9 September, 2013 9 September, 2013

SA Masters Champs – Border Can’t Stop Winning It!

The big question heading into the 2013 SA Masters Surfing Championships, which took place at Outer Pool in Mossel Bay over the weekend, was whether any of the other seven provinces would be able to dethrone Border from atop the podium – such is the dominance the team from Slummies has shown by capturing six straight SA Masters titles.

The answer to that question was ‘NO’, as Border once again whipped their butts – however, by winning only three of the seven divisions contested at the champs, this showed that it was most definitely not a whitewash, and that the other provinces gave a spirited account of themselves.

The event was blessed with cranking waves – sometimes windy, near-perfect some moments, but a consistent swell was always part of the equation. Here’s the Southern Cape’s Stephen Hair during one of those moments without a drop of water out of place.

Kahunas division finalist Stephen Hair tucks in for a ride.

With waves like that every heat was worthy of attention, and as the contest rolled on the title challengers started becoming apparent.

Llewellyn Whittaker was hard to beat at his local point on his backhand, which has seen him win numerous events in the past, and it was once again on fire as he overcame the triple threat of Tyrell Johnson (BOR), Allan Johns (ZUL) and Kelvin Zehmke (EP) to claim the Seniors title.

Lu Whittaker (SC) dismantles another wave to claim the Seniors crown.

Lu Whittaker (SC) dismantles another wave to claim the Seniors crown.

Another goofyfoot who’s claimed numerous titles in the past is Southern KZN’s Heather Clark. The former Dream Tour surfer showed that class is permanent by grabbing another SA Maters title to add to her collection of World Masters titles. Heather defeated the reigning SA Masters Champ, Tasha Mentasti (SC), in a hard fought final. Finishing in third was Michelle Van Kempen (EP) and Tammy Robarts (BOL) rounded up the top four.

Zululand’s Mike Frew was perhaps the surprise finalist in the Masters division, which featured some big names:


We shouldn’t really be surprised, though, because Mike’s got a lethal backhand, and absolutely loves it when there’s a bit of juice in the waves – which we mentioned there was plenty of. Plus he made the finals last year too.

Greg Emslie was always going to be the favourite in the Masters, though, and the current World Masters champ secured the double by claiming the SA Masters title as well. SA Masters team-mate Gary van Wieringen (who co-incidently just swapped his 2011 ISA World Masters Bronze Medal with a shiny Silver one) finished in second, with Frewbru in third and former Dream Tour surfer Paul Canning (KZN Central) in fourth.

Greg Emslie claimed another big win to add to an already successful 2013.

Greg Emslie claimed another big win to add to an already successful 2013.

In the Grand Masters division Border’s Wayne Monk dominated ahead of the trio from KZN; Carl Roux (SKZN), Vince King (ZUL) and Ryan Ribbink (KZN Central), to help his team to the title.

Featuring rivalries that date back more than two decades, the Kahunas (over 45), Grand Kahunas (Over 50) and Veterans (Over 55), were perhaps the most fiercely fought battles.

Claiming another title for Border was Gareth Sepp in the Kahunas, who finished ahead of team-mate Andre Malherbe (silver medallist at the recent ISA World Masters in Ecuador), and Boland duo – Richard Heath and Johann Bredell.

Robin Lavery formed part of a strong Zululand team, who finished fourth overall, and claimed the province’s only gold medal by claiming the Grand Kahunas title. Local Southern Cape surfer, Stephen Hair, grabbed silver (and one of the sickest waves of the contest), while Colin Buitendag (SC) and Mike Burness (KZN) finished third and fourth respectively.

Team Zululand were stoked with the gold medal earned by Robin Lavery in the Grand Kahunas division.

Team Zululand were stoked with the gold medal earned by Robin Lavery in the Grand Kahunas division.

In the Veterans division, Western Province’s Hans Kamhoot grabbed his team’s only gold medal to help them secure the runner-up spot in the standings. Hans finished ahead of Gordon Harmer (Border), Mush Hide (EP) and Bushy Greeff (ZUL) to claim Gold.

That was all she wrote for the 2013 SA Masters Champs, but it must be noted how hard the ballies (and ladies) were frothing for this contest – evidenced by the number of Instagram, Facebook posts and general hoots seen and heard from around the contest site – and with that kind of stoke, the SA Masters team will continue to be a force to be reckoned with on the international stage for decades to come.


1. Border 31526
2. Western Province 23273
3. Boland 23133
4. Zululand 22648
5. Eastern Province 22254
6. Southern Cape 20062
7. KZN Central 17050
8. Southern KZN 9478

WOMEN (Over 30)
1. Heather Clark (Southern KZN)
2. Tasha Mentasti (Southern Cape)
3. Michelle Van Kempen (EP)
4. Tammy Robarts (Boland)

SENIOR MEN (Over 30)
1. Llewellyn Whittaker (Southern Cape)
2. Tyrell Johnson (Border)
3. Allan Johns (Zululand)
4. Kelvin Zehmke (EP)

MASTERS (Over 35)
1. Greg Emslie (Border)
2. Gary Van Wieringen (Southern KZN)
3. Mike Frew (Zululand)
4. Paul Canning (KZN Central)

