JBay Surfer Matt McGillivray Moves Into Championship Tour Qualification Position

North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii – World Qualifying Series (WQS) surfer Matt McGillivray from Jeffreys Bay is primed to qualify for the elite World Surf League’s (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) for 2020 after placing third at the Hawaiian Pro 10,000 tournament on the weekend.

Matt in action at Haleiwa © WSL/Heff

Third-placing surfer and Rip Curl teamrider McGillivray had the weight of qualification on his shoulders, as a win would have officially gained him his first year on the CT. But he surfed with casual confidence and found a barrel in the Final to lock in a 5.83, his high score of the heat. 
The 22-year-old from Jeffrey’s Bay took on a veteran field in the Semifinals and eliminated two-time Hawaiian Pro winner Michel Bourez (PYF) and eleven-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) en route to the Final.

Stealthily stacking the results, McGillivray is in a strong position heading into the Vans World Cup, where his best result was a Quarterfinal finish in 2018.

With this result, McGillivray moves into the top ten on the QS at number 6, jumping eight slots up the rankings. The top 10 surfers qualify for the Championship Tour, if they have not already secured their place by requalifying on the CT.

Matt is looking good for qualification © WSL/Keoki

Matt will be looking forward to the Vans World Cup Of Surfing at Sunset Beach. He is always a standout at this venue, and it will be the final event of the year for him to bank one more good result, and to secure his berth on the Championship Tour for next year.

Once his qualification has been made official, Matt will be joining fellow South African surfer Jordy Smith on the elite Championship Tour of Surfing.

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2x WSL Champion Tyler Wright to Compete in lululemon Maui Pro

17 months ago, two-time World Surf League (WSL) Champion Tyler Wright (AUS) fell ill in South Africa. Temporarily hospitalized, Wright was forced to pull out of the Corona Open J-Bay and was diagnosed with Influenza A with complications that sidelined her from competition since.

Today, Wright announced that she is ready for her next phase of recovery – pulling on the jersey and surfing in a WSL Championship Tour (CT) event once again. The 25-year-old will compete in the final event of the 2019 season, the lululemon Maui Pro, with hopes of re-joining the WSL CT in the 2020 season.

2x World Champion Tyler Wright (AUS) will compete in the lululemon Maui Pro, which opens this Monday, November 25, 2019. Credit: © WSL / Poullenot

“Maui is the next step in my recovery process,” said Wright. “I’ve taken a lot of steps to get to this point, and it’s been a lot of hard work. And after Maui, there’ll be another step. I’m not sure what pulling the jersey on will be like, or what is going to happen. But I’m okay with that. That’s part of the reason why I’m here, to expose myself to that competitive environment again. It’s part of the recovery process and I’m ready to embrace it.”

Prior to competing in Maui, Wright has spent the past few weeks chasing swells around the Hawaiian Islands, testing her strength in bigger waves.

“I love being back in the water,” continued Wright. “I haven’t surfed this much since I was 14.  I’ve got boards everywhere, I’m exposing myself to bigger and heavier waves and love it.

“When I started feeling sick, they said I had Influenza A. I obviously had complications from that. It’s taken me 17 months to recover. It messed up my brain and my body. I can feel that I’ve been out of the water for a year-and-a-half. I can feel that I’m 10 kilograms lighter. Things are different. It is an adjusting period. But like I said I haven’t surfed as much as I have in the past few months as I have in the last couple of years. I’m excited about that and I’m excited about everything that I’m doing. It really is all a trial at the moment…it’s part of taking those steps to come back.”

The last time Wright surfed at the Maui Pro, she claimed her second World Title in 2017. This year, the lululemon Maui Pro at Honolua Bay will host the World Title showdown between current World No. 1 Carissa Moore (HAW), No. 2 Lakey Peterson (USA), and No. 3 Caroline Marks (USA), and will also serve as the final provisional CT qualification pathway for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

Can Carissa Moore Clinch Four Titles?

Wright will be against Peterson, the 2018 World Runner-up and 2019 World Title contender, and Silvana Lima (BRA) in the second heat of Seeding Round 1. This heat will follow Marks in Round 1, who will face Australians Nikki Van Dijk and rookie Macy Callaghan

Moore will surf against event wildcard Summer Macedo (HAW) and Coco Ho (HAW) in Heat 3. Maui local Macedo made a splash last year at the Maui Pro with a big opening-round win. Hoping to repeat that success and go even further in the event, Macedo could shake up the World Title race in the process. 

Lakey Peterson’s Run for Her First World Title


The World Title scenarios ahead of the lululemon Maui Pro:

  • If Carissa Moore wins Maui, she clinches the World Title;
  • If Moore gets a 2nd, Lakey Peterson needs a 1st to take the World Title from Moore;
  • If Moore gets a 3rd, Peterson needs a 2nd & Caroline Marks a 1st;
  • If Moore gets a 5th/9th/17th, Peterson needs 3rd & Marks a 2nd to force a 3-way Tie Surf Off for World Title decision in Maui
lululemon Maui Pro Seeding Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: Caroline Marks (USA), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Macy Callaghan (AUS)
Heat 2: Lakey Peterson (USA), Silvana Lima (BRA), Tyler Wright (AUS)
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW), Coco Ho (HAW), Summer Macedo (HAW)
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Brisa Hennessy (CRI), Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 5: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Malia Manuel (HAW), Keely Andrew (AUS)
Heat 6: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), Johanne Defay (FRA), Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
The holding period for the lululemon Maui Pro opens on November 25 and runs through December 6, 2019. The event will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and the free WSL app. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.

