City Surf Series Champions have been confirmed at the completion of the final event - the Vic Bay Classic, which was held at the iconic surf spot Victoria Bay along the beautiful Garden Route.
After a successful 2019 City Surf Series, with an additional Town Classic event and another 1000 valuable QS points added to the calendar in 2019 - professional South African surfers have once again revelled in the value of having internationally rated surfing events on home turf.
Dylan Lightfoot, from Jeffreys Bay, has taken the title of 2019 City Surf Series Men's Champion in a field of 75 competitors. By taking the win at the Royal St Andrews Hotel Port Alfred Classic, which is the second event on the 2019 calendar as well as consistent semi-final places in 3 of the 4 events. With only 335 points separating first and second place on the CSS ratings between Lightfoot and Joshe Faulkner (Pelsrus); who was holding the lead going into the final event of the season, the Vic Bay Classic determined who the 2019 series champion was.
The 2019 City Surf Series Women's Champion for the first time is awarded to an international athlete, which shows the value that the City Surf Series plays for both local and international surfers. Congratulations to Japanese surfer Minami Nonaka who claims the title by competing in 3 out of the 4 events. Nonaka also competed and won an event in the 2018 CSS, she stamped her authority on the 2019 City Surf Series by winning the Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro in April and backed up her win with strong results in the other CSS events she competed in.
The Pro Junior Men's division is always a fiercely contested affair with the talented surfers under the age of 18. The title of 2019 City Surf Series Pro Junior Men's Champion goes to Eli Beukes (Kommetjie) who was the only athlete to take 2 wins in the series this year.
It was a battle of the goofy-footers for the 2019 City Surf Series Pro Junior Women's Champion with Ceara Knight (Scarborough) looking in form and focused throughout the 2019 series.