Top bodyboarders shine in the 2009 South African Bodyboarding Championships

October 1, 2009 | Bodyboarding

Reinhardt du Toit

Day 4 began exactly like all the other days, getting up extremely early and starting the contest in the freezing cold! The venue for day 4 was again at the bone crunching beach break of "Famous Last Words".

The swell was predicted to drop, but when we arrived we found the sight of solid 3-4ft waves yet again! The wind was expected to blow very hard side shore from mid morning, but was light offshore and looking good.

The pro Quarter finals were first in. The low tide was making things tricky with loads of rips and double ups. The riders that made it through into tomorrows Semi's are: Defending Pro Champ, Mark McCarthy (NKZN), Iain Campbell (CKZN), Jonathan Oliff (CKZN), David Lee (SKZN), Adam Waites (CKZN), Terence Pieters (SKZN), Sacha Specker (WP) and Vaughn Harris (BOL).

The conditions started to improve for the men's and junior Quarter finals.

The men's had heaving conditions with 2 leashes snapping in one heat. The riders in the semi finals are: Wayne Beekman (SKZN), Jarryd Van Daalen (SKZN), Jonathan De Lauwere (EP), Ruan De Bruin (WP), Jeffery Davies (SKZN),Rayner Venter (SKZN) and Lennie Muller (NKZN).

Marc Webster (BOL), absolutely blew the competition away in his juniors Semi final heat, busting a huge flip on one wave and a massive invert on another. Storm Prestwick (SKZN) also won his semi final heat. Joining them in tomorrows final are Adam Waites (CKZN), and defending SA Junior Champ, David Lilenfeld (WP).

Tristan Roberts (BOL), was again a huge standout in the boys division. Landing a ARS (Air Roll Spin) and backing it up with a cleanly executed roll. Other standouts were Steven Du Preez (CKZN), Murray Van Vuuren (EP) and Robbie Waites (CKZN).

The expected wind started to show its ugly head and the word on the street was that Farmer Burgers was looking very contestable. The whole contest went mobile and carted off to the break to run the ladies heats.

The ladies battled it out in hollow, fun 4-5ft right handers. Janneke De Kock (WP) was the only rider to score two 300%'s in her heats surfing consistently throughout. Suzie Venter (NKZN) and Lize-Mari Ras (CKZN), were the other standouts.

DK finalists are: Sacha Specker (WP), Vaughn Harris (BOL), Wayne Du Preez (CKZN) and Warren Canepa (EP).

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