Inspiring Surfing in Challenging Conditions For Opening Day Of Rip Curl GromSearch Seal Point

Inspiring Surfing in Challenging Conditions For Opening Day Of Rip Curl GromSearch Seal Point

News Release

23 July

Seal Point, Cape St Francis: Fun three-foot waves were reeling down the point all day for the Rip Curl GromSearch presented by Sea Harvest. The rain came down the whole day, which hampered the surfing somewhat, but the rainfall was welcome, as the entire Kouga region is in a severe drought. 

The Rip Curl GromSearch is supported by the Cape St Francis Resort. They kept the contest officials warm and cheerful on the cold winter’s day with hot food and drink. 

The U18 Boys division hit the water first. Some standout performances included great surfing from Noah Kahn and Connor Slijpen, both from Cape Town.

In their quarter-finals, Levi Epenetos and Slijpen picked up the highest scores of the round, and in fact, they did it in the same heat. It was quarter-final 4 that saw the two go tooth and nail, with Levi pipping Connor to victory by the barest of margins in 0.04 points.

Connor Slijpen © Lois Wulff

Top performers in the U16 Boys were Surprise Mphumulo (KZN) and Joel Fowles from East London. Both surfers are goofy-footers and had their backs to the long Seal Point walls but showed great form in the perfect but small waves. Surprise, in particular, was awarded 9 points for one excellent wave surfed with precision and power, punctuated by numerous vertical backhand hooks. It was the highest-scoring wave of the day.

Joel Fowles © Louis Wulff

The U14 Boys division was dominated by Josh Malherbe from Coffee Bay and local Seal Point surfer Rory Dace. In contrast, the U12 Boys division was ruled by Ben Esterhyse from Cape Town and Joel Gernetsky from East London.

As the day of competing drew to a close, we finished with the first round  the U18 Girls. The rain continued to fall, but the waves improved for standout surfers Louise Lepront (KZN) and Anastasia Venter. They were the highest point scorers in this division.

The entire tournament is being streamed live by SuperSport Schools on their portal –  https://live.supersportschools.com/home. You must first register to watch the live feed (which takes about one minute). The Sunday link for the live stream can be found here > livestream

There will also be live scoring on the Live Heats portal.

The GromSearch 2022 consists of three Premier SAST events, with 1,000 points going to the winners and prizemoney, as per premier events. 

About Surfing South Africa

Surfing South Africa is the official National Federation for surfing in South Africa. SSA is a member of the South African Confederation of Sport and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and is recognised as the governing body by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture. Surfing South Africa is responsible for the development of the sport, the hosting of National tournaments, the sanctioning of International events and the selection of National teams in all the disciplines that are part of SSA.

SSA is one of the 109 members of the International Surfing Association (ISA), the World governing body for the sport. 

Go to Surfing SA on Facebook for more information about Surfing South Africa.

The Cape St Francis Resort

The beautiful Cape St Francis Resort is supporting the Rip Curl GromSearch. Bordering the beach at Cape St Francis and just a few minutes from the contest venue, Cape St Francis Resort ticks all the boxes as a perfect beach holiday destination. The Resort has a unique setting. Several accommodation options include conventional hotel rooms and three- and four-bedroom cottages. There are also luxury beach villas, perfect for couples, surfers, families and anyone who loves a beach holiday. All are suitable for either a bed and breakfast choice or self-catering options.

 

 

 

Rip Curl GromSearch Seal Point – What When Where Who Why? All Questions Answered.

Rip Curl GromSearch Seal Point – What When Where Who Why? All Questions Answered.

Rip Curl GromSearch Seal Point Quick Facts

What: The Rip Curl GromSearch Seal Point is a premier SAST surfing tournament, with 1,000 points going to the winners and prizemoney per premier events. It is a Surfing South Africa contest, presented by Sea Harvest and supported by the Cape St Francis Resort. It is the second competition in the 3-part GromSearch 2022 series.

When: The event will take place this weekend, 23/24 July. There are two full days of surfing ahead of us, and there will be an early start on both days of competition. The entire competition will be streamed live by SuperSport Schools –  https://live.supersportschools.com/home. You must first register to watch the live feed, which takes about a minute. The daily links for the live stream are:

Saturday

Sunday 

 There will also be live scoring on the Live Heats portal.

Rip Curl GromSearch Contest

Maybe Matt will even pop in at the event – Matthew McGillivray surfs at the Corona Open J-Bay © Beatriz Ryder/World Surf League

The Friends of the St Francis Nature Areas – FOSTER – will be having a beach clean-up on Saturday, should any of the surfers or competitors wish to get involved. More details on the beach clean-up here – Beach Clean.

Where: The Rip Curl GromSearch will take place at Seal Point, the right-hand point-break in Cape St Francis. 

The Rip Curl GromSearch is supported by the Cape St Francis Resort. Numerous accommodation options are available with discounted rates for surfers and their families. For details, phone Anita at the Resort on 082 494 3755 or 042 298 0054, or email anita@capestfrancisresort.co.za

There will also be live music on Friday night at Joe Fish Restaurant at the Cape St Francis Resort and blackboard specials for surfers and their families on Friday and Saturday night at the restaurant.

Who: The Rip Curl GromSearch has the top junior surfers in the country competing, and there will be boy’s and girl’s divisions, from U12 to U18. Several division winners from the first GromSearch event held earlier this year will be hoping to get a second win. Local surfer Rory Dace will be all out to get a second win in the competitive U14 Boys division. Rip Curl athlete Joel Fowles will be looking for a repeat win in the U16 Boys division. 

Why: The Rip Curl GromSearch series allows kids to compete against the best surfers in the same age bracket from their country. This format provides these groms with an insight into a life of competitive surfing and gives them the invaluable experience of surfing and competing in different waves around the country.

The GromSearch 2022 consists of three Premier SAST events, with 1,000 points going to the winners and prizemoney per premier events. 

The Rip Curl GromSearch series has always been a great stepping stone for the recent champions of our sport. Former International GromSearch competitors include the likes of Jordy Smith, Kolohe Andino, Filipe Toledo, Owen Wright, Gabriel Medina, Mason Ho, Stephanie

Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Tyler Wright and Malia Manuel.

About Surfing South Africa

Surfing South Africa is the official National Federation for surfing in South Africa. SSA is a member of the South African Confederation of Sport and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and is recognised as the governing body by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture. Surfing South Africa is responsible for the development of the sport, the hosting of National tournaments, the sanctioning of International events and the selection of National teams in all the disciplines that are part of SSA.

SSA is one of the 109 members of the International Surfing Association (ISA), the World governing body for

the sport. 

For more information about Surfing South Africa, go to www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za or Surfing SA on Facebook

Drama and Spectacular Surf at Corona Open JBay

Drama and Spectacular Surf at Corona Open JBay

Smith to Continue in Corona Open J-Bay Following Elimination of Fellow South Africans

JEFFREYS BAY, Eastern Cape, South Africa (Thursday, July 14, 2022) – The Corona Open J-Bay, Stop No. 9 on the World Surf League (WSL) 2022 Championship Tour (CT), was welcomed by picturesque conditions at the world-renowned Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Four-to-eight-foot waves with clean conditions hosted the world’s best surfers in men’s Elimination Round 2, the men’s Round of 16, and the women’s Quarterfinals. 

The right-hand canvas allowed surfers to shine, but the day did not go without drama and upsets. In particular, Carissa Moore’s Quarterfinal heat, Yago Dora dispatching World No. 1 Filipe Toledo, alongside Stephanie Gilmore’s and Jordy Smith’s J-Bay masterclasses. 

 Lineup during the Opening Round at the Corona Open J-Bay. (Photo by Alan van Gysen/World Surf League)

World No. 1 Moore Advances Despite Nightmare Heat Start

Carissa Moore (HAW) had a nightmare start to her Quarterfinal today as a big clean-up set broke right on top of her after mistiming her paddle-out from the keyhole. Her board was snapped in half, and she had to swim back in and run around the point to get a backup board before paddling out for her heat against Caroline Marks (USA). The five-time World Champion finally shook off the nerves with her opening ride for a 6.67 (out of a possible 10). Marks only banked two low-range scores but was in the lead by a small margin. Moore waited patiently for a set wave in the dying seconds and scored the best wave of the heat to advance into the Semis.

“It’s pretty hard to reset after something like that happens,” said Moore. “I was running up the beach, and my whole team was there. So much happens in a heat. It’s mother nature, and our canvas is always changing, so you must adapt. It helped that Caroline hadn’t put a score on the board, so it was like we were starting from scratch. Time was winding down, and I only needed a 2.26, so I knew I just needed to do a turn and a half, then that wave came, and it allowed me to do more, so I’m really grateful.”

Gilmore Capitalizes on All-time Conditions at Supertubes

Seven-time World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) demonstrated her superiority in right-hand point breaks and defeated rookie Gabriela Bryan (HAW) in the Quarters. The Australian selected the best waves in a firing J-Bay lineup and surfed them to perfection, dropping two big scores for the winning spot into the Semifinals. 

“We’ve been sitting and watching the boys getting barreled all day, so it’s hard not to imagine yourself doing the same thing,” Gilmore said. “I was lucky there were so many sets and opportunities. I just knew if I could pick the eyes out of it and get one with a tube at the end, I could get a good score. That heat was crucial for me, and I knew I had to capitalize on these moments. So it’s kind of pedal to the metal to the end.”

After missing two CT events, Tyler Wright (AUS) is hungry for a good result. She dispatched World No. 2 Johanne Defay (FRA) in pumping Supertubes to secure her spot in the Semifinals.

Joining the Semifinalists will also be Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), who defeated Brisa Hennessy (CRI) in the last heat of the day and with the biggest performance of the women’s draw so far. The Brazilian went all out with critical turns right under the lip of the double overhead waves to score a near-perfect 9.27 and backed up with a 7.93.

World No. 1 Filipe Toledo Falls in Round of 16 

Yago Dora (BRA) upset the two-time Corona Open J-Bay winner, Filipe Toledo (BRA), by eliminating him in their Round of 16 matchup. Dora, the 2022 injury replacement, was behind and chasing for most of the heat. Still, he found an incredible wave to lay down three big backhand turns before getting slotted super deep on the inside. The judging panel gave it a near-perfect 9.50, and Dora moved on to the Quarterfinals, sending the 2018 J-Bay winner home in 9th place.

“That wave was just incredible,” Dora admitted. “It was one of those gifts, I knew I needed a score, so I was a bit nervous, but when I got the wave, I knew it was an opportunity to do it. I got two barrels and did my best to hold on and come out of the last barrel. I was super happy, and I knew I was going to get what I needed. I don’t have much experience out there, to be honest, but I just love this place and this wave.”

World No. 2 Jack Robinson Continues Through to the Quarterfinals, Takes Down 11X World Champion Kelly Slater. 

The current World No. 2 Jack Robinson (AUS) had to pull all the stops to defeat 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) in the final moments of their battle. A very tense heat until the last minutes, Slater started on a wave needing a mid-6 score, which he eventually got. Still, on the very wave behind him, the West Australian surfer found one of the deepest tubes of the event so far and posted a final score of 9.10 to make his way into the Quarters.

“I was excited to have a heat with Kelly here,” Robinson said. “I had to contain myself because the waves were so good.”

Jack Robinson of Australia at the Corona Open JBay.(Photo by Beatriz Ryder/World Surf League)

Jordy Smith to Continue in Corona Open J-Bay Following Elimination of Fellow South Africans

Crowd favourite Jordy Smith (RSA) put on a clinic against Kolohe Andino(USA) in the Elimination Round this morning with two excellent scores above 8 points. The South African kept his momentum going into the afternoon and upped the ante with a 9.07 and 7.70 for a 16.77 (out of a possible 20) total to take a second straight win against Griffin Colapinto (USA) and move into the Quarters. A back-to-back winner at J-Bay in 2010 and 2011, Smith’s last win was a long five years ago, and he’ll be looking to get back on to the highest podium spot this week.

It was a heart-wrenching loss for the locals when hometown hero Matthew McGillivray (RSA) was knocked out of the competition by an in-form Ethan Ewing (AUS). McGillivray lit up the crowds when he took off deep for a long barrel ride and backed it up with another frothy tube. Ewing responded with smooth rail work and power carves that cut through the Supertubes walls like butter. Unfortunately, McGillivray made a few wave selection mistakes and exited the competition earlier than South African surf fans would’ve liked.

Local wildcards Joshe Faulkner (RSA) and Luke Thompson (RSA) were eliminated from the competition by World No. 1 Filipe Toledo (BRA) and No. 3 Italo Ferreira (BRA) in Elimination Round 2 earlier in the day. 

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Corona Open J-Bay Men’s Elimination Round 2 Results: 

HEAT 1: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.33 DEF. Joshe Faulkner (ZAF) 6.76

HEAT 2: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 12.30 DEF. Seth Moniz (HAW) 11.66

HEAT 3: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 13.34 DEF. Luke Thompson (ZAF) 11.84

HEAT 4: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 14.07 DEF. Jake Marshall (USA) 11.83

HEAT 5: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 15.00 DEF. Jadson Andre (BRA) 11.03

HEAT 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 12.26 DEF. Barron Mamiya (HAW) 9.23

HEAT 7: Callum Robson (AUS) 12.93 DEF. Jackson Baker (AUS) 10.40

HEAT 8: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.93 DEF. Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.80

Corona Open J-Bay Men’s Round of 16 Results: 

HEAT 1: Yago Dora (BRA) 15.17 DEF. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.83

HEAT 2: Jack Robinson (AUS) 15.77 DEF. Kelly Slater (USA) 12.87

HEAT 3: Samuel Pupo (BRA) 16.94 DEF. Callum Robson (AUS) 11.00

HEAT 4: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 17.64 DEF. Nat Young (USA) 14.74

HEAT 5: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 16.26 DEF. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 11.77

HEAT 6: Connor O’Leary (AUS) 12.77 DEF. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 11.97

HEAT 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.77 DEF. Griffin Colapinto (USA) 7.27

HEAT 8: Ethan Ewing (AUS) 15.76 DEF. Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) 14.00

Corona Open J-Bay Men’s Quarterfinal Matchups: 

HEAT 1: Jack Robinson (AUS) vs Samuel Pupo (BRA)

HEAT 2: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Kanoa Igarashi (JPN)

HEAT 3: Yago Dora (BRA) vs Connor O’Leary (AUS)

HEAT 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs Ethan Ewing (AUS)

Corona Open J-Bay Women’s Quarterfinal Results:

HEAT 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.00 DEF. Johanne Defay (FRA) 11.76

HEAT 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 16.26 DEF. Gabriela Bryan (HAW) 12.17

HEAT 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.50 DEF. Caroline Marks (USA) 8.93

HEAT 4: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 17.20 DEF. Brisa Hennessy (CRI) 13.67

Corona Open J-Bay Women’s Semifinal Matchups:

HEAT 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)

HEAT 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA)

 

Surfing Today with Rip Curl – Matthew McGillivray Wows Hometown Crowd at Jeffreys Bay

Surfing Today with Rip Curl – Matthew McGillivray Wows Hometown Crowd at Jeffreys Bay

Matthew McGillivray Wows Hometown Crowd at Corona Open J-Bay

South Africans Jordy Smith, Luke Thompson, and Joshe Faulkner relegated to Elimination Round 2

The Corona Open J-Bay, Stop No. 9 on the World Surf League (WSL) 2022 Championship Tour (CT), opened today with clean three-to-five foot waves at the world-famous Supertubes in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The competition completed the women’s and men’s Opening Rounds, and eliminated the first four surfers in Women’s Elimination Round 2. 

The Corona Open J-Bay (Photo by Alan van Gysen/World Surf League)

Matthew McGillivray Wows Hometown Crowd at Jeffreys Bay

Loud cheers erupted from the beach whenever local hero Matthew McGillivray (RSA) took off on a wave. The South African had a quick start to post the first score on the board with a strong two-turn combination, wrapping carves and a short tube ride to set the tone for the heat. Griffin Colapinto (USA) was right behind McGillivray and it was game on. McGillivray caught a bigger set wave, unleashing huge turns in the most critical part of the wave to score an excellent 8.50 (out of a possible 10). He held onto the lead over Colapinto and Jadson Andre (BRA) to take the win with one of the highest heat totals of the day, 15.33 (out of a possible 20), and advance to the Round of 16.

Matthew McGillivray after surfing in Heat 1 of the Opening Round at the Corona Open J-Bay (Photo by Alan Van Gysen/World Surf League)

“It’s an incredible day here, the waves are getting better and better,” said McGillivray. “I couldn’t be happier to be here, it’s going to be such an exciting day of surfing. I feel like the Opening Round heat is just a warm-up to make sure you’re on the right equipment and picking the right waves. I’m happy to get a win under my belt and use that momentum going forward. It’s incredible to have so much support on the beach. I wasn’t expecting such a big crowd, all my friends and family are down here, it’s such a cool atmosphere.”

South Africans Jordy Smith, Luke Thompson and Joshe Faulkner Relegated to Elimination Round 2

Another fired-up South African was wildcard Luke Thompson (RSA) who earned the right to compete this week courtesy of a big result on the Challenger Series in Ballito. Thompson took the lineup by storm and threatened Jack Robinson (AUS) and Kolohe Andino (USA) of relegation to the Elimination Round with fast and sharp surfing, and an undeniable element of flow. 

