Tand Invitational: South Africa's bodyboarding jewel

Tristan Roberts has conquered the Tand Invitational 2013, in Cape Town, South Africa.


The 16-year-old bodyboarder pulled a radical air reverse out the bowl that earned him 10's across the scoreboard and drew wild applause from spectators on the beach.

The Tand Invitational 2013 was held in highly contestable conditions that challenged riders throughout the Quarter, Semi and Final heats.

Following the big and relatively bumpy swell in the morning, the conditions soon cleaned out and by lunch-time Tand was producing some big hollow pits and ramps for our competitors.

"Winning this event is a life changing experience for sure! The level of riding was ridiculous and the supporters motivated us through every heat. This contest showed off the potential in bodyboarding and how each guy pushes another to their limit", expressed Roberts.

Highlights of the day included massive barrel rides by Rupert le Grange, big ARS's by Josh Kleve, inverts by Andrew Raath, impressive backflips by Tristan Roberts, crazy combination manoeuvres by Michael Ostler and swift forward spins in the pit by Jared Houston.

"Tristan has a very bright future in bodyboarding. I think today was a coming of age for the 16 year old, he proved he has exactly what it takes to mix it up with world class riders in world class waves!", added Jared Houston.

Tand Invitational 2013 Results:
 
1. Tristan Roberts
2. Jared Houston
3. Andre-Hugo van Zyl
4. Rupert Le Grange