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Lightfoot tops Africa qualifying series

JEFFREYS Bay surfer, Dylan Lightfoot, and Zoë Steyn (East London) are the 2019 World Surf League (WSL) Africa Qualifying Series (QS) winners.

For Lightfoot, everything kicked into the next gear after winning the Royal St Andrews Hotel Port Alfred Classic and the Vans Surf Pro Classic in Lamberts Bay – his first QS wins.

“It is a stepping stone to qualify for the Championship Tour (CT). Going into 2019 it was my goal to win a QS event and WSL Africa title. I am stoked to have achieved both,” he said.

“This year I just wanted to focus on enjoying my surfing in the moment, as clichéd as it sounds. There are a lot of factors that can distract you on the QS from the fundamental reason why you began surfing in the first place, like the enjoyment.

“The biggest learning curve for me on the QS this year is how crucial it is to make the correct decisions in heats that allow you to be in rhythm with the scoring rides.

“When you qualify to surf in the QS10,000 events the level of surfing is so high and everyone rips – it’s a matter of making the right decisions in the moment that allow you to advance through or not.”

Lightfoot is in Hawaii with a handful of fellow South African surfers, to gain knowledge and experience on the North Shore.

“Hawaii is a place I haven’t quite grasped yet, and the waves are so different to what I am used to on the WQS. Qualifying for the WCT this year for me is a long shot with my current ranking, but I want to give 2019 all I’ve got and reassess what I would like to achieve going into 2020 after the Triple Crown.”

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