Rip Curl E-Pro 2020 Online Surf Contest Finalists Announced

E-Pro Surfing

In an absolute flurry of ridiculously good waves and incredible surfing, the finalists of the inaugural Rip Curl E-Pro were decided.

In the first women’s semifinal, the two goofy-footers Zoe Steyn from East London and Faye Zoetmulder from Cape St Francis battled it out on their backhands, entering two excellent east coast rights. Zoetmulder was looking smooth and powerful but Steyn’s explosive turns saw her get the nod and advance to the final.

The second semifinal saw Salt Rock surfer Sophie Bell face off against Scarborough’s Ceara Knight, and it was a victory for the Durban girl against her Capetonian counterpart.

The Rip Curl E-Pro Women event has support from VUM Insurance – emerging business insurance.  

Men’s semifinal 1 was close, with Shane Sykes from Salt Rock coming up against Durban’s surfer Josh Redman. Syke’s wave comprised a massive power gouge, a long and deep tube, and two hard cracks off the top, while Redman’s offer was a deep and draining double-barrel. The judges unanimously awarded the win to Sykes, making him the first finalist.

In the second semi, Dale Staples from St Francis Bay came up against Chad Du Toit from Durban. It was another close one, with Staples throwing in a long and smooth wave with turns and barrels, against an epic late drop into a throaty barrel from Du Toit. Once again the judges awarded the win to multiple turns, and Staples advanced into the men’s final.

Both Du Toit and Redman’s barrels are in a good position to be in contention for the Red Bull Best Tube award of R10,000.

Men’s Final: Shane Sykes V Dale Staples

Women’s Final: Sophie Bell V Zoe Steyn

First prize in both men and women’s finals is R10,000, and runner-up position is R5,000. There is a pair of Oakley Sunglasses going to each winner, as well as to the two winning videographers.


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). 

Results can also be found on the event Facebook page.
Event website – https://www.surfwebseries.com/

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
Wavescape is the Rip Curl E-Pro media partner
The Rip Curl E-Pro is supported by Surfing South Africa.
The Rip Curl E-Pro is powered by TCS-WiFi
The Rip Curl E-Pro is supported by the Kouga Municipality
The Rip Curl E-Pro is supported by The Travel Collective

 

Voting Open For Rip Curl E-Pro Surf Event Semi-Finalists

E-Pro Surfing

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.

Dale Staples

Dales Staples © Jarret

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). 

Results can also be found on the event Facebook page.
Event website – https://www.surfwebseries.com/

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
Wavescape is the Rip Curl E-Pro media partner
The Rip Curl E-Pro is supported by Surfing South Africa.
The Rip Curl E-Pro is powered by TCS-WiFi
The Rip Curl E-Pro is supported by the Kouga Municipality
The Rip Curl E-Pro is supported by The Travel Collective

 

Some Phenomenal Surfing As Rip Curl E-Pro Men and Women Semi-Finalists Decided

E-Pro Surfing

It was an action-packed quarter-final showdown in the inaugural Rip Curl E-Pro, as the surfers started dropping some of their best clips to advance.

Shane Sykes from Salt Rock was the winner against Luke Slijpen from Llandudno in the first encounter, with power moves against power moves. Sykes emerged just ahead to go to the semifinals.

In a close heat, it was Dale Staples up against Steven Sawyer, battling it out on the right-hand point breaks of their respective hometowns. Their heat was full of barrels and carves, and it was the natural footer Staples who won against the former world longboarding champion goofy-footer Sawyer.

Josh Redman’s barrels got the nod over Gavin Roberts carves, and Chad Du Toit’s barrel just outpointed Davey Van Zyl’s entry. 

In the women’s quarters, it was also a very close round of heats. In the first heat, it was Zoe Steyn and Sophie Bell who advanced, along with Faye Zoetmulder and Ceara Knight from their heat, with the four girls making up the semifinals.


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). 

