With solid conditions, a Title race that's intensifying and surprise standouts, the women's event was worth the 18-year wait.
Ben Mondy looks back and provides five key observations after a four-day festival of speed.
Jack Freestone takes runner-up spot. With their success there, both surfers got big boosts up the WSL Qualifying Series rankings.
Stage set for epic final day in South Africa
Youngsters take to the air to stamp their authority on first 10,000 of the year
Women take centre stage in sunny South Africa
"J-Bay and Parko is absolutely beautiful to watch." - Jordy Smith
Jordy Smith and Willian Cardoso are eliminated in opening round heats.
First QS 10,000 of the year gets underway in South Africa
The Hawaii local moves into the Top 10 on the WSL Qualifying Series rankings.
Clean, small waves arrived for the crowning of men's QS and Longboard event winners.
Semifinalists decided in variable conditions at Willard Beach in Ballito
21st edition of the Billabong Junior Series pres.by BOS gets underway
The past, present and future collide at a surfing benchmark.
An international contingent joins the best U18 surfers in South Africa in the Billabong Junior Series JQS events in Ballito.
Light winds and clean conditions saw some impressive surfing for the QS 1,500 men's event
Junior surfers crowned at Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing pres. by Hurley
With 10,000 points on the line, it's surfers' first serious shot at making the 2019 Tour -- and excitement is growing.
This five-day surfing festival is the final event in the City Surf Series.
International surfers win the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pres. by O'Neill