Third place finish for Matt McGillivray

2016-09-22 06:00
Matt McGillivray (19) from Jeffreys Bay.                             Photo: SUPPLIED

Matt McGillivray (19) from Jeffreys Bay. Photo: SUPPLIED

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JEFFREYS Bay’s Matt McGillivray (19) finished third in the Quiksilver Pro Casablanca in Morocco, a World Surf League (WSL) QS1 500 rated event that was co-sanctioned by the WSL Africa and WSL Europe regional offices.

McGillivray advanced through four rounds of competition before being defeated in the semi-finals by eventual runner-up Nelson Cloarec (FRA) - earning R28 000 and 840 points that saw him jump 10 places up the QS leaderboard to No. 85 in his rookie season as a full-time professional surfer.

Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) and Shane Sykes (Salt Rock), the only other South African men in the Quiksilver Pro Casablanca, finished 17th and 49th respectively.

Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay) was the only South African woman in the Roxy Pro Casablanca where she placed 17th overall.

The Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Casablanca were the final events on the WSL Africa regional tour and saw Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga) and Faye Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis) crowned the 2016 WSL Africa Men’s and Women’s champions.

De Vries, currently the highest ranked South African on the WSL QS in 27th spot, won the Van’s Pro Surf Classic at Lamberts Bay, was placed third in the Cape Town Pro and fifth at the Ballito Pro presented by Billabong to accumulate 1 980 points, more than 500 ahead of runner-up Matt McGillivray.

Zoetmulder was the runner-up at the Cape Town Pro and fifth in the Ballito Women’s Pro presented by Billabong, earning a total of 1 170 points, just 50 more than second-placed Nikita Robb (East London).

Tanika Hoffman narrowly missed out on the WSL Africa Women’s title. The 23 year-old from Hout Bay earned 1 000 points for winning the Cape Town Pro and only needed to collect the vest for her first heat in the Roxy Pro Casablanca to claim the regional women’s crown, but was unable to get a Moroccan visa in time and had to withdraw from the event.

The 2016 WSL Africa Junior Boys and Girls Champions will be crowned after the second and final Billabong Junior Series event which runs from September 30 to October 2 at Seal Point in Cape St Francis.

The WSL’s decision to change the junior category from u.20 age category to u.18 this year has set up a closely fought battle at the top of the local rankings.

Jordy Maree (Kommetjie), winner of the Van’s Junior Pro Surf Classic, holds a slender 190 point lead over Adin Masencamp (Strand), winner of the u.18 event at the Billabong Junior Series event at Ballito, with Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) also in contention just 250 points back in third spot.

The Junior Girl’s title is an even closer race with Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) currently heading a group of six girls who could claim the WSL Africa crown with an event win at Seal Point.

See all the results and rankings, both international and for Africa at

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