Rip Curl GromSearch Nahoon Reef presented by Sea Harvest – Entries Open.

Rip Curl GromSearch Nahoon Reef presented by Sea Harvest – Entries Open.

Nahoon Reef, East London – The third contest in the Rip Curl GromSearch Series will take place at Nahoon Reef in East London on May 17 -19.

This event is the third in a five-contest series around the country. It features the top junior surfers competing for points and prize money, and entries are open HERE.

The Rip Curl GromSearch tournament in East London is a Surfing South Africa event. It is presented by Sea Harvest and supported by The National Lottery, Oakhampton B&B and Buffalo City

 

Nahoon Reef, the contest venue © Louis Wulff

 

The premier division of the series is the U16 division, and the top four results out of five will determine the 2023 Rip Curl Gromsearch Series Results. 

 The Rip Curl GromSearch contests are fun events as well as crucial conditioning for training our country’s young surfers in the skills and expertise needed to become successful competitive surfers and how to surf to the best of their abilities in front of the top Surfing South Africa judges. 

They also expose these surfers to the media, who often attend these tournaments and cover the events and the surfers for various media outlets. 

 The GromSearch series allows kids to compete against the best surfers in the same age bracket from their country. This format gives these groms insight into a life of competitive surfing. It gives them the invaluable experience of surfing and competing in different waves nationwide. Nahoon Reef is the premier wave in East London.

The Rip Curl GromSearch contests are all premier SAST events, with 1,000 points going to the winners and prizemoney per all premier events.

Easter Festival TV Show Schedule presented by Port Alfred Tourism

Easter Festival TV Show Schedule presented by Port Alfred Tourism

Port Alfred—The SuperSport production of the Port Alfred Easter Festival will premiere on TV tonight. It will feature the Rip Curl GromSearch and the Rip Curl Cup, both presented by the Royal St Andrews Hotel, the Bands At The Beach Music Festival, and more. It featured a group of St Francis Bay surfers competing, and it will be revealed on the Easter Festival TV Show.

The recent Port Alfred Easter Festival was a resounding success, offering a diverse range of activities for everyone. From open-water swimming, cycling, running, golf, and tennis for sports enthusiasts to bodyboarding, amateur boxing, the Good Time Fair, and the Species Spectacular fishing tournament for those seeking fun and excitement, the festival had it all.

For the full Easter Festival TV Show schedule see below:

Easter Festival TV Show

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Port Alfred Easter Festival Platforms:

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See also: Port Alfred Easter Festival – What’s On During The First Few Days.

 

Rosehill SUPERSPAR Expression Session For The Rip Curl Cup

Rosehill SUPERSPAR Expression Session For The Rip Curl Cup

The Rip Curl Cup is an Open Speciality Surfing Event during the Port Alfred Easter Festival. It is presented by The Royal St Andrews Hotel and is supported by Sea Harvest. The Rosehill SUPERSPAR Expression Session is new to the event.

The Rosehill SUPERSPAR has made a significant contribution to this event by sponsoring the Rosehill SUPERSPAR Expression Session during the Rip Curl Cup. This exciting addition to the contest, with two prizes of R2,5k each for The Best Air and the Best Move, has elevated the total prize money to an impressive R80k for the Rip Curl Cup. This is R110k in total for the two surfing tournaments. 

 

 

Stacked Lineup Of Entries

Entries for the Rip Curl Cup include the likes of Kai Hall, Luc Lepront, Daniel Emslie, Brad Scott, Joshe Faulkner, and Bryce Du Preez for the men.  Sarah Scott, Remi Fourie, and Louise Lepront for the women, to name a few. 

Rip Curl athletes in the Rip Curl Cup include Blake Crankshaw, Jack Erlank, Rylan Jarvis, Ben Esterhuyse and Gemma Hanafey. Further, local entries include Andrew Laverge, Lily and Warwick Heny. Very few slots remain for this event, and entries will close soon. 

Rip Curl GromSearch

The Rip Curl GromSearch Port Alfred is part of a five-event series held at various locations, These include Kommetjie, Scottburgh, Nahoon Reef in East London, and Cape St Francis. It is presented by the Royal St Andrews Hotel and supported by Sea Harvest. The NSRI will be on duty for water safety at both the Rip Curl GromSearch and the Rip Curl Cup. 

The two surf events are the anchor events of the Port Alfred Easter Festival, a multi-sports and culture festival from 29 March to 1 April. 

