Cell C Goodwave Surf Contest Surfers Names Announced

St Francis & JBay Surfers in lineup

The event organisers of the 2019 Cell C Goodwave have announced the invited surfers for the upcoming tournament. The one-year waiting period for this contest officially starts on Monday 21 January 2019.

The event features several well known names from the Kouga Region (St Francis and Jeffreys Bay).

The Cell C Goodwave is supported by Oakley and Bilt Surfboards, and the event will be hosted by California Dreaming.  

The contest is a one-day event, with four-man heats and a sudden-death format of high performance surfing. It will be run on one of the best surfing days of the year at New Pier, with the call being made by contest director Jason Ribbink, along with surf forecasting guru Spike from Wavescape.

“It has been a challenge to find the right day to surf this event,” said Ribbink, referring to the fact that the contest didn’t run in 2018. “We are determined and confident however that we will get an excellent day of surf at the New Pier in the first quarter of 2019.”

As a direct result of the competition not running, there has been an increase in the event prize-pool, with the first prize now up to R150k

Prize allocation:
1st – R150k
2nd – R50k
3rd – R20k
4th – R10k
Lee Wolins Award R10k

The invitees, in no particular order:
1. Brandon Jackson
2. Matt McGillivray
3. Dale Staples
4. Shane Sykes
5. Mikey February
6. Josh Redman
7. Jason Ribbink
8. Dan Redman
9. Slade Prestwich
10. Beyrick De Vries
11. Dylan Lightfoot
12. Chad Du Toit
13. Damien Fahrenfort
14. Brendon Gibbens
15. Adin Masencamp
16. Davey Van Zyl
17. Greg Emslie
18. Matt Bromley
19. Benji Brand
20. Chris Leppan
21. Steven Sawyer
22. Twiggy Baker
23. Davey Weare
24. Sponsor Wildcard

Alternates, in no particular order:
Shaun Joubert, Richard Kidd, Shaun Payne, Frankie Oberholzer, Simon Fish, Jordy Maree, Chris Frolich, Blaine Wood, Allan Johns, Gary Van Weirengen, Mike Frew, Ryan Payne, Simon Nicholson, Ford Van Jaarsveldt, Brendan O’Connor, Warwick Wright, Robbie Schofield, Gavin Roberts, York Van Jaarsveldt, Sean Holmes,, Paul Canning, Eli Beukes, Luke Slijpen, Max Elkington, Bryce Du Preez, Mitch du Preez, James Ribbink, Koby Oberholzer, Karl Steen, Angelo Faulkner, Joshe Faulkner, Jake Elkington, Manoa Robb, Michael Monk. 

Lyons Group Yellowtail December Competition

News from Port St Francis Ski Boat And Yacht Club

 23 boats with 87 anglers, 14  Juniors and 4 Ladies.

The competition was run over 2 days with a total of 14 Yellowtail and 9 Bonito of size being weighed.  

Unfortunately the weather wasn’t kind on the 2nd day of the competition so an informal additional competition was set up for the 30th December.

We wish to thank the Lyons Group and Vincent Lyons for their generous sponsorship which greatly contributed to the success of the competition.

Prizes were awarded as follows

YELLOWTAIL

Open Section
1st Hein Van Rooyen – Boat Geelstert – Weight 6.80 kg
2nd Dirk Ellis – Boat Geelstert – Weight 6.00 kg
3rd Dirk Ellis  – Boat Geelstert – Weight 5.70 kg

Ladies Section
1st Debbie McCracken – Boat Mathambo – Weight 3.60 kg

Junior Section
1st Charles Short – Boat Strenue – Weight 4.20  kg
2nd Andrew Wigg – Boat Tolla – Weight 2.80 kg
3rd  Andrew Wigg – Boat Tolla – Weight 2.30 kg

LARGEST BONITO OVER 2 KG

1st Paul Spowart – Weight 3.5 kg

INFORMAL COMPETITION

1st Paul Jorge – Boat Mathambo – Weight 13.2 kg
2nd Guy Wigg – Boat Tolla – Weight 5.70 kg
3rd  C Weeks

Over the official competition there were 23 boats with 87 anglers, 14 of which were Juniors and 4 were Ladies.

