Ranked as the top seeded South African surfer in World Qualifying Series, 23 year old Micheal February has claimed the top spot in the Men’s competition of the World Surf League Surf Pro in Durban. He currently ranks 1st in Africa on the qualifying leaderboard, 15th internationally and the only South African ranking in the qualifying top 50.
Among the many tours that he has had to compete in, Michael took first place at the premier open men’s division Quiksilver Get Free event and the Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro. He produced a second place finish at Hawaii’s Martinique Surf Pro and the Buffalo City Pro; and he has competed in other events like the Vans World Cup of Surfing and the Azores Airlines Pro.
Surfing is a numbers game. Each competition adds to a surfer’s overall score on the leaderboard which will eventually determine whether they compete in the World Championships Tour.
Michael spends most of his time outside of South Africa, chasing summers, waves and competing internationally. It is not only about fun but also about professional exposure. He has to spend a lot of time in places like California and Australia to build his public and professional profile. He recently spent time last year in France, filming for Quicksilver’s Radical Times series (a series of short films from around the world featuring top surfers. He also has to train almost every day and he has to do this on the best waves that the world has to offer.
Watch Michael catch some waves on the video below: