The last Saturday of this month will signal the start of the second event of Quiksilver’s Takes One To Know One Series. The first leg was held in Cape Town at Long Beach in March, and it was also the first professional event that Durban North ripper, David Van Zyl, claimed victory in.
KZN’s David Van Zyl was on fire at the first event of the Series.
As the Series heads to familiar waters on the KZN north coast at the end of May, Davey will be hoping for a repeat victory to gain maximum PST points. Looking to make sure that doesn’t happen are fellow KZN shredders, Dan Redman and Slade Prestwich, as well as Melkbos local, Diran Zakarian, who all made the finals at Long Beach. Plus there will be another almost 100 competitors who will all be hungry for victory in event two.
The Takes One To Know One Series will be going-off at Umdloti Beach on 31 May and 1 June.
Check out quiksilver.co.za/totko/ for more. Official Press release below.
TOP SOUTH AFRICAN SURFERS HEAD TO KZN FOR SECOND LEG OF QUIKSILVER TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE SERIES
David Van Zyl (Glenashley, Durban) won the first event of the Quiksilver Takes One To Know One series and will be hoping to repeat his performance in Umdloti on 31 May and 1 June.
Umdloti, KZN – Almost 100 of South Africa’s top surfers will soon be making their way to the warm waters of Kwa-Zulu Natal for the second leg of the Quiksilver Takes One To Know One series, a three-leg surf series forming part of the Surfing South Africa Pro Surf Tour. 31 May and 1 June will see competitors from Cape Town, Jeffreys Bay and other areas of the country arriving to compete in two divisions for over R30 000 in prize money. The event will be staged at the main beach of the quiet coastal town of Umdloti.
The 3A rated Pro Surf Tour event will cater for the open men’s division, surfers of all ages, as well as the pro junior boys division, boys under the age of twenty years old. The first event of the series took place in small but clean surf at Long Beach, Cape Town and saw twenty one year old David Van Zyl coming out on top in what proved to be his first career victory in the open men’s division. Van Zyl will be hoping to repeat his performance in the upcoming event, “I am so glad I’m going to be home for this event, I love the surf on the KZN coast in winter and to have an event at a different spot like Umdloti is great. I gained a lot of confidence after my win in Cape Town so the series for me so far has been unreal,” said an excited Van Zyl.
Other competitors worth keeping an eye on are Dale Staples from St. Francis Bay now living in Westbrook, KZN, Slade Prestwich, who will be competing in both the open men’s and pro junior divisions, Capetonians Michael February, Jarred Veldhuis and Diran Zakarian, former ASP World Tour surfer Ricky Basnett from the Bluff and brothers Daniel and Josh Redman, who both previously resided in Umdloti for over eight years and are very familiar with the tricky surf break. Beyrick de Vries from Umhlanga will also be a big threat in all conditions and will be hoping to count on his international experience to make a difference to take the title.
Highlights from the final day at the first event in Cape Town.
The Quiksilver Takes One To Know One series was introduced due to a lack of local surf events for open men in South Africa, “We are very happy to be staging the Quiksilver Takes One To Know One series, it’s amazing how well it has been received by the surfers and it just shows how important and necessary good, solid local events are in South Africa. We hope that the local guys will use these events as stepping stones for bigger things, with the experience and the money that they earn competing in this series. Thanks to our main sponsors Techniblock sunscreen, Drift camera’s, Zigzag magazine, Red Bull and Skullcandy, without them this series would not be possible,” said Quiksilver Sales and Marketing Manager Dane Patterson.
Surfing is set to start at 8:00am on Saturday and Sunday with the finals and event and awards ceremony scheduled to take place around 3.00pm on Sunday afternoon. The series will draw to a close in September at Victoria Bay in the Southern Cape. To find out more about the event visit the event mini-site at www.quiksilver.co.za/totko. All aspiring professional surfers looking to take part can visit www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za to enter.
Be sure to get down to the beach on the 31st of May and 1st of June to witness some high calibre competitive surfing. #quiktotko