International Surfing Day scheduled to the 21st June

For its sixth edition, Europe will join the United States to celebrate the International Surfing Day everywhere in the world.

The event will take place on Sunday, June 21, 2009, along the International coasts.

Its principle is the same, the International Surfi ng Day is the occasion for new publics to discover the wonderful world of waves and surfi ng, share the values of conviviality and solidarity dear to surfers, and be educated to the fragility of our environment.

With more than 1 100 events and nearly 42 000 participants in Europe over the past five years, the Surfing Day has become THE event of reference for the boardsports universe.

Organized by EuroSIMA (European Boardsports Industry Manufacturers Association), and actively supported by the ESF (European Surfing Federation) and the Surfrider Foundation (organization dedicated to the protection of oceans, waves and beaches), the International Surfing Day was born from the desire to move closer, federate and unite all the actors of the surf scene, and participate together in the dynamism of local life.

Let’s all go to the beach to experience the surfers’ daily life, discover new boardsports activities, test products, meet professional riders and be educated to environmental awareness.

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Lyall Bay

Tony Costa, a 33-year-old surfer from Palmerston North, died after colliding with another surfer while riding waves in Lyall Bay, New Zealand.

Kiwi police found the man already dead at the Wellington beach, but the other surfer was not identified and the post mortem proved there were no criminal proofs found in the body.

The authorities are still interviewing potential witnesses as the eventual foggy weather might be the explanation for the collision between the surfers.

Deadly surfer-to-surfer collisions are very rare in the history of the sport.

Heather Clark

There were celebrations at St Mikes Sunday ( May 31) as Southern KZN team members Gavin Roberts and Heather Clark won the Men’s and Women’s titles respectively in perfect 3 – 6 foot surf and fine weather on the final day of the South Coast Tourism South African Surfing Championships.

Roberts beat 2007 SA Champion Devyn Mattheys of Border into second place with Dan Redman of KZN grabbing third ahead of 2009 Surfer of the Contest Ryan Payne of EP.
Clark successfully defended the title she won at Victoria Bay last year after fighting her way through the repercharge round early in this year’s event. Nikita Robb of Border was second, Tammy Lee Smith of KZN came third and Faye Zoetmulder of EP was fourth.

Shawn Dennis found form in the Under 20 Boys Final to beat fellow KZN surfer Kyle Lane into second place while 2009 Junior Surfer of the Year and Lotto Scholarship recipient Bertie Stuurman of EP came third. Underling KZN’s dominance in this division was Chris Leppan who was fourth.

Plucky Tarryn Chudleigh of Western Province showed her character when she ignored the pain of stitches to her face to add the Under 20 Girls title to the many South African Championship wins she has achieved over the last seven years.
Chudleigh’s board hit her in the face during her semi final and she had to be taken to hospital but she was back in time for her final and did Western Province proud.
Sarah Baum of KZN was second, Alice McGregor of Border came third and rookie Lauren Colberg of Boland was fourth.

KZN’s dominance in all four divisions secured them the Presidents Cup which they last won in 2005 while a determined performance by the Southern KZN team led by Gavin Roberts and Heather Clark gave them second place behind their neighbours from Durban.

Border were third only 396 points behind the hosts, last years champions Eastern Province, came fourth, Western Province were fifth and Boland came sixth.

The 2009 South African Surfing Championships were presented by Surfing South Africa, hosted by Southern KZN Surfing Association and sponsored by South Coast Tourism.

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