Sydney Surf Pro to Kick-Start Inaugural WSL Challenger Series Season

SYDNEY, NSW / AUS (Friday, November 15, 2019) – The World Surf League (WSL) is excited to announce that Sydney will stage the first-ever WSL Challenger Series event next March.

Pictured: 11-time WSL World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) competing at the 2019 Sydney Surf Pro at Manly. With the event being upgraded in 2020 it is sure to attract more world-class talent than ever. – Credit: © WSL / Matt Dunbar

The Sydney Surf Pro will be the biggest professional surfing event to run in New South Wales with over 200 of the world’s best men’s and women’s surfers competing at Manly from March 8-14, 2020.
The event kicks off WSL’s newly-announced Challenger Series and marks a new partnership between the WSL and Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency. The opening round event is secured exclusively for Sydney from 2020 – 2022.
WSL Asia / Pacific General Manager Andrew Stark is thrilled that the first-ever Challenger Series event will be hosted at the iconic Manly Beach.
“Manly has such a rich history in Australian and International surfing so holding the inaugural WSL Challenger Series event here will continue this lineage of historical surfing moments which WSL is really excited about.
“The event is sure to attract some of surfing’s biggest stars, will shine the surfing spotlight on Sydney and will provide a pathway for our athletes onto the elite Championship Tour.
“We’re thrilled that Destination NSW and the other key partners have come on board to ensure Australia will have the opening stop on the newly announced Challenger Series. We look forward to returning to Manly and delivering a fantastic event in Sydney.”

Pictured: The World Surf League Sydney Surf Pro always draws huge crowds to the iconic Manly Beach. – Credit: © WSL / Matt Dunbar

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, said the event positioned NSW and Manly firmly on the map for the enthusiastic world surfing fraternity.
“The WSL Sydney Surf Pro will be the first event of the WSL Challenger Series, so fans and athletes worldwide will be sizing up the competition as the action unfolds at Manly,” said Minister Ayres.
“We expect that over the next three years the Sydney Surf Pro will deliver $3.7 million in visitor spend for NSW from more than 4,000 visitors and over 25,000 visitor nights. NSW is loved by surfers and travelers alike for our unforgettable coastline, world-class hospitality and the State’s incomparable calendar of sport, art, culture and lifestyle events. The Sydney Surf Pro will be right at home here in the Harbour City from next March.”
Member for Manly James Griffin said Manly is Australia’s home of surfing and has successfully hosted countless international, national and local surfing contests.
“Manly staged the first-ever world championships in May 1964, and in March this year our iconic four-kilometer beach attracted 11-time world champion Kelly Slater to compete,” said Mr Griffin. “Where better to kick off the WSL Challenger Series than in the hub of surf culture that is Manly?”
The 2020 Sydney Surf Pro, which sees the world’s best surfers chase important qualifying points as they vie for a spot on the elite Championship Tour, will be held from March 8 – 14 at Manly Beach.
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All Eyes On Beyrick De Vries At The Vans Triple Crown In Hawaii

North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii – The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (VTCS) is underway in Hawaii, and there is much interest in Durban surfer Beyrick De Vries competing in the series of events. The VTCS takes place on the 7-Mile Miracle that is the North Shore of Oahu, and will see contests take place at Haleiwa, Sunset Beach and Pipeline.

Beyrick De Vries © van gysen

The first competition in the Triple Crown is the Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa, and it will kick off shortly. The forecast looks solid over the next few days, and there will be some large surf pounding over the Haleiwa Reef for all competitors entered into this event.

It is a QS 10,000 event, one of the most crucial events of the year on the Qualifying Series tour, and there will be no holds barred by any competitor in last minute bids to qualify for the Championship Tour (CT) 2020.

De Vries comes into the Hawaiian leg placed 42nd on the QS ratings board, with a total points tally for the year of 8,900. The points awarded for a win at this tournemant is 10,000 points, so victory at this event would see Monster Energy teamrider Beyrick go straight into a qualification situation, with one event to go.

The final event on the QS tour for 2019 is the Vans World Cup at Sunset Beach in Hawaii. This is also a QS 10,000 event and is the final effort for surfers to get those last few points in their respective bids to qualify.

De Vries has a certain reputation at Sunset Beach, after fearlessly paddling into and riding one of the best waves ever seen there, back in 2013. It was towards the end of a loaded heat, and De Vries was trawling for a final big score.

“That wave came through and I had to go, pretty much,” recalls Dr Vries of that moment. “When I got it and looked down the line it looked good, so I pulled in for the barrel and I came out and did a grab-rail carve and another turn. At the end of that wave I straightened out and I got bounced so hard off the reef. It was so sore. I bounced on my coccyx and my left cheek, and it was so sore, but when I heard that it was a 10-point ride the pain went away.”

Umhlanga surfer De Vries is seeded into the second round of the Hawaiian Pro, and he will be coming up against 14th-seeded QS competitor and hopeful CT qualifier, JBay’s Matt McGillivray, along with two more surfers who will come though from the first round.

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FU Wax Is Here For Summer!

Cape Town – The magical FU Wax, one of the most popular surfing wax brands in the world and used by some of the top surfers, is in South Africa for the summer, and with season upon us, it is time to wax on and stock up!

© Kolesky/Nikon

With no minimum quantities on the order sheets, take full advantage while you can to stock up for summer months, because it usually sells out quite quickly.

As used by World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) surfer Jordy Smith from South Africa, currently placed third on the Jeep Leaderboard going into Hawaii.