 

Gabriel Medina Claims Second World Title

Gabriel Medina Claims Second World Title, Wins Billabong Pipe Masters

Gabriel Medina (BRA) has won the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Title by claiming victory at the  Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons at Pipeline in Hawaii in epic  2 to 3 metre (6-10 foot) barrels.

Medina, 23, made history in 2014 as the first Brazilian to win a WSL World Title and has now cemented himself into the annals of surfing history with a second crown and his first event win at Pipeline..

Gabriel Medina (BRA) deep inside the barrel at Pipeline Credit: WSL / Sloane

“All my heroes have won this contest,” Medina said. “I’m stoked to be a part of everything here. Winning this event is a little different. I really wanted this one, and I worked really hard for this one so I’m so happy. That was a good final. Julian (Wilson) is the toughest competitor to go up against so I’m lucky I got two good waves. He won in a final against me a few years ago and I got this one, so it feels good.

Medina’s road to the Title in 2018 was bumpy at first but then the Brazilian switched gears mid-season and claimed back-to-back wins in Tahiti and at the inaugural Surf Ranch Pro. He continued to impress as one of the most consistent surfers through the European leg with two equal-third places and arrived in Hawaii with a 4,740-point lead over his nearest rival Julian Wilson (AUS). The rest is history as Medina reached the final at Pipeline to claim his second WSL Title.

“It’s hard to believe, this year was a long and intense year,” Medina continued. “Everyone put in a lot of hard work and this is the day. I’m so happy and thankful. To have the opportunity to travel the world with family and friends and to do what I love…it’s the most fun job in the whole world. This is such a special day for me and I’m so happy to do it again.

“Julian and I always have great battles. He’s always pushing the limits, and Filipe (Toledo) too – he’s a great surfer who had a great year. I love to watch them surfing and I’m a big fan of both of them. I’m so happy to get this trophy again. I had to put in a lot of work to get here. I like to surf when there is pressure and I think that’s when I do my best. After Jeffreys Bay (South Africa) I just put a bit more of me into each surf and each training. At the beginning of the year it all felt so far away but after Europe, it felt much closer.”

In 2014, the then-20-year-old Medina wrote a new page in surfing’s history books as the first Brazilian to win a WSL World Title, in an exciting year-long race against Mick Fanning (AUS), John John Florence (HAW) and Kelly Slater (USA). It was also the year the phenomenal surfer from Maresias shut down all criticism about his bigger-surf prowess by winning two of the most prestigious events in Fiji and Tahiti, finishing off the season with a runner-up at Pipeline.

It took two more years for the phenomenon to find his competitive rhythm, winning his first World Title in 2014. His success inspired compatriot Adriano de Souza (BRA), who went on to win Brazil’s second World Title the following season. In 2018, Brazilians Italo Ferreira, Filipe Toledo, Willian Cardoso, and Medina were collectively responsible for nine out of 11 CT event wins, with Wilson claiming the other two.

The Pipeline Masters final was a clash of epic proportions between the two strongest surfers in the field Medina and Wilson. Both surfers threaded lefts and rights to put big scores on the board, but ultimately it was Medina who took out the final matchup of the year and claimed the prestigious Billabong Pipe Masters title for the first time in his career.

Australia’s Julian Wilson Earns Runner-Up Finish and Career-Best CT Finish

Wilson capped off an incredibly consistent season where he claimed two event victories in Australia and France, two additional final appearances and another four strong results to finish second overall for the first time in his career. On finals day at Pipeline, the Australian needed to make the final for a shot at bringing the World Title home, and he delivered with inspiring performances, most notably facing the 11x World Champion Slater in the semi-finals. Unfortunately, Medina reaching the final left no chance for Wilson to lift surfing’s most prestigious trophy.

