Former South African Champion Roseanne Hodge (EL) proved undeterred by the shifting conditions on offer at Durban’s New Pier on Wednesday, as an East South East swell and fresh onshore breeze drove an uncharacteristic left over the sand bank at the Mr Price Pro.
Twelve of the 18-strong South African contingent were eliminated, while Hodge and former men’s champ Quinton Jones (CT) stood out for South Africa with solid victories in their respective Round of 24 and Round of 144 heats.
World No. 11 Rosy Hodge (EL) dominated the shifting line-up with a sensational 9.43 ride (out of a possible 10.00) after an almost devastating interference call against Australia’s Jessi Miley-Dyer, at the start of the heat.
The experienced international campaigner, who currently holds down the runner-up position on the WQS tour, went to town on a reeling right-hander, slicing its wall with a series of critical off the tops and power carves to seal the win over Pauline Ado (FRA), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) and Leilani Grye (HAW).
"I was mad at myself for even going on that wave," Hodge admitted. "That interference was kind of nuts, but I just thought to myself "The heat’s not over". And then a really good one came through and I took off, and I was kind of angry so I just put my all into it, and it worked out!"
Former Western Province Champion Stacey Guy (CT) followed Hodges lead, taking her second straight victory off an excellent 8.33 ride, defeating former Mr Price Pro Champion Jacqueline Silova (BRA) with a 15.00 heat total to advance ahead of the Brazilian, eliminating Kirsty Delport (DBN) and Myriam Imaz (ESP) from the event.
Other South Africans to advance on Wednesday included ASP Africa Pro Junior ratings leader Klee Strachan (DBN), who placed second to Brazilian standout Raoni Monteiro in the Men’s division, while Bianca Buitendag (VBAY) took first place over Heather Clark (PSHEP) in the Women’s division.