2 July, 2016 2 July, 2016

Beyrick Rips Into the Finals at Ballito Pro

A wild sea and strong SW winds blasted Willard Beach at 7am this morning, forcing contest directors to put the event on hold and, as the surf cleaned up through the morning, decided to start the mens round of 16 at 10.30 am.

Jeremy Flores set the pace, ripping the stormy surf and winning the first heat of the round.

Jeremy Flores off the bottom on a solid one. ©Dan Dedekind

The highly anticipated heat of the round, between Beyrick de Vries and Jordy Smith, didn’t disappoint, with both surfers scoring excellent rides.

Jordy opened with a midrange score and Beyrick answered back, blasting the lip, into a layback with a finishing turn on the end section. 9.73 and the lead. Jordy answered back with a big crack and a tube of his own for a 9.63. By this stage the crowd were on their toes and the heat could have swung either way, both surfers looking to back up their nines.

Beyrick, half way through a 9.73. ©Alan van Gysen

With priority, Beyrick took off, smashing two big turns in the overhead surf and nailing an eight point ride and a substantial lead. Time ticked down and Jordy, needing an eight of his own, couldn’t find the wave to answer back.

Jordy finishes =9th and heads to the J-Bay Open with his beer money. ©Dan Dedekind

This heat will go down as one of the best heats ever surfed between two South Africans and the highest combined heat total of The 2016 Ballito Pro so far. Beyrick’s 9.73 the highest scoring ride of the event and a serious contender for the Monster Energy ‘Wave of the Week’ presented by Zigzag.

Highlights from Beyrick and Jordy’s match-up.

Beyrick wins the showdown and moves onto quaterfinal heat two against Joan Duru (FRA).
We’re expecting offshore winds and tubing waves along the KZN north coast for the final day of competition. A call will be made at 7am and competition will resume with quaterfinal heat one.

Can you feel it? Beyrick sure can. ©Alan van Gysen.

Don’t miss the Monster Energy Expression Session tomorrow where 10 South africans will compete in a 30 minute superheat for R30K. Best menouver, winner takes all.


See More from The 2016 Ballito Pro HERE.

Lead image: Beyrick de Vries rips his way into the qauterfinals. ©Alan van Gysen

Ballito Pro presented by Billabong Round of 16 Results

Heat1. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 16.57 def. Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 15.76

Heat2. Krystian Kymerson (BRA) 14.50 def. Deivid Silva (BRA) 7.94

Heat3. Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 17.73 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.23

Heat4. Joan Duru (FRA) 18.00 def. Cooper Chapman (AUS) 16.94

Heat5. Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 12.57 def. Stu Kennedy (AUS) 12.27

Heat6. Jack Freestone (AUS) 18.23 def. Bino Lopez (BRA) 10.13

Heat7. Connor O’Leary (AUS) 12.40 def. Davey Cathels (AUS) 12.33

Heat8. Ethan Ewing (AUS) 14.77 def. Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 13.40

Ballito Pro presented by Billabong Upcoming Quarter Final Heats

Quarter1. Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Krystian Kymerson (BRA)

Quarter2. Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) vs. Joan Duru (FRA)

Quarter3. Ezekiel Lau (HAW) vs. Jack Freestone (AUS)

Quarter4. Connor O’Leary (AUS) vs. Ethan Ewing (AUS)



Saturday’s Stormy Surf Sets up Classic Quarter-Final Clashes for Final Day of Ballito Pro on Sunday

An overnight storm producing windswept 2m – 2.5m waves tested the ability of last 16 surfers in the Ballito Pro presented by Billabong at Willard Beach on Saturday and set up a quartet of classic quarter-final clashes to start the final day on Sunday.

Experience and youthful enthusiasm triumphed in equal measure as the first QS10,000 rated event of the year reached the business end, pitting battle hardened campaigners against rising stars with coveted ranking points and a US $40,000 (about R600,000) winner’s paycheque at stake.

Jeremy Flores (FRA), in his 10th season among the elite top 34 surfers Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tout (CT) took on Brazilian standout Michael Rodrigues in the first heat of the day with jetskis being used to ferry the surfers out to the lineup after every ride. Flores, who has won events at the iconic surf breaks of Pipeline in Hawaii and Teahupo’o in Tahiti, trailed Rodrigues before posting rides of 8.67 and 7.90 to snatch a deserved but narrow victory in the 35 minute encounter.