Julian Wilson (AUS) fell short of the World Title this season but finished runner-up at the Billabong Pipe Masters.
Credit: WSL / Cestari

“I’m so thankful for the incredible waves and the locals for allowing us to surf here,” Wilson said. “The hopes and dreams of the World Title were there today and it’s been an emotional one. It came down to the final heat of the year and I’m ready to do it again next year. I put my heart out there and gave it my all, but Medina deservedly took the title and I’m so happy for him.

“Beating Kelly out here in great conditions is no mean feat and I take a lot of confidence from that. I’m so happy to represent my country and do my very best. It wasn’t enough to get the title but it was enough to share a final with the 2018 Champion. I’ll take some time to rest and come back in 2019 fired up for sure.”

Jordy Smith Finishes Third at Pipe :: Ends 2018 Ranked World No. 5

South Africa’s Jordy Smith delivered his career-best Pipeline result, finishing third in the event after a narrow defeat by eventual winner Medina in their semi-final duel. The lead changed hands several times during the 30 minute encounter with both surfers posting their best scores on the rights at Backdoor.

Earlier in the day Smith had seen off the challenges of Conner Coffin (USA) and wildcard Ryan Callinan (AUS) in Round 4 and Sebastian Zietz (HAW) in their quarter-final clash to get into contention to become the first South African to win the 

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing title (after Heather Clark in 2001) if he could reach the final.

The big Durbanite is a perennial world title contender and his third place result at Pipe saw him move up one spot in the rankings to end 2018 as the World No. 5.

Brazil’s Jesse Mendes Clinches Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Title

Jesse Mendes (BRA) won the VANS Triple Crown of Surfing title following Jordy Smith’s (ZAF) semi-final loss to Medina. Mendes collected a fifth place at Haleiwa, a runner-up in Sunset and a 9th at the Billabong Pipe Masters. Mendes is only the second surfer from Brazil to claim the prestigious award after Medina in 2015.

“I’ve been coming here for 13 years already,” said Mendes. “It was a dream but a far dream. I’m so thankful, so blessed and thank God for making this happen. Going against Joel (Parkinson), one of the best surfers ever, was such an honour. I want to thank my family for always supporting me no matter what, my girlfriend, my coach, WSL, my fans, and the surfers – it couldn’t have been a better final. I also want to thank the local community for giving us the best waves over the past few weeks.”

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Eight South Africans in Top 100

Record Setting Eight South Africans in Top 100 on 2018 Yearend WSL Rankings

Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) highest ranked Saffa at No. 30 with McGillivray, David van Zyl, Adin Masencamp and Dylan Lightfoot crack Top 100 for first time

Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) carves off the top of meaty Sunset Beach wave on his way to ninth place in the Vans World Cup of Surfing in Hawaii – Photo: WSL / Keoki

A record-setting eight South African surfers have ended the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) ranked in the Top 100, improving on the five in 2017, three in 2016 and just two in 2015.

The annual rankings are based on each surfer’s best five results after 64 events rated from QS1,000 to QS10,000 on all five continents and featured a total of 1384 surfers. The top 10 in the rankings automatically qualify for the following year’s elite Championship Tour (CT). Qualification for the limited fields in the biggest QS events for the first half of 2019 also will be based on the 2018 rankings.

Matt McGillivray is the country’s highest ranked QS campaigner, ending the season at No. 30. Thanks to his victory in the first event of the year, a QSS3,000 in Israel, the Jeffreys Bay surfer was well seeded in events through the first half of the year. He finished 17th in the QS6,000 Burton Automotive Pro in Australia and won the QS1,500 Vans Surf Pro Classic at Lamberts Bay.

McGillivray went on to take 17th place in QS10,000 EDP Pro Ericeira in Portugal and finished the season strongly with 9th place, and a season’s best haul of 3,800 points, in the QS10,000 Vans World Cup held in giant waves at Sunset Beach in Hawaii last week.