Port Alfred Easter Festival

 

Throughout the long weekend, there are surfing competitions, a music festival, the SA Bodyboarding Challenge, a huge open-air market, and numerous sporting events, with something for everyone. Furthermore, there is a tennis tournament, open-water swimming, cycling, running, bowls, golf, croquet, amateur boxing, and more. 

Bands At The Beach

Georgetown, Arno Carstens, Wonderboom, aKING, and December Streets are among the acts for the Bands At The Beach Music Fest. Tickets are available from QUICKET.

 

2024 MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal – Griffin Colapinto and Johanne Defay Take The Wins

2024 MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal -JBay residents Jordy Smith and Matt McGillivray get joint 17th.

PENICHE, LEIRIA, PORTUGAL – MARCH 11: Matthew McGillivray of South Africa surfs in Heat 6 of the Round of 32 at the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal on March 11, 2024 at Peniche, Leiria, Portugal. (Photo by Damien Poullenot/World Surf League)

PRAIA DE SUPERTUBOS, Peniche / Portugal (Saturday, March 16, 2024) –Today, Griffin Colapinto (USA) and Johanne Defay (FRA) have won the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal presented by Corona, Stop No. 3 on the 2024 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), over Ethan Ewing (AUS) and Tyler Wright (AUS) respectively in the finals, held in four-to-six foot surf in an exciting fifth day of action in Portugal.

Competition resumed at dawn with the men’s Quarters and women’s Semis before taking a break over the lowest part of the tide. The event was called back ON with the building swell on the incoming tide and the day culminated with the event finals held before capacity-crowds at the iconic praia de Supertubos.

Colapinto Finds Super Tubes, Wins Second Supertubos Title

“It was weird, I started off strong and then Ethan and I were just trading off mistakes back and forth,” Colapinto said. “Then I found that first barrel and when I went for the turn I almost fell, was on both my knees and somehow made it back to my feet, and that switched the momentum. And then I got down the beach for that 9 and finished it off with a barrel.”

Griffin Colapinto (USA) had a brilliant start in the Final, finding two good scores right away while Ethan Ewing (AUS) was scouring the lineup for opportunities. The Australian fought back midway through with two backhand turns on a meaty left and came right back in the fight. Colapinto then found a great barrel on a rare right and packed a solid closeout turn to post an excellent 8.27 (out of a possible 10) and solidify his lead.

The Californian put the final nail in his opponent’s coffin with an insane barrel on his backhand this time for a near-perfect 9.67 and his second win at Supertubos, his career-fourth.

“It was really nice watching Crosby surf his heats. I was so invested in what he was doing that I felt like I was surfing twice as many heats,” Colapinto added. “I had a hip surgery in the off season and it took me almost three months to get back in the water. I put so much effort in and I thought it would pay off right away but in Hawaii I got two 9th. Sometimes you just have to trust it, now I have a win so I’m psyched.”

The 2022 winner in Peniche, Colapinto was unstoppable on finals day, taking out Joan Duru (FRA) and Gabriel Medina (BRA) on his way to the Final before putting on a barrel riding clinic for the win. Last year’s World No.3 has now taken over the rankings and will wear yellow heading to Australia, having secured his spot among the best for the back half of the season.

2024 MEO Rip Curl Pro

PENICHE, LEIRIA, PORTUGAL – MARCH 11: Jordy Smith of South Africa surfs in Heat 3 of the Round of 32 at the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal on March 11, 2024 at Peniche, Leiria, Portugal. (Photo by Damien Poullenot/World Surf League)

Defay’s Backhand Comes Clutch for Win No.6 and First in Europe

“It’s overwhelming,” Defay said. “Waves changed and the swell arrived for sure, I think we both had similar strategies and maybe we both had boards a little bit small for these waves. I focused on the lefts obviously and was looking for two turns but in the end one was enough.”

Waves got scarce in the women’s Final and tested the nerves of two of the most experienced surfers in the field. Johanne Defay (FRA) was first to put a couple of decent scores on the board, applying pressure on her opponent Tyler Wright (AUS) as time slowly dripped away.

Both surfers focused on the lefts and at that game the French surfer from Reunion Island had the upper hand, applying her polished backhand turns in the right sections like she has done countless times to win big events. As time continued to slip away, the Australian was unable to find an open wall to work her magic and Defay claimed the win.

This marks Defay’s sixth career CT win, her first on European soil, and moved her into second place on the rankings ahead of the Australian leg. It also signals her official return to 100% form after a difficult season last year, plagued by an injury early on.

