Big Waves produce Outstanding Performances
South African Bodyboarding’s 15th Annual South Coast Classic
4-5 May 2013
Margate, Kwa-Zulu Natal
Margate, South Africa – The 15th annual South Coast Classic took place this past weekend in Margate and again illustrated why the beaches of Kwa-Zulu Natal are so popular with surfers and bodyboarders. The ocean produced some large waves with ideal offshore winds, making for some impressive board riding.
Although, at times the conditions could be tricky, the competitors from the young Boys Division all the way through to the Pro Division made the best of each wave and produced some really big aerial moves, backflips and inverts. The divisions that produced some of the best spectator heats were the Juniors, where South African champion, Tristan Roberts(Boland) dominated his earlier heats but lost out in the final to Western Province rider, Ian Viljoen. The Pro Division delighted from the first with huge inverts and massive backflips. The final included Southern KZN local, Terence Pieters, Mark McCarthy(Northern KZN) and Durbanites, Michael Ostler and Iain Campbell.
The Pro Final was an incredible one, with technical and big wave riding showing off their skills. Michael Ostler, Iain Campbell and Mark McCarthy pulled off huge inverts, while Mark and Terence Pieters brought massive backflips into the mix. The competition was fierce and the Pro riders gave the crowd an awesome show! Michael Ostler came out on top with his final invert giving him that one up on the other riders.
“I am over the moon with the SABA win! I had been training really hard and I have been enjoying riding so much lately that to secure a win in such testing conditions was a good result for me,” said Michael Ostler. Fellow Durban rider, Iain Campbell took top honours in the Drop Knee division, his second win in this division already this year.
I am over the moon with the SABA win! I had been training really hard and i have been enjoying riding so much lately to secure a win in such testing conditions was such a good result for me.
The Kwa-Zulu Natal riders certainly showed up well in the South Coast Classic with the Mens Division winner, Stuart Bradford(CKZN) and Masters winner Derek Footit(SKZN) also hailing from the warmer waters of KZN. The other provinces also produced some fine riding with Ladies winner, Janneke de Kock hailing from the Western Province and both Juniors winner, Ian Viljoen and Boys division winner, Wian Oosthuysen, from Boland. SABA Vice-Chairman, Pat Harris said: “The contest went off really well, with outstanding competitive riding seen in difficult conditions.”
The next event on the South African Bodyboarding Calendar is the Wedge Classic, held in Plettenberg Bay – the longest running bodyboarding contest in South Africa.
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About the South African Bodyboarding Association (SABA):
SABA runs bodyboarding in South Africa. SABA is an affiliate member of Surfing South Africa, the governing body for surf riding. Surfing South Africa is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).