- 07 July 2008 | Bodyboarding
An unlicensed Reddam House pupil smashed his car into a tree in a horror accident in Constantia which killed one passenger and left the driver and another passenger in intensive care this week. All three boys were 17 and in matric at the smart Tokai school.
The dead boy was Christopher Elliott, an only child from Kenilworth, who was a talented bodyboarder and due to compete in the Wedge Classic in Plettenberg Bay next week. The smash happened in Nova Constantia Road on Wednesday night well before midnight, after the boys had been visiting friends in Hout Bay.
They hit a tree, apparently while travelling at speed on the narrow road. Metro Rescue had to cut the boys free from the mangled wreck using the jaws of life. The driver, who cannot be named as he is facing a charge of culpable homicide, is also in intensive care in Constantiaberg with severe facial and abdominal injuries.
His father, who owns the car, is a medical specialist at the hospital. The other passenger, Reggie Beki, believed to be the son of a domestic worker whose employers are subsidising his studies, is in intensive care at Victoria Hospital in Wynberg.
- 07 July 2008 | Bodyboarding
Day 1 of the Human Shark Island Challenge was a raging success with the round of 32 producing some great highlights. Sydney produced a near perfect winters day with offshore winds and clean 4 - 5 footers for the first round of the main event.
Heat number one featured the current ratings leader Uri Valadao (Brazil), former world champion and winner of this event Guilherme Tamega (Brazil) Chris Wilson (AUS) and Airam Cabrera (Canary Islands).
Valadao got off to an early lead and Cabrera was right on his tail. Chris Wilson was surfing amazing but couldn’t land the big moves. In the last 10 minutes Tamega showed his competitive experience with two big bombs that took him to the lead. Cabrera finished a close second with Uri Valadao left searching for a good second wave. Wilson finished fourth.
- 02 July 2008 | Bodyboarding
Seventeen year old Christopher "Chrizzle" Elliott, from Hout Bay, hopes to carve his name into the history books by claiming his first South African Bodyboarding Association (SABA) title in the Juniors division at The Wedge Classic 2008.
The contest, which will take place in Plettenberg Bay, 8 - 12 July, is the last stop on this years SABA tour and is proudly brought to you by FNB, Robberg Fine Foods, Reef Wetsuits, Science Bodyboards and Pam Golding Properties.
The Wedge Classic is one of the countries most anticipated events and usually attracts more than 200 participants. If Elliott claims the title he will join an elite list of South African bodyboarders who have won this award in this increasingly competitive division. The Juniors division plays host to South Africa's up and coming bodyboarders between the ages of 15 -17 years old and is considered as the testing ground for young riders hoping to one day compete against their hero's in the Pro division.