North Beach - Zoe McDougall from Hawaii was the winner of the Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres by G-Force WQS Women's division, besting Josefina Ane from Argentina into second. McDougall was on form throughout the second day of competition at North Beach, and banked a resounding victory from top-seeded Ane.
Zoe was relentless from the outset, improving her scoring rides throughout the final, eventually leaving Josefina needing an excellent score to remain in the game. Nothing arrived for the plucky young South American and she had to settle for a very commendable second place.
"I feel great and I'm super happy to win this two years in a row," said McDougall. "Hopefully next year I can come back and win it for a third year."
Early morning high tide conditions gave competitors plenty of opportunities for high scoring rides, with everyone going for broke in the glassy conditions. With the onshore winds looming, surfers milked waves for all they were worth, trying to extract as many points as possible in the highly contestable conditions.
In the Women's JQS division it was electrifying goofy-footer Kai Woolf who emerged victorious from McDougall, who came close to doing the double. In a tight heat it was the J-Bay surfer who rose to the top to clinch victory and a firm hold on the WSL Africa Junior Women's rankings. Kai has international contest experience and is one of the brightest stars to come out of South African women's surfing.
The Zigzag Durban Surf Pro pres. by G-Force is the fourth contest in the WSL Africa Qualifying Series and the third in the City Surf Series, after the VW Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro pres by Billabong and the Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro pres by Reef Wetsuits. This series has proven to be a boon to local and international surfers alike, with competitors being offered ample opportunities to gain prize money and valuable points on the QS rankings.
With the lower tide and light onshore making conditions slightly more challenging later in the day, some of the men who excelled amongst the onshore peaks were Karl Steen and Mitch Du Preez in the Men's JQS Tournament, with both advancing through to the final day of competition tomorrow. Both Karl and Mitch have been improving dramatically over the last few months, with relentless competitive practice making these up-and-comers battle-hardened and savvy when it comes to surfing heats, with both of them looking focused and determined.
Jordy Maree, the current number one ranked surfer on the regional QS rankings, has showed no sign of slowing down with his surfing punctuated by flashes of brilliance and will also be competing on the final day of competition tomorrow.
The Zigzag Durban Surf Pro is a great warm-up for the action-packed surf season coming to South Africa that includes the 50th edition of the Ballito Pro pres by Billabong, as well as Championship Tour event the Corona Open J-Bay. The highest places South African on the international WQS ratings will receive a wildcard to compete in the Corona Open J-Bay , with a waiting period from 2-16 July.