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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ABC Makes Waves with ‘Ultimate Surfer’

Kelly Slater will serve as on-air talent and special consultant for the show. – Credit: WSL / Poullenot

LOS ANGELES, CA/USA (Wednesday, November 13, 2019): ABC today announced the network pickup of new competition series “Ultimate Surfer.” The eight-episode series will gather some of the world’s greatest up-and-coming surfers to train and live together as they battle it out at the World Surf League’s (WSL) state-of-the-art Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California, powered by Kelly Slater’s man-made wave technology, in the hope of competing amongst the best athletes in the world’s fastest-growing sport. Production will begin in 2020 and an airdate will be announced later this season. Slater will serve as on-air talent and special correspondent for the show.
Alliances and rivalries will be front and center in “Ultimate Surfer” as men and women compete in individual and team challenges focused on specific surfing disciplines. Weekly eliminations will leave two men and two women as finalists who will vie for the male and female titles of the Ultimate Surfer and the opportunity to compete on the WSL World Tour, the pinnacle of professional surfing. Slater’s remarkable, one-of-a-kind, man-made wave – the most even playing field for measuring surf mastery – is at the heart of the series. 

“In addition to being a globally recognized sport, surfing is also a lifestyle; and ‘Ultimate Surfer’ will give viewers a uniquely personal look at what goes into becoming a world-class champion. We’re ecstatic about the opportunity to utilize Kelly’s world-class surf facility and his expertise in showcasing these incredibly talented on-the-rise athletes,” said Rob Mills, senior vice president, Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night, ABC Entertainment.
“This is an unprecedented opportunity for two surfers (one man, one woman) to win an opportunity to compete against the best surfers in the world on the WSL Tour,” said Slater, who will be the lead consultant for the series. “This will put some of the best up-and-comers against each other in a more direct way to see who stands above the rest, and Surf Ranch is obviously a great venue to use for ‘Ultimate Surfer.’ I’m excited to watch how they step up to the challenge.”

The series comes out of the multiplatform co-development partnership between Pilgrim Media Group and WSL Studios, announced earlier this year. 
“Ultimate Surfer” is produced by Lionsgate’s Pilgrim Media Group and WSL Studios. Pilgrim CEO and President Craig Piligian, WSL Studios President of Content and Media Erik Logan, and UFC President Dana White serve as executive producers. Surfers interested in being a contestant on the show must be 21 or older and can apply at, where more details are available.

Peruvians Sol Aguirre, Raul Rios Victorious at Oi Pro Junior Series Finale

MARESIAS, SÃO SEBASTIÃO, BRAZIL – Sunday, November 10 – The final day of the Oi Pro Junior Series and Oi Longboard Pro turned out to be a head-to-head clash between Brazil and Peru. In the Pro Junior Final, Sol Aguirre (PER) and Raul Rios (PER) defeated Tainá Hinckel (BRA) and Eduardo Motta (BRA) respectively, while in the Longboard competition, Chloe Calmon (BRA) got the better of Maria Fernanda Reyes (PER) and local surfer Carlos Bahia (BRA) had an emotional victory over Piccolo Clemente (PER).

Pictured: (left) Tainá Hinckel (BRA), Piccolo Clemente (PER), Chloe Calmon (BRA) the newly crowned WSL South America Pro Champions.
Credit: © WSL / Daniel Smorigo

In a rematch of the Oi Longboard Pro Final in Rio de Janeiro, Calmon and Reyes went blow for blow in the small, but consistent 1-2 foot waves in Maresias. Reyes needed to win the heat to claim her maiden regional title, but Calmon would not be denied; winning the first WSL South America Longboard Championship of her career.
With her victory, Calmon will now head to Taiwan in December looking for a long sought-after Women’s World Longboard Championship Title. In 2019, Calmon has won two-out-of-three Longboard Tour events, leaving her ahead of her primary opponent, 2018 Champion Honolua Blomfield (HAW).
“It feels amazing to have won two contests in Brazil this year. It’s so special to see the whole longboarding community here and I think this is exactly the kind of support we needed,” said Calmon, the newly crowned regional champion. “Everyone is finishing the season with a sense of accomplishment and looking forward to next year. It’s my first South American Title, so to win in my hometown of Rio de Janeiro and then win here in Maresias has been unbelievable. It just makes me feel even more motivated to do well in Taiwan and end the year with a successful finish.”

Pictured: Chloe Calmon (BRA) on her way towards her first WSL South America Longboard Title at the Oi Longboard Pro..
Credit: © WSL / Daniel Smorigo

In the Men’s Final, local surfer and crowd favorite Carlos Bahia (BRA) was matched up against the most decorated South American longboarder of all time, Piccolo Clemente (PER).
If you’ve ever been to Maresias, Bahia’s huge smile and charismatic personality in the lineup is a constant presence. However, it took a focused demeanor to overcome the 2-time World Champion and 4-time South American Champion from Peru. Clemente began with a solid 7.25 score, but Bahia countered with an excellent 8.50 ride. The Peruvian added a 7.75 to take the advantage, but in the dying minutes, the local Brazilian caught a final wave for a 6.95 to claim the win by a score of 15.45 to 15.00.
Surrounded by his friends and family, emotions swept throughout the cheering crowd as a tearful Bahia was chaired up the beach to his post-heat interview.
“First off, I’d like to thank all of the local crowd, my family, wife, daughter and my father because this is where everything started and this is where I’ve learnt all I know,” Bahia said in a heart-felt tribute. “It’s been two years that I haven’t been able to compete on the Longboard Tour, but it’s my experience at the elite level that I needed to win against this international field here at home. Winning an event like this in Maresias has always been a dream of mine and I always say that you should never stop believing in your dreams.”
On his way to the event victory, Bahia was able to take down two legendary World Champions in Clemente and celebrated longboarder Phil Razjman (BRA).
“To beat two World Champions at home is such an honor and is an unforgettable experience. Without a doubt, this will go down as one of my biggest all-time victories,” Bahia concluded.

Pictured: Local surfer Carlos Bahia in the Final (BRA), then being chaired up the beach at the Oi Longboard Pro in Maresias.
Credit: © WSL / Daniel Smorigo

Upon completion of the Longboarding division, action switched to the highly-anticipated Pro Junior finale. First up was a clash of champions as the newly crowned 2019 WSL South America Pro Junior Champion, Tainá Hinckel (BRA) came up against the 2017 & 2018 winner, Sol Aguirre (PER).
Hinckel began with a solid 8.50 on her opening ride, putting the Peruvian in a corner. However, as a lull in the swell lingered throughout the Final, Hinckel was only able to manufacture a backup score of a 3.25. On the other hand, Aguirre kept busy and put together two mid-range score of a 6.00 and a 5.90 to take top honors.
“After losing so many Pro Junior events, it feels like a relief to get this win,” stated Aguirre. “I’ve always kept my head up and continued to train hard. I just wanted to surf well and get good scores in my heats. So getting this win here in Brazil feels great. “I know that things happen for a reason and sometimes losing gives you that extra motivation to never give up.”
The last Pro Junior event of the season now moves to Máncora, Peru – hometown of both event winners Aguirre and Rios.
“Having the last event in Máncora couldn’t be better,” continued Aguirre. “Getting first place here has given me more confidence and I’m feeling more relaxed now to qualify for the World Pro Junior Championship in Taiwan.”

Pictured: (left) SolAguirre (PER). (right) Tainá Hinckel (BRA) and Aguirre at the Oi Pro Junior Series.
Credit: © WSL / Daniel Smorigo

Following Aguirre’s victory, the Men’s division hit the water to finish off the contest. Whoever won the heat between Eduardo Motta and Raul Rios would take control of the rankings lead. Rios attacked first with scores of a 7.00 and a 5.75, while Motta earned a 6.75 after successfully landing an air-reverse. But Rios then added an excellent 8.50 on impeccable forehand surfing to solidify his win in Brazil.
“It feels really good to win because I’ve been putting in so much hard work. This is my second Final this year and I really wanted to get a victory,” said the latest member of the talented group of surfers coming out of Peru. “I’ve been very focused and it feels great to come out on top of such an incredible field of surfers at this event.”
Leaving Maresias in 1st place in the rankings has guaranteed Rios’ participation at the World Junior Championships in Taiwan.
“I’m stoked that I’m first in the rankings because everyone’s goal is to get a chance to compete in Taiwan,” continued Rios. “I’m going to maintain my focus on winning the Title. The next event is in Máncora at my local spot. It’s my hometown and a wave I know well, so hopefully I can win the event there too.”

Pictured: (left) Raul Rios (PER). (right) Runner-Up Eduardo Motta (BRA) and Event Winner Raul Rios (PER) at the Oi Pro Junior Series in Maresias.  –  Credit: © WSL / Daniel Smorigo

Sticky Bird Wax Launches Subscription Deal In Australia

Northern Beaches, Sydney, Australia – Sticky Bird Wax is proud to announce their launch into the Australian surf market with their fresh, sticky and proven surf wax. They have a few surprise offerings up their sleeves that are fresh and unique, and that we are going to discuss here.

Sticky Bird has the solution for you so that you will never run out of wax again. No more begging, groveling, or slipping off your favourite step-up when you pull in to a throaty barrel and you need all the grip you can get. Sticky Bird offers a subscription deal, where your wax is delivered right to your door, so that you’ll never be without your favourite wax again.

For your subscription deal, you choose the type of wax you want (warm, cool, tropical) and you choose your frequency and amount. It can come every month, every two months or every three months. The frequency is up to you.

Sticky Bird will then deliver your wax to your chosen destination, and the delivery will be trackable all the way until you have it in your hands.

There are a few more reasons why this delivery system is ideal for you and your wax needs.

There is no contract lock-in. Leave when you want, change when you want. You’re in control. We also use no plastics in or packaging.

The wax is made in Australia, by Australians. It is made without any petroleum products and other toxins, and it smells good.

The wax is made by hand, each and every single bar of it, and it comes to your door via a carbon neutral delivery.

We also offer gift subscriptions. So if you’re stumped for a Christmas present for your best mate or your long-suffering partner, imagine how stoked he or she will be with a gift subscription of Sticky Bird Wax for 2020?

After years of research and development, testing, alterations, variations and finally the best final product that they could ever have expected, Sticky Bird is ready to show Australia and then the world what they have.

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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!

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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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