She’s a Rosy Roxy

2008-02-16 00:00

Surf contests have remained pretty much the same over the last couple of decades, with very few changes.

The biggest change has been the amony of counting rides in a heat (two) and the number of people in a heat (man-on-man or four-man heats), but by and large, contest formats have remained the same for the time that they have been around.

Compared to how some sports have changed — like cricket — surfing can almost be accused of stagnating. Well, things seem to changing.

Last week we spoke about the unique Quiksilver Goodwave event at the New Pier in Durban. Well, two other events that are unique and far removed from the contest norm are the Billabong Freewave event, and the Roxy Invitational Mozambique.

The Roxy Invitational Mozambique also breaks from the norm with an invite-only girls event at a remote point break in Mozambique.

The best girls in the country have been invited, along with a few alternates, to go and hang out at Ponto Do O’ro from 4-11 March and wait for perfect waves. The event mantra is “Serious waves serious surfing” and that’s what the contest organisers are determined to have.

Girl events are by tradition held in sub-standard waves and this event looks at removing itself from tradition and surf only when the waves are cooking.

Cape Town is represented by Tarryn Chudleigh and the southern Cape is represented by Bianca Buitendag in this event.

The Billabong Freewave event was a non-contest format that took place over the three month Hawaiian season.

Videogaphers were invited to send in their best clips, captured outside of competition surfing, in two categories. They were: Best Tube Ride and Best Performance Ride.

The event was initiated by Bill Sharp, and his goal was to bring to the fore cutting-edge surfing, and to reward it, as opposed to the emphasis being on winning heats.

Jordy Smith from Durban was a finalist in two divisions, getting a fourth in the Tube category and a third in the Performance category.

To check out this amazing event log onto www.FreewaveChallenge.com. Interesting news is that top WQS surfer and former WCT surfer Davey Weare has joined the Bilt Surfing team.

This change is unique in that Davey, who is set to requalify onto the WCT in 2009, is going to be able to still get boards from his shaper, Elton Fursman, enabling a smooth transition to the new team.

Davey is also going to act as Bilt team manager, bringing his experience on the world surfing arena to the Bilt team of South Africa. As part of Davey’s partnership with Bilt he has got a daily blog going.

Check out www.biltsurf.blogspot.com

Rosy Hodge surfing at Ponto Do Oro at last year’s Roxy Invitational Mozambique.

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