Jordy Smith (Durban) has been a fixture among the world’s Top 32 on the CT for the past 11 seasons and only competed in three QS events this year, finishing No 38 overall after grabbing fifth and 13th place results in the two QS10,000’s in Hawaii along with a low 73rd place for his token appearance at the Ballito Pro pres. by Billabong in June.

Currently CT No. 6 on the CT, Smith is out of contention for the world title heading into the season ending  Billabong Pipe Masters, but still has a mathematical chance of becoming the first South African male to clinch the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (VTCS) title if he can better his career best fifth place result at Pipeline.

Smith was awarded the VTCS Rookie of the Year title in 2007, while back in 2001Heather Clark (Port Shepstone) won the VTCS women’s crown and she remains the only Saffa to claim the accolade which is second only to the World Champion title in status.

Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga) retained his position in the Top100 for the sixth consecutive year, finishing 49th this year after being the country’s top QS surfers from 2013 to 2016. The KwaDukuza based 25 year-old’s strong performances in Hawaii, where he famously scored a perfect 10-point ride for what has been described as the ‘best tube ride in a contest at Sunset Beach’, saw him maintain his seeding for the major events next year.

Indeed, the Hawaiian performances of all the Saffas was really encouraging as the QS season wraps up with back-to-back QS10,000’s where career-changing qualification hopes and preferential seeding can be realised or dashed on a single heat result.

McGillivray’s familiarity with the powerful island waves has developed exponentially thanks to the amount of time he spends with his Hawaiian girlfriend Zoe McDougall on the North Shore of Oahu and this will stand him in good stead for future campaigns. Hawaiian based Capetonian Benji Brand is a standout there and has already won several events and also earned a coveted wildcard into last season’s Billabong Pipe Masters.

Michael February (Cape Town) will complete his rookie CT season at Pipeline over the next week and the difficulty of competing on both tours showed in his QS results as he dropped from 15th to 50th this year, while David van Zyl (Glenashley) has become a force to be reckoned with at both the Hawaiian venues of Haleiwa and Sunset Beach.

QS rookie Adin Masencamp (Strand), who clinched the WSL Africa junior title in 2017 and franked his contest credentials by claiming the region’s open men’s title this year, showed great promise in his maiden visit to Hawaii and has ensured he will qualify for big events next year with 87th place ranking.

Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) secured his Top 100 status with his 49th place result in the Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa while Slade Prestwich (Durban) showed the benefits of his busy international  travelling schedule and earned his best points haul when he reached the final of QS3,000 HIC Pro at Sunset, finishing fourth behind third placed Beyrick de Vries.

The significant improvement in the ranking of South African surfers can be attributed to the expanded series of regional events organised by WSL Africa Operations Manager Colin Fitch whose tireless efforts to provide local surfers with the opportunities to make surfing their career have really paid off in the last two years.

After more than five years as WSL Africa’s marketing agents, Accelerate Sport have created an exciting package for local businesses which has seen six events added to the regional calendar, encompassing juniors (18-and-under), open and longboard events for both men and women.

The WSL Africa membership base has also increased dramatically to more than 150 and the prize-money on offer has kept pace with over R6 million up for grabs this year. Much of that comes from the QS10,000 rated Ballito Pro pres. by Billabong which crowned it’s 50th champion this year and has the distinction of being the world’s longest running professional surfing event.

With the likes of Steven Sawyer (Jeffreys Bay) clinching the 2018 WSL World Longboard Surfing title, Grant ‘Twig’ Baker (Durban) heading the WSL Big Wave Tour rankings with just one event to go, Jordy Smith a perennial threat for the WSL Men’s World Title and rapidly improving results being achieved by the QS warriors, professional surfing in the region heads into 2019 in robust good health.

