Australia’s Jordan Lawler and Japan’s Minami Nonaka captured the Men’s and Women’s titles, while Reunion’s Jolan Bonelli and SA’s Kai Woolf won the Junior Men’s and Women’s titles in the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro presented by O’Neill at Big Bay in Bloubergstrand.
Jordan Lawler played a patient game at the start of the Men’s final. First he added a 7.0 to an earlier 6.0 to overtake Matt McGillivray who had led the 25 minute encounter from the outset. Shortly thereafter the Australian caught a wave, performed several manoeuvres with speed, power and flow to be rewarded with an 8.25, the highest score of the final.
Adin Masencamp’s two wave heat tally of 15.25 left him needing a near-perfect 9.25 for victory, while McGillivray and Chad du Toit each needed to replace both their counting rides as the clock wound down.
The Junior Men’s finalists had to compete four times on Saturday and in the end it was the Reunion Islander Jolan Bonelli who claimed a career first JQS 1,000 title when he finished ahead of Karl Steen, Brazilian standout Eduardo Motta and Max Elkington.
Bonelli eased through his opening two heats, advancing to the next round in second place in both. But he hit form in the semi-finals and went on to clinch the final with a pair of five-point rides.
Steen held the lead for the majority of the 25 minute final clash but was overtaken by Bonnelli, while Motta, who had delivered the highest heat totals earlier in the day, could not find a decent backup score and Elkington also battled to find any waves with scoring potential.
At only 16, Minami Nonaka defeated two of South Africa’s top female talents, multiple event winner Sarah Baum and reigning WSL Africa Women’s Champion Nicole Pallet, as well as local rising star Kayla Nogueira in a hard fought Women’s final.
Baum dominated the early exchanges of the matchup with a pair of six-point rides, consistently making the connection to the inside section and displaying great wave selection. But the petite Japanese girl found a runner that she worked over nearly all the way to the beach for a confidence-boosting 7.75 and then slammed the door on her rivals with a 6.50 in the dying minutes of the encounter.
Competing in challenging overhead conditions with waves breaking over a wide lineup, Kai Woolf hunted down the best wave of the Junior Women’s final, a doubled-up runner that provided her with the ideal canvas on which to display her manoeuvres for which the judges rewarded with an excellent 8.25 out of 10.
Eventual runner-up Zoe Steyn added a 4.25 and 3rd placed Kayla Nogueira boosted her total with a 5.50 late in the final, but neither of them, nor fourth placed Sophie Bell, could overtake Woolf.
Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro Results
1st Jordan Lawler – 15.25
2nd Adin Masencamp – 11.85
3rd Matt McGillivray – 9.50
4th Chad du Toit – 9.25
1st Jolan Bonelli – 10.85
2nd Karl Steen – 9.50
3rd Eduardo Motta – 8.95
4th Max Elkington – 6.75
1st Minami Nonaka – 14.25
2nd Sarah Baum – 13.0
3rd Nicole Pallet – 8.35
4th Kayla Nogueira – 7.30
1st Kai Woolf – 11.15
2nd Zoe Steyn – 8.0
3rd Kayla Nogueira – 7.40
4th Sophie Bell – 6.35
Photos by WSL / Ian Thurtell.