Monster Combo Round One Voting Opens

Last year's winner Matt McGillivray enjoying his win at Asu in Indonesia  © Greg Ewing

Last year’s winner Matt McGillivray enjoying his win at Asu in Indonesia – © Greg Ewing

Round 1 – FIGHT!
Time to get out of the kitchen as things are heating up in Round one of the Monster Combo. With Public Voting opening today why not pay homage to a handful of the best rides so far in the competition. From today the judges, you included, will have their say as to who’s gonna take it away and be declared the first monthly winner on the 2020 campaign!

Round One Highlights

 

 

Monster Prizes

How To Enter:

To enter your videos, please send the raw video footage to comps@zigzag.co.za via WeTransfer.com

Entry Must Include

  • Name of the surfer
  • Name of the videographer
  • Date surfed
  • Location / Region

Rules:

  • Only video submissions will be accepted
  • Open to Southern African citizens of all ages inclusive of Mozambique & Namibia
  • Submissions must be surfed in 2020
  • Any footage submitted as an entry to the Monster Combo and which is subsequently uploaded to the surfer’s unique social media platform (Facebook or Instagram) must tag both @zigzagsurf & @monsterenergy as well as use the #monstercombo2020 tag.
  • Public votes will be open for the last 3 days of each month.

For all the details of the competition –  https://zigzag.co.za/monstercombo/

Compiled and distributed by Truth Collective  –  craig@truthcollective.co.za 

Entries Pouring In For The Monster Combo Online Surfing Contest

Cyle Myers in action at Supers

Cyle Myers in action at Supers © Phil Craig

Things are heating up, as the entries start pouring in for this year’s Monster Combo. A slew of Eastern Cape Entries is dominating, with some great rides from that side of the world.

Cape St Francis surfer Faye Zoetmulder has a great ride entered, with a combination of moves from Supertubes in JBay. She is joined by Dan Thornton, who also has a cracker submission from Supers. 

The other surfers entering rides from Supers – the best right-hander in South Africa – are Dale Staples from St Francis Bay, Dylan Lightfoot from JBay, along with Steve Sawyer and Cyle Myers, both from JBay. Myers ride, in particular, is a fast and powerful combo, also on his backhand. The rides are all of excellent quality. All fit the criteria of a combination of moves on a single wave. 

Further afield, Zoe Steyn and Royden Bryson from East London have also entered excellent rides into the contest, with Bryson’s wave an exceptional entry comprising two backhand barrels and a series of powerful backhand hooks for one of the best submissions in the event so far.

See the rest of the entries here – https://zigzag.co.za/monstercombo/september/

The event runs over 3 months, with 3 x monthly winners and the overall Champion crowned in December. 

Monster Prizes

How To Enter:

To enter your videos, please send the raw video footage to comps@zigzag.co.za via WeTransfer.com

Entry Must Include

  • Name of the surfer
  • Name of the videographer
  • Date surfed
  • Location / Region

Rules:

  • Only video submissions will be accepted
  • Open to Southern African citizens of all ages inclusive of Mozambique & Namibia
  • Submissions must be surfed in 2020
  • Any footage submitted as an entry to the Monster Combo and which is subsequently uploaded to the surfer’s unique social media platform (Facebook or Instagram) must tag both @zigzagsurf & @monsterenergy as well as use the #monstercombo2020 tag.
  • Public votes will be open for the last 3 days of each month.

For all the details of the competition –  https://zigzag.co.za/monstercombo/

Compiled and distributed by Truth Collective  –  craig@truthcollective.co.za 

The Monster Combo 2.0 Is Live and Entries Are Open 

The Monster Combo is an online campaign celebrating progressive, high-performance surfing. We’re looking for rides that link up a succession of moves in quality surf.

Matt MacGillivray

Matt McGillivray enjoying his 2019 Monster Combo win © Ewing

It has been a winter for the record books in sunny South Africa, and we know you’re all sitting on dynamite clips. Time to cash in!

For the first time in 2020, the Monster Combo introduces the Local Heroes division to celebrate and reward high-quality progressive surfing from the average Joe’s and Josephine’s in the general public. 

Each month along with the best entry, we’ll be hooking up these local legends with a brand new Billabong wetsuit, a custom-built Channel Islands surfboard and a case of Monster Energy. So if you’re sitting on a clip, send it in and win!

Entries must show a single ride with variation, with at least two completed manoeuvres to qualify. Wave size, length of ride, flow between manoeuvres and technical difficulty will all be assessed by the judges. Each month, our judging panel will choose a monthly winner and a local hero. The winning monthly entries will be considered for the grand prize.

The prizes are off the charts. R20k in cash for the winner plus a free spot on an international Zigzag and Monster editorial surf trip, Channel Islands surfboards, Pollywog hampers, cold hard cash, plenty cases of Monster Energy and even more prizes still to be announced!

Monster  Combo Proze Menu

The event runs over 3 months, with 3 x monthly winners and the overall Champion crowned in December. 

How To Enter:

To enter your videos, please send the raw video footage to comps@zigzag.co.za via WeTransfer.com

Entry Must Include

  • Name of the surfer
  • Name of the videographer
  • Date surfed
  • Location / Region

Rules:

  • Only video submissions will be accepted
  • Open to Southern African citizens of all ages inclusive of Mozambique & Namibia
  • Submissions must be surfed in 2020
  • Any footage submitted as an entry to the Monster Combo and which is subsequently uploaded to the surfer’s personal social media platform (Facebook or Instagram) must tag both @zigzagsurf & @monsterenergy as well as use the #monstercombo2020 tag.
  • Public votes will be open for the last 3 days of each month.

For all the details of the competition –  https://zigzag.co.za/monstercombo/

Distributed by  –  Truth Collective – craig@truthcollective.co.za

JBay’s Matt McGillivray Scores Runner-Up Finish

JBay’s Matt McGillivray Scores Runner-Up Finish In The First Australian Grand Slam Event 

Matt MacGillivray

McGillivray in action © WSL/Dunbar

JBay’s top professional surfer Matt McGillivray ended up a very impressive runner up in the first of the Australian Grand Slam of Surfing events, the Tweed Coast Pro. McGillivray was on a roll in the competition, eliminating highly rated surfers like Mikey Wright and Jack Robinson along the way, before eventually succumbing to Ethan Ewing in the final.

In the final heat, Ewing found a few rare bombs at Cabarita Beach. Despite a solid performance from McGillivray, Ewing defeated him with relative ease. 

McGillivray has been in Australia for most of this year, choosing to remain there when the lockdown kicked in, as opposed to coming home to South Africa. The decision did him well, with an intense training program, a coach/trainer in his corner, and an invite into the Australian Grand Slam.

The Cabarita lineup

Back at home, however, JBay has had an epic season of waves, and McGillivray has found himself missing family, friends and waves. Still, a second-place finish is a good consolation, and entry into the entire Australian Grand Slam also will help to ease his homesickness. 

“It was a big decision to stay here and not to go home when everything started locking down earlier this year, in March,” said Rip Curl surfer McGillivray. “I miss my friends and my family and everyone back in JBay. I know everyone has been getting cooking waves, and it has been incredible watching it all on social media. It has been making me a bit homesick.”

Next up in the Australian Grand Slam is the Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast, and then the Margaret River Pro. 

“Although it has been tough, it was all made worth it when I was awarded a spot in the Australian Grand Slam of Surfing,” said McGillivray. “It has been a good decision for my career.”

For the full event results https://bit.ly/2E3tICs

The Australian Grand Slam of Surfing, part of The WSL Countdown, will see 24 of Australia’s best surfers (12 men and 12 women) go head to head in their respective divisions. 11 male CT competitors and 8 female CT competitors will be on standby for each stop, some looking to compete for the first time in 2020. The remaining spots in each field will be allocated to the highest ranked 2019 non-qualifying Australian surfers or selected wildcard surfers.

The broadcast-only ‘strike mission’ style events are not designed for spectators due to COVID. They will see competitors given just four days’ notice within the competition window, to travel to each location to compete over two days. Surf conditions will determine which location is surfed and when to make sure surfers compete in the best conditions possible.

Complimentary high-resolution images, as well as television newsfeeds, are available for media outlets on request. 

Distributed by Truth Collective

Maya Gabeira Sets New World Record, Wins cbdMD XXL Biggest Wave Award 

 Yesterday, the World Surf League (WSL) announced that Maya Gabeira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) won the cbdMD XXL Biggest Wave Award and set the new World Record for the largest wave ever surfed by a woman. As part of the Red Bull Big Wave Awards (BWA), the BWA validated Gabeira’s ride as the new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title holder for the largest wave surfed (unlimited) – female.

“This wave was during the [WSL Nazaré Tow Surfing] contest and although I say I’m not a competitive person, I was very in the zone and braver than I usually am on this day,” said Gabeira. “I was risking more than I usually like to do. When I let go of the rope, I had a feeling it could be the one but wasn’t sure. The speed was very high but the noise that the wave made when it broke made me realize that this was probably the biggest wave I’d ever ridden.”

Gabeira’s record-setting wave measured 73.5 feet, besting her own previous World Record, 68 feet. She broke the record at the infamous big-wave surf break, Praia do Norte in Nazaré, Portugal, on February 11, 2020, as part of the WSL’s inaugural Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge event. Although the men’s and women’s divisions are separate for this category, Gabeira’s ride also beat the men’s cbdMD XXL Biggest Wave, which was won by Kai Lenny (Paia, Hawaii) and measured 70 feet. 

“This World Record really strikes me as quite amazing because the size of the wave was measured taller than the men’s size for the winner, so it means a woman actually rode the biggest wave of the year overall,” continued Gabeira. “That to me was something I had dreamed of years ago but not as something realistic. There was no representation for me to believe that it was possible but to see that happen is incredible. This is seen as an extremely male-dominated sport, so to have a woman be able to represent that is quite rare.”

In one of BWA history’s closest races, Gabeira’s ride measured only 2-to-3 feet larger than Justine Dupont’s nominated wave from the same competition day on February 11. Dupont’s second nominated wave took place on November 13, 2019, also in Nazaré, Portugal.

“I am a big fan of Justine (Dupont) and what she has been doing at Nazaré,” said Gabeira. “I think it’s one of the reasons I kept pushing myself. I was on the edge of retiring a few years ago and then I saw her evolution and thought I have to keep up for a few more years. I really didn’t expect to go any bigger or anything like that, but I kept riding and enjoying my time at Nazaré and that wave was quite special although it was quite terrifying as well.”

Justine Dupont Wins Ride of the Year and Performance of the Year Awards

Despite measuring only a few feet shy of the 2020 cbdMD XXL Biggest Wave Award and the World Record, Dupont celebrates an incredible season with wins in the Ride of the Year and Performance of the Year categories. Dupont, the 29-year-old from Seignosse, France, is one of the most decorated women in big-wave history and will continue to push the boundaries of big wave surfing.

“This wave was really special and every one said to me that this wave was really special from the shape to the footage, all the angles, and the size,” said Dupont. “Everything made this wave special and having all the community speaking about it like this was a big reward. It is not about a performance for a woman but a performance for a surfer. Having Kai (Lenny) and Lucas (Chianca), the best in the discipline, wanting to surf this wave, and I was on it, so I am really stoked. This wave is special so having the Ride of the Year means I had the best line possible on a giant wave and I made it.”

 

The rides submitted for the women’s cbdMD XXL Biggest Wave Award by Dupont and Gabeira were incredibly close and a potential World Record. As such, WSL deemed it important to have the data reviewed by an independent scientific team as a critical point of reference for the determination of the biggest wave. The team included members from the WaveCo Science team, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the University of Southern California, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. 

The analysis was based on video and photo imagery, camera locations, camera lens parameters, and environmental conditions, including tides, sunlight, and wave set-up. Collinearity equations were used to transform the image coordinates into real-world coordinates based on estimates of the geometric parameters, including the height of the cliff at Nazaré. In addition, fixed reference points in the imagery, including the surfers’ heights, surfboard and jet ski dimensions, and estimated crouching heights, were utilized in the scientific calculations. 

Red Bull Big Wave Awards Congratulate All 2020 Winners
The 2020 Red Bull Big Wave Awards will officially close today after celebrating the best in big wave surfing over the past year. Every wave ridden at every big wave break around the world in this period was eligible for consideration across five award categories: Ride of the Year, cbdMD XXL Biggest Wave, Performance of the Year, Biggest Paddle of the Year, and Wipeout of the Year. 

Experience all winning rides and highlights from the Red Bull Big Wave Awards at WorldSurfLeague.com/BigWaveAwards

RIDE OF THE YEAR
Justine Dupont (Seignosse, France) at Nazaré, Leiria, Portugal on February 11, 2020
Billy Kemper  (Haiku, Hawaii) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 23, 2020

cbdMD XXL Biggest Wave
Maya Gabeira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) at Nazaré, Leiria, Portugal on February 11, 2020
Kai Lenny (Paia, Hawaii) at Nazaré, Leiria, Portugal on February 11, 2020

PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Justine Dupont (Seignosse, France)
Kai Lenny (Paia, Hawaii)

BIGGEST PADDLE OF THE YEAR
Paige Alms (Haiku, Hawaii) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on December 12, 2019
Eli Olson (Haleiwa, Hawaii) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on December 12, 2019

WIPEOUT OF THE YEAR
Keala Kennelly (Honolulu, Hawaii) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on December 12, 2019

The 2020 Red Bull Big Wave Awards are proudly supported by Red Bull and cbdMD.

For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.

Matt MacGillivray stoked at being included

The World Surf League (WSL) Australian Grand Slam of Surfing series has issued a Green Alert for the Tweed Coast Pro to run this Sunday, 13 September. A moderate East swell is forecast for the region over the weekend and into next week. It should make for favourable conditions at Cabarita Beach for the event to run over two days on Sunday and Monday. 

JBay surfer Matthew McGillivray decided to stay in Australia when the national lockdown kicked in back home in South Africa. He subsequently earned a slot in the Tweed Coast Pro as one of the top-ranked 2019 non-Australian Qualifying Series surfers and will surf in Round 1, Heat 4 against Ryan Callinan and Morgan Cibilic.

Matt MacGillivray

Matt in action © WSL/Keoki

“I’m so happy to be included in this event. I was hoping that there would still be a few contests this year, and this is why I first decided to stay on in Australia. I’m really grateful WSL has given me this opportunity to surf in the Australian Grand Slam,” said McGillivray.

Making excellent use of his time in Australia, Rip Curl surfer McGillivray has been training hard and fine-tuning his competitive act for the relaunch of the Championship Tour.

“I’ve linked up with a good trainer here in Australia and feel like, in the end, things have worked out for the best for my career at this stage,” said McGillivray. “It will be nice to compete again and get some more practice in.” 

McGillivray agrees that he is definitely spoilt with great waves back home. “I’m trying to improve my physical strength and fitness as well as my surfing technique,” said McGillivray. “The only difficult thing in Australia is that it’s not as spoilt with waves as South Africa is, so wave quality makes the actual surfing part more challenging.” 

It has been a long time between surfing tournaments, and there is much excitement around these Grand Slam events. McGillivray, along with Jordy Smith, qualified for the 2020 Championship Tour, but it was cancelled as a result of the COVID epidemic. The qualified surfers will commence the 2021 season from their 2019 end-of-year results.

For more on the Tweed Coast Pro Specialty Event – https://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2020/spec/3574/tweed-coast-pro-mens

For more on McGillivray, check out his role in the hilarious new Rip Curl video Postcards from Morgs –