South Africa and Australia schedule a bodyboarding battle

August 17, 2016 | Bodyboarding
Iain Campbell: ready to beat the Aussie Buccanneers | Photo: Simon Heale

An Australian bodyboarding team will tour South Africa in November 2016.

The Aussie Buccaneers will get nine riders competing against the best South African athletes across four divisions: Pro Men, Pro Women, Pro Drop-Knee, and Junior Pro Men.

The tour, similar to the format adopted by football, cricket, and basketball teams, has been organized by the Australian Bodyboarding Association (ABA) and the South African Bodyboarding Association (SABA) and will pit wave riders from both countries in gladiator-themed test matches.

The Aussie Buccaneers will also compete in side events against members of the Southern KwaZulu-Natal Bodyboarding and the Cape Town Bodyboarding Club.

The experience commences in Cape Town, but the surf trip will take the Australian bodyboarders through Supertubes and Jeffreys Bay to Port Alfred. The ultimate showdown takes place at Cave Rock, and will showcase a wave battle between both nations.

The Aussie Buccaneers have two extra spots left for the Pro Men and Pro Women rosters.

South Africa: land of right-hand dream waves | Photo: Ryan Janssens

South Africa vs. Australia | The Aussie Buccanneers Tour

Pro Men
Michael Novy (AUS) vs. Iain Campbell (RSA)
Lachlan Cramsie (AUS) vs. Tristan Roberts (RSA)
Shayden Schrader (AUS) vs. Storm Prestwich (RSA)
Wildcard (AUS) vs. Michael Ostler (RSA)

Pro Women
Wildcard (AUS) vs. Pam Bowren (RSA) and Olivia Riets (RSA)

Pro Drop-Knee
Gary Thatcher (AUS) vs. Sacha Specker (RSA)
Aaron "Azza" Glossop (AUS) vs. Dune Barker (RSA)

Junior Pro Men
Simon Cassidy (AUS) vs. Jared Ensor-Smith (RSA)
Liam Lucas (AUS) vs Ethan Nel (RSA)