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Masencamp the master as he downs top seed


In a stunning upset, Adin Masencamp from Strand in Cape Town slayed top seed, Vasco Ribeiro (Portugal) in Friday’s round three of the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1500 rated men’s division of the Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing, presented by Hurley.

Masencamp was sitting in third position, and with a minute left on the clock, the contest seemed to be over for the young Capetonian when Neptune smiled on him and sent a wave with ample scoring potential which he capitalised on to catapult himself into first place in the heat at Pollock Beach, Port Elizabeth.

‘That heat just was not going my way and I was struggling to get in the right rhythm with the other guys getting the sets, bigger waves and better scores. Suddenly a wave just popped up, so thank you Neptune! A wave just came in those last few seconds when I needed it,’ said Masencamp, clearly relieved to be through to the quarter-finals.

Masencamp said he was feeling good and looked forward to the quarter-finals which will be surfed man-on-man. He said he preferred this format and said he would definitely take advantage of any opportunities that came his way.

History was made when the biggest women’s QS event on the African continent (QS rated 3000) got underway on Friday morning in small but testing conditions with WSL Championship Tour rider, Silvana Lima form Brazil easily winning her heat to progress to the second round.

‘It was hard out there and I’m freezing; it’s really cold out there,’ said Lima who surfed in a 2.2 millimetre wetsuit, made for warmer water.

In the most spectacular heat of the day, Hawaiian Brisa Hennessy banked the highest wave score of the event so far; an excellent 9.83 which was preceded by an equally impressive 9.00 to make up a total heat score of 18.83.

Hennessy’s surfing was on another level. With the tide dropping during the heat and consistent good waves, Hennessy was in the right place at the right time to pick up a good right hand set wave which she surfed with lots of precision. Clean rail surfing and putting her board in the critical section of the wave with loads of power and control earned her the 9.83.

‘I think I was very lucky with the waves I got. There were really fun rights and lefts and the waves were peaky. Power wise it was very slow out there and I was trying to get my wave count up and just kept riding and putting up scores,’ said Hennessy, beaming and smiling from ear to ear.

Other top seeds that went through to the second round are Philippa Anderson (Australia), Josefina Ane (Argentina), Dominic Barona (Equador), Pauline Ado (France) and former world champion, Sofia Mulanovich from Peru.

WSL World junior champion, Vahine Fierro from Tahiti also surfed well to progress to the second round as did defending SA Open champion, Zoe McDougall alongside South Africans Faye Zoetmulder (Jeffreys Bay) and Tanika Hoffman (Cape Town).

Skull Candy ratings leader, Nicole Pallet from Durban is also through to the next round. She caused an upset when she sent Japanese Minami Nonaka from Japan – who won the contest at stop five of the City Surf Series – packing.

Champions will be crowned on Saturday with the men’s longboarding and men’s QS1500 finals taking place in the afternoon.

The day kicks off with the men’s LQS1000 longboarding round of eight, followed by the men’s QS1500 quarter-finals, women’s QS 3000 round of 32, the men’s QS1500 semi-finals and the men’s LQS1000 finals and men’s QS1500 finals to close out the day.

Photo: Masencamp in action, by Ian Thurtell/WSL

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