JBay’s Matt McGillivray Qualifies For WSL Championship Tour 2020

Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii – After advancing through round three of the Vans World Cup 10,000 Qualifying Series (QS) event at Sunset Beach yesterday, word came out from the World Surf League (WSL) that JBay Surfer Matt McGillivray was a confirmed qualification for the 2020 Championship Tour (CT).

McGillivray on a Sunset bomb yesterday © WSL/Heff

Rip Curl surfer McGillivray was placed 6th on the international QS ratings prior to this contest, and his advancement into round four will see him replace one of his lowest counting results. He now cannot be bumped out of the top ten, and qualifies for the premier CT for next year.

The CT comprises 22 surfers from the current tour, as well as 10 surfers from the QS, combined with wild cards and injury replacements, to make 36 surfers. In order to qualify from the QS you need to be within the top ten at year-end.

McGillivray will join fellow South African Jordy Smith on tour next year. The CT commences with the Corona Open Gold Coast at Snapper Rocks in Australia on 26 March 2020.

“I just want to say thank you so much to everyone back home for the support,” said McGillivray from Hawaii. “I got so many messages I still have to reply to, I didn’t realize how many people followed what was going on, and it has been amazing to experience the support.”

McGillivray will come up against Nolan Rapoza (USA), Morgan Ciblic (AUS) and Jesse Mendes (BRA) in the second heat of round four when surfing commences again in Hawaii.

The event can be viewed live here https://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2019/mqs/3172/vans-world-cup-of-surfing and should go live between 7 and 8 PM tonight South African time.

NSRI Pink Buoy to the rescue

NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis BayNSRI Pink BuoyAn NSRI pink rescue buoy has successfully been used in a surf rescue in Jeffreys Bay bringing the NSRI pink rescue buoys total successful deployments to date to 51.

On Friday afternoon, 29 November, an NSRI rescue swimmer deployed into the surf at Magnas Beach, a popular surf spot, with the NSRI pink rescue buoy stationed at Magnas Beach, where a male aged approximately 7 and a male aged 15 were seen in difficulty in the surfline.

The NSRI rescue swimmer reached the child and the teenager and with the aid of the NSRI pink rescue buoy floatation device the child was assisted to the shore while the 15 year old, a good swimmer, was able to swim with them back to the shore.

Once safely ashore no further assistance was required.


Tough Conditions Force Short Day at Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships

JINZUN HARBOUR, TAITUNG / TPE (Monday, December 2, 2019) – The 2019 Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships has continued today with a short day of competition seeing the final four heats of Men’s Round 2 completed. Increasing swell and blustery winds forced WSL Event Directors to call competition off due to deteriorating conditions.

Peruvian Lucas Garrido Lecca (PER) overcame Australian Jack Entwistle (AUS) in heat 6 of Round 2 at the Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships this morning at Jinzun Harbour. – Credit: © WSL / Tim Hain

Peruvian competitor Lucas Garrido Lecca (PER) is in the hunt for his best finish at the Taiwan Open as he booked himself a spot into Round 3 after taking down Aussie hopeful Jack Entwistle (AUS). Both surfers struggled to find a decent wave in the solid and bumpy conditions, but it was Garrido Lecca who managed to pull together a heat total of 9.06 to claim the win. Garrido Lecca will now shift his focus to Round 3 where he will take on reigning World Longboard Champion Steven Sawyer.
“That was so tough out there,” Garrido Lecca said. “I feel bad for Jack because those were not the waves we were hoping for, but there is nothing you can do about the conditions, that’s just surfing. I’m stoked to make it into Round 3 and have the opportunity to get my best result here in Taiwan. It looks like we will continue to get solid conditions so I will try to be ready for anything.”
Former World Longboard Champion Josh Constable (AUS) found himself in the unexpected position of trying to avoid a last-place finish in Round 2 when he came up against fellow Aussie Clinton Guest (AUS) in Heat 7. On a board he shaped himself, Constable made light work of the windy right-handers, riding the nose through the chop and slicing turns back into the pocket to take the win, much to the excitement of his family who watched on from the beach.
“Obviously you get beautiful perfect days with light wind here in Taiwan, but you also expect a few windy solid days like this,” Constable said. “You have to be ready for everything here so I shaped a few boards that can handle this, and they definitely worked for me which is good. I came last year and saw all of the different conditions this place can throw at you so was definitely prepared this year. I brought my family with me this year which has been awesome. This is such a beautiful place and I knew they’d love it here plus it’s a nice end of year holiday for the kids after they’ve done so well at school this year so we’re having a great time.”
Kevin Skvarna and Taka Inoue were the other two competitors to progress through Round 2 with Jack Entwistle (AUS), Clinton Guest (AUS), Wenderson Biludo (BRA), and Kaimana Takayama (HAW) were all unfortunately eliminated.
With conditions continuing to deteriorate at Jinzun Harbour, WSL Event Directors decided to put the event on standby after the final heat of Round 2. With conditions expected to stay below average for the next 24 hours, the event has been called off tomorrow, December 3 and WSL Event Directors will reconvene at Jinzun Harbour on Thursday, December 4 at 6:15 a.m. to make a call on competition recommencing.

The Taiwan Open World Longboard Championship runs from December 1 – 7. For more information and to watch all of the action from the Taiwan Open of Surfing, head to www.worldsurfleauge.com or download the free WSL App.

Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships Remaining Men’s Round 2 Results:
HEAT 1: Cole Robbins (USA) 10.10 DEF. Chung Hua Cheng (TWN) 6.14
HEAT 2: Ben Skinner (GBR) 15.00 DEF. Max Weston (AUS) 9.26
HEAT 3: Rodrigo Sphaier (BRA) 10.87 DEF. Nicholas Brewer (AUS) 8.37
HEAT 4: Phil Rajzman (BRA) 10.87 DEF. Gabriel Nascimento (BRA) 8.57
HEAT 5: Taka Inoue (JPN) 9.84 DEF. Kaimana Takayama (USA) 8.17
HEAT 6: Lucas Garrido Lecca (PER) 9.06 DEF. Jack Entwistle (AUS) 7.90
HEAT 7: Josh Constable (AUS) 11.83 DEF. Clinton Guest (AUS) 8.43
HEAT 8: Kevin Skvarna (USA) 9.90 DEF.  Wenderson Biludo (BRA) 6.96

Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships Round 3 Matchups:
HEAT 1: Cole Robbins (USA) vs. Harrison Roach (AUS)
HEAT 2: Taylor Jensen (USA) vs. Taka Inoue (JPN)
HEAT 3: Kaniela Stewart (HAW) vs. Ben Skinner (GBR)
HEAT 4: Steven Sawyer (ZAF) vs. Lucas Garrido Lecca (PER)
HEAT 5: Kai Sallas (HAW)
HEAT 6: Edouard Delpero (FRA) vs. Rodrigo Sphaier (BRA)
HEAT 7: Justin Quintal (USA) vs. Josh Constable (AUS)
HEAT 8: Tony Silvagni (USA) vs. Phil Rajzman (BRA)