Results can also be found on the event Facebook page.
Event website – https://www.surfwebseries.com/

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
Wavescape is the Rip Curl E-Pro media partner
The Rip Curl E-Pro is supported by Surfing South Africa.
The Rip Curl E-Pro is powered by TCS-WiFi
The Rip Curl E-Pro is supported by the Kouga Municipality
The Rip Curl E-Pro is supported by The Travel Collective

 

Rip Curl E-Pro Round 4 Men and Round 1 Women Results

E-Pro Surfing

For South African surf fans, the action was fast and exciting for Round 4 of the men and Round 1 of the women’s events at the Rip Curl E-Pro online surf tournament. The judges had to dig deep, and the voting public showed their support with their votes, making it the most exciting day so far in this inaugural online surfing tournament. 

In the men’s elimination round four, it was superior wave selection, and barrel riding that saw surfers like Shane Sykes and Dale Staples win their heats. Davey Van Zyl and Gavin Roberts had combinations of east coast tubes and power moves to advance through to the quarters.

Some of these tube rides, including Staple’s massive West Coast tube, will be in the running for the Red Bull Best Tube specialty prize and the R10,000 prizemoney.

Other surfers making it through this round of our first online surfing event was Chad Du Toit and Josh Redman from Durban and Steven Sawyer (JBay) and Luke Slijpen from Llandudno.

Then it was time for the ladies to make their first appearance at this event. Recognising Women’s Day, and top contestants from the region as well as entries from Supertubes, the Kouga Municipality showed their support of the women’s contest by co-sponsoring it. 

It was apt that both Faye Zoetmulder from St Francis Bay and Kai Woolf from JBay both advanced through their first-round heat. The two goofy-footed surfers (right-foot forward) displayed some excellent surfing at Supertubes. They progressed through to the second round, along with Zoe Steyn and Tayla De Coning, both from East London, Sophie Bell from Salt Rock and Ceara Knight from Scarborough.

The Rip Curl E-Pro South Africa has been an exciting platform for some of the best surfers in the country to display their best surfing. It has sparked interest in the sport in a time when events cannot be held. The Rip Curl E-Pro is supported by Shaka Surf, the online surf store selling beautiful but practical surfboard fins made from recycled material, as well as eco-friendly surfboard traction and all-natural sunscreen.

For full results of men’s round four and women’s round one please go to @surfopenleague Instagram account.

Results can also be found on the event Facebook page.
Event website – https://www.surfwebseries.com/

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
Wavescape is the Rip Curl E-Pro media partner
The Rip Curl E-Pro is supported by Surfing South Africa.
The Rip Curl E-Pro is powered by TCS-WiFi
The Rip Curl E-Pro is supported by the Kouga Municipality
The Rip Curl E-Pro is supported by The Travel Collective

 

World’s Best Surfers Are Back for Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Rumble at the Ranch

Live competitive surfing is back this weekend with a one-day, winners-take-all surf showdown in the perfect waves at the Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 3pm ET / 12pm PT. 

Sage Erickson

Sage Erickson will pair up with 11X WSL Champion Kelly Slater for the Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Rumble at the Ranch. Credit: WSL / Cestari

The Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Rumble At The Ranch will see 16 of the world’s best surfers pair up for the first-ever mixed tag team event, live on WorldSurfLeauge.com. Competitors include 11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater, Olympic qualifiers Caroline Marks, Kolohe Andino, Kanoa Igarashi, Tatiana Weston-Webb and reigning four-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore, alongside Championship Tour stars Filipe Toledo, Sage Erickson, Conner Coffin and Lakey Peterson. 

The full list of competitors and teams were revealed during a Selection Show on WorldSurfLeague.com.

Round 1 Match-Ups
Coco Ho and Filipe Toledo vs. Alyssa Spencer and Kolohe Andino
Carissa Moore and Seth Moniz vs. Sage Erickson and Kelly Slater
Kirra Pinkerton and Conner Coffin vs. Caroline Marks and Adriano de Souza
Lakey Peterson and Griffin Colapinto vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb and Kanoa Igarashi

Rumble at the Ranch

Slater, the 11-time World Champion, is teaming up with Erickson, and the pair will match up against Moore and Seth Moniz.

