Future stars in Durban title fight

2009-04-17 00:00

It’s all eyes on the Durban beachfront for the next 10 days or so, as the Quiksilver Pro Durban and all the rest of the events kick in. It is actually three events in one, including the Quiksilver Pro Junior and the Komunity Project Future Stars event.

The Komunity Project event will showcase the progress that is being made in the transformation of the sport of surfing in South Africa. The contest kicked off yesterday.

Eight junior surfers have been selected from Surfing South Africa’s transformation and development programme and flown to Durban. They are competing in an exclusive surf-off, giving them the opportunity to win a wildcard into the Quiksilver Pro Junior, as well as a one-year sponsorship from Komunity Project.

In the meantime, Durban surfer Jordy Smith has advanced through to the quarter-finals of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach World Tour event in Australia. Smith has been in fine form and has been impressing all and sundry on the long right-hand waves of Bells Beach.

“One heat at a time” is the mantra that he has been repeating this year so far, and it worked for him in Tasmania where he won the O’Neill Cold Water Classic in Tasmania. For updates and blogs from Smith, check out his website, www.jordy-smith.co.za

Durban big-wave surfer Grant Baker is up for a few awards at the upcoming Billabong XXL awards presentation. These include the Billabong XXL Biggest Wave, the Monster Paddle Award and the Surfline Best Overall Performance Award. These results will be announced in next week’s column.

Baker has had a superb year that included being invited to the Quiksilver Eddie Aikau event in Hawaii, which didn’t run this year because the waves weren’t big enough at the contest venue, Waimea Bay.

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