20 August, 2019 20 August, 2019

2019 MERCEDES-BENZ SA SURFING CHAMPS

From tomorrow surfers and officials from all corners of South Africa will gather in East London to compete in the 2019 Mercedes–Benz South African Surfing Championships hosted by Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality.

The 54th edition of this annual surfing tournament will officially get underway at with an Opening Function at the East London Golf Club at Bunkers Hill, Nahoon on Tuesday, August 20 from 6.30pm.

The Mercedes–Benz SA Championships hosted by Buffalo City is the premier event on the Surfing South Africa calendar and features surfers in the Open Men’s and Women’s Divisions as well seven other age groups ranging from Over 30 to Over 60.

Over the 54 years that organised surf contests have taken place in South Africa the powerful right-handed waves that occur at Nahoon Reef have been the venue for numerous iconic South African Surfing Championships.

Not only has Nahoon Reef hosted a number of National tournaments but it also takes its place in history as the host of the 1978 ISA World Surfing Championship.

East London is one of only two South African cities to host a World Surfing Championships since the first World Championship was held in the USA in the mid-sixties.

The annual South African Championships is one of the longest-running surfing tournaments in the World and Buffalo City has hosted more National Championships than any other in South Africa.

This is the third year in a row that Mercedes–Benz and Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality have partnered with Surfing South Africa to showcase South Africa’s surfing talent, crown nine new South African Champions and determine which team will win the coveted Presidents Cup, the Masters Cup and the Champions Trophy.

The support of these two iconic brands extends to the National Surfing Team which travels to the ISA World Surfing Games in Japan on September 2 in an attempt to qualify South African surfers for the 2020 Olympics in Japan.

The partnership between Surfing South Africa, Mercedes–Benz and Buffalo City, is aimed at highlighting East London’s importance as a major South African surfing venue through the presenting of the annual championships and other important initiatives.

This year over 120 surfers from six Districts and three Provinces will be competing for individual South African titles, traditional trophies and medals. This year a group of surfers from the Surfing South Africa Rising Stars program will also get to compete in the Championships.

Leading the charge for gold medals is former World Championship Tour surfer, ISA World Masters Champion, five-time South African Men’s Champion and defending Over 40 Division Champion, Greg Emslie. Emslie will also be competing in the premier Men’s Division in a bid to add a sixth title to the five that already make him one of the greatest South African surfers in history.

Another former World Tour campaigner, ISA World Masters Champion, eight-time South African Open Women’s Champion and defending Over 30 Women’s gold medallist Heather Clark of Ugu Surfriders, will be hoping to add at a ninth Open Women’s title and successfully defend her Over 30 title next week.

Twenty current and former National Team members are competing this year while seven of the nine 2018 South African Champions will be defending their titles this year.

Adding to the prestigious field will be the presence of six former World Champions who will be coming up against a number of talented surfing stars such as defending Open Women’s Champion Zoe Steyn. Fifteen-year-old Steyn, a Buffalo City local and member of the 2018 and 2019 South African teams, became the youngest female surfer in history to win the title at Nahoon Reef last year.

Other talented young surfers who will be keen to show their skills in the daunting Nakhon Reef right-handers are Joshe Faulkner (Nelson Mandela Bay), Bryce and Mitch du Preez and Tayla de Coning (all Buffalo City), Kayla Nogueira (eThekweni), Sophie Bell ( Ilembe), Simo Mkhize (Ugu), Paul Sampson (Cape Town) and  Ntando Msibi (Rising Stars).

Other surfers who have great pedigree’s are Wayne Monk, Gareth Sepp, Andre and David  Malherbe, Nick Pike and Tyrell Johnson (all Buffalo City), Gary Van Wieringen and Justin Maisch (both Ugu), Andrew Banks (Ilembe), Sean Jerram ( Cape Town), Rob Moore-Boyle (eThekweni) as well as  Warwick Heny, Michelle Van Kempen,Trevor Hansen and Andre Venter (all Nelson Mandela Bay).