“Kelly is the best, so if I’m going to be paired with the ultimate perfectionist there’s very little room for error,” said Erickson. “I surf better under pressure and that’s why I love to compete because I love to put myself in uncomfortable situations. That brings the best out in me and that’s what I think Kelly will do also. If I’m going to do my best surfing, it’s going to be with him. I can’t believe it!”

Peterson, the defending Surf Ranch Championship Tour event winner, is paired with Griffin Colapinto, who finished the 2019 event in third place. The stacked team will go head-to-head with Olympic qualifiers Weston-Webb and Igarashi in Round 1.

Rumble at the Ranch

Judges will watch and score the event remotely. Full format details available on WorldSurfLeague.com.

The Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Rumble at the Ranch will be broadcast live on WorldSurfLeague.com starting at 3 pm ET / 12 pm PT on August 9, 2020. In the US, FOX Sports will telecast the event live on FS2 from 3 to 5 pm ET and then will continue on FS1 live from 5 – 7 pm ET. Check local listings for details of additional broadcasters. The WSL Surf Ranch venue will be closed to spectators and the production and event will be run by the WSL. 

Health and Safety
WSL officials have collaborated extensively with public health officials, medical experts, as well as local and state officials, to create a thorough plan to ensure the health and safety of participants, staff, and the surrounding community. This event will be strictly executed to follow the WSL’s health and safety procedures, which were developed based on guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and emerging best practices established by other sports leagues and broadcast-only live sports events. These procedures include testing for athletes and essential staff, strict social distancing measures, temperature checks, and minimal personnel on-site.

The Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Rumble at the Ranch is proudly supported by Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold, Shiseido, Red Bull, Jose Cuervo, Jeep, CLIF Bar, Havaianas, and Hydro Flask.

Rip Curl E-Pro Online Surf Contest Round Two Results

E-Pro SurfingThere were a few waves in the excellent range in round two of the Rip Curl E-Pro online surf tournament currently taking place, as well as a number of other quality rides. Top round two surfers Josh Redman and Billy Payne both revealed excellent barrels, one from the east coast and the other from the west coast, for top scores. 

Davey Van Zyl will face off against some of the best surfers in the country during Round Three of the Rip Curl E-Pro – © Dave Lindemann Photography

The only surf event of any sort taking place this year for South African surfers, the Rip Curl E-Pro has been well received by surfers and spectators alike. The Rip Curl E-Pro has been supported by Surfing South Africa, the governing body of the sport, from the outset. South African surfers, South African waves.

There is R10k for first place among the men, R10k for first among the women, the R10k Red Bull Best Tube Award, and Oakley eyewear to the value of R10k. The winning male surfer and his videographer, as well as the winning female surfer and her videographer, will win a pair of Oakley sunglasses each.

The first heat saw Josh Redman from Durban jump into the lead with a solid east coast barrel. He was followed by Manoa Robb in 2nd, Dan Emslie in 3rd and Ari Kraak in 4th. Bowing out of the tournament was Luke Thompson in 5th and Tom Lindhorst in 6th.

In the second heat Billy Payne from St Francis Bay got first with a solid west coast bomb. He was followed by Eli Beukes, Luke Slijpen in 3rd and Joshe Faulkner in 4th. In this heat, Luke Van Wyk and Simo Mkize were eliminated in 5th and 6th place respectively.

Tomorrow will see round three take place. This will see 16 surfers eliminated and 16 surfers advancing to round four. Remember to vote for your favourite surfers on Instagram @surfwebseries or on Facebook page Surf Web Series

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

Wavescape is the Rip Curl E-Pro media partner

The Rip Curl E-Pro is supported by Surfing South Africa.
The Rip Curl E-Pro is powered by TCS-WiFi
The Rip Curl E-Pro is supported by the Kouga Municipality
The Rip Curl E-Pro is supported by The Travel Collective

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