Royden Bryson 

Royden Bryson has clinched the 2009 ASP Africa men’s title with a record haul of points and prize-money after the conclusion of the mid-year international surfing contest season in South Africa.

Bryson, 26, who grew up in East London but relocated to Cape Town three years ago, was in dominant form in the four ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) events staged in SA this year. He won the 1-Star rated Lizzard Nandos Pro in Durban, finished runner-up in the 5-Star O’Neill Cold Water Classic in Cape Town and placed equal 17th in both the 6-Star Prime rated Quiksilver Pro Durban and the 6-Star Mr Price Pro Ballito.

Bryson accumulated 4 263 points, nearly 700 more than ASP Africa runner-up Travis Logie (Durban), and set a prize-money record by pocketing R102 350, more than double that earned by any of the other 96 ASP Africa members.

Logie finished just 62 points ahead of Ricky Basnett (Bluff) and 66 ahead of fourth placed rising star Rudy Palmboom (Bluff) in the ASP Africa ratings. Bryson, Logie and Basnett all lost their places amongst the top 45 ranked surfers on the ASP World Tour at the end of 2008 and are determined to re-qualify for the 2010 Dream Tour.

No ASP Africa women’s champion will be crowned this year as there was only one event – the Mr Price Pro Ballito. The 2009 ASP Africa Pro Junior (U20) men’s and women’s titles will be up for grabs at the Billabong Pro Junior events at Victoria Bay at the end of September.

ASP Africa Men’s Ratings & Prize-money (After event No. 4 of 4)
1 Bryson, Royden Cape Town 4263 R102 350
2 Logie, Travis Durban 3575 R39 795
3 Basnett, Ricky Bluff 3513 R47 820
4 Palmboom, Rudy Bluff 3509 R43 520
5 Bortoletto, Antonio Durban 3244 R44 740
6 Jackson, Brandon Durban 3188 R32 410
7 Lane, Kyle Umhlanga Rocks 2814 R32 705
8 Strachan, Klee Warner Beach 2769 R29 705
9 Roberts, Gavin Scottburgh 2753 R29 020
10 Grant, Casey Scottburgh 2682 R33 080


SOURCE: Surfing South Africa