The competitors in South Africa’s first internationally rated women’s surfing event since 2009, the Ballito Women’s Pro presented by Billabong, were greeted with one metre (2-3 foot) waves, cloudless skies and light offshore winds when the event got underway at Willard Beach in Ballito at 7.30am.

A World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 event, the Ballito Women’s Pro comprises 19 of the country’s top surfers. It will be completed today with the winner taking home R10 000 of the total R30 000 prize-money, along with 1,000 priceless points on the QS rankings.

The Ballito Pro Trials presented by Billabong, a 32-man event featuring top international and local surfers, will run in conjunction with the women’s heat throughout the day.

The top two finishers in the Trials gain entry to the Ballito Pro presented by Billabong, a QS 10,000 rated event that runs from Monday 29 June to Sunday 5 July with 96 of the world’s best surfers competing for R3 million and coveted QS rankings points.

The finals of the Ballito Women’s Pro and the Ballito Pro Trials are expected to be run between 3pm and 4pm today (Sunday).

Follow the heat scoring live on the home page.

While the surfers ride the waves, the Ballito Pro Festival is set to turn up the heat in KwaDukuza by offering the best in beach, music and extreme sports entertainment. Locals and holiday-makers will be spoilt for choice with the week-long festival featuring an
extreme sports programme, the Coastal Living Bru Food & Wine Festival and an exciting retail area while the Tropika Ballito Pro Music Concerts Powered by 5FM bring some of South Africa’s most talented music acts to the stage in Salt Rock.

The Ballito Pro presented by Billabong is proudly supported by the KwaDukuza Municipality, Billabong, 5FM, Monster Energy, Zigzag Surfing Magazine, World Surf League (WSL) and Surfing South Africa (SSA).