Wrap & results by Josh Enslin:
Such a GrOoVy day with VonZipper @ the Cyoh Surf Off in support of TACHE 4 CASH.
Cyoh Surf Club raised good funds that they will donate to VonZipper TACHE 4 CASH. The day was rocked by all PE surf community and radical VonZipper prizes grew legs....
Some serious MO's took to the water that should not be discussed on-line!
Well done to the CYOH TACHE 4 CASH SURF OFF CHAMPIONS 2013
MENS: Steven Sawyer
WOMEN: Faye Zoetmulder
Stay tuned in for the VIDEO CLIP that will circulate soon (Cyoh Surf Off and Expression Session)
2014 event will be bigger and better!!!!!
Expression Session VonZipper awards
Best manouvour - Josh Saunders
Stylish Surfing – Robert Jacobs “Jakes”
Fun Surfing – Hannah Bing
Hacking – Kris Lynch
Burnt – Scott Lenton
Mad Happening manouvers – Josh Enslin
Best Judge – Brad Beck
1st – Faye Zoetmulder
2nd – Robyn V.D merve
3rd - Britney Linder
1st – Alex VR
2nd – Dane VG
3rd – Peter Coffey
4th – Tristan Torr
1st - Steve Sawyer
2nd – Grant Beck
3rd – Justin Grey
4th – Remi Petersen
1st – Craig Cuff
2nd – Greg Heasley
3rd – Dave McGregor
4th – Marlo Torr
Youngest ripping grom award
“Kye McGregor – Port Alfred”
Here's the wrap & results from Gregg Clarke for the 1st EP Longboard trial held at Pipe this last weekend:
"So I'm in the barrel of my life trying to wipe away the water from my eyes, when I realise that I'm at Pipe and Pipe don't barrel.... then it occurs to me, that I'm not in a barrel, but it is in fact the friggin galeforce south west and the pumping rain blinding my ass! I wonder how the judges are gonna score that.....
Yep, some heavy weather on the weekend meant pretty tough surfing for the EP longboarders at the first trial. However there were some bomb waves to be had if you could bag em, with the highest wave scored at 9.5 in the open final. Dean Simpson "walked" the final, with some incredibly critical longboard surfing. Jamie Morris was hot on his heals with some big moves to secure him a solid second place. The Hill brothers couldn't find the same quality waves and had to settle for third and fourth.
The ladies final was dominated by our adopted WP surfer, Hannah Bing, who like her multiple SA champ brother, displayed some awesome 50/50 longboard surfing. Michelle Hill, while 6 months pregnant, had to watch from the beach, but showed her commitment to EP surfing by supporting the event in the most horrific conditions! Mia Baard styled her final and young gun Britney Linder, showed the older girls why she is gonna be a serious contender for the open title soon. Is was also great to see Kerry Viljoen back in the water and cruising a longboard again.
In the other divisions special mention to John Macleod, Ryan Anderson and Greg Smith must be made for the class they showed to win their respective divisions.
We had 2 ft, occasional 3ft waves, which were more than contestable and at times really quite fun (before the storm came!). The full tide and Pipe shorey eventually started to claim okes left right and centre, with Brad Beck trying to get his own back by heading straight into the Pipe...Boardroom here we come. So yep, all in all a great contest, or it was until I surfed my board yesterday, thank you Pipe for creasing my favourite board......"
Official press release - Sunset Surf
This year sees the 6th edition of the Sunset Surf Club Night Surfing Classic taking place at the Pipe, Pollok Beach, Port Elizabeth coinciding with the club’s 25th anniversary and the Nelson Mandela Bay Summer Season.
The Sunset Surf Club Night Surfing Classic is a unique surfing contest in that it is held under floodlights positioned on the beach. As the sun goes down, surfers can continue competing through to after midnight. The beach forms a natural amphitheatre to watch the amazing surfing action from some of Eastern Province’s top surfers.
The Pipe is perfectly set up for this kind of surfing competition, the facilities and enthusiasm are all there to make it a magical event. The Sunset Surf Club Night Surfing Classic has proven to be Port Elizabeth’s most popular event for competitors and spectators during the month of December with many people making it down to the beach on the two nights to watch the spectacle.
The Sunset Surf Club Night Surfing Classic continues to grow in popularity as it kick start the Nelson Mandela Bay Summer Season on the 2nd weekend in December each year with two fun-filled nights of surfing and beach events. PE band, The Brothers , will entertain the crowds with a sundowner performance on Fiday 6th December. It draws elite and recreational surfers from all over the Nelson Mandela Bay, Jeffrey’s Bay as far as Cape St Francis, Port Afred and East London.
This year the club is looking forward to participation of a surf school run by international surf judge, Cyril Mqadi who recruits street children, from Durban. For many of the participants, this is the only event in the country giving them an opportunity to surf at night under floodlights.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Beach Office through their support of the night surfing competition for the past 6 years has once again ensured that the event takes place with their contribution of the temporary floodlighting making the night surfing event possible.
Product and infrastructure sponsors pledged thus far for the night surfing event are from Algoa FM, Billabong, SRSA, SSA, EPSC, Soul Good, Quiksilver, Roxy, RVCA, La Zila Projects and Surf Centre and of course the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.
Sunset Surf Club chairperson and coordinator, Addie Jappie said, Sunset Surf Club is very proud to host the only night surfing event on Surfing South Africa’s calendar on our home break, Pollok Beach. We are running the night surfing event since 2008 and it is very important to us that we can continue with this obviously event in Nelson Mandela Bay for many more years to come, However, currently we still require an anchor sponsor to ensure its future success.
The club is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and is making it a fun-filled event with participation and enjoyment being the primary focus and we have penned the motto “Sprint, Paddle, Surf, Friendship and Fun” which incorporates all three disciplines – beach sprints (flag races), paddle battle and actual surfing.
The Sunset Surf Club Night surfing Classic is one of the most testing events on Surfing South Africa’s calendar due to the obvious lack of ability to see the waves coming in from a distance. Night surfing relies on natural ability to react to the flow and possible changes in direction of any given wave let alone the off putting shadows thrown by the lights.
The age groups accommodated for in the competition are: Under 10 and 12 Boys and Girls; Under 14 and 16 Boys and Girls; Under 18 Boys and Girls, Under 20 Boys; Open Ladies and Men; Seniors; Masters; Veterans and ”Ballies Long Board”. The beach events consist of the Paddle Battle and the Flag races (beach sprints) with age groups Under 12 boys and girls and Under 16 boys and girls.
As usual the Sunset Surf Club “Learn to Surf” development clinic will be held on Saturday 7th December from 11h00 – 13h00 there will be instructors and coaches available providing free surf lessons to youngsters interested in trying the sport, with top Eastern Province and club surfers offering words of advice and vital tips.
For safety, the club has coordinated with lifesavers from Hobie Beach Lifesaving Club on watercraft such as jetskis and a rubber duck and shark prods that will be secured to bouys behind the breaking waves as a safety precaution.
In addition to the surfing competition, there will be beach events including a beachwear fashion show, Miss Sunset, jumping castles for the kids, skateboarding ramps, Live entertainment and surf industry product kiosks throughout the two days. The prize giving ceremony will be held on Saturday night 7th December after the final heats are surfed.
If there is any surf event to diarise, the Sunset Surf Club Night Surfing Classic is the one! Set over one day and two nights.
For further information please contact Addie Jappie on 082 042 6820 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report by Brad Beck, all images by Dylan Stephens
So after weekends of South Easters the offshore finally came up and we called the go ahead! Lots of planning and organizing, it was on! Saterday saw tiny conditions and ended up being a joll at Full Stop after the Boardriders annual AGM!
Hoping for the best, and that's what we got - with Sunday producing clean 2/3ft Seals Point. The format was different from a standard comp, and instead everyone got to surf in two heats and their best 2 scoring rides per heat were added up and boom, free surfing for 20min.
The Open division saw Shaun Payne winning in a tight finish over Simon Fish, followed by Goofy Grant in 3rd and Mike Hill in 4th. The 30-50 year olds saw Duncan Scott take the win, with Earnest Bendemann 2nd, local styler Craig Van Greunen in 3rd and 4th American commentator Julian.
