7 May, 2013 7 May, 2013

UCT vs MATIES Surf Challenge

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Most would say that if you’re going to surf competitively, then you should look to make it as fun as possible. Well, inter-varsity duels are usually the best example of that – with just the right blend of good old-fashioned rivalry, mixed in with a spirited dose of sportsmanship.

This past weekend’s UCT vs Maties Challenge at Llandudno had a good shot of both, and a smile was never far from a competitor’s face.

Check out the gallery above by Ian Thurtell, then read the official press release below for all the results.



Llandudno was the playground igniting the spark between UCT and Maties’ surfing teams this past Sunday 5 May.

It was a close competition between the two Western Cape University rivals, and competitors were greeted with 6-foot clean and contestable, but crowded waves in the morning.

As the sun rose, so did the standard of surfing, and the points system was neck-and-neck throughout the day for the Team Trophy.

Using the amphitheatre of the Llandudno Lifesaving Club, the competitors and Surf Club members were stoked with loads of freebies, learn-to-surf lessons and awesome catering from the UCT Sports Department.

Beautiful smooth, rail-to-rail surfing was seen from Dan Wilson (UCT) throughout the day, whilst Logan Eales (UCT) was clearly showing knowledge of his local spot by picking the best runners in every heat. Katarina Kern was one of the stars of the ladies division, with her boyfriend and goofy footer Josh Salie giving her pointers to fight it out with team mates Jessica Lee and Nikita Kekana.

The four UCT ladies in the final surfed every wave smoothly into the deep channel that was produced after the big storm on the weekend, but it was Katarina Kern (UCT) sealing the victory after finding a set wave in the dying moments to pip UCT’s Nikita Kekana for the win.

Head judge and birthday boy Reza De Nicker had his hands full during the men finals as all four finalists were surfing flawlessly, with each of them picking the set waves and doing critical turns all the way to the beach.

The first position changed several time in the heat, but towards the end Logan Eales picked up three waves and gouged his way to victory over dark horse surfer Devon Ramages (Maties), with Dan Wilson needing a small wave score which didn’t come to place third and Gabriel Botha (Maties) coming in fourth.

UCT took the team trophy with 3250 points, with Stellenbosch not far behind on 2995 points.

At the prize giving the finalists were blown away with the sponsors contribution to the winners, with all them walking away with wetsuits, sunglasses, headphones, vouchers, grips, leashes and sandals.

A huge thank you goes to the Llandudno Lifesaving Club, UCT Sports Department, Liam Wood for organizing the event, and especially the sponsors – Reef Wetsuits, SkullCandy, Neff, Primi, Beach Religion, Wetsac, Kommunity grips & leashