- 30 September 2009 | Bodyboarding
Day 3 started out as cold as ever. The swell had dropped off considerably and the call was made to meet at the heaving beachbreak of "Famous Last Words". Arriving in the early morning and walking across the freezing sand to check the swell, my feet got so numb that I couldn't feel a thing, infact there were 4 devil thorns stuck into my toe and I couldn't even feel them!
The swell was a clean punchy 3-5ft, breaking close to shore making it the ideal venue for judges and spectators.
The pros were first to paddle out and the first heat of the day saw big moves being dealt out by Sacha Specker (WP), Vaughn Harris (BOL) and Duart McClean (EP). Other pros that scored highly were Bradley Moys (SKZN), Adam Waites (CKZN), Rheinhardt Du Toit (NKZN) and Warren Canepa (EP), who was the only pro rider to score two 300% 's in both his first and second rounds.
By the time the juniors entered the water the wind was on the increase and was going light side-shore, the waves continued to pour in and the guys went all out in their quarter final heats. The riders that advanced through to the semis were Storm Prestwich (SKZN), Cole Dyer (CKZN), Adam Waites (CKZN), Aden Kleve (WP), David Lillienfeld (WP), Bradley Moys (SKZN), Marc Webster (BOL) and Terence Pieters (SKZN).
The men's round 2 heats were held in some testing conditions with wave knowledge playing a big part in wave selection. Martin Ras (BOL), Jamie Higgins (WP), Jaryd Van Daalen (SKZN) and Lennie Muller (NKZN) won their respective round 2 heats.
- 29 September 2009 | Bodyboarding
It was a completely different story when the teams woke on day 2 of the Reef SA Champs.
The wind had dropped off completely, there was not a cloud in the sky and the swell had dropped slightly making the conditions a lot more contestable for all the competitors.
Elands Bay was again chosen as the venue for day 2. A very clean lined up 3-4ft swell was running down the point.
The Pro division was first up with morning glare to contend with. Stand-out riders were Jonothan Oliff (CKZN), Warren Canepa (EP), Duarte McClean (EP), Terence Pieters (CKZN), who is excelled in both the Pro and Junior divisions, and Vaughn Harris (BOL) who pulled a big backflip and duely received a big score.
In the Junior round 2 heats, Andrew Raath (WP), Iain Campbell (CKZN) and Bradley Moys (SKZN) where the riders to all score the highest scores in their respective heats.
Tristan Roberts (BOL) who is 12 years old, again rode the long lefts to perfection in his Boys heat, using the pocket of the wave to execute tight manoeuvres earning him another 300 score to go with his first one he scored in his round 1 heat. Other riders in Boys who received high scores were Steven Du Preez (CKZN), Dylan Bosch (EP), Niklas Martin (EP) and Michael Mynhardt (SKZN).
The contest day ended at 1pm and all the teams went off to Lamberts Bay main beach where the Kumba Iron Ore development clinic was to be held.
The huge Coca-Cola event truck had parked facing the beach which made a perfect stage for the hand out ceremony. Pure ecstasy is the only word to describe the way the kids looked and felt when they received their gear! Each of the 40 kids received a board, wetsuit, fins and leash so that they are totally equipped for their future surfs.
Each provincial team took 6 of the kids out into the waves for their first surf in their new gear. The pictures speak for themselves....pure enjoyment!
The forecast for day 3 looks very promising. The swell should decrease enough for some of the other more "bodyboarder friendly" type waves to be to surfed. This means that a right-hander could be surfed which could open up doors for some competitors to excel and close some for others who preferred left handed breaks. Could make things very interesting.
- 28 September 2009 | Bodyboarding
As dawn broke on day one of the 2009 South African Bodyboarding Championships so did the swell. The forecast swell that was predicted had arrived in the early hours of the morning and the call was made to make use of the "mobile roaming venue format". All the provincial teams were to meet at Elands Bay parking lot for the start at 8:00am.
The swell was in the 2-5ft range with a hard and freezing offshore wind to wake all the contestants up.
First up were the DK rounds, the waves were good in offering all the contestants long running waves for them to string manoeuvre after manoeuvre bringing with them high scores. Riders who excelled were Sacha Specker(WP), Mark McCarthy (NKZN), Sean Tickner (WP) and Darren Halse (SKZN). A surprise knock-out was David Lee (SKZN) was was unable to advance to the Quarter Finals.
The first round of the Junior division was next and the incoming tide made the swell increase in size. The usual suspects were on form using every wave to the fullest. Standouts were Adam Waites (CKZN), Iain Campbell (CKZN), Terence Pieters (SKZN) and Storm Prestwich (SKZN).
Next up were the Boys. The wind was increasing in strength which made any aerial manoeuvre very difficult and would have to be perfectly timed. One rider who made sure of his timing was Tristan Roberts (BOL) who blasted a huge roll out of the pocket right in front of the judges earning himself the the heat winning score. Other heat winners were Robbie Waites (CKZN), Jason Fowler (WP), Steven Du Preez (CKZN) and Ethan Koopmans (WP).
The Mens Division had some very demanding surf conditions with closeouts coming through in every set. Riders who managed to make the most of the difficult condition were Wayne Beekman (SKZN), Jonathan De Lauwere (EP) and Murray Jones (EP).
The conditions for day 2 look similar as the first but with a slight decrease in swell size.
The Pro division will be the first to enter the water with the remaining rounds from the other division following after.
The Reef South African Championships are co-sponsored by: Kumba Iron Ore, Science body boards, Ocean & Earth, Viper fins, Matunas wax, Coca Cola, Powerade, Sonsurf, Bonaqua, Environ, Muisbosskerm, Eureka accomodation, Cederberg Municipality and OK Sentra.