Michael Ostler steals the 2015 Tand Invitational

July 13, 2015 | Bodyboarding
Michael Ostler: a near perfect final at the 2015 Tand Invitational | Photo: Simon Heale

Michael Ostler has conquered the 2015 Tand Invitational, in South Africa. The finals were held in offshore winds and six-foot barrels.

The 5th edition of the Tand Invitational was exciting as ever. But it also caused injuries - dislocated shoulders, cuts to the face, and feet were part of the bodyboarding game.

One of the highlights of the event was Pamela Bowren, the event's first-ever female rider, who won her heat with two incredible barrels. As a result, she sent the boys home early.

The final of the 2015 Tand Invitational had two-time world champion Andre Botha, world junior champion Tristan Roberts, South African champion Michael Ostler, as well as the talented young gun Wian Oosthuizen.

Andre Botha opened the final with a Perfect 10-point ride, involving an incredibly deep barrel to cut-back combination. However, every rider in the heat was just as hungry for the win, with each wave exchange resulting in a new heat leader.

Tristan Roberts managed to land the first-ever gainer flip in South African competition, however, in the closing minutes Michael Ostler took off on a wave that saw him get barrelled, and coming out with a clean backflip.

The judges had it all locked in. Michael Ostler is the 2015 Tand Invitational grand champion.

2015 Tand Invitational | Final

1. Michael Ostler (18.37)
2. Andre Botha (16.60)
3. Tristan Roberts (16.37)
4. Wian Oosthuizen (15.83)