Luke Thompson of South Africa surfs in Heat 3 of the Opening Round at the Corona Open J-Bay  (Photo by Beatriz Ryder/World Surf League)

The two-time winner this season and current World No.2 Robinson was able to catch up and overtake the young South African on his last wave but there is no doubt the wildcard will be dangerous to match up with in the Elimination Round.

Injury replacement Yago Dora (BRA) delivered the first upset of the day when he relegated CT veteran and two-time event winner Jordy Smith (RSA) and World No. 3 Italo Ferreira (BRA) to the Elimination Round. 

Jordy Smith © WSL/Van Gysen

“I knew I could get the score if I was on the right wave,” said Dora. “The best wave of the heat came at the perfect time for me and I just had to surf my best. It’s just a pleasure to surf waves like this against guys like Italo who has one of the best backhands, and you don’t even have to say anything about Jordy. He’s incredible and I’ve been a fan since I was a little kid so it was an honour to surf against them.”

World No.1 Filipe Toledo (BRA) and event wildcard Joshe Faulkner (RSA) also suffered an Opening Round loss against an in-form Nat Young (USA), and the list of surprise results continued with 11-Time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) ‘s third place in the round’s last heat. 

Joshe Faulkner surfs in Heat 4 of the Opening Round at the Corona Open J-Bay o (Photo by Beatriz Ryder/World Surf League)

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Corona Open J-Bay Women’s Opening Round 1 Results:

HEAT 1: Brisa Hennessy (CRI) 10.33 DEF. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 9.03, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 9.03

HEAT 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.50 DEF. Gabriela Bryan (HAW) 14.17, Tia Blanco (USA) 7.24

HEAT 3: Caroline Marks (USA) 14.66 DEF. Johanne Defay (FRA) 12.17, Isabella Nichols (AUS) 11.67

HEAT 4: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 13.33 DEF. Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.97, Tyler Wright (AUS) 10.13

Corona Open J-Bay Women’s Elimination Round 2 Results:

HEAT 1: Johanne Defay (FRA) 13.10 DEF. Tia Blanco (USA) 6.64

HEAT 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.87 DEF. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 10.34

HEAT 3: Tyler Wright (AUS) 11.84 DEF. Lakey Peterson (USA) 5.50

HEAT 4: Gabriela Bryan (HAW) 10.94 DEF. Isabella Nichols (AUS) 10.83

Corona Open J-Bay Women’s Quarterfinal Matchups:

HEAT 1: Johanne Defay (FRA) vs. Tyler Wright (AUS)

HEAT 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Gabriela Bryan (HAW)

HEAT 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Caroline Marks (USA)

HEAT 4: Brisa Hennessy (CRI) vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA)

Corona Open J-Bay Men’s Opening Round 1 Results:

HEAT 1: Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) 15.33 DEF. Griffin Colapinto (USA) 14.84, Jadson Andre (BRA) 9.83

HEAT 2: Yago Dora (BRA) 13.84 DEF. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 13.10, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 10.50

HEAT 3: Jack Robinson (AUS) 15.17 DEF. Luke Thompson (ZAF) 14.77, Kolohe Andino (USA) 6.64

HEAT 4: Nat Young (USA) 14.50 DEF. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 10.40, Joshe Faulkner (ZAF) 7.13

HEAT 5: Ethan Ewing (AUS) 14.34 DEF. Barron Mamiya (HAW) 12.50, Jackson Baker (AUS) 6.30

HEAT 6: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 11.54 DEF. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 9.93, Seth Moniz (HAW) 9.10

HEAT 7: Samuel Pupo (BRA) 12.57 DEF. Callum Robson (AUS) 9.77, Jake Marshall (USA) 9.43

HEAT 8: Connor O’Leary (AUS) 14.33 DEF. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 13.56, Kelly Slater (USA) 9.07

Corona Open J-Bay Men’s Elimination Round Matchups: 

HEAT 1: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Joshe Faulkner (ZAF)

HEAT 2: Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. Seth Moniz (HAW)

HEAT 3: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Luke Thompson (ZAF)

HEAT 4: Caio Ibelli (BRA) vs. Jake Marshall (USA)

HEAT 5: Griffin Colapinto (USA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)

HEAT 6: Barron Mamiya (HAW) vs. Kelly Slater (USA)

HEAT 7: Callum Robson (AUS) vs. Jackson Baker (AUS)

HEAT 8: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)

For highlights from today’s competition at the Corona Open J-Bay, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com

Watch LIVE

The Corona Open J-Bay will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app, and on WSL’s YouTube Channel. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.