JBay local nabs first SEAT Pro victory

2018-01-25 06:01
Local surfer, Matthew McGillivray (20), won the prestigious SEAT Pro in Netanya, Israel, in shifty 1.0 to 1.5 metre surf.                                        Photo:SUPPLIED

Local surfer, Matthew McGillivray (20), won the prestigious SEAT Pro in Netanya, Israel, in shifty 1.0 to 1.5 metre surf. Photo:SUPPLIED

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LOCAL surfer, Matthew McGillivray (20), won the prestigious SEAT Pro in Netanya, Israel, in shifty 1.0 to 1.5 metre surf - defeating Charly Martin from France.

Presented by Reef, the first World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 3 000 rated event of 2018, unfolded in great conditions over the ten days of the event’s waiting period, culminating on January 20 with McGillivray’s victory.

“This feels amazing,” says McGillivray who competed in the QS for the third year. “I have put in a lot of hard work, and it feels amazing to finally get a win.”

He had an incredible run from round one through to the final, scoring seven heat totals above 14 points.

This includes a near-perfect 18.33 in the semi-finals to eliminate one of the strongest surfers this week, California’s Kei Kobayashi.

This victory marks McGillivray’s first on the Qualifying Series and will see him take the number one spot on the QS rankings before the next leg of events, already underway in Australia.

In the final, Martin opened with a little tube ride and a good turn for a 6.5 to turn an early lead on the heat. Ten minutes in, the surfers took off on back-to-back waves, each surfing a similar right breaking wave with a massive first turn and a couple of follow-up manoeu-vres. McGillivray got the nod with a 7.2 over Martin’s 6.9.

The South African continued to build his tally with a big forehand rotation to post an excellent 8.33 and take the lead. Despite many efforts, Martin couldn’t come back from this blow and ended runner-up.

Final

1. Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) 15.53

2. Charly Martin (FRA) 13.93

Semi-final

1. Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) 18.33 def. Kei Kobayashi (USA) 6.80

2. Charly Martin (FRA) 15.30 def. Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 13.50

Quarter-final

1. Kei Kobayashi (USA) 14.50 def. Reo Inaba (JPN) 12.10

2. Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) 14.17 def. Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) 11.34

3. Nelson Cloarec (FRA) 12.43 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 11.34

4. Charly Martin (FRA) 13.26 def. Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 13.23

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