Head For The Hills 2019

South Africa’s first bespoke ride out festival

Kromrivier Cedarberg Park – Attendees were spoiled at South Africa’s first bespoke ride out festival in the heart of the Cederberg mountains. Head For The Hills is a collaboration between The House of Machines & Bonafide Moto Co. inviting riders and non-riders from across the country to join together for a weekend of outdoor fun, live music and fireside tales.

The ride group departed from Cape Town, led by The House of Machines and Bonafide Moto Co respectively, picking up riders en route, ultimately meeting at Kromrivier Cederberg Park.

In the heart of the Cederberg 280km North of Cape Town lies a farm Kromrivier, home to Cederberg Park.
This breathtakingly beautiful part of the world, with its aroma of buchu, rooibos tea and Cederwood, has been home to the Nieuwoudts’ for seven generations. Found in 1960’s by Rensie & Olive Nieuwoudt, today it is the oldest tourist destination in the Cederberg Mountains.Kromrivier, bordering the Cederberg Wilderness area, with its chalets and camping sites, is intended primarily for those seeking rest and quiet. Camping was the primary accommodation, with a deluxe glamping set up option (including cots, linen and electricity) as well as ‘bring your own’. Acclaimed chef Wesley Randles of The Commissary stoked Traeger Grills smokers — slow-cooked the weekend meals to perfection.

Activities were set up throughout the weekend with main partner BMW Motorrad, who kindly brought motorcycles for guests to utilise on the weekend’s dusty out rides, while our friends from Just Like Papa entertained with log-splitting, hammer-the-nail, axe-throwing, knife sharpening and general manly tomfoolery!

Monster Energy added to event by not only supplying world class event infrastructure in the form of staging, lighting, tenting and hydration, but also allowed participants to walk away with a permanent reminder inked on to their skin thanks to talented artists, Lee and Rico from Sins of Style!

Evenings consisted of great food and live music by The House of Machines family favourites, Jules Terea, Jak Tomas and Dave van Vuuren. The real driving force behind the weekend was a collective getaway from the city for a weekend of adventure-inspired fun.

Thanks to our partners.

The House Of Machines
BMW Motorrad South Africa
Just Like Papa
Monster Energy
The Commissary

JBay Surfer Matt McGillivray Within Striking Distance Of Championship Tour

North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii – JBay surfer Matt McGillivray is currently the highest ranked South African surfer on the International World Surf League’s (WSL) Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) rankings. Rated at number 14 in the world, McGillivray is within striking distance to qualify for the 2020 Championship Tour. The top 10 on the QS make the cut for the following year’s 2020 tour.

Matt McGillivray in action at Haleiwa © WSL/Heff

Currently competing in the Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa on Oahu, Rip Curl teamrider McGillivray has been showing his prowess, garnered from many a winter’s training at Supertubes and at Boneyards in JBay. McGillivray thrives when the waves get a bit bigger and more serious, and he is not scared to go on the outside sets and do the big moves when the waves get scary.

McGillivray displayed his skills in his second round heat of the contest. Seeded into this round, McGillivray had a tough encounter against former Championship Tour surfer Mitch Crews from Australia, fellow South African Jordy Maree from Cape Town, and local surfer Logan Bediamol from Hawaii.

Powerful natural-footer McGillivray has had a great competitive year.

t was a close tussle between McGillivray and Crews for first place, with both finding good set waves and doing tight and critical turns. McGillivray surfed with confidence and style, banking some big and critical moves on the end section of the Haleiwa bowl, racking up a 6.33 and 7.33 as his two highest scoring waves, but was narrowly outpointed by Crews. At the end of the heat it was Crews followed by McGillivray who advanced into round three at the expense of goofy-footer Maree and the somewhat unlucky Bediamol. It was clear that McGillivray was finding the powerful right-handers to his liking, and he matched power with power on all of the waves that he caught, eliciting the necessary high scores from the assembled judges.

McGillivray has had a good competitive year so far, with some consistent results on the QS resulting in him placed 14th at this final leg of the tour. He was also a wildcard entry into the Corona Open JBay, where he was defeated by Australian start Julian Wilson.

A solid result in this event at Haleiwa will see him in contention, and a final good result at the Vans World Cup at Sunset Beach next week could see him land securely on the Championship Tour. He will come up against Connor Coffin from USA, Ricardo Christie from New Zealand and Brazilian Luel Filipe in heat 12 of round three.

For more on the Hawaiian Pro – https://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2019/mqs/3171/hawaiian-pro/results

For more on Matt McGillivray – https://www.worldsurfleague.com/athletes/3737/matthew-mcgillivray

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.
For more information head to www.worldsurfleague.com or download the free WSL App.

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.

Second round seedings here – https://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2019/mqs/3171/hawaiian-pro/results?roundId=13375

More on The Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa here – https://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2019/mqs/3171/hawaiian-pro

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