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2018 WSL Qualifying Series (QS) – Yearend Rankings
1          Kanoa Igarashi         JPN    26800
2          Griffin Colapinto      USA    24300
3          Seth Moniz                HAW   22300
4          Ryan Callinan          AUS    21660
5          Peterson Crisanto    BRA    20750

South Africans (Top 150)
30        Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay)      11550
38        Jordy Smith (Durban)                      9450
49        Beyrick De Vries (uMhlanga)        8080
50        Michael February (Cape Town)    8050
60        David Van Zyl (Glenashley)          6900
87        Adin Masencamp (Strand)             5350
93        Benji Brand (Kommetjie/Hawaii)   4910
98        Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay)       4695
115     Slade Prestwich (Durban)              3860
129     Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay)                   3435

 

Jeffreys Bay Surfer / Musician Claims Maiden World Title

Steven Sawyer Wins WSL World Longboard Surfing Championships in Taiwan

Chrystal Hulett (St Francis Bay) finished 13th among the women in her maiden world title event.

Caption: Steven Sawyer from Jeffreys Bay was crowned the 2018 WSL World Longboard Surfing Champion in Taiwan on Sunday – Photo: WSL / Barrip

Sawyer, who is also an accomplished shortboard competitor having won a WSL Qualifying Series (QS) event and earning a wildcard into the 2017 J-Bay Open Championship Tour event, was competing on a surfboard shaped by his father, Des Sawyer, that seemed to suit the waves of Taiwan perfectly. He now joins a select group of South African born WSL World Champions that includes Shaun Thompson, Wendy Botha, Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker and Jordy Smith (Junior)..

“My dad has been shaping me incredible boards recently and they worked so well all event. This is my second time to Taiwan and it is such an amazing place with amazing waves, I think it’s the best surf trip I have ever done — Now it’s become even more special for me,” said Sawyer, who had the massive crowd supporting him on the beach erupting every time he caught a wave, making the atmosphere electric.

2018 World Longboard Champion Steven Sawyer (ZAF) chaired to the podium after winning the Taiwan Open World Longboard Championship. – Credit: WSL / Barripp

Kai Sallas was obviously despondent after coming just short of the title once again. In his 15th year of competing at the World Longboard Championships, a maiden title continues to elude him. Regardless of his runner-up finish, the Hawaiian will remain as one of the icons of modern longboarding.

“To make it all the way to the final and then lose never feels good — it really hurts,” Sallas said. “I feel like I was surfing so well all event and then just lost my rhythm in the final. I’ve been competing for a World title for 15 years now and come really close a few times. I think maybe next year I won’t be taking it as seriously as I do because it hits you harder when you don’t win. I’m happy for Steven and his win, but I’m definitely hurting.”

On his way to the final, Sawyer took down the reigning three-time WSL World Longboard Champion Taylor Jensen (USA) in their semi-final encounter and former Taiwan Open winner Tony Silvagni (USA) in the quarter-finals.

Sawyer’s fellow WSL Africa representatives in the Men’s and Women’s World Longboard Championships were eliminated earlier in the event with Sam Christianson (Durban) advancing to Round 3 before ending his debut campaign in equal 13th place overall. Alfonzo Pieters (Muizenberg) and Chrystal Hulett (St Francis Bay) were both ousted in Round 2  with Pieters finishing equal 25th in the men’s event and Hulett equal 13th among the women in her maiden world title event.

The 2018 Taiwan Open of Surfing will continue on Monday with the WSL World Junior Surfing Championships now that longboard champions have been crowned. This is the first year in WSL history that the Junior and Longboard Champions will be crowned at the same event. The best 18-and-under surfers in the world will do battle for the chance to join the historic winner’s list that features the likes of Andy Irons (HAW), Joel Parkinson (AUS), Adriano De Souza (BRA), Jordy Smith (ZAF), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), Laura Enever (AUS) and many more.

The WSL Africa regional representatives include Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay), Max Elkington (Kommetjie), Eli Beukes (Kommetjie) and Luke Thompson (Durban) in the junior men’s event while Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) and Zoe Steyn (East London ) will be challenging for the junior women’s title.

