Monday
Photo: WSL / Smith

Adin Masencamp Climbs to Career-High Ninth Place on World Surf League QS Rankings
-       Unprecedented Four South Africans in Top 10 at Vissla and Sisstrevolution Events in Australia
-       Dylan Lightfoot and Bianca Buitendag Reach Quarter-Finals

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The Corona JBay Open Men’s and Women’s surfing contests will be the anchor events of the festival, with the best male and female surfers in the world descending on JBay and the perfect waves of Supertubes.