Sentinel surf helps for win

2015-10-20 06:00
Kommetjie surfer Andy Marr has won the inaugural Striped Horse Challenge presented by Zigzag surfing magazine. The experience he has accumulated charging massive waves below the Sentinel outside Hout Bay were on display.

PHOTO: 
Alan Van Gysen

Kommetjie surfer Andy Marr has won the inaugural Striped Horse Challenge presented by Zigzag surfing magazine. The experience he has accumulated charging massive waves below the Sentinel outside Hout Bay were on display. PHOTO: Alan Van Gysen

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Veteran Kommetjie charger Andy Marr has proven how much experience counts in big wave surfing by claiming victory in the inaugural Striped Horse Challenge.

As the second oldest contestant at 41 years of age (the oldest being Greg Bertish at 44), he contended with 15 other big wave surfers for the grand prize that includes a return ticket to Hawaii, R20 000 cash, two new Twig surfboards and travel accessories from Hurricane.

Marr knows what it takes to ride the challenging peaks of Dungeons and the experience he has accumulated during the countless hours spent charging massive waves below the Sentinel outside Hout Bay were on display for the incredible barrel he rode during August.

Cape Town photographer Grant Scholtz claimed R5000 for documenting Marr’s winning wave, and he shared the R10 000 prize with videographer Dean Engela, who was also in the right place at the right time to record Marr’s ride.

Legendary big wave surfer Grant “Twiggy” Baker congratulated Marr.

“Even though it was a slow winter for big waves in Cape Town, this wave from Marr more then makes up for it. Marr’s style and poise under pressure to negotiate the drop, angle off the bottom and almost ride through a huge tube sets this wave apart from all the rest. Well done, Andy!”

Others felt that the wave Marr surfed to win the prize was a defining moment in his surfing life, and that his surfing style made the achievement all the more remarkable.

“I love the fact that Marr always sits way deep, and on this wave he shows style, poise and absolute commitment through a beast of a barrel,” says Ryan Butcher.

Marr’s victory was announced at an awards evening at Aces ’n Spades last week. He could not hide his joy.

“I think I was fortunate that we had a really slow winter here, because the youngsters are really pushing the barriers now,” he said at the awards evening.

“It’s weird that an old man can still win such a thing, you know. James Lowe, Matt Bromley – they’re our future. I was very fortunate; slow winter, lucky wave.

“Going back over to Hawaii for this upcoming season gives me the opportunity to go back and say hello to my daughter again, and my friends in Hawaii and San Francisco. It’s been almost six years since I’ve been back there.”


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