Round 1 of both the men and the women are expected to start at 7:00 am local time (12 midnight Sunday night, South African time). The WSL World Junior Surfing Championships run from 3 – 9 December

All the action from the Taiwan Open of Surfing can watched live at www.worldsurfleague.com and on the Free WSL App. Head there for more information, images, highlights and results.

Taiwan Open World Longboard Championship Men’s Final Results:

1: Steven Sawyer (ZAF) 16.10
2:  Kai Sallas (HAW) 15.10

Taiwan Open World Longboard Championship Men’s Semi-final Results:

SF1: Steven Sawyer (ZAF) 16.10 DEF. Taylor Jensen (USA) 12.96 
SF2: Kai Sallas (HAW) 15.80 DEF. Cole Robbins (USA) 15.10

Taiwan Open World Longboard Championship Men’s Quarter-final Results:

QF1: Steven Sawyer (ZAF) 14.76 DEF. Tony Silvagni (USA) 12.94 
QF21: Taylor Jensen (USA) 14.23 DEF. Harley Ingleby (AUS) 13.57 
QF3: Kai Sallas (HAW) 16.33 DEF. Edouard Delpero (FRA) 12.83 
QF4: Cole Robbins (USA) 14.67 DEF. Antoine Delpero (FRA) 12.36

 

Grant ‘Twig’ Baker Heads Big Wave Rankings

Grant ‘Twig’ Baker Heads Big Wave Tour Rankings after Fifth Place Finish in Jaws Challenge

Grant ‘Twig’ Baker (South Africa, Durban) drops down the face of a gigantic wave on his way to fifth place in the Jaws Challenge at Pe’ahi, Hawaii – Credit: WSL / Morris

South African Grant ‘Twig’ Baker has consolidated his lead at the top of the 2018 / 2019 World Surf League (WSL) Big Wave Tour (BWT) rankings after finishing fifth in the Jaws Challenge at Pe’ahi on Maui in Hawaii.

Baker, who collected 11,000 points for winning the Nazare Challenge in Portugal last week, the first of this season’s three BWT events, earned another 5,305 points at Jaws and now leads Billy Kemper (HAW) by 2,960 points with just one event left on the schedule, the Mavericks Challenge in California, which Baker has won twice in the past.

Competing in gigantic 10 to 16 metre (30 to 50 foot) surf at the big wave venue famous for producing huge hollow waves, Baker rode one of the biggest waves of the event in his Round 1 heat on Monday, earning 7.63 out of 10 from the judges, which was enough to see him finish second in the heat and progress to the semi-finals.

The fast rising swell and bumpy wave faces that caused multiple horrendous wipe-outs prompted BWT Commissioner Mike Parsons (USA) to put the event on hold after Baker’s heat due to the dangerous conditions for both the surfers and safety crew, and then call the event off for the day.

Returning on Tuesday, Baker again finished second in his semi-final heat to qualify for the final, which guaranteed that he would retain his rankings lead. In strong winds that made catching and riding the towering 10 metre plus waves, local Maui surfers dominated the 60 minute final.

Billy Kemper added a third Jaws title to those he won in 2015 and 2016 with a phenomenal display of wave selection, fitness and pure guts, pulling into gaping tubes big enough to house a double-decker bus and suffering several crunching wipe-outs.

Fellow Maui residents Kai Lenny and Tyler Larronde also used their superior knowledge of the life-threatening conditions to grab second and fourth places with Hawaiians Albee Layer and Koa Rothman finishing third and sixth, and Baker, the only non-Hawaiian in the final, ending in fifth place.

Kemper is one of the most dedicated big wave athletes on the BWT and trains seven days a week both in and out of the water. His focus includes nutrition, heart health, mental training and physical aptitude.

“Yesterday was probably the most radical day of surfing competition and I’m glad I got to kick that day off and got to end this event,” Kemper said. “I put everything into this year and I was second guessing if I’d be able to surf again by the end of the year. My team got me back here and this is for us. I didn’t do this on my own. My beautiful wife, my children, I love you guys so much.”

Kemper joins Keala Kennelly (HAW) as 2018 event champions after Kennelly’s first-ever BWT win yesterday (Monday) in incredible 30-to-50 foot conditions. The women charged fearlessly and tackled death-defying drops and horrific wipe-outs to take centre stage and crown Kennelly after a sensational showdown. The 40-year-old’s bravery led the charge as she and fellow competitors pushed the envelope for big wave surfing. The Hawaii-competitor didn’t back down in either her semi-final or final heats, keeping Andrea Moller (BRA), Emily Erickson (HAW), and reigning BWT World Champion Paige Alms (HAW) at bay.

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Men’s Jaws Challenge at Pe’ahi, Hawaii

Final Results:
1 – Billy Kemper (HAW) 23.84
2 – Kai Lenny (HAW) 23.56
3 – Albee Layer (HAW) 17.40
4 – Tyler Larronde (HAW) 16.06
5 – Grant Baker (ZAF) 8.10
6 – Koa Rothman (HAW) 2.19

Semifinal Results: (Top 3 advance to Final)
SF 1: Albee Layer (HAW) 22.43, Grant Baker (ZAF) 19.77, Billy Kemper (HAW) 18.70, Lucas Chianca (BRA) 16.31, Nathan Florence (HAW) 9.64, Russell Bierke (AUS) 8.39
SF 2: Kai Lenny (HAW) 26.17, Koa Rothman (HAW) 21.31, Tyler Larronde (HAW) 17.43, Greg Long (USA) 15.66, Aaron Gold (HAW) 8.61, Ian Walsh (HAW) 5.07

Round 1 Results: (Top 3 advance to Final)

Heat 1: Billy Kemper (HAW) 19.01, Grant Baker (ZAF) 15.26, Russell Bierke (AUS) 10.87, Mark Healy (HAW) 10.14, Alex Botelho (PRT) 6.24, Ryan Hipwood (AUS) 4.20
Heat 2: Nathan Florence (HAW) 17.27, Albee Layer (HAW) 17.23, Lucas Chianca (BRA) 14.83, Naxto Gonzalez (EUK) 11.53, Shane Dorian (HAW) 9.76, Jojo Roper (USA) 0.00
Heat 3: Koa Rothman (HAW) 14.19, Kai Lenny (HAW) 14.07, Aaron Gold (HAW) 10.97, Trevor Carlson (HAW) 8.84, Will Skudin (USA) 7.66, Tom Lowe (GBR) 6.56
Heat 4: Tyler Larronde (HAW) 13.96, Greg Long (USA) 13.34, Ian Walsh (HAW) 12.54, Jamie Mitchell (AUS) 9.80, Francisco Porcella (ITA) 8.86, Joao de Macedo (PRT) 4.06

Women’s Jaws Challenge at Pe’ahi, Hawaii
Final Results:

1 – Keala Kennelly (HAW) 8.67
2 – Andre Muller (BRA) 7.97
3 – Emily Erickson (HAW) 7.86
4 – Paige Alms (HAW) 4.01
5 – Justine Dupont (FRA) 0.00
6 – Bianca Valenti (USA) 0.00

Semifinal Results: (Top 3 advance to Final)
SF 1: Justine Dupont (FRA) 12.50, Paige Alms (HAW) 8.66, Andrea Muller (BRA) 2.00, Jamilah Star (HAW) 0.00, Raquel Hackert (BRA) 0.00
SF 2: Emily Erickson (HAW) 8.00, Bianca Valenti (USA) 5.80, Keala Kennelly (HAW) 4.23, Isabella Leonhardt (MEX) 0.00, Silvia Nabuco (BRA) 0.00

Big Wave Tour (BWT) Rankings (After Jaws Challenge)

  1. Grant Baker (South Africa) 16,305
  2. Billy Kemper (Hawaii) 13,345
  3. Kai Lenny (Hawaii) 12,543
  4. Lucas Chianca (Brazil) 12,543
  5.  Natxo Gonzalez (Basque Country) 8,596