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Thu, 6 July 2017

Jordy Smith, Davey van Zyl and Michael February remain in the Ballito Pro presented by Billabong today, with M-Feb another step closer to the Championship Tour next year.

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WAVE-SMITH: Jordy Smith and Mikey February are the only 2 Saffas left. Photo WSL / Cestari

The young guns on the World Surf (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) were on fire on Day 4 of the event, ousting more established stars as they chased the jackpot of 10,000 points in the first QS10,000 rated event of the year.

The day kicked off early in funky three foot low tide waves and light crosswinds, but conditions improved all morning with a bump in the swell and windless, glassy conditions before the customary sea-breeze prompted WSL Deputy Commissioner Travis Logie to put a halt after lunch.

February was elated to record his best result in a QS10,000 event after an incredible run that has seen him make the final of four QS1,000 events this year, winning three.

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ON A ROLL: Mikey Feb moved another step closer to the major league. Photo WSL / Cestari

“I’ve won smaller events and finished third in QS6,000’s, but this is definitely the best result I’ve had in an event like this,” February explained. “All the events we’ve surfed since the beginning of the year had 20 minute heats and it’s such a pleasure to have half-hour heats with only two or three other guys.”

In his round 4 heat against Keanu Asing (HAW) and Krystian Kymerson (BRA), February built a solid 13.66 heat total and with eight minutes remaining, gained priority and shadowed third placed Kymerson, who needed an excellent 8.33 to grab second place, for the rest of the heat.

“I knew I just needed two waves although you’re nervous because you constantly want to back it up. But Krystian can go to the air and make anything happen and I’d rather just sit on him because he can just get a corner and get a nine, like he did in my previous heat!”

February will take on Griffin Colapinto (USA) for a place in the quarterfinals when the event resumes.

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CALLING COLAPINTO: February must defeat this man to make the quarters. Photo WSL / Cestari

Joshua Moniz (HAW, 21) and Miguel Pupo (BRA) ousted Ryan Callinan (AUS) in the only other Round of 24 heat completed before the event was called off for the day.

Pupo and Jordy Smith, who managed to secure second place in his Round of 48 encounter despite having been up all night with and upset stomach, are the only CT surfers remaing in the event.

“I’ll just keep fighting,” said Smith. “It’s awesome that there are still three South Africans in the event, it’s about time! Really stoked for everyone and I hope they can go all the way.”

The committed approach by the hungry youngsters was evident from the get-go with Asing and Colapinto eliminating current Championship Tour (CT) surfers Joan Duru (FRA) and Ezekiel Lau (HAW) in the first heat of the day. The same pair won their respective Round of 24 heats later to move into the last 16. Colapinto, 18, finished ahead of current QS No. 1 Jesse Mendes (BRA) as they ousted 2015 Ballito champion Alejo Muniz (BRA).

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DAVE SLASH: David van Zyl surfs against Jordy in their Round 4 matchup. Photo WSL / Cestari

Despite being bumped off the CT at the end of last year, winner of Heat 2 in Round 4 with February and Kymerson, Asing has a more relaxed approach and after winning a QS3,000 in Barbados earlier this year, and is looking forward to making more heats in Ballito: "I don’t know about getting back on the CT. If it happens this year, it happens, but you know I’m not really dwelling on if I do or if I don’t, that’s just wasted energy."

Organisers will meet at first light again on Friday to make a call at 06.45 am on when to get the remaining Round 4 heats underway. When competition resumes Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR), who posted a heat total of 15.50 out of 20, the highest of the day, will be up against South Africans David van Zyl and Jordy Smith in Heat 4 of the Round of 24.

The Ballito Pro pres. by Billabong is proudly supported by the KwaDukuza Municipality, Billabong, 5FM, Capitec Bank, Casio, North Coast Courier, Monster Energy, Zigzag Surfing Magazine, World Surf League (WSL) and Surfing South Africa (SSA).

Heat 1: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 14.83, Jesse Mendes (BRA) 13.17, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 12.00
Heat 2: Keanu Asing (HAW) 14.30, Michael February (ZAF) 13.66, Krystian Kymerson (BRA) 6.40
Heat 3: Joshua Moniz (HAW) 15.10, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 12.30, Ryan Callinan (AUS) 6.20

Heat 3: Keanu Asing (HAW) 14.33, Griffin Colapinto (USA) 13.40, Joan Duru (FRA) 11.70, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 6.20
Heat 4: Joshua Moniz (HAW) 15.66, David Van Zyl (ZAF) 13.34, Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 10.34, Marco Giorgi (URY) 5.56
Heat 5: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 12.30, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 11.93, Adam Melling (AUS) 8.50, Vicente Romero (ESP) 7.73
Heat 6: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 14.50, Ryan Callinan (AUS) 14.00, Brett Simpson (USA) 11.24, Diego Mignot (FRA) 9.83
Heat 7: Tomas Hermes (BRA) 15.34, Mikey Wright (AUS) 15.33, Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 13.17, Jacob Willcox (AUS) 10.13
Heat 8: Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 14.10, Yago Dora (BRA) 12.27, Dion Atkinson (AUS) 11.04, Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.83
Heat 9: Parker Coffin (USA) 13.93, Wade Carmichael (AUS) 12.00, Samuel Pupo (BRA) 11.90, Yadin Nicol (AUS) 11.03
Heat 10: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 13.03, Nat Young (USA) 12.37, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.13, Lucas Silveira (BRA) 11.60
Heat 11: Flavio Nakagima (BRA) 14.77, Cooper Chapman (AUS) 9.50, Nathan Yeomans (USA) 9.26, Victor Bernardo (BRA) 5.63
Heat 12: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 15.50, Heitor Alves (BRA) 10.86, Kilian Garland (USA) 9.37, Ethan Ewing (AUS) 8.04

Heat 4: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR), David Van Zyl (ZAF), Jordy Smith (ZAF)
Heat 5: Tomas Hermes (BRA), Yago Dora (BRA), Wade Carmichael (AUS)
Heat 6: Michael Rodrigues (BRA), Mikey Wright (AUS), Parker Coffin (USA)
Heat 7: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT), Heitor Alves (BRA), Flavio Nakagima (BRA)
Heat 8: Willian Cardoso (BRA), Nat Young (USA), Cooper Chapman (AUS)

Heat 1: Griffin Colapinto (USA) vs. Michael February (ZAF)
Heat 2: Keanu Asing (HAW) vs. Jesse Mendes (BRA)
Heat 3: Joshua Moniz (HAW) vs. TBD
Heat 4: TBD vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)

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