The voting is open for the Rip Curl E-Pro semi-finalists, and there are some incredible rides to vote on.
In the women’s competition, Zoe Steyn from East London is facing off against fellow goofy-footer Faye Zoetmulder from Cape St Francis in the first semifinal. Both surfers have submitted solid rides and it’s going to be a close call.
The second semifinal sees Sophie Bell from Salt Rock surf off against Ceara Knight from Scarborough in the Cape in what appears to be another close encounter.
The women’s event is sponsored by VUM, a specialist insurer, backed by Santam. The VUM CEO, David Gould, came in as a last-minute sponsor and believes in giving back to the sport that we all get so much out of.
In the men’s semifinal one, Shane Sykes from Salt Rock is up against Durban’s Josh Redman. Syke’s wave is solid, and combines some powerful turns with a big barrel, while Josh Redman has one of the best barrels of the competition so far.
Dale Staples from St Francis Bay entered a JBay bomb, and it comes up against throaty barrel from Chad Du Toit from Durban in the second semifinal.
Talking of barrels, the big specialty prize in this inaugural online surf event is the Red Bull Best Tube award of R10,000. Both Redman and Du Toit’s rides could be in the running for this prize.
It looks like close calls all around, so climb in and throw down a few votes for your favourite surfers in the public vote on Instagram at @surfwebseries
One of the presenting sponsors, Shaka Surf Store, makers of awesome fins from recycled bottle tops, has a 10% discount going across the whole store right now, so go in and check it out.
Details of the full tour can be found on https://www.surfwebseries.com/
The Rip Curl E-Pro is supported by Surfing South Africa. Surfing South Africa is the recognised governing body for the sport in South Africa and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), the African Surfing Confederation (ASC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).
Rip Curl, the Ultimate Surfing Company
The Rip Curl E-Pro is presented by Shaka Surf
Shaka Surf is an eco surf store specialising in 100% sustainable surf products, including surf fins made from recycled plastics. Their mission is to reduce plastic waste and create awesome eco surf fins.
Oakley is an event partner
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The Rip Curl E-Pro is supported by Surfing South Africa.
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The Rip Curl E-Pro is supported by the Kouga Municipality
The Rip Curl E-Pro is supported by The Travel Collective