Local Beyrick De Vries Wins 2nd Quiksilver Surf Event in Durban

Local Beyrick De Vries Wins 2nd Quiksilver Surf Event in Durban

Beyrick De Vries in action at the second event of the Quiksilver Get Free Series 2015. De Vries placed first in the open men's division. The event was held at Bronze Beach, Umhlanga, Durban.  Photo by Luke Patterson

Beyrick De Vries in action at the second event of the Quiksilver Get Free Series 2015. De Vries placed first in the open men’s division. The event was held at Bronze Beach, Umhlanga, Durban.
Photo by Luke Patterson

Umhlanga, Durban – Local surfer, Beyrick De Vries surfed his way to victory this weekend in the premier open men’s division at the second of three Quiksilver Get Free events. Over 70 of South Africa’s top competitive surfers were greeted with solid 4 to 5 foot groundswell for the final day of competition at Bronze Beach, Umhlanga.

Beyrick De Vries (Umhlanga) on his way to winning the second event of three Quiksilver Get Free events in 2015. De Vries placed first in the open men's division. The event was held at Bronze Beach, Umhlanga, Durban.  Photo by Luke Patterson

Beyrick De Vries (Umhlanga) on his way to winning the second event of three Quiksilver Get Free events in 2015. De Vries placed first in the open men’s division. The event was held at Bronze Beach, Umhlanga, Durban.
Photo by Luke Patterson

De Vries was a clear standout and looked very comfortable in every one of his heats throughout the two-day event at his local surf break. De Vries’s power surfing combined with his impressive aerial moves proved too good for his competitors and he clinched the title ahead of Capetonian, Michael February who placed second, Dale Staples of Westbrook took third place and Brandon Jackson also of Durban finished in fourth place.

 

“It was so nice to win at my home break. I just got back from Los Angeles so have been a bit jet-lagged but I am really stoked with the win, thank God there were waves, Bronze beach was cooking today,” said De Vries.

 

Day one of the event was called off early due to the small swell and a rising tide. The last four heats of the Open Mens division were moved to day two, which produced near perfect competition conditions. “I’d like to thank all of the local guys and my sponsors for all of the support,” a smiling De Vries added, taking home R8000, a top of the range Drift Innovation action camera, Skullcandy headphones and some stylish Neff gear.

 

In the U20 junior boys division it was pre-event favourite, Shane Sykes of Salt Rock who stole the show winning a cool R4000. J-Bay’s Dylan Lightfoot placed a respectable 2nd while Matt McGillivray also of Jeffrey’s Bay was relegated to 3rd place. McGillivray who is back from a recent injury showed good form to find himself a podium finish, while Wade Simkiss from Umdloti finished in fourth position.

 

Sebastian Williams (Berea, Durban) took top honors in the U16 division. Williams stamped his authority on the final and claimed the title ahead of Ethan Fletcher (Kommetjie), Jake Elkington (Hout Bay) and Adin Masencamp (Strand), who placed second, third and fourth, respectively.

 

Event sponsors, Quiksilver were very happy with the second event of the series. “We could not have asked better beach weather this weekend. Bronze Beach came alive on the final day proving to be a world class beach break with South Africa’s best surfers pulling out all of the stops to impress spectators. Even though the first day of competition lacked swell and was difficult for the competitors, conditions were perfect for the final day. With explosive surfing in 4-5 foot clean conditions, we were very proud to be the title sponsors of this event and we would like to thank everyone that took part,” said Quiksilver Team Rider and Event co-ordinator, Brandon Jackson.

 

The third and final stop of the Surfing South Africa 3A rated event series will take place in Port Alfred on the 29th and 30th of August.

 

Supporting sponsors to the series include Techniblock sunscreen, Drift action camera’s, Skullcandy, Zigzag Surfing Magazine, Neff and RedBull. The Quiksilver Get Free Series offers a total of R108 000 in prize money as well as generous product prizes.

 

For more information, videos and photos of the series go to www.quiksilver.co.za/getfree.

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