“Last year was fun and weird at the same time,” Defay added. “I really enjoyed my time at home even if I was injured, it was kind of a break that I deserved too. Coming back to contests it was hard to find my feet again and my fire but I worked hard and just wanted to show my injury didn’t take me out completely.”

Prior to today, Defay had never made it past the Quarters at Supertubos, but as lefts started pumping in the middle of the beach, the powerful regular foot reveled and dominated once again. With a solid start in Hawaii and back-to-back Quarterfinals, Defay’s win today puts her right on the heels of World No.1 Molly Picklum (AUS) in the rankings.

Ewing Claims Runner-Up, Ties Florence in Rankings No.2 Spot

Last year’s runner-up in the world, Ethan Ewing (AUS) posted his best result to date in Portugal but couldn’t quite convert all the way for a third CT win. He still showcased some of the event’s finest surfing to dispatch two ferocious goofies, Italo Ferreira (BRA) and Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) on his way to the Final.

“It was super cool to surf the Final with Griffin, we’re really good friends,” Ewing said. “We haven’t had that many man-on-man heats together but they’re always super fun. When I came to Portugal I was really unhappy with my surfing but just to kind of pull through that and the cold water and the long travel was great.”

The Australian has also officially made the Mid-season Cut with this result and before heading home to Australia. Ewing and Colapinto had previously eliminated Crosby Colapinto (USA) and Gabriel Medina (BRA) respectively in their Semifinal matchups.

Two-Time World Champion Wright Back to Winning Form

After her worst season start since qualifying full time in 2011, two-time World Champion Tyler Wright (AUS) has put two third-round exits in her rearview mirror and found her pace in Portugal to reach the Final. 

“It’s amazing, I feel like this has been a really key point for my year,” Wright stated. “It’s taken me a while to figure out some of the different changes that I’ve had going on. I’m really excited to be in Portugal, honestly, this is me and my wife’s favorite event all year, so thank you Portugal for having us, I really enjoyed myself.”

Open about health issues and the changes she has made to continue to progress in her career and life, Wright has definitely found her form again and will be a threat as she heads to Bells Beach where she is the back-to-back defending event winner.

Defay and Wright had previously eliminated Lakey Peterson (USA) and Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) respectively in their Semifinal matchups.

Medina’s Rampage Halted in Semis, World Champion is Back

After an Opening Round poor performance, three-time World Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) found his groove again and started to build momentum at an event he’s extremely familiar with and has the full support of the local crowds. The Brazilian went on an absolute rampage through the rounds, posting 16.60, 17.16 and 18.00 heat totals (out of a possible 20) on his way to the Semis. 

Despite a last-minute good effort, Medina came up just short against Colapinto in their Semis bout but this result has propelled him into 15th place on the rankings with a ton of momentum and confidence.

 

Cape Town Surf Pro – The Excitement Builds!

Cape Town Surf Pro Incoming!

  • Surfers From Madagascar, Morocco, and Mozambique Join The Cape Town Surf Pro Lineup
  • Top Seed Luke Thompson Up For The Challenge
  • First Call, Saturday, 16 March At 7:00 AM Local Time
  • More Available at WorldSurfLeague.co

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (Thursday, 14 March 2024).  The World Surf League (WSL) Africa Qualifying Series (QS) contingent will head to Long Beach, Kommetjie. This for the Cape Town Surf Pro this weekend 16-17 March 2024. The event offers 1,000 points toward the 2023/2024 QS season and 2024 Challenger Series qualification. These count toward World Junior Championships qualification. With only two events on the schedule for this season, it’s a make-or-break scenario for anyone with their eyes set on qualifying.

Surfers From Madagascar, Morocco and Mozambique Join The Lineup

Joe Kennedy (MDG) is the first surfer from Madagascar to compete officially in the WSL QS. This will be his first time competing in South Africa.

“I only began competing internationally in the WSL last year, the first time for Madagascar, and this will be my first time in South Africa, too. I am very excited to surf these famous breaks,” said Kennedy. “My goal for this event is to represent my country well and enter Madagascar into the African rankings for the first time.”

Morocco’s Aboubakar Bouaouda and Mozambique’s Nelson Nhamona will join the lineup of African surfers. They are also competing at the Cape Town Surf Pro.

Top Seeds Luke Thompson and Natasha van Greunen Up For The Challenge

Entering this event as the top seed, Cape Town’s Luke Thompson knows he has a target on his back but is up for the challenge. 

