Maree takes podium in Senegal

2019-04-02 06:00
Kalk Bay’s Jordy Maree on his way to third place in the inaugural Senegal Pro at Surfers Paradise in Dakar on Saturday. PHOTO: WSL/Masurel

Kalk Bay’s Jordy Maree on his way to third place in the inaugural Senegal Pro at Surfers Paradise in Dakar on Saturday. PHOTO: WSL/Masurel

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Kalk Bay’s Jordy Maree posted the best result by a member of the South African contingent in the inaugural Senegal Pro when he was placed third in the historic first World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) event to have been staged in West Africa last week.

A QS1 500 rated event for men and women, the Stop No. 1 on the 2019 WSL Africa regional QS circuit was graced with beautiful conditions and great performances by a talented group of international athletes as well as a handful Senegalese surfers. Maree was in form throughout the event, winning his four-man round of 32 and round of 16 heats and then defeating compatriot Dylan Lightfoot from Jeffreys Bay in their man-on-man quarter-final. Maree was narrowly outpointed by eventual runner-up Aboubakar Bouaouda from Moroo (MAR) in their semi-final encounter but his haul of 840 points saw the South African leapfrog 239 places up the QS rankings list to no. 146 and he takes the early lead on the WSL Africa regional leaderboard. The final started with both surfers posting mid-range scores and at the 10-minute mark, they were neck and neck. Timothee Bisso, a former runner-up at the World Junior Championship who won his first QS event in Tenerife last month, then regained the lead with a 7.50 (out of 10) and closed the door on his Moroccan rival with an excellent 8.25 to claim back-to-back wins in the space of three weeks.

“I can’t believe I’ve just won another one,” Bisso said. “I didn’t expect to have such a great time this week but hats off to Oumar (Seye) the organiser, he put on an incredible event and I think everyone had just the best time. It feels like I really shared this win with everyone here today.”

The next African event will be QS1 000 Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro from Thursday 18 to Saturday 20 April.

Kalk Bay’s Jordy Maree posted the best result by a member of the South African contingent in the inaugural Senegal Pro when he was placed third in the historic first World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) event to have been staged in West Africa last week.

A QS1 500 rated event for men and women, the Stop No. 1 on the 2019 WSL Africa regional QS circuit was graced with beautiful conditions and great performances by a talented group of international athletes as well as a handful Senegalese surfers. Maree was in form throughout the event, winning his four-man round of 32 and round of 16 heats and then defeating compatriot Dylan Lightfoot from Jeffreys Bay in their man-on-man quarter-final. Maree was narrowly outpointed by eventual runner-up Aboubakar Bouaouda from Moroo (MAR) in their semi-final encounter but his haul of 840 points saw the South African leapfrog 239 places up the QS rankings list to no. 146 and he takes the early lead on the WSL Africa regional leaderboard. The final started with both surfers posting mid-range scores and at the 10-minute mark, they were neck and neck. Timothee Bisso, a former runner-up at the World Junior Championship who won his first QS event in Tenerife last month, then regained the lead with a 7.50 (out of 10) and closed the door on his Moroccan rival with an excellent 8.25 to claim back-to-back wins in the space of three weeks.

“I can’t believe I’ve just won another one,” Bisso said. “I didn’t expect to have such a great time this week but hats off to Oumar (Seye) the organiser, he put on an incredible event and I think everyone had just the best time. It feels like I really shared this win with everyone here today.”

The next African event will be QS1 000 Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro from Thursday 18 to Saturday 20 April.

Kalk Bay’s Jordy Maree posted the best result by a member of the South African contingent in the inaugural Senegal Pro when he was placed third in the historic first World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) event to have been staged in West Africa last week.

A QS1 500 rated event for men and women, the Stop No. 1 on the 2019 WSL Africa regional QS circuit was graced with beautiful conditions and great performances by a talented group of international athletes as well as a handful Senegalese surfers. Maree was in form throughout the event, winning his four-man round of 32 and round of 16 heats and then defeating compatriot Dylan Lightfoot from Jeffreys Bay in their man-on-man quarter-final. Maree was narrowly outpointed by eventual runner-up Aboubakar Bouaouda from Moroo (MAR) in their semi-final encounter but his haul of 840 points saw the South African leapfrog 239 places up the QS rankings list to no. 146 and he takes the early lead on the WSL Africa regional leaderboard. The final started with both surfers posting mid-range scores and at the 10-minute mark, they were neck and neck. Timothee Bisso, a former runner-up at the World Junior Championship who won his first QS event in Tenerife last month, then regained the lead with a 7.50 (out of 10) and closed the door on his Moroccan rival with an excellent 8.25 to claim back-to-back wins in the space of three weeks.

“I can’t believe I’ve just won another one,” Bisso said. “I didn’t expect to have such a great time this week but hats off to Oumar (Seye) the organiser, he put on an incredible event and I think everyone had just the best time. It feels like I really shared this win with everyone here today.”

The next African event will be QS1 000 Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro from Thursday 18 April.

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