| Get surf report

Wavescape - Surfing in South Africa

Wed, 6 June 2018

Thumping surf up the Weskus presided over the upgraded Vans Surf Pro Classic in Lamberts Bay on the weekend. Here's a quick rundown, and a photo gallery by Ian Thurtell.

VansSurfProClassic AlanvanGysen-0178

THREE OF A KIND: Cannelle Bulard (Reunion), Matt McGillivray and Eli Beukes. Photo Thurtell

Matt McGillivray, Cannelle Bulard (Reunion) and Eli Beukes won their Men’s, Women’s and Junior Men’s titles respectively in high-scoring encounters as YoYos delivered pumping 6-8 foot waves in clean offshore conditions though the wind freshened into a Southerly crosswind later.

The men’s event was upgraded to a World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1,500 rating for 2018. The final saw Jeffreys Bay buddies and training partners Dylan Lightfoot and Matt McGillivray go head to head with Lightfoot starting the stronger, leaving McGillivray needing to better 14 points before he’d even caught a good wave.

The QS1,000 women’s final was a tightly contested encounter that was only decided in the dying seconds when Reunion Island’s former star Cannelle Bulard posted a 7.0, the highest scoring ride of the 25 minute matchup against Nicole Pallet (La Lucia), the WSL Africa rankings leader.

Vans Surf_Pro_morning_lineup_Ian_Thurtell

YOYOS PUMPING: After giant surf on Friday, the event went back to Yoyos. Photo Thurtell

The Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) 1,000 event for men 18-and-under was a first JQS win for Eli Beukes, and a home win of sorts. He grew up in Lamberts Bay, but now reside with his family in Kommetjie. Beukes beat all comers to clinch a title he had wanted to win for years by successfully landing a Hail-Mary aerial manoeuvre after the siren had sounded.

Like the men’s event, the junior draw resulted in four South Africans and four internationals in the last eight. Beukes defeated Dylan Groen (Germany) in the final after accounting Eduardo Motta (Brazil) in the semis. Groen needed an excellent 8.25 and a 7.50 in his semi-final to oust Brazilian Daniel Templar, who had delivered the highest score of Day 1’s action.

The 2018 Vans Surf pro Classic will be remembered for the huge surf that forced the organisers to move the action inside the shelter of the harbour wall on Friday, and for the outstanding surfing and exceptionally high scores when the event was moved back to YoYo’s on Saturday and Sunday.

Full results and more content is available at www.worldsurfleague.com

VansSurfProClassic AlanvanGysen-0140_DylanGroen

VERTICAL ALIGNMENT: Dylan Groen from Germany gets radical in the pocket. Photo Thurtell

Men’s QS1,500 Final Results
1. Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) 19.15, R40,000, 1,500 pts
2. Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) 15.70, R20,000, 1,125 pts

Women’s QS1,000 Final Results
1. Cannelle Bulard (Reunion Island) 11.75, R8,000, 1,000 pts
2. Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) 8.40, R4000, 750 pts

Junior Men’s JQS1,000 Final Results
1. Eli Beukes (Kommetjie) 12.40, R8,000, 1,000 pts
2. Dylan Groen (Germany) 9.80, R4,000, 750 pts

Add comment

Please don't say anything you would not say to a real person, and please use your real name.

Security code

Joomla SEF URLs by Artio

Wavescape on Twitter

Fri Jun 22 13:46:34 +0000 2018

Cape Peninsula -- // Fantastic run of big swell ahead, with Friday giant 20ft+ on the bommies in moderate NW winds.… https://t.co/dYUDF53dMu
Tue Jun 19 13:30:28 +0000 2018

Desmond And The Tutus, Shadowclub, aKing and other big acts are going to be rocking the JBay Winterfest during the… https://t.co/ZFEdXg77fz
Tue Jun 19 10:45:22 +0000 2018

History will be made in Port Elizabeth this weekend with the news that the women's event has been upped to a QS3,00… https://t.co/EAiSW3WcPf
Tue Jun 19 08:53:39 +0000 2018

Former world bodyboarding champ Andre Botha dodges a bullet in firing Namibia a few days ago, with the other guy a… https://t.co/FCE6EufHNk
Mon Jun 18 13:18:34 +0000 2018

The Cape of Storms lived up to her tumultous title when she offered every element of winter at the Jordy Smith even… https://t.co/Q2vbU3mDQS
Mon Jun 18 12:45:32 +0000 2018

Australian surfer Jordan Lawler says South Africans are so nice, they helped him win the men's division of the Jord… https://t.co/OJflMFNRLq
Follow Wavescape on Twitter

Wavescape friends and partners Isiqalo Foundation DIFF CSIR Isiqalo Foundation Surfing  South Africa Save Our Seas Shark Centre Isiqalo Foundation Red Bull Media House DIFF National Sea Rescue Institute Shark Spotters ASP Africa