“It’s always tricky to be in the first heat because you never know what to expect, based on the conditions and the scale that the judges are using,’ said Flores. “We finally got some real waves and I was just happy to throw bigger lines and fortunately I got through because Michael Rodrigues is a really good surfer.”

Flores will face off with another high-flying Brazilian in the quarters after Krystian Kymerson racked up a heat tally of 14.50 to leave compatriot Deivid Silva in combination situation and needing to replace both his scores in their duel.

The highly anticipated clash between South Africans Jordy Smith, the event top seed and world No. 10, and hometown hero Beyrick de Vries, lived up to expectations with a high-scoring display of power surfing that had the packed gallery hooting.

Smith struck the opening blow with a mid-range score, but de Vries answered with an outstanding ride on one of the biggest waves of the day, earning the highest single ride score of the event, a near-perfect 9.67 out of 10. Not to be outdone, Smith swooped into a set wave, carved off the top and then pulled into, and emerged from, a deep tube ride and finished with critical re-entry to post a 9.63, the third highest score of the event.

Displaying steely nerves and great wave selection, de Vries added another excellent range score of 8.0 on his next ride, leaving South Africa’s only CT campaigner needing an 8.11 to advance. And Smith came really close with his next ride, but only received 7.60 from the judges and de Vries saw out the rest of the heat and moved into the last eight.

“It was just really fun and this board that I’ve got from Hurricane ended up doing really well,” said de Vries. “I saw Jordy’s wave and saw it barrelling and I thought he had me, but I’m stoked he didn’t . And then after my second one he needed an 8.1 and he can do that easily. I held priority for the last 5 minutes so I surfed the heat I wanted to surf and got the scores I wanted to get.”

In the quarters De Vries will be up against Joan Duru (FRA) who produced a superlative performance to oust exciting young Australian Cooper Chapman from the event. The consistent Frenchman counted a 9.67 and an 8.33 for a heat total of 18.0 out of 20, throwing away a pair of seven point rides to move into the quarters.

Beyrick de Vries (ZAF) secured his place in the quarter-finals of the Ballito Pro by defeating top seed Jordy Smith at Willard Beach today. ©WSL / Cestari

The bottom half of the draw saw Ezekiel Lau, the lone Hawaiian left in the event, emerge victorious in a tightly contested heat over Stu Kennedy (AUS) to set up a last eight match-up against CT rookie Jack Freestone (AUS) who defeated Bino Lopes (BRA).

“I’m really happy because this will it’ll be my best finish so far this year,” said Lau. “I’m definitely excited for the next round, and I’ll have to be a little more sharp coming up against someone more experienced so I have make sure that I don’t make mistakes and stick to the game plan.”

The last quarter-final will feature Australians Connor O’Leary, who eliminated last year’s Ballito Pro runner-up Davey Cathels (AUS), and exciting rising star Ethan Ewing whose 9.07 point score was the difference between advancing and going home when he took on current QS rankings leader Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA).

The Italian prodigy will retain his ranking lead no matter who wins the Ballito Pro and will be going on to ride some waves in Jeffreys Bay after the event.

Organisers will meet will meet at 7am local time on Sunday to decide on what time to get the final series of heats underway

Highlights from today’s action will be found at www.worldsurfleague.com

While the surfers ride the waves, the Ballito Pro Festival is set to turn up the heat in KwaDukuza by offering the best in beach, music and sports entertainment. Locals and holiday-makers will be spoilt for choice with the week-long festival featuring the ‘Fire up your stoke: Night of food & wine’, an extreme sports programme and an exciting retail area, while the Five Star Ballito Pro Free Music Concerts powered by 5FM bring some of South Africa’s most talented music acts to the stage in Salt Rock.

See more information at www.theballitopro.co.za

The Ballito Pro presented by Billabong is proudly supported by the KwaDukuza Municipality, Billabong, 5FM, Monster Energy, Zigzag Surfing Magazine, World Surf League (WSL) and Surfing South Africa (SSA).

1 Comment

  1. Erens Jafta
    3 July, 2016 at 5:12 pm · Reply

    Beyrick 12 on qs, surely rethinking his plans for the year?

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