19 June, 2017 19 June, 2017

sa open day 5 gallery

Whether it was confidence, competitiveness or just some good old-fashioned luck – there’s no doubt that the South American’s dominated this year’s SA Open…

Alex Ribeiro was crowned Men’s Champion at the Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing pres. by Hurley in Durban on Sunday, leading a near clean sweep of the top eight positions by South American surfers on the final day of the QS3,000 rated event. Ribeiro defeated fellow Brazilian and good mate, Hizunome Bettero, in an action-packed final held in one metre waves and onshore winds – ideal conditions for spectacular aerial manoeuvres.

The final saw both surfers remain extremely busy throughout the 25 minute dual with Ribeiro’s top two scores of an excellent 8.67 and a 7.00 and heat tally of 15.67 proving too good for Bettero, who totalled 11.57. Ribeiro will have his name laced on the new John Whitmore Cup along with junior champions Mateus Herdy and Zoe McDougall who were crowned on Friday. McDougall’s name will appear twice as she also won the QS1,000 women’s event on Saturday. Big ups! 

Check out the gallery below for some epic airs, unfathomable back-bends, and excellent southern hemisphere surfing… 

*All images © Ian Thurtell     


  1. carl
    19 June, 2017 at 4:59 pm · Reply

    No,no luck at all…
    Just average surfing for the saffas.
    But not above average enough to beat the best.
    Us saffas must sit back and take note… Practice make perfect,
    While it’s always fun for the locals to hit the coast when it’s 2ft in town, don’t complain if you get carrots in 2ft comps on your front door.
    Anyone can get a 7.5 when it’s 4ft and glassy.
    Not when it’s 1 to 2ft.

  2. Michael
    22 June, 2017 at 11:49 am · Reply

    My point is made in the other topic

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