Locals to compete at Quiksilver surf series

2015-08-20 06:00

FOUR local surfers are set to compete at the prestigious Quiksilver Get Free Surf Series that will head to Port Alfred on the Sunshine Coast at the end of August for the final event of this three-part series.

Jeffreys Bay locals Dylan Lightfoot, Matt McGillivray and Joshé and Angelo Fauklner will respectively compete in the u.20 and u.16 divisions to bring home the final Quiksilver Get Free titles.

South Africa’s best open men and junior surfers will make their way to the pristine East Beach at Port Alfred on August 29 and 30 to compete for over R30 000 in prize money and the final Quiksilver Get Free titles.

All three events in the series are sanctioned by Surfing South Africa and carry 3A PST (Pro Surf Tour) ratings points with a total prize purse of R108 000 on the line. Divisions in the series and final event include open mens, u.20 junior boys and u.16 junior boys.

“Port Alfred is definitely a top venue for an event of this nature. When the waves are on, they are on! I can’t wait to surf a heat there, the contest should be great,” says Shane Sykes, the winner of the u.20 junior boys division at the second leg of the series which was held in Umhlanga Rocks, KZN.

In the open men’s division, favourites for the win include Umhlanga’s Beyrick de Vries, who recently placed 9th in the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach and is currently on top form, Capetonian Michael February who was runner up to De Vries in the second leg of the series, as well as the duo of experienced veterans Daniel Redman and Brandon Jackson, both from Durban North.

Jeffreys Bay locals Matt McGillivray and Dylan Lightfoot will be strong contenders in the u.20 junior boys division, competing against previous junior winners Shane Sykes (Salt Rock) and Diran Zakarian (Melkbos-strand).

There will be stiff competition in the u.16 boys division with the likes of Sebastian Williams (Durban), Adin Masencamp (Strand) and Faulkner brothers Joshé and Angelo (Jeffreys Bay) - all in top form and hungry for the final win.

Quiksilver Marketing and Sales Manager Dane Patterson has been very happy with the 2015 series and anticipates that the final event in Port Alfred will deliver great surf conditions. “I think that the series we’ve put on this year has been very well received, good for the South African surfers and for our domestic surf tour. We’re hoping that it will encourage other brands to invest more in the sport and the local surf scene. Port Alfred can be a very good venue and makes for a top event when the ocean delivers, so we’re hoping that mother nature comes to the party for the final event of the series.”

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