Llandudno surfer Luke Slijpen is embarking on his rookie year on the World Surf League’s (WSL) World Qualifying Series (WQS) with the strong backing of Quiksilver International.

Luke Slijpen takes to the skies © Ian Thurtell

Luke, a powerful 20-year-old natural footer, blew minds in Hawaii last winter. As a direct result, he found his signature needed on a recent Quiksilver International contract. This initial offering will see him competing for the next two years with a mountain and wave sticker on the nose of his board.

The initial contract is a two-year deal for renewal. The accomplished surfer is determined to vindicate the global surf brand’s vision of signing him up.

When not competing, Luke loves to hunt down heavy barrels and big waves. His gutsy and powerful performances at Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu drew the attention of the Quiksilver International team manager Miky Picon. 

Luke Slijpen

A victorious Slijpen © Thurtell

“In Hawaii, I got to stay at the Quiksilver house for a month. It was a good opportunity to surf all day, meet the Quiksilver crew and push my surfing with them,” said Slijpen.

Hailing from a surfing family, Luke has clear cut goals for the upcoming competitive year. “I want to make the Challenger Series (CS) next year, and I want to do a sick movie,” said Slijpen.

He knows what hard work is all about and is grateful for the opportunities. 

“Since I was a youngster, I always looked at the guys that got sponsored by international brands,” said Slijpen. “It’s tough to climb up the ranks in South Africa and get an international brand to commit to taking you on. Now I have Quiksilver, and I’m super amped to push it and do the best I can for the brand and hopefully keep moving forward with them.” 

“I stayed with Mikey Wright and Kauli Vaast, Leo Fioravanti, Zeke Lau, Koa Rothman and a couple of other Quik guys. Thanks to Reef Macintosh for letting me stay at the house. I’m super amped to go back this year and push my surfing even harder!”

Slijpen can often be found on the podium, with a string of successes to his name. These include a series of first-place finishes in the Pro Juniors, including contests at Lambert’s Bay, Durban and Victoria Bay, and a third-place at the ISA World Juniors in the U18 division.

Currently up the west coast in the Northern Cape, Slijpen is competing in the Experience Northern Cape Namakwa Challenge at a remote location in the Hondeklip Bay area. An invite-only WSL Specialty contest, the event also raises awareness about the mining that is destroying the place. 

“There are some amazing waves up there, and hopefully, we can share awareness of the destruction of the land that is happening along the coastline,” said Slijpen.  

Sunset Road, Cape Town

Luke also loves the big stuff. Sunset Reef, Cape Town © Van Gysen

For more on the Namakwa Challenge – https://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2021/spec/3715/namakwa-challenge

Luke’s Instagram @lukeslijpen

Luke’s WSL Profile – https://www.worldsurfleague.com/athletes/10270/luke-slijpen

Luke is sponsored by Quiksilver, SMTH Shapes, Nixon, Globe and Zombie Tread. 



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The first day of the South African Longboarding Championships presented by RYD Brand, sanctioned by Surfing South Africa, opened today with magnificent weather and flawless conditions at Point, Jeffreys Bay. The world famous right-hand point-break did not disappoint, delivering nothing short of perfect, lined-up waves throughout the day.
Alfonzo Pieters

Gqebhera local Alfonzo Pieters carving through to the next Round. Image: Mike Ruthnum

A well-equipped contest site, experienced staff and strict enforcement of Covid regulations set the stage for a successful first day of the event. 
Longboard surfers through the ages took to the waves with stylish manoeuvres. Standouts of the day included Greg Smith, a Cape St. Francis local representing the Eastern Province. With a combination of arching turns and long, steady nose rides, Smith secured an impressive 9.17 points out of a possible 10.
Western Province power couple Thomas and Tarryn King impressed in their respective divisions. Tarryn put together a near perfect heat with two excellent scores (9.17 and 8.4) and Thomas followed suit with an equally outstanding combination in the Masters division (9.67 and 8.33) and a further win in the Open Mens division.
Jeffreys Bay local Coert Venter put on a spectacular show with his stylish, traditional-inspired longboard surfing, knocking World Tour surfer Jordy Smith into the elimination round. Much to the crowd’s delight, Venter spiced up his successful heat with a perfectly executed handstand, followed by a bow in response to the spectators’ cheers.
Crystal Hulett of Cape St. Francis put together a beautiful heat with well-timed turns and tidy nose-rides on the best waves, securing a spot in the Quarterfinals with ease.
KwaZulu-Natal surfer Sam Christianson wrapped up the day’s proceedings with the highest heat score total of the day, putting on a spectacular, confident performance to earn him a total of 18.33 points (9.33 + 9.00).
The week ahead promises fair weather and brilliant waves. Stay tuned for updates on contest action.
Photographer Credit: Mike Ruthnum