Roberts set to shine in Durban

2008-05-16 00:00

Scottburgh local and Lizzard-sponsored surfer Gavin Roberts is looking to dominate in the Lizzard Nandos Surf Pro, presented by the Weekend Witness.

Roberts will contest the one star Association of Surfing Professional (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) men’s division with other Lizzard team riders such as Antonio Bortoletto (Dbn), David Richards (Cape Town) and Shawn Dennis (Dbn).

The four-day Lizzard Nando’s Surf Pro, now in its sixth year, ends at Durban’s North Beach tomorrow, and offers a total of R7 000 in prize money in the men’s division.

Roberts is in his second full-time year on the ASP WQS. His father, Bruce, introduced him to surfing at the age of five on a family holiday at Cape St Francis. As a Scottburgh local, he has spent most of his time surfing the beach and point breaks up and down the South Coast.

He has been on the WQS since 2006, and mentions his 17th place in last year’s Mr Price Pro and his ninth place in the four-star WQS Canary Islands 2007 event as his best WQS results to date.

His second place in last year’s Quiksilver Goodwave has cemented his credibility among South Africa top professional surfers.

Mike Frew, Lizzard’s marketing manager, describes Roberts as "one of our top team riders".

Lizzard are clearly fully committed to giving Roberts a chance to shine this year as they support him full-time on the WQS. Roberts works for Lizzard as team manager, and is obviously well placed to use his experience to help the younger riders develop their own careers, something which, Frew says, he "is very good at doing".

Currently, Roberts is the sixth-highest-placed South African on the WQS and is sitting in 121st place on the WQS this year.

He is the fifth seed for the Lizzard Nando’s Surf Pro and has a golden opportunity to do well for his sponsors. A good result in his sponsor’s title event will do his WQS aspirations no harm. Roberts, however, is going for the win, something which he is most capable of doing.

Apart from suffering from a knee injury back in 2004, Roberts has remained relatively injury free and his consistently high level of fitness is what allows him to maintain intensity throughout the long surfing season.

The crew at Lizzard are hoping that he comes through with a big result this year, and it seems that his breakthrough season is beckoning.

To stay updated visit the Lizzard website, www.lizzardsurf.net, which from tomorrow will have a Lizzard Nando’s Surf Pro section.

For those unable to make it down to the contest, the page offers pictures and updates daily, as well as a regularly updated schedule, heat draws, heat results and press releases. The ASP Africa website, www.aspafrica.com, will also carry daily news reports and press releases from the event.

The supporting sponsors for the event are Bavaria, Nestle Pure Life Water, and Bokomo. The contest is organised by Nerve Events.

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