Scottburgh: Surf Carnival to draw top riders

2011-10-17 00:00

SCOTTBURGH beach is to be the venue for the ninth edition of the Jeep Apparel South Coast Surf Carnival on November 26 and 27.

The water sports festival will include the KZN Waveski Open, which takes place on Scottburgh’s main beach, while kiteboarders will be making the most of the wind in front of the Cutty Sark Hotel at the back beach.

The carnival will feature longboarding, kiteboarding, stand-up paddle surfing and waveski surfing for men, women and juniors.

Free surfing clinics will be offered by Sean Selman and a team of surfing instructors. Selman and his team will be on the main beach for the duration of the carnival to teach the basics to anyone who is keen to learn. All equipment will be provided.

Event organiser Paul Godwin of Nerve Events said,“Heading into year nine of this epic event is a major milestone for us as the organisers of the South Coast Surf Carnival.

“We are once again super-stoked that we have been able to keep this important event on the calendar despite the current economic climate.”

Defending 2010 longboarding women’s champion and pro surfer Sarah Baum of Athlone Park in Amanzimtoti has already thrown down the gauntlet for the women’s division after her fiery win at the SA junior surfing champs in Durban.

The women’s event this year is shaping up to be the biggest discipline surfed at this year’s carnival.

Another top competitor to look out for is Nikki Trickett of Morningside, who will be fresh from her international debut at a longboarding event to be held in China later this month.

“Hard work, creative thinking and dedicated sponsors who believe in what we are trying to achieve are the key ingredients in our recipe for success for this event,” said Godwin.

Ross Lahana (Western Province) and Dylan Macleod (Eastern Province), both Jeep Apparel Team riders, are early entries for the open longboarding division, as is the president of the South African Longboard Surfing Association, Brad Trickett of Morningside.

The addition of the waveski surfing will attract top riders from all over the country to take part in the KZN Waveski Association Open event.

Local Durban waterman Dean Bottcher, who is at home on any water craft, will be surfing this event on his kayak and will be one to watch.

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