The second edition of the locals only Xcel Pro Showdown at Supers is just around the corner, and the contest organisers have come up with slightly different contest format as to last year.
The 2009 finalists Ryan Payne, Warren Dean, Deon Lategan and Stanley Badger will all be seeded with heats of 30 minutes duration.
The first round will consist of four heats of three competitors, with the top two going through and the third place surfer being eliminated. This means that after the first round only four surfers will have been knocked out of the contest.
After the first round it will be straight into the quarter-finals. These will be three-man quarters, comprise two surfers from the first round and one seeded surfer, with one person advancing from each quarter. These four surfers will make up the semi-finals, with the rest of the surfers being eliminated.
There will be two man-on-man semi-finals, with the winners going through to a man-on-man final. As stated, there will be thirty minute heats throughout, and this equates to five and a half hours of competitive surfing.
“It’s going to be a fast and exciting day of surfing,” said Xcel’s Koffie Jacobs. “Not too much time to sit around and plan your surfing strategy, just enough time to get your breath back and launch back into the barrels. The event prerequisite is that it is to be run in perfect waves, so the invited surfers probably need to work on wave selection more than anything else. Two good set waves at Supers is all that is needed.”
The first round heat draw will be announced at the opening function on the 29 April at the Mexican Restaurant in Jeffrey’s Bay.