“It’s a different kind of feeling, going into the year as number one,” Thompson admitted. “Last year, I was the underdog, and now all the eyes are on me. Pressure is a privilege. I’m grateful for the opportunity, and I’m excited to get the contest season started. I learnt a lot last year and look forward to implementing it this year.”

The men’s draw features a stacked lineup, with Adin Masencamp (RSA), Daniel Emslie (RSA). Long-time QS competitor Shane Sykes (RSA) making his return to competitive surfing alongside a handful of international competitors.

“It’s really cool to compete against other international competitors in our regional QS before you get to the Challenger Series,” Thompson said. “Having the likes of Joe and Aboubakar come down to South Africa pushes our surfing. It challenges us to surf against someone you haven’t competed against before in your junior career.”

Cape Town Surf Pro

Luke Thompson. (Photo by Pierre Tostee/World Surf League)

Natasha van Greunen (RSA) will rely on local knowledge and experience as she enters the event as the top seed. She has a simple goal of winning. A good result at the Cape Town Surf Pro is crucial if she wants to qualify for the Challenger Series again.

Van Greunen will compete against fellow Challenger Series competitors Jessie van Niekerk (RSA), Kira Hofmeyr (RSA), and Danielle Powis (RSA).

The first call for the Cape Town Surf Pro will be on Saturday, 16 March, at 07:00 AM local time, with a possible start time of 7:30 AM.

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

 

Anthony Jeanjean (FRA) and Moses Adams (SA) win Converse ULT.X titles in Cape Town.

Anthony Jeanjean (FRA) and Moses Adams (SA) win Converse ULT.X titles in Cape Town.

Anthony Jeanjean © Eric Palmer

2nd March 2024 – The vibrant city of Cape Town played host to an electrifying spectacle of athleticism and adrenaline as contestants from around the globe converged for the Converse Ult.X at Battery Park in the famous V&A Waterfront. The event saw the world’s top freestyle BMX riders and South Africa’s best park skateboarders battling for supremacy in the African Champs.

Anthony Jeanjean (Fra) beat out Kevin Peraza (Mex) and Boyd Hilder (Aus) to successfully defend his Converse ULT.X BMX title. His winning run of 92,75 was cheered on by the crowds for his unique lines and style. “I’m so happy to win this event again; it’s been a pretty good week with an amazing crowd; yeah, the sun is out, and I’m just happy to take the win again.” said a jubilant Jeanjean.

 

Kevin Peraza © Eric Palmer

Jeremy Mallot (USA) won the Pat Casey Best Trick award for his 180 Triple Tailwhip. Emotions ran high by Mallot when describing this win, “This is one of the best events; everyone comes together and pushes it. It was a little windy towards the end, but we managed to make it work, and I’m so incredibly honoured to take home the Pat Casey Best Trick; this one was for him, and it was a trick he was an absolute legend at, so I’m glad that I stuck it. I took the slams for him, and this one’s incredible man.”

Converse ULT.X titles

BMX Podium © Eric Palmer

It was an all Cape Town affair in the Converse ULT.X Skate final, with Moses Adams edging out Ty Adams and Ethan Cairns to claim his title. “Everything went so well today; I’m grateful to have reached the finals through qualifiers and semis. I did my best; I’m at a loss for words. I’m a bit emotional now but really glad about the win. I want to thank my man overseas, Manny Santiago, for telling me to rock the boat. Thank you.”

Moses Adams © Grant McLachlan

Durban’s Khule Ngbane ensured that Cape Town didn’t take a clean sweep in the skate disciples, winning the best trick for his Nollie Bigspin Back Lip over the rail. “I’m super, super stoked to win the best trick; it’s an awesome way to start the new year. A big shout out to all the brands that supported this event to make it happen!” Said an elated Ngubane.

Converse ULT.X titles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Khule Ngubane © Grant McLachlan

Converse ULT.X is the pinnacle of action sports events in South Africa, attracting top local and international talent in BMX and skateboarding.

Skate Podium © Grant McLachlan

Since its inception in Cape Town in 2008, the event has become a celebrated platform for showcasing the best in action sports while fostering a community of athletes and fans.

“Every year the level gets raised, the skateboarding was on another level, and the BMX boys went off; we couldn’t believe what we witnessed today; it was a great day of action sports here in Battery Park in the mother city”, said the event organizer, Markus Musler from Old School Productions.

Converse ULT.X is proudly supported by Suzuki, Monster Energy and Swatch.

Please click here to download the VNR

High-resolution skate images are available here

High-resolution BMX images are available here

All the action videos can be found on the Ult.X Instagram account and the Ult.X Facebook Page

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