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Aces set to lap up Lamberts Bay waves at Vans Classic

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The Vans Surf Pro Classic returns to the iconic surf break of YoYo’s in Lamberts Bay for its third edition next week.

The event has been boosted by upgrading the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) men’s event to a QS1,500 rating alongside the QS1,000 women’s and JQS1,000 junior men’s events.

Scheduled for Friday to Sunday, 1-3 June, the entry lists for all three events are full and the bustling West Coast fishing village will be bursting at the seams as competitors from as far afield as Hawaii, USA, Australia, South America, Europe, Mauritius and Japan arrive to test their skills at the break dubbed the ‘Trestles’ of Africa after the outstanding waves experienced in the past two years.

‘Vans are really happy to be able to bring the third annual Vans Surf Pro Classic back to Lamberts Bay this year,’ says Vans marketing manager Warren Talbot. ‘This is definitely one of our most favourite events of the year and Lamberts Bay offers a highly contestable wave for all our competitors.

‘We have upped the ranking this year to a QS1,500 which should help our local riders get those much-needed points on their QS campaigns, and we here at Vans would like to wish all the competitors the best of luck.’

The total prize-purse has almost tripled to R190,000 and the coveted points on offer for both the international and regional rankings determine their qualification for, and seeding in, major events worldwide. The junior men also earn points that count towards the selection of the WSL Africa squad who will represent the region in the annual World Junior Championships in Australia in January 2019.

David van Zyl (Glenashley), the 2017 Vans Surf Pro Classic runner-up, heads the men’s seedings and will be determined to go one better this time. Van Zyl, winner of the first event on the 2018 WSL Africa QS in Port Elizabeth in March, faces tough opposition from the likes of 2016 Vans winner Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga), current regional rankings leader and 2016 Vans junior men’s champ Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay), Australian Jordan Lawler and a host of others.

The women’s field is also headed by last year’s runner-up, Hawaiian Zoe McDougall, who will be challenged by the vastly experienced all-round French surf star Justine Dupont.

The South African contingent includes international campaigner Tanika Hoffman (Cape Town), regional rankings leader Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) and rising stars Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) and Zoe Steyn (East London).

A new junior men’s champion will also be crowned this year as 2017 winner Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) is no longer in the 18-and-under category. Fellow Capetonian Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay), a semi-finalist at YoYo’s last year, heads an exciting crop of emerging talents such as Max Elkington (Kommetjie), Bryce du Preez (East London) and Luke Thompson (Durban)

The third edition of the event will again be hosted by the local West Coast Boardriders Club with the invaluable assistance of the volunteers from Christian Surfers South Africa.

Photo: The top quality waves of Lamberts Bay, by WSL/Van Gysen


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