It will be a great 2008

2008-01-05 00:00

Welcome to this the first surf column of 2008. It has been a fairly bleak start with bad winds and poor surf, but this could still herald a great year of surfing. We just need a few of those cyclones to come moping in and we’ll be away for another great year. Hope you get great waves in 2008.

Quiksilver Goodwave

It’s that time of year again when the country’s best surfers sign up online for the Quiksilver Goodwave event. Arguably the most popular surfing event in the country. it sees surfers desperately clicking on the enter button on the website — — and validating why they should be included in the event. One good reason is that this year the first prize has been upped to R75 000, while the entry fee of R1 remains. Previous winners Warwick Wright, Simon Nicholson and Antonio Bortoletto are definite starters for this event, while Lu Whittaker, who is currently resident in the UK, is an unlikely entrant.

The event has an 11-month waiting period for the one good day of the year when the New Pier just turns on and produces set after set of perfect barrels. Last year’s event was an all-time New Pier best and the contest organisers will be hoping for a repeat.

The event also utilises waverunners to get the surfers back into the lineup as quickly as possible in order for them to get as many good waves as possible during their heats. A simple yet great event, geared towards the surfers and a great day for spectators as well.

The website also has a daily surf report, so if you’re wondering what the waves are doing at New Pier on any particular day have a sneak peek and check the daily uploaded photo of the waves at New Pier.

Billabong World Junior Championships

Over in Australia, we’re having mixed results as the Billabong World Juniors begins. The event, one of the most prestigious events on the junior calendar, takes place every year at North Narrabeen, Sydney, Australia, and is an indicator as to who is going to be the next crew on the World Championship Tour. Last year, the event was won by Durban’s Jordy Smith and this year we have fielded a strong team, and we look like we could possibly grab some more titles.

Durban surfer Brandon Jackson was the stand-out in the first round, winning his heat convincingly and advancing to the third round (the event follows strict WCT contest rules and structure). Klee Strachan managed a second in his heat, while Rudy Palmbom, Brett Shearer and Josh Redman all placed third in their three-man heats and will have to fight it out in the second round.

Nikita Robb and Tarryn Chudleigh didn’t fare that much better, with Nikita getting a second and Tarryn placing third. It’s not all doom and gloom though, as all these surfers will get another chance to find their feet in Australia and have a crack at a few more heats. For updates and links check out

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