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Slade makes Caribbean quarters and moves up 102 places
- Updated: April 26, 2016
Durban’s Slade Prestwich reached the quarter-finals of the Martinique Surf Pro in the Caribbean on Sunday before being eliminated in equal fifth place overall in the World Surf League QS3,000 rated event.
Starting in the Round of 128, Prestwich advanced through five heats before narrowly losing out to Australia’s Luke Hynd by 0.14 of a point in his first man-on-man heat. Tied on two-wave totals of 13.30 at the end of the heat, the result was determined by a count-back to each surfer’s best ride, with the Australian advancing to the semi-finals by 6.97 to 6.83.
Prestwich’s haul of US $2 500 (about R37 500) and 1 260 points saw him jump 102 places up the QS rankings to No68 – the first time he has featured in the prestigious Top 100 since February 2014.
The in-form Jeffreys Bay based pair of Matt McGillivray and Dylan Lightfoot were the next highest placed South Africans, finishing equal 33rd overall. McGillivray remains the highest QS ranked local at No42 while the 630 points earned elevated Lightfoot to No91.
Michael February (Kommetjie), the runner-up in the 2015 Martinique Surf Pro, was eliminated in his first heat this year, placing equal 49th, while Dale Staples (St Francis Bay) finished equal 81st and 2015 WSL Africa champion David van Zyl (Glenashley) ended 97th.
The event was won by Frederico Morais (PRT) who defeated Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) in excellent 1.0 to 1.5 metre peelers in the final.
‘That’s my first QS win and I’ve been waiting for this for a long time, it’s the best feeling ever!’ said Morais. ‘My secret today was just to be relaxed and enjoying myself on some of the best waves I’ve ever had in a QS (event).’
Picture of Prestwich courtesy of WSL/Poullenot