SWS SOUTH AFRICA ONLINE SURF EVENT CONFIRMED
The second contest in the global Surf Web Series kicks off on the 26 July, and will run through to a final on 7 August. Due to the current run of amazing surf in South Africa, competition organisers have allowed competitors to enter any waves that were surfed from 1 March 2019 until now.
Surfers such as Chad Du Toit, Max and Jake Elkington, Eli Beukes, Luke Slijpen, Dan Emslie, Mike Frew, James Ribbink, Davey Van Zyl, Beyrick De Vries and Dan Redman have entered. The rest will be announced soon. Any other surfers who wish to enter can mail Craig Jarvis on email@example.com to express their interest.
The first event of the series was held in Mexico and was a great success, with many people watching and commenting. It is a simple format, with surfers entering one wave (one clip) per heat. Every heat they advance they have to utilise another wave and another clip.
Surfers have from now until 24 July to mail / wetransfer / Whatsapp their entries. If you have any excellent clips in the bag, speak to the videographers and get them ready to go.
After the South African event, the tour moves to Japan, and will then head out for the rest of the tour. It culminates with a Global Final, where surfers from different countries will come up against each other for the Surf Web Series World Title. Details of the full tour can be found on the website https://www.surfwebseries.com/.
Each competitor is allowed to select his best video clips to use in his respective heats. This means that the fans get to see the greatest surfers on the prime waves each chosen country has to offer. Surfers who have traditionally suffered due to wave selection and the numerous rigours of contest surfing are now able to showcase their talents in a viable competitive format.
The Surf Web Series is a direct response to the current challenges the sport is experiencing under COVID-19. Primarily, however, it is all about having some fun, showcasing some excellent clips and some incredible South African waves as well as the best surfers in the country.
In South Africa, the footage can be any free-surfing wave filmed in South Africa between 1 March 2019, up 20 July 2020. South African surfers, South African waves. One wave per heat. For this event, the wave heights cannot be bigger than eight-foot, so if you’re holding any bangers from Dungeons or Sunset, then bank them for the upcoming big wave events and tour.
The Mexican Contest can be viewed and analysed on the @surfopenleague Instagram account, and interested parties can follow how that surf event played out, all the way through to the action-packed final.
At this stage, it is a Men’s Tour. Still, the tour founders and event organisers are committed to introducing a Women’s Tour soon, along with a Longboard Tour, Big Wave Tour and Bodyboard Tour.