Report and Photos by Paul van Jaarsveld - jbaysurfcam.com
The St. Francis Resort 2010 SA Longboard Championships by Oxbow concluded in classic surf conditions at Seal Point in Cape St. Francis on Saturday 1 May 2010.
Eastern Province, who was the host of the event, was dethroned by Western Province with a mere 10 000 points out of a total competition scoring count of 2 million points. In third place was KZN with Southern Cape taking up fourth.
Total surfing hours was close to 60 and heats ran from 26 April to 1 May 2010. Entire surfing families took part in this one of a kind contest with 200 contestants and it was truly an event for the whole family which caters for all age groups. The oldest surfer was reported to be 68 while the youngest was just 12.
On the Monday afternoon the Rugby legends had a fun heat where they showed off their surfing skills which entertained a huge crowd and made headlines around the country.
In the evenings there were lots of social events featuring several live bands.
On Monday evening, a Rugby Legends dinner fund-raiser was held with names like AJ Venter, Percy Montgomery, Garth Wright, Warren Broznihan, Andy Marinos, Peter DeVilliers and Rob Louwe in the mix.
The weather conditions held for most of the week and the worst day was probably Wednesday when the event was placed on hold in the afternoon due to heavy onshore winds and lack of good surf-able waves. With surf sometimes on the heavy side, a couple of boards were broken and there were a few stitches here and there due to rock cuts or bad wipe-outs.
For the first time in the event´s history, saltsurfmag.com
streamed the event live to the internet in collaboration with jbaysurfcam.com. People from all over South Africa, Australia and New Zealand logged onto saltsurfmag.com and watched all the action as it happened right up to the last heat.
Conditions got better and better towards the last day and the finals were completed in glassy 3ft conditions with a light offshore after which all the contestants and their families gathered at the Resort´s restaurant and conference facility for the prize giving and awards ceremony.
Sponsors like Firewire, Element, Dakine, RVCA, KUSTOM and NEW BALANCE provided some great prizes for all the finalists.
Winners of the respective divisions are as follows:
Girls - Faye Zoetmulder, Ladies - Simone Robb, Senior Ladies - Margot Saunders, Boys - Daniel Buitendag, Junior Boys - Scott Lefevre, Open Division - Matthew Moir, Masters - Matthew Moir, Grand Masters - Criag Cuff, Seniors Division - Craig Daniels, Veterans - Gregg Smith, Super Veterans - Jonanthan Paarman, Legends - Mush Hide, Super Legends - Greg Stokes
Eastern Province Longboarding and South African Long board Surfing Association would like to thank our main sponsors, St. Francis Resorts and Oxbow as well as the individual prize sponsors for their valued support. Thanks also to all contestants and their families as well as the Seal Point Locals. The 2011 event will be held in Kwazulu Natal. Watch this space.
For more information on Longboarding in South Africa, please contact SALSA - Deon Bing at Bing Digital
For more event photos or heats on DVD, contact Paul van Jaarsveld from jbaysurfcam.com - 083 521 5093