Jordy is a big fan, and so is fourth-placed WSL CT surfer Filipe Toledo, who uses the Brazilian manufactured product, while competing on the world tour.

If you’re looking for any of the magical Brazilian wax then mail us on and remember that there are no minimum orders, and all orders can be customized.

You can follow FU Wax South Africa on Instagram here

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Shaka Surf Releases Recycled Cork Traction Pads For Surfing

Portugal – Recycled surf product store Shaka Surf is proud to announce the latest addition to their eco surf product range with their cork agglomerate traction pads. Partnering up with Eco Pro, Shaka Surf is proud to announce that they now have an eco-friendly alternative to the traction pads found in your typical surf shop.

It’s true that most of the surfing accessories we use on a daily basis have some detrimental environmental impact, and we as surfers need to make better informed decisions on our purchases. For too long, the surf industry has been slow to react, but right now, the sense of change is really palpable.

This is why Shaka Surf has decided not only to sell their eco surf fins made from recycled plastics but also to partner up with other Portugese brands to distribute other sustainable products. A new partnership they have formed is with Eco Pro, producers of the 100% cork agglomerate traction pads. Their pioneering EcoPro©UniBody technology offers greater traction and adhesion to the surfboard, as the result of its flat base.

Not just for surfboards

The 100% Cork agglomerate traction pads offers great traction, but cork is way more robust and offers great comfort for the surfer. The range includes traditional, retro and classic traction pad styles, as well as options for kiteboarders, tow-in surfers and windsurfers.

On this announcement, Dom Taylor from Shaka Surf says “We’re stoked to be expanding our product offering and working with cool companies who align with our values. I’m only using EcoPro’s traction pads on my boards now and really happy with how they feel and the traction I get. Plus the adhesion feels a lot better.”

To get your hands on your very own cork traction pad head over to Shaka Surf’s Store where you’ll find a great range and a current 20% discount on all their eco surf products.

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South Africa Ranked Among Top Seven Nations at VISSLA

South Africa Ranked Among Top Seven Nations at VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships

After four days of competition in the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, South Africa is one of only seven nations who still have all 12 team members in contention for honours in the annual event being staged at Huntington Beach in California.

The 2018 Boys U-18 Bronze Medalist, Luke Slijpen (RSA), advancing in Main Event Round 1. Photo: ISA / Ben Reed

South Africa, who finished eighth last year, is joined by defending team champions Japan, event hosts USA, traditional surfing powerhouses Australia and Hawaii and rising stars Spain and Portugal at the top of the provisional rankings for the 44 nations in attendance.

Luke Slijpen has already reached the last 16 in the U18 Boys Main Event stream and is on track to equal or improve on the bronze medal he clinched for finishing third at Huntington Beach last year. His teammates Eli Beukes, who posted the highest single wave score and heat total in the division earlier in the event, and Tide-Lee Ireland have dropped into the gruelling Repercharge Rounds.

Daniel Emslie is flying the South African flag in the last 16 of the U16 Boys Main Event stream, while Brad Scott and Luke Thompson, the standout performer on the opening day of the world’s biggest junior surfing event, will be doing their best to reach the grand finale of their division via the Repercharges

All three of the U18 Girls have lost once in the double elimination format used at ISA events. Caroline Brown and Summer Sutton will be up against each other, along with rivals from Canada and Israel in their next heat. Tayla de Coning will take on her peers from USA, Netherlands and Morocco with only the top two in each heat advancing to the next round.

Ceara Knight franked her talent by earning an excellent 8.33 point score from the judges in her opening encounter and along with Zoe Steyn remains in the U16 Girls Main Event stream. Kayla Nogueira will be taking the longer route to honours via the Repercharge Rounds.

Main Event competitors from all four divisions will be in action in the waves on the North side of the Huntington Beach pier today (Thursday), while the Repercharge rounds for the U16 Boys and Girls will be run on the South side.


All the action on each day of the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships can be followed live at which also features news, images, video footage and statistics for every heat.

The competition runs until Sunday 3 November and starting at 4pm South Africa time daily.

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).

Mountain Bike Sensation Ike Klaassen Wins Last Event Of The Year

Stellenbosch – Last week saw young Stellenbosch MTB rider and champion Ike Klaassen once again show his skills at the Western Province champs at the Hellsend Dirt Compound, which can be found on the farm where he lives. That’s right, he has his own track, his own training ground on his doorstep, and it seems to be seriously paying off.

Ike Kaasen ©Eric Palmer

It was only the second race that has ever taken place at Hellsend, and it was an exciting event and a great race with a lot of people in attendance and competing.  The track has a nice, long flow trail, and dirt jumps from beginner table-tops to advanced doubles.

“It was cool to have an event here,” said Ike. “The track has been around for a while, and I wasn’t able to compete in the first race here, so this was my first time racing on the track.”

Ike was obviously tuned into his own track, and knew the best speed-lines and what needed to be done to get the best times.

Ike Klaasen – © Eric Palmer

“I won the qualifying race in my age category and then got third overall, and missed second place by 0.1,” said Ike. “In the race run I won by something like 20 seconds, and got third overall again, which was pretty cool.”  

The result was a fitting finish for the 15-year-old rider who had an epic year, competing in the Audi Nines as well as at Crankworx.

“Crankworx was the two best weeks of my life,” said Ike of his time at Whistler Valley in Canada. “It has been a dream to go to Whistler for a long time, so it was supersick to go there during the best time, during Crankworx.”

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