1. Wayne Monk (Border)
2. Carl Roux (Southern KZN))
3. Vince King (Zululand))
4. Ryan Ribbink (KZN Central)

KAHUNAS (Over 45)
1. Gareth Sepp(Border)
2. Andre Malherbe (Border)
3. Richard Heath (Boland)
4. Johann Bredell (Boland)

1. Robin Lavery (Zululand)
2. Stephen Hair (Southern Cape)
3. Colin Buitendag ( Southern Cape)
4. Mike Burness (KZN Central)

VETERANS (Over 55)
1. Hans Kamhoot (WP)
2. Gordon Harmer (Border)
3. Mush Hide (EP)
4. Bushy Greeff (Zululand)

Check out the official press release below, or go to www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za for more.


Border dominate the SA Masters Surfing Championships at Mossel Bay and win the South African Masters Cup title for the seventh year in a row.

Mossel Bay local Llewellyn Whittaker was the surfer to beat in the Seniors division.

Mossel Bay local Llewellyn Whittaker proved himself the surfer to beat in the Seniors division.

The Border Masters surfing team underlined their dominance of Masters surfing for the seventh year in a row when they won the 2013 South African Masters Championships which ended in consistent 4-6 foot surf at Outer Pool in Mossel Bay today (Sunday September 8).

Not only did the team from East London comprehensively win the interprovincial SA Masters Cup by a massive margin but they also provided six of the twenty eight finalists with three of these finalists winning gold.

The surfer who most impressed at the event was defending SA Masters Champion and current World Masters champion Greg Emslie, who has now won gold in the three SA Masters Championships he has competed in. Emslie posted a massive 16.25 heat score in the Masters (over 35) final which was the highest score of the day.

Emslie (Border) beat Gary Van Wieringen of Southern KZN into second place for the second year in a row with Mike Frew of Zululand taking third spot and Paul Canning of KZN Central finishing fourth.

Other Border champions were Wayne Monk, who won the Grandmasters (Over 40) title and Border Surfriders Chairman, Gareth Sepp who took honours in the Kahunas (Over 50) division.

Monk won a unique Grandmasters final which saw three surfers who represented South Africa at the 1992 ISA World Surfing Games in Lacanau France face up against each other, Monk, the team captain in Lacanau, beat his ’92 teammates Carl Roux and Vince King into second and third place respectively. Roux (Southern KZN) was the runner up at the 1992 World Games and King (Zululand) was his caddy in the final in France.

Ryan Ribbink (KZN Central) came fourth in the Grandmasters Final.

In the Kahunas Final a delighted Sepp beat Border team mate Andre Malherbe by a mere ,40 points and snatched the title from the surfer who won a silver medal in the Over 45 division at the World Masters Championships in Ecuador earlier this year. Boland surfers Richard Heath and Johan Bredell were third and fourth respectively.

In 2009 when Mossel Bay last played host to the South African Masters Championships, popular local surfer and coach Llewellyn Whittaker took honours in the Senior (Over 30) Final and earned himself and Southern Cape a gold medal. Five years later he did it again. Showing that local knowledge is invaluable Whittaker secured himself a gold medal and hosts Southern Cape’s only title when he beat defending champion Tyrell Johnson (Border) into second place. Alan Johns (Zululand) was third and Kelvin Zehmke (EP) came fourth.

Former National team member Robin Lavery of Zululand made a welcome return to contest surfing with a victory in the Grandkahunas (Over 50) division. Steven Hair was second just ,15 ahead of Southern Cape teammate Colin Buitendag while another South African legend, Mike Burness (KZN Central) had to settle for fourth. 2012 SA Champion and five time World Champion Chris Knutsen was not able to compete in this year’s event.

WP surfer Hans Kamhoot won the Veterans (over 55) division with 2012 finalist Gordon Harmer (Border) taking second spot. Mush Hide (EP) was third and Bushy Greeff (Zululand) came fourth.

Former World Masters champion and multiple South African champion Heather Clark of Southern KZN turned the tables on 2012 SA Women’s Masters champion Tasha Mentasti (Southern Cape) to add another gold medal to her overflowing cabinet. Mentasti pushed Michelle Van Kempen (EP) into third spot with Tammy Robarts (Boland) taking fourth.

In the team event Border posted a massive 31526 points which was 8253 points more than second placed Western Province. Western Province will be happy to have moved up from fourth place in Durban last year but disappointed that they were so far behind the champions on points. In fact neighbours Boland came third with 23133 points a mere 140 points behind Western Province while fourth placed Zululand were only 485 points behind Boland.

Eastern Province came fifth, a mere 394 points behind Zululand while hosts Southern Cape will be happy to have moved up to sixth place after finishing last in 2012.

KZN Central, hosts and third place team in 2012 slipped to seventh and Southern KZN slipped to eighth from fifth last year.

The 2013 SA Masters Championships was presented by Surfing South African and hosted by the Southern Cape Boardriders Association. Heat results including finals are posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

Surfing South Africa is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and is acknowledged by them as the governing body for the sport in South Africa. Surfing South Africa is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA).

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