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Mon, 21 May 2018

Pumping onshores tested the the men and junior men at the Zigzag Durban Surf Pro presented by G-Force, but ultimately it was two Capetonians who came out on top.

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GETTING SOME AIR: A bird's eye view of the setup at North Beach Photo Ian Thurtell

Adin Masencamp (Strand) and Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay) were best at dealing with a howling onshore that turned North Beach into maelstrom of whitewater, while the inclement weather kept the crowds away for Day 3 of the 4th WSL QS1,000 event (of 13), and the 3rd (of 5) City Surf Series events.

But the surfing by the men and junior men (18-and-under) remained red hot with multiple rides in the excellent range of 8.0 or more. Masencamp and Slijpen were the form surfers with the former delivering the two highest heat totals, 15.75 and 15.25 in Round 4 and the semi-finals, while Slijpen produced a near-perfect ride that was awarded 9.0 by the judges in his semi.

The men’s final was an anti-climax after the great surfing that went on earlier with current WSL Africa rankings leader Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay) and Masencamp only managing to produce short rides as they searched the length and breadth of North Beach. With five minutes remaining and Maree holding the lead with a heat high 5.25, Masencamp found a wave that produced some workable sections and the 18 year-old from the Strand smashed an 8.0 point score. Along with his backup of 2.90, Masencamp’s 10.90 heat tally was enough for him to clinch his first QS event title in South Africa.

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WINNING FEELING: Zoe McDougall celebrates her win in the women's event. Photo Thurtell

“It was a very tricky final and I didn’t have a great start,” Masencamp explained. “In the beginning Jordy had better waves, but then a bomb came through and I capitalised on it. This win has been a long time coming. I’ve had three finals and this is third time lucky. I’m super stoked to take the win, it means a lot to me.”

Maree continued to chase more waves and added a 4.0 to his tally but could not overtake Masencamp and had to settle for second place, which ensured that he retained his lead in the regional rankings.

On his way to the final, Masencamp eliminated local favourite and top seed David van Zyl (Glenashley) in a high scoring, man-on-man semi-final and also finished first in a stacked Round 4 heat that included van Zyl, Steven Sawyer (Jeffreys Bay) and Ethan Fletcher (Kommetjie).

Maree’s path to the final included ousting Durban local Chad du Toit in their semi after beating a Round 4 lineup that included du Toit and Jeffreys Bay residents Joshe Faulkner and Dylan Lightfoot.

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SLOSH SLASH: Adin Masencamp found a way to win in ripping onshore winds. Photo Thurtell

Slijpen, who has honed his skills in the frigid waters and hollow waves of Llandudno on the Cape Peninsula, earned his maiden WSL Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) title in just his third appearance in a final. He narrowly beat Bryce du Preez (East London), Aya Gericke (Wilderness) and Calvin Goor (Salt Rock). The win saw him leapfrog into the lead on the WSL Africa JQS rankings where he has set his sights on finishing in the top four at year end. This will secure him a spot in the squad to represent the region in the WSL World Junior Championship in Australia in January.

The Hawaiian local and top international seed for the event took one step closer to realising her dream of qualifying for the CT next year.Slijpen will also be hoping to carry his form into the next event on the WSL Africa schedule, the Vans Surf Pro Classic from 1 to 3 June at YoYo’s in Lamberts Bay. He finished third in his semi-final last year at the wave that is touted as the ‘Trestles of Africa’ due to its high performance characteristics.

The women’s champions were crowned on Saturday with Zoe McDougall (Hawaii) successfully defending her QS1,000 women’s title from last year. The Hawaiian local and top international seed for the event took one step closer to realising her dream of qualifying for the CT next year. The final was an all-international affair with runner up, Argentinian Josefina Ane, disposing of Umhlanga’s Teal Hogg in the semifinal.

Veteran South African surfer, Heather Clark made it all the way to the semi-final where she was sent but fell there to McDougall. The Hawaiian had a busy contest, making it to the final of the junior women's, where she was edged out by Jeffreys Bay’s Kai Woolf, who clinched her third consecutive JQS1,000 event win of the year.

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DOUBLE STOKE: Adin Masencamp and Luke Slijpen took the title at North Beach. Photo Thurtell

Durbanite Christy Gilmour took the honors in the women’s longboarding event after coming out on top in a see-saw battle with Tarryn King, who had smashed the women's SUP race earlier.

The wind pumped from early, which made the ocean SUP race a tough and technical five kilometres, with wind-torn sets challenging paddlers on the way out between the piers. Dylan Frick and Thomas King were in a neck-n-neck battle ahead of the 10-man field for most of the race. Frick won in 28:12, 47 seconds quicker than King. A thrilling battle for third between Matt Swemmer, Thulani Nzama and Shayne Chipps followed. Chipps was about to win when he lost momentum on a wave that left him in fifth. Nzama looked good for third but wiped out, which opened the way for Swemmer's podium finish.

Cape Town's Tarryn King beat nearest competitor Lande Williamson by more than eight minutes in the women's race, catching all but two of the men, and clocking the third quickest time (33.03).

“The next event is in Cape Town at the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro presented by O’Neill and will be showcased as part of the City Surf Series,” said SUPSA vice president, Jackie de Billot.

See www.WorldSurfLeague.com.

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TOES ON THE NOSE: Christy Gilmour won the women's longboard event. Photo Thurtell

Men’s Final
1. Adin Masencamp (Strand) 10.90 points
2. Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay) 9.25

Junior Men’s Final
1. Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay) 11.50 points
2. Bryce du Preez (East London) 9.75
3. Aya Gericke (Knysna) 7.05
4. Calvin Goor (Salt Rock) 6.50

Men’s Semi-Finals
SF1: Adin Masencamp (Strand) 15.25 def. David van Zyl (Glenashley) 12.50
SF2: Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay) 13.35 def. Chad du Toit (Durban) 12.65

WSL Africa Rankings Men (Pts Prize Money)
1 Jordan Maree, Kalk Bay, 2705, R29,400
2 David Van Zyl, Glenashley, 2280, R44,500
3 Adin Masencamp, Strand, 2170, R32,000
4 Dylan Lightfoot, Jeffreys Bay, 1795, R12,500
5 Diran Zakarian, Melkbosstrand, 1430, R4,250

WSL Africa Rankings Junior Men
1 Luke Slijpen, Hout Bay, 1955, R10,500
2 Dillon Hendricks, Jeffreys Bay, 1580, R8,000
3 Bryce Du Preez, East London, 1575, R6,000
4 Luke Thompson, Durban, 1500, R8,000
5 Max Elkington, Kommetjie, 1470, R5,000

WSL Africa Rankings Women
1 Nicole Pallet, La Lucia, 2610, R14,250
2 Kai Woolf, Jeffreys Bay, 2330, R12,000
3 Zoe Steyn, East London, 2290, R9,400
4 Teal Hogg, Shakas Rock, 1840, R5,400
5 Emma Smith, Jeffreys Bay, 1535, R3,000

WSL Africa Rankings Junior Women
1 Kai Woolf, Jeffreys Bay, 3000, R12,000
2 Kirsty McGillivray, Jeffreys Bay, 1540, R2,800
3 Zoe Steyn, East London, 1515, R2,600
4 Olivia Izzard, La Lucia, 1225, R1,500
5 Sophie Bell, Salt Rock, 1170, R2,600

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