LONG BEACH, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – MARCH 17: Sarah Scott of South Africa surfs in the Final at the Cape Town Surf Pro on March 17, 2024 at Long Beach, Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Kody McGregor/World Surf League)

Cape Town Surf Pro – Sarah Scott and Paul Sampson Win QS1,000

LONG BEACH, Kommetjie, Cape Town (Sunday, 17 March 2024) – Sarah Scott (RSA) and Paul Sampson (RSA) have won the World Surf League (WSL) Cape Town Surf Pro Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 today, held in contestable two-to-three foot surf. Jessie van Niekerk (RSA) and Adin Masencamp (RSA) finished runners-up respectively.

Local Star Sarah Scott Wins At Home Break

With a dissipating swell and the offshore wind expected to pick up, the Women’s Final got off to a quick start with Kommetjie local Sarah Scott first on the board with a 5.83 (out of a possible 10). Jessie van Niekerk stayed busy under priority to build on her score, squeezing everything out of the smaller waves on offer while Scott, Kira Hofmeyr and Aimee du Preezwaited for bigger opportunities to roll through. Scott’s patience and local knowledge played in her favour when she found the best wave of the heat, staying in the pocket of the wave to crank out four great turns and earning an excellent 8.33, enough to secure her the win with a total of 14.16 (out of a possible 20). Van Niekerk finished runner-up ahead of Du Preez and Hofmeyr.

“It feels amazing to take out the first event of the year, I’m really stoked,” Scott said. “It makes me feel really confident, plus it was at my hometown. The waves were really fun, despite the cold water!”

Scott, who is in her final school year, won’t be competing on the Challenger Series this year but has her sights set on qualifying for the 2024/2025 season.

“This year I’m in Matric, so I won’t be doing the Challenger Series, but this win obviously gives me the confidence for next year to try and qualify, because I’d like to compete on the CS. This year I’m just going to do all the local competitions to keep my surfing and rhythm going, so I’m really happy with this win.”

Lily Heny – (Photo by Kody McGregor/World Surf League)

Muizenberg Aerialist Paul Sampson Earns First Qualifying Series Win

A stacked final saw 2022/2023 WSL Africa Regional QS champion Luke Thompson up against Adin Masencamp, Brad Scott and Paul Sampson. The lead changed several times in an exciting heat as the competitors went blow-for-blow in the small but fun conditions. Sampson stuck to his impressive air game, finding the perfect ramps under priority to boost full rotation maneuvers, while the rest of the field waited for the set waves to arrive. All the drama played out in the final 5 minutes, when all surfers found scoring opportunities. Sampson saved the best for last, being rewarded with a 9-point ride for two quick turns and a critical and committed aerial maneuver into the flats. The tension was palpable on the beach, as the buzzer sounded and surfers were left waiting for the final scores to drop, which saw Sampson take the win in the end.

“I can’t even explain how I feel at the moment,” Sampson reacted. “I’m emotional, happy, stoked. The work paid off. My coach told me how to pace the heats and that’s what I did from the start of the contest right until the end. I left that one until the last minute, and it paid off.”

This is Sampson’s first-ever QS victory, his biggest result of his young career.
“This is a big result for me, I’ve never made it this far,” Sampson reacted. “I was so stressed while waiting for the scores to drop. I knew I needed a score, and because the judges were taking so long I knew it was probably going to be a good score.”

 

Rankings Shake-Up Will Impact Challenger Series Qualification

Scott and Sampson top the WSL Africa rankings heading into the second and final event of the season next weekend, the SA Open of Surfing at Pollok Beach in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape. While Scott might not eye CS qualification this year, this win has opened up a whole new door of opportunity for Sampson.

“To be honest, now I’m thinking about qualifying for the Challenger Series,” Sampson reflected. “Before this I was just going to enter competitions to have fun, but now this is actually what I really want to do. It’s been difficult because I haven’t had the opportunity to do this, so if I’m able to do the QS and qualify I want to push it all the way. Right now though, I’m just enjoying this moment!”

City of Cape Town’s ward councillor in Kommetjie, Simon Liell-Cock said Long Beach deserves to be a global surfing destination.
“Recreational tourism is our biggest economy. This event is attracting international competitors, foreign currency and placing Kommetjie on the map and I hope more people will come here and support this event in the future.”

The Cape Town Surf Pro will be supported by Surfing South Africa, Accelerate Sport, City of Cape Town, O’Neill and Red Bull.

For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.

WSL Africa Qualifying Series Rankings

Women
1. Sarah Scott – 1,000 points
2. Jessie van Niekerk – 800 points
3. Aimee du Preez – 650 points
4. Kira Hofmeyr – 600 points

Men
1. Paul Sampson -1,000 points
2. Adin Masencamp – 800 points
3. Luke Thompson – 650 points
4. Brad Scott – 600 points