My name is Alex van Rijswijck, I’m 16 years old and live in Port Elizabeth. I’ve been surfing for four and a half years after I moved to down from Johannesburg. While living in Johannesburg we occasionally came down to PE to visit family, and my brother Paul and I quickly discovered a love for the ocean and surfing. This made it virtually impossible to live in Johannesburg and we threatened to burn the house down if we did not move to the ocean immediately, so in December 2010 we moved down to PE and never left.
Living in PE has been amazing and although the waves aren’t great the people are awesome. I have had so much support from the Pipe Ballies and the CYOH crew and there is not one day that I regret moving here.
Being local to the Eastern Cape I would be super stoked to get the opportunity to participate in an event at the best wave in the world, surfing against the best surfers in SA. I think it would be extremely good experience and that I could really learn a lot, and who knows maybe I can even make a heat or two.