Local crowned City Surf Series champ

2019-07-11 06:00
JBay surfer, Dylan Lightfoot, was named the king of the waves of the annual 2019 City Surf Series Men’s Championships.  Photo:IAN THURTELL

JBay surfer, Dylan Lightfoot, was named the king of the waves of the annual 2019 City Surf Series Men’s Championships. Photo:IAN THURTELL

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PROFESSIONAL Jeffreys Bay surfer, Dylan Lightfoot, was named the king of the waves of the annual 2019 City Surf Series Men’s Championships after securing a win at the Port Alfred Classic and consistent semi-final places in three of the four events in the series.

With a difference of only 335 points, Joshé Faulkner from Pells-rus in Jeffreys Bay who held the lead going into the final event of the season, claimed a second place.

The 2019 City Surf Series Women’s Champion title was for the first time awarded to an international athlete: Japanese surfer Minami Nonaka.

With only 215 points separating the first and third place on the 2019 CSS Pro Junior Men’s ratings – the title of 2019 City Surf Series Pro Junior Men’s Champion was scooped up by Eli Beukes from Kommetjie - the only athlete to take two wins in the series this year.

It was a battle of the goofy-footers for the 2019 City Surf Series Pro Junior Women’s Champion with Ceara Knight (Scarborough) looking in form and focused throughout the 2019 series. With a second place finish at the first event of the year, Knight backed it up with a win at the Royal St Andrews Hotel Port Alfred Classic which saw her fellow rival Zoë Steyn placed second in the event.

Steyn needed to win the final event on the calendar this year in order to take the title, but with her falling just short in second place, it was Knight who has taken top honours.

With over R750 000 up for grabs when competing in the City Surf Series, as well as the much-needed World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series points that are awarded at each event - the 2019 edition was a hotly contested affair with South Africans hoping to make their mark on the WEL QS ratings.

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