4 July, 2015 4 July, 2015

ITS ON! – Competition resumes on Day 6 of Ballito Pro

Day six at the 2015 Ballito Pro presented by Billabong is well underway with Round of 16 about to get underway. For the first time the competition zone will be changing over from Bathers Beach to Surfers Beach (just to the left in front of the judges tower) due to the increased swell size and change in conditions.

Press release
With turns like this it’s easy to see why Kanoa Igarashi (USA) is through to Round 4.

The Brazilians and Ozzies have been dominating in the small surf up until now but with conditions cranking up a notch and plenty of talent out there it’s still anyones game. Remaining competitors are as follows:

Alejo Muniz (BRA), Kanoa Igarashi (USA), Medi Veminardi (REU), Joan Duru (FRA), Maxime Huscenot (FRA), Ezekiel Lau (HAW), Caio Ibelli (BRA), Italo Ferreira (BRA), Mitch Coleborn (AUS), Marc Lacomare (FRA), Santiago Muniz (ARG), Mitch Crews (AUS), Davey Cathels (AUS), Connor O’ Leary (AUS), Soli Bailey (AUS) and Jadson Andre (BRA).

For full heat results and the live stream check out the official event website here.

Full Press release below:



Saturday 4 July 2015


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Event: Ballito Pro presented by Billabong
Status: ITS ON! – Action resumes in Round 3 on Day 6
Venue: Bather’s Beach, Ballito, KwaDukuza, KwaZulu-Natal
Dates: June 29 – 5 July 2015

ITS ON! – Competition resumes on Day 6 of Ballito Pro

Competition in the Ballito Pro presented by Billabong resumed this morning (Saturday) with competitors in Round 3 back in action in the one metre glassy waves on offer at Bather’s Beach.

A QS 10,000 rated event on the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS), the Ballito Pro has 24 of the world’s best surfers still in contention for the prestigious title, the US $40 000 (nearly R500 000) winner’s paycheque and 10,000 priceless rankings points.

Organisers had no hesitation in getting the event underway at 7.15am and expect to utilise the idyllic conditions to complete a total of 16 heats in Rounds 3 and 4 today, leaving the Quarterfinals, Semifinals and the Final to be run on Sunday.

Ballito Pro: Upcoming Round 3 Match-Ups

H1: Alejo Muniz (BRA), Kanoa Igarashi (USA), Keanu Asing (HAW)
H2: Medi Veminardi (REU), Billy Stairmand (NZL), Joan Duru (FRA)
H3: Brent Dorrington (AUS), Ezekiel Lau (HAW), Maxime Huscenot (FRA)
H4: Italo Ferreira (BRA), David do Carmo (BRA), Caio Ibelli (BRA)
H5: Marc Lacomare (FRA), Mitch Coleborn (AUS), Stu Kennedy (AUS)
H6: Santiago Muniz (ARG), Gony Zubizarreta (ESP), Mitch Crews (AUS)
H7: Michael Rodrigues (BRA), Davey Cathels (AUS), Connor O’Leary (AUS)
H8: Heitor Alves (BRA), Soli Bailey (AUS), Jadson Andre (BRA)

Watch all the action at the Ballito Pro live at www.worldsurfleague.com and www.theballitopro.com

The competitors in the Ballito Pro are also competing for valuable specialty prizes in the Monster Energy Expression Session presented by Zigzag and the Monster Energy Wave of the Week presented by Zigzag which will reward the respective winners with R20 000 and R25 000 each. See more details here.

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 extreme sports entertainment. Locals and holiday-makers will be spoilt for choice with the week-long festival featuring an
extreme sports programme, the Coastal Living Bru Food & Wine Festival and an exciting retail area while the Tropika Ballito Pro Music Concerts Powered by 5FM bring some of South Africa’s most talented music acts to the stage in Salt Rock.

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).



Caption: Ideal conditions at Bather’s Beach on Saturday morning prompted organisers to get the Ballito Pro underway soon after dawn.
Photo: WSL / Ballito Pro / Cestari

PLEASE NOTE: High resolution images are available rights free to media organisations on request

About the World Surf League
The World Surf League (WSL) organizes the annual tour of professional surf competitions and broadcasts each event live at WorldSurfLeague.com where you can experience the athleticism, drama and adventure of competitive surfing — anywhere and anytime it’s on. The WSL sanctions and operates the following tours: the Junior Tour, Longboard Tour, the Qualifying Series (QS), the Big Wave Tour and the crown jewel of the sport, the WSL Championship Tour (CT) which determines the sport’s undisputed world champions. The organization is headquartered in Santa Monica, California with Commercial Offices in New York. The offices are supported by regional centres in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America and South America.

Surfing South Africa
The Ballito Pro, Ballito Women’s Pro and the Ballito Pro Trials, all presented by Billabong, are registered with Surfing South Africa, the governing body for the sport in South Africa and a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

Issued on behalf of:

WSL Africa
Contact: Colin Fitch – Operations Manager
Tel: 082 699 4493
Email: cfitch@worldsurfleague.com

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Life’s a Beach Communications
Tel: +27 (0) 21 783 4965
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 423 1964
Email: lifesabeach@mweb.co.za

KwaDukuza Municipality and Organizers of the Ballito Pro presented by Billabong
Contact: Collette Bundy
Mobile: 072 287 9839
Email: collettebundy0@gmail.com

For more information about the beach festival, music concerts and Food & Wine festival please contact:

Olivia Jones Communications
Cell: 083 653 1720
Work: 031 303 9341
Email: media@oliviajones.co.za

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