The inaugural Nelson Mandela Bay Pro presented by Billabong and Volkswagen will take place this weekend at Pollock Beach and will be the first time that a World Surf League Qualifying Series surfing event has been run in the city.
The event will kick off the brand new City Surf Series and will be offering QS1,000 rated events for men and women plus JQS1,000 rated events for junior men and women. The three-day tournament has a total prize-pool of R80,000 and is the first of five events in the City Surf Series.
Next up is the Buffalo City Surf Pro presented by Reef Wetsuits over the Easter weekend (April 15-17), where pro surfing returns to East London for the first time in a decade followed by the Corona Durban City Surf Pro presented by Quiksilver (April 21-23). These events have the same format and prize-money as the Port Elizabeth event.
“We’re really proud to be involved in this inaugural event and be a part of bringing high-level pro surfing events to Port Elizabeth,” said Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager Chad D’Arcy. “The sport of surfing is set up for a boom year in South Africa, and this event has garnered such attention that we even have a crew of international competitors flying out from America to surf in the event. Billabong South Africa would like to say good luck to all the competitors.”
The swell forecast for the weekend looks good, but the winds might prove to be a bit challenging towards the end of the contest period. Still, a little bit of wind isn’t going to dampen the spirits of competitors as pro surfing comes to Port Elizabeth.