The oldest surfers in the Championships are Gordon Harmer (Buffalo City), Warren Wareing (Ugu), Bruce Anderson ( Cape Town) and David Lipschitz ( Nelson Mandela Bay).

Surfers at this year’s Championships will compete in a total of 90 heats which will take over 30 hours to complete.
Each surfer will accrue points which will be allocated to their Team totals to determine which District will win the 46-year-old Presidents Cup which involves the Open Men and Women surfers.The Masters Cup, which is competed for by the surfers in the Over 30 to Over 60 Divisions, will be awarded to the team that accrues the highest points across these division and the Champions Trophy will go to the team with the most points overall. In 2018 all three trophies were won by the event hosts, Buffalo City Surfriders.

Last year, the Dave Fish Trophy, which is awarded to the most consistent surfer throughout the event, went to Heather Clark and Zoe Steyn was named Surfer of the Contest.

All the heats as are posted on www.liveheats.com/surfingsouthafrica

Once logged into www.liveheats.com/surfingsouthafrica anyone with a smart phone, laptop or PC will be able to view real time scores in every heat through each round.

Daily results and photos will be posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and on SA Facebook page.

The 2018 Mercedes–Benz South African Surfing Championships are hosted by Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality and supported by Sport and Recreation SA.

The event is presented by Surfing South Africa in association with the Buffalo City Surfriders and produced by Accelerate Marketing.
Surfing South Africa is the governing body for the sport in South Africa and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), the African Surfing Confederation (ASC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

SCHEDULE

DAY ONE – WEDNESDAY AUGUST 21ST

8AM

R1 OPEN MEN

9 X 20MIN

R1 OPEN WOMEN

4 X 20MIN

R1 OVER 35 MEN

4 X 20MIN

R1 OVER 40 MEN

4 X 20MIN

21 HEATS – APPROX 7.5HRS

DAY TWO – THURSDAY AUGUST 22ND

8AM

R2 OPEN MEN

4 X 20MIN

R1 OVER 45 MEN

4 X 20MIN

R3 OPEN MEN

7 X 20MIN

R2 OPEN WOMEN

1 X 25MIN

R2 OVER 35 MEN

2 X 20MIN

R2 OVER 40 MEN

2 X 2OMIN

20 HTS – APPROX 7HRS

DAY THREE – FRIDAY AUGUST 23RD

8AM

R1 OVER 50 MEN

3 X 20MIN

R1 OVER 55 MEN

2 X 20MIN

R2 OVER 45 MEN

1 X 20MIN

R3 OVER 40 MEN

3 X 20MIN

R2 OVER 50 MEN

1 X 20MIN

R2 OVER 55 MEN

1 X 20MIN

R3 OPEN WOMEN

3 X 20MIN

R3 OVER 45 MEN

3 X 20MIN

R3 OVER 35 MEN

3 X 20MIN

20HTS – APPROX 7.5HRS

DAY FOUR – SATURDAY AUGUST 24TH

8AM

R4 OPEN MEN

4 X 20MIN

O30 WOMEN SEMI

1 X 20MIN

O60 MEN SEMI

1 X 20MIN

O50 MEN SEMI

2 X 20MIN

045 MEN SEMI

2 X 20MIN

O40 MEN SEMI

2 X 20MIN

O35 MEN SEMI

2 X 20MIN

OPEN WOMEN SEMI

2 X 20MIN

OPEN MEN SEMI

2 X 20MIN

18HTS – APPROX 6.5HRS

DAY FIVE – SUNDAY AUGUST 25TH

8AM

O60 FINAL

1 X 25MIN

O55 FINAL

1 X 25MIN

O30 WOMEN FINAL

1 X 25MIN

O50 FINAL

1 X 25MIN

O45 FINAL

1 X 25MIN

O40 FINAL

1 X 25MIN

035 FINAL

1 X 25MIN

OPEN WOMENS FINAL

1 X 25MIN

OPEN MENS FINAL

1 X 25MIN

9HTS – APPROX 4.5 HRS

APPROX 1PM

AWARD CEREMONY AT NAHOON REEF

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