Three new champions were crowned on the final day of competition at the Vans Surf Pro Classic in the clean, glassy conditions at YoYo’s, Lamberts Bay.
After taking the runner-up at Lambert’s Bay last year, Dylan Lightfoot arrived in town a week before the event to practice and the time spent in the waves paid as he took the win in a close Men’s Final against Koby Oberholzer.
Oberholzer continued his confident approach in the first Men’s Semifinal against Jake Elkington. It was an exciting encounter, which saw the lead change a few times, but it was Oberholzer who clinched the win in the end with a 7.60 ride.
The high performance surfing continued with Lightfoot and Jordy Maree both producing excellent rides in their Semifinal clash, but Lightfoot prevailed with a nail-biting 0.05 points more than Maree.
In yet another dominant display from the Japanese girls, Hinako Kurokawa and Ren Hashimoto, the lone South African still in contention on the final day of the Women’s event, Natasha van Greunen, was eliminated in the Semifinals.
Australia’s Piper Harrison was quick to start and locked in her first ride in the Final for a 7.75 to take the lead, but Kurokawa waited patiently before smashing the lip and adding two beautiful carves for an 8.1. Kurokawa backed it up soon after with a decent 7 and takes out her first QS win.
The Junior Men’s Final kept the crowds on their feet and it was a tight heat between Luke Slijpen, Luke Thompson, Angelo Faulkner and Jackson Butler.
Thompson looked strong and was leading for most of the heat, but a last minute exchange saw Slijpen unleash everything he had left to give for an excellent 8.50.
Vans Surf Pro Classic Results
1st Dylan Lightfoot 14.90
2nd Koby Oberholzer 14.05
1st Hinako Kurokawa 15.10
2nd Piper Harrison 13.15
Junior Men’s JQS1,000
1st Luke Slijpen 15.00
2nd Luke Thompson 12.95
Photos by WSL / van Gysen and WSL / Thurtell.