The Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill will showcase a festival of surfing action with the world’s best professionals when it is staged in the mid-winter warmth of the KwaDukuza coastline from June 1 to 7 July.
The 51st edition of the world’s longest running professional surfing event brings 2019’s highly anticipated first WSL Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 rated event for men, a QS1,000 rated event for women and the Ballito Pro Trials where the country’s top surfers compete for a prestigious wildcard into the continent’s highest rated QS event.
The 112-man entry for the event traditionally includes at least a dozen of the world’s elite surfers who compete on the WSL Championship Tour (CT) along with the highest ranked QS surfers fighting for the right to qualify for the top tier.
The prestigious event also provides the best of the local WSL Africa members with invaluable experience competing against the world’s top professionals and the opportunity to earn plenty of coveted rankings points which assist them in gaining entry to the higher rated events internationally.
The women’s event will again feature a mix of international and local competitors with the South Africans bidding to become the 22nd champion and to join 2015 winner Nikita Robb (East London) as the only home grown women’s champions. The men’s and women’s events run in parallel from Monday to Sunday, 1-7 July.
The 2019 edition of the Ballito Pro also marks the return of the Monster Energy Cash Up and Expression Session presented by Zigzag Magazine. The Cash Up gives any one in the line-up the opportunity to scoop up some cold hard cash for the best manoeuvre pulled after the last heat of the day and 8 of South Africas top high performance surfers will be invited to throw down in the winner takes all Expression Session, to run on finals day with R20 000 cash up for the best manoeuvre.
To find out more visit: https://theballitopro.com/