The over 50's had froth monster Andy Lenton winning with Phil Honey in 2nd, 3rd was Rodger Parman and 4th Raymond Richie. A bunch of funny falls and turns by the ballies and tight surfing by Open guys.
Big thanks to Josh Enslin and Earnest Bendemann from Billabong for their sponsorship of the event, Mike Beck from Seal Point Boardriders for organising and Jarvi for getting the word out.
Looking forward to next year!
And here's the official wrap from Jarvi. Better late than never ;-)
Firstly, sorry about the delay in this newsletter/results from the event held last weekend. The waves were pumping, the vibe was good, the turnout was excellent, but unfortunately I have been plagued by bad health wasn't in attendance at the event. This newsletter however is not about me and my health complaints, it's about a contest that turned out to be an overwheming success.
As forecast by Eric Stedman, the waves were ok in the morning, but steadily increased throughout the day to finally reveal some flippen good waves for the contest, with everyone getting their fair share of great rides.
In the Open Division it was Shaun Payne who took the win in a tight final from Simon Fish. Grant Beck, Mike Hill and Matt Davis were 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.
The 30-50 division was won by the hardened competitor that is Duncan Scott, who made short work of Ernest Bendeman in 2nd, Craig Von Greunen in 3rd, Julian Werts in 4th and Dyl Stephens in 5th.
The 50's and over ballie division was all about Andy Lenton, who took the win from Phil Honey. Roger Paarman was 3rd, Raymond Richie in 4th and Emile Zoetmulder in 5th.
The two girls in the event, Angela Corr and Maria Taylor, both put on red-hot displays of backhand surfing to win their respective divisions with ease.
Shaun Payne won the VonZipper Best Air.
The DaKine Most Progressive Move was won by Nick Godfrey.
Ben Godfrey won the Nixon Surfer Of The Contest.
Newton Johnson Wines gave 12 bottles of their fine Full Stop Rock wine, which were awarded as such:
Willie Futron, Terry Bilson and Dane Von Greunen for funniest wipeouts. Ed Godfrey for the longest bog ever seen, Mike Beck for his bodyboarding skills, Eric Stedman for the most stylish surfer, Mat Davis for the best carve of the event, Roger Paarman and Simon Fish for switchfooting, John Elliot for going missing all day, Josh Enslin for pulling off the weirdest moves of the event, and Graeme Tugwell for his knee-to-stand moves. Well done guys. According to commentator Julian, the highlight was definitely watching Graeme Tugwell stand up on his kneeboard. "He evolved before our very eyes," said Julian. "It was progress beyond all imaginable limits, and Graeme's award was rightly named the 'Evolution Award.'
Thanks to everyone involved - it's a long list that includes Billabong, VonZipper, Nixon, DaKine, Newton Johnson Wines, Ernest and Josh from Billabong, Mike and John from the club committee, Stix, the Beck bros for judging and running the event, Julian for his hilarious commentary, Eric for surf forecasting, The Watch for their jamming tunes, all contestants for having a go (there were 55 entrants), everyone who came down to support, Liesel from Trade Wind Coffee Shop, everyone who helped clean up, and basically everyone who contributed to the cool vibe. Also big thanks to Pierre 'Rot' Van De Walt who couldnt make the event so instead delivered an ice cold case of Hansas for the boys. They went down a treat.
As Eric said afterwards, "what a lekker contest."
Club Chairman Mike Beck would also like to thank me (it's a pleasure), Alex, and the band, as wel as all those already mentioned as well as the locals and surfers.
That's it - keep in touch
On behalf of the Seal Point Board Riders Club.
The annual EP Closed was held in some super gnarly conditions at Humewood recently. A seri-ass east swell was pounding the bay, and Humewood was the pick of the spots. Thanks to the Beach Manager for allowing the comp to be held there.
Props to all the lighties that paddled out in what must have been the biggest & scariest conditions that many of them have ever surfed in. But they all paddled out there and charged. Respect!
Here're the results:
All images Sandy Coffey.