|BALLITO, South Africa (Sunday, July 7, 2019) – Deivid Silva (BRA) was crowned as the winner of the 2019 Ballito Pro pres by O’Neill after convincingly defeating Jack Freestone (AUS) in the final of the 51st edition of the world’s longest running professional surfing event on Sunday.
The last day of the first QS10,000 rated World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) event was held in 1.3 – 1.5 metre (4-5ft) surf at Willard Beach, with occasional larger set waves and a strong Southerly cross-shore wind which created tricky bumps on the wave faces.
WSL Qualifying Series (QS) Rankings (After Ballito Pro)
1. Jadson Andre (BRA) 16,000 points
2. Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) 13,160
3. Matt Banting (AUS) 12,550
4. Deivid Silva (BRA) 12,320
5. Reo Inaba (JPN) 12,210
Silva and 2018 event runner-up Freestone, both members of the Top 32 ranked surfers on the elite WSL Championship Tour (CT), opted for a power surfing strategy on Finals Day. In the 35 minute Final, Silva started strongly by unleashing three massive backhand turns for an excellent 8.33 out of 10, which immediately put his opponent under pressure.