Zoë Steyn Wins Maiden WSL Qualifying Series Crown in Ballito

by | Dec 17, 2021

East London surfer, Zoë Steyn, won her maiden World Surf League (WSL) Women’s Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 at the Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill in 3–4-foot (0.9-1.2 meter) surf ahead of Kommetjie’s Sarah Scott.

The win puts Steyn on top of the 2021/22 WSL Africa rankings, and Steyn expressed her delight after her victory saying: 

I’m so, so happy. It’s my first time winning a QS event, and for it to be here is so special!” – Maiden World Surf League Women’s Qualifying Series winner, Zoë Steyn

“This win puts me in a good place for next year. I really want to qualify for the Challenger Series,” added Steyn. 

“The waves are really nice, all my friends are here, my mom is here, so I’m really happy. Ballito is predominantly a right-hander so it’s similar to home, it’s punchy and has a lot of power, and I really enjoy it.”

Greg Emslie, who also coached South Africa’s Olympic silver-medallist Bianca Buitendag, praised Steyn’s performances.

“She’s been super consistent, sticking to the strategy and game plan, and it worked out really well. It was tough in that final, we made a call to go on the rights and it worked out very well. I’m stoked, couldn’t ask for much better, she had a great run. Pro Junior champ and Women’s champ, job well done.”

 

Final Results:
Zoë Steyn (East London) 11.67 DEF. Sarah Scott (Kommetjie) 2.94

Semi-final Results:
Heat 1: Zoë Steyn (East London) 11.33 DEF. Heather Clark (Port Shepstone) 8.10
Heat 2: Sarah Scott (Kommetjie) 15.60 DEF. Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) 9.83

 

Photo 1 Caption: East London’s Zoë Steyn beating Sarah Scott of Kommetjie winning the Ballito Pro on Thursday, 16 December 2021, in Ballito, South Africa. Photo: Pierre Tostee/World Surf League

 

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