Surf Carnival attracting top contenders

2011-11-11 00:00

WITH less than a month to go before the 2011 edition of the Jeep Apparel South Coast Surf Carnival on November 26 and 27 at Scottburgh Beach, the action is heating up with entries from top wave riders pouring in.

The watersport festival features longboarding, kiteboarding, stand-up paddle surfing and waveski surfing for men, women and juniors.

The event attracts the top surfers in each division with many past and present world and South African champions taking part. This year’s carnival has attracted the cream of the crop, with some of South Africa’s leading women surfers due to compete.

The women’s longboarding division has grown exponentially over the years with international World Qualifying Series competitor Sarah Baum (Athlone Park) and South African longboard champion Heather Klug (Glenwood) confirming their entries.

“I have been training at the DHS high-performance centre with a biokineticist since the beginning of October to prepare more for competitive surfing and I am really looking forward to the South Coast Surf Carnival,” said Klug.

Event creator Paul Godwin said there is also good interest coming for the inclusion of a women’s division in stand-up paddle surfing.

“We are quite happy to include such a division if we can get the numbers. We are getting a lot of inquiries from the Western Cape mainly, and we are very happy with the interest that this event receives nationally.”

Twins Tammy and Penny Robarts (Western Cape) will be competing in the stand-up paddle surfing division, both having represented their province for surfing and competed in international events.

The kitesurfing and waveski women’s divisions will also be hotly contested. Sandra Pienaar (Port Elizabeth) will probably set the standard in the inaugural South Coast Surf Carnival Waveski tournament.

The men’s divisions will once again be a who’s who of South African surfing. Early entries include Brandon Ribbink and Jon Ivins, both of Berea, and Dylan and Francois Frick (Cape Town) in the stand-up paddle surfing division.

Dylan Macleod (PE), Brad Trickett (Morningside) and Wade Brodowicz (Durban) are expected to head up the premier open longboard division.

— Witness Reporter.

• witness@feveronline.co.za

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