The controversy never ends with the World Surf League, with naysayers saying that the Championship Tour judges gifted Filipe Toledo the win in El Salvador over Griffen because of online death threats. These threats and menacing words came out after the Surf Ranch contest, where Gabriel Medina hit up social media to show his disgust at being poorly judged and underscored on the waves at the Kelly Slater Wave Pool.

Be that as it may, it is time for the surfers to get ready for JBay soon enough, and then the waves of Supertubes will quickly separate a few of the surfers in the mix. A wave like Supers might be one of the best waves in the world, but it exposes your weaknesses.
Right now, the tour is heading for Durban to surf at the Ballito Pro, presented by O’Neill. This contest is a Challenger Series event – CS10,000 Men’s Pro.

Now in its 54th edition, the Ballito Pro is the world’s longest-running professional surfing event and Stop No.3 on the World Surf League (WSL) Challenger Series (CS) for men and women.

At the end of the 2023 season, the Top 10 men on the Challenger Series rankings will qualify for the 2024 Championship Tour (CT). Out of the six Challenger Series competitions, only the top four results will count toward their end-of-year rankings.

South Africa’s top contenders, former Ballito Pro winner Adin Masencamp and local favourite Luke Thompson, will line up against the likes of Imaikalani DeVault (HAW), Samuel Pupo (BRA), Cole Houshmand (USA) and Jett Schilling (USA) who are currently leading the rankings after the first two events in Australia.
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After the Ballito Pro, we go to JBay, and then it’s time for the Rip Curl GromSearch presented by The Royal St Andrews Hotel in Port Alfred. This looks to be an exciting event for the juniors and is the second last in a five-event series that has taken the junior surfers in the country by storm.