19 August, 2015 19 August, 2015

Quiksilver Get Free Series Heads To Port Alfred (29 – 30 August)

On a beautiful stretch of the Sunshine Coast, Port Alfred’s East Beach is the venue for the final event of the 2015 Quiksilver Get Free Series on 29 – 30 August.

As well as having good waves, the scenery in Port Alfred is spectacular.

While there’s a longer list of events open to Junior competitors in South Africa, the local domestic tour doesn’t offer quite as many opportunities for surfers over the Pro Junior age of 20, so the Get Free Series has been well received and contested by competitors who’ve moved on to the Open division – especially with over R108 000 in prize money on the line. The event does offer a Junior division as well, however, so it’s also another good opportunity for the Young Guns to compete against each other and raise their level.

Beyrick De Vries busted some big airs to take out the win at Bronze Beach.

Kommetjie’s Michael February clinched top honours at the first event of the Series at Long Beach, before Beyrick De Vries grabbed the win in front of his home crowd at Umhlanga’s Bronze Beach. Will either of those two go on to clinch the Series title by taking out their second event, or will a third ripper be added to the list of winners to make it a tight race? We’ll find out when competition gets underway at the end of the month.

Go to surfingsouthafrica.co.za to enter, or read the press release below for more details.



Kommetjie’s Michael February will be one of the favourites in the open men’s division going into the final leg of the Quiksilver Get Free Series 2015 in Port Alfred.

Port Alfred – The Quiksilver Get Free Surf Series will, at the end of August, head to the town of Port Alfred on the Sunshine Coast for the final event of this three-part series. On the 29th and 30th of August South Africa’s best open men and junior surfers will make their way to the pristine beaches of Port Alfred, just an hour and a half’s drive south of East London to compete for over R30 000 in prize money and the final Quiksilver Get Free titles.

All three events in the series are sanctioned by Surfing South Africa and carry 3A PST (Pro Surf Tour) ratings points with a total prize purse of R108 000 on the line. Divisions in the series and final event include open mens, U20 junior boys and U16 junior boys. Port Alfred’s East Beach is a highly regarded surf break, given favourable conditions and swell it could make for the perfect amphitheatre for a high performance showdown. “Port Alfred is definitely a top venue for an event of this nature, when the waves are on, they are on! I can’t wait to surf a heat there, the contest should be great,” said Shane Sykes, the winner of the U20 junior boys division at the second leg of the series which was held in Umhlanga Rocks, KZN.

Diran Zakarian (Melkbosstrand, Cape Town) will be one of the favourites in the U20 Junior Boys and Open Men’s division going into the final leg of the Quiksilver Get Free Series 2015 in Port Alfred.

In the Open Men’s division, favourites for the win include Umhlanga’s Beyrick de Vries who recently placed 9th in the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach and is currently on top form, Capetonian Michael February who was runner up to de Vries in the second leg of the series as well as the duo of experienced veterans Daniel Redman and Brandon Jackson, both of Durban North. Jeffreys Bay locals Matt McGillivray and Dylan Lightfoot will be strong contenders in the U20 junior boys division but other previous junior winners Shane Sykes (Salt Rock) and Diran Zakarian (Melkbosstrand) will also be serious contenders in the point-like conditions. There will be stiff competition in the U16 boys division with the likes of Sebastian Williams (Durban), Adin Masencamp (Strand) and Faulkner brothers Joshe and Angelo (Jeffreys Bay) all on top form and hungry for the final win.

Quiksilver Marketing and Sales Manager Dane Patterson has been very happy with the 2015 series and anticipates that the final event in Port Alfred will deliver great surf conditions, “I think that the series we’ve put on this year has been very well received, good for the South African surfers and for our domestic surf tour. We’re hoping that it will encourage other brands to invest more in the sport and the local surf scene. Port Alfred can be a very good venue and make for a top event when the ocean delivers, so we’re hoping that mother nature comes to the party for the final event of the series.”

Supporting sponsors to the series include Zigzag Surfing Magazine, Techniblock sunscreen, Drift action camera’s, Skullcandy, Neff and Red Bull.

For more information, videos, photos and entry details go to www.quiksilver.co.za/getfree.

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