Final Results Jordy Smith Cape Town

Alex Ribeiro (BRA) and Zoe McDougall (HAW) clinched back-to-back titles in South Africa when they won the men’s and women’s events at the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill in front of a packed beachfront at Melkbosstrand in Cape Town on Sunday.

Event sponsor and current world No. 3, Jordy Smith, with Zoe McDougall (Hawaii) and Alex Ribeiro (Brazil), winners of the women’s and men’s events at the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill at Melkbosstrand on Sunday – Photo: WSL / Thurtell

Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) was the only South African winner at the event, successfully defending the junior men’s crown he won last year, while Sophia Fulton (AUS) grabbed her second victory in the past three weeks by dominating the junior women’s final

Ribeiro added this week’s World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 win to his victory in the QS3,000 Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing in Durban last weekend, which sees the former Championship Tour (CT) surfer jump three places to No. 2 on the QS rankings.

Up against close friend and travelling companion Marcos Correa (BRA) in the final, Ribeiro shot into a commanding lead as a growing swell pushed the wave heights up to two metres. Finding the only high scoring left breaking wave of the event, an 8.67, Ribeiro had his opponent in a combination situation within 10 minutes and Correa still needed 15.68 points when the 25 minute heat ended.

McDougall, who has already won four events in South Africa this year, overcame an uncharacteristically sluggish performance in the junior women’s final to dominate the women’s final, racking up scores of 7.83 and 6.67 for a 14.50 heat total that her opponents, Camilla Kemp (PRT), Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) and Reiki Noro (JPN) were unable to match.

Joshe Faulkner was ecstatic to return to the winners circle at the junior men’s event he won last year. The lanky Jeffreys Bay teenager stayed very busy throughout the final, riding a total of 13 waves in the 25 minutes, and took the lead from Liam O’Brien (AUS) with a high-risk aerial that netted him an excellent 8.87.

With Joao Chianca (BRA) threatening the lead, Faulkner posted a 7.0 on his twelfth ride to seal the victory ahead of Chianca, O’Brien and his brother Angelo.

The junior women’s final was the first to run as the swell started filling in and became a nail-biting contest as the top three were separated by less than half a point. It was Fulton’s opening ride of 7.33 that prevailed when the last rides of both fellow Australian Pacha Luque-Light and McDougall fell agonizingly short of overhauling the leader. Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) struggled to find waves with scoring potential in the final and finished fourth.

The presence of event sponsor and current world No. 3, Jordy Smith, drew throngs of spectators to the event and he put his signature on everything from surfboards to T-Shirts and posters before presiding at the awards ceremony.

The outreach programmes conducted by Surfing South Africa (SSA) at the each of the five events in the City Surf Series formed an important part of the activities, enabling young surfers from various backgrounds to participate in the international events. Comprising beach activities, water coaching, a tag team contest and beach relays the initiatives were presented by the Surfers With Original Talent (SWOT) organisation headed by Danielle Johnson.

Full results, news, photos and videos will be available at www.worldsurfleague.com and on the WSL App, which is a free download.

The Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro is proudly supported by O’Neill, City of Cape Town, Tsogo Sun, Skullcandy, El Jimador, Yesman, Red Bull, World Surf League, Surfing South Africa and Accelerate Sport.

Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill

Men’s Final Results

  1. Alex Ribeiro (Brazil) 15.67                                 R12,000            1,000 pts
  2. Marcos Correa (Brazil) 10.43                             R   6,000              750 pts

Women’s Final Results

  1. Zoe McDougall (Hawaii) 14.05                         R8,000            1,000 pts
  2. Camilla Kemp (Portugal) 8.37                           R4,000               750 pts
  3. Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) 8.13                             R2,500               560 pts
  4. Reiki Noro (Japan) 7.33                                     R2,000               525 pts

Junior Men’s JQS1,000 Final Results

  1. Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) 15.83               R8,000           1,000 pts
  2. Joao Chianca (Brazil) 14.27                              R4,000              750 pts
  3. Liam O’Brien (Australia) 11.53                          R2,500              560 pts
  4. Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) 9.27               R2,000              525 pts

Junior Women’s JQS1,000 Final Results

  1. Sophia Fulton (Australia) 10.10                                    R4,000           1,000 pts
  2. Pacha Luque-Light (Australia) 10.00               R2,000              750 pts
  3. Zoe McDougall (Hawaii) 9.70                            R1,110              560 pts
  4. Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) 3.64                            R    900             525 pts

Men’s Semifinal Results (2nd = 3rd place; R3,000; 560 pts)

SF1: Marcos Correa (BRA) 16.17 def. Alonso Correa (PER) 15.50

SF2: Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 10.16 def. Robson Santos (BRA) 4.03

Cape Storms Force Venue Change

Cape Storms Force Venue Change for Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill

QS1,000 and JQS1,000 Events Moved to Melkbosstrand for First Two Days

Cape Town’s biggest international surfing event, the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill, has been moved to Melkbosstrand after authorities closed Big Bay at Blouberg, the original venue, due to damage caused by the 30 Year storm earlier this month.

Another massive frontal system with near gale-force SW winds, huge waves exceeding seven metres in height and a deluge of much needed rain, is predicted to reach the drought stricken Western Cape overnight on Wednesday and into Thursday, the opening day of the four-day event.

After being informed that Big Bay could not be used, organisers planned to run the event using a roving venue that took the competition to the best waves available each day at either Llandudno or Tableview. However, the forecasts of giant surf and inclement weather have prompted them to opt for Melkbos, five Kms North of Big Bay and more sheltered from the elements, for at least the first two days.

The presence of Jordy Smith, the South African surfing icon and current world No.3, who is sponsoring the event in conjunction with O’Neill, the global surf industry manufacturer, is expected to attract huge interest in the event from the surfing community and general public.

“I’m ecstatic to have such a diverse and massive field coming to the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O’Neill,” said Smith. “The locals get to pit their skills against internationals in home waters and the learning experience from this is invaluable. I’m also excited to showcase the beauty and perfect surf the Peninsula has to offer!”

The World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 rated events for men and women, and Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) 1,000 events for junior (18-and-under) men and women have drawn massive fields, including more than 50 highly rated international surfers in the men’s event, which forced the organisers to add an extra day to the three-day period usually required for similar events.

The event is scheduled to run from Thursday to Sunday, 22-25 June and offers a total prize-purse of R80,000 with 1,000 points going on the QS rankings going to the winner of the men’s and women’s events.

The winners of the junior men and women earn 1,000 points on the WSL Africa regional rankings which determine the annual regional champions and also count for the selection of the four men and two women who represent the region at the World Junior Championships in Australia in January.

An outreach programme will be conducted by Surfing South Africa (SSA) on Sunday 25 June. Participants from local outreach organisations will be involved in beach activities, water coaching, a tag team contest and beach relays with all participants receiving breakfast, lunch and a commemorative medal.

Live scoring, news, photos and video’s will be available at www.worldsurfleague.com and on the WSL App. which is a free download. Daily highlights can be found on the WSL QS Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

The Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro is proudly supported by O’Neill, City of Cape Town, Tsogo Sun, Skullcandy, El Jimador, Yesman, World Surf League, Surfing South Africa and Accelerate Sport.

Jordy Smith in action

Jordy Smith in action during his victory at the Bells Beach Pro in Australia at Easter – Photo: WSL / Sloane

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