Weare and February qualify for Ballito
Michael February and David Weare claimed the final two places in the Mr Price Pro Ballito following success in the opening day trials in South Africa.
The native duo, from Kommetjie and La Lucia respectively, recorded the highest scores in small but manageable waves at Willard’s Beach before the conditions worsened and the action was halted.
South African under-20 champion February won the trials final by a fine margin of 11.13 to 11.10 over second-placed Weare, with Casey Grant and Matthew Bromley finishing in third and fourth despite scoring higher than the qualifiers in the trial heats.
“I’m really happy to get into a Prime as it’s pretty good money and good points,” February said.
“It comes down to whomever gets the best waves out there and luckily enough I got one or two good ones.”
Weare, who has wound down his surfing participation and retired from international competition after becoming a father, was also pleased to make the cut.
“I’ve surfed this event for many years so I’m still super excited to be a part of it,” he said.
“I’m not hunting for points so I don’t have that sort of pressure on me at this event which means I’ll just be out to have fun and you never know what will happen.”
Heat one: Mathew Bromley 9.67; David Weare 9.16; Daniel Redman 7.97; David Van Zyl 7.20
Heat two: Casey Grant 12.90; Michael February 12.83; Klee Strachan 6.46; Davey Brand 6.43
Final: Michael February 11.13; David Weare 11.10; Casey Grant 9.73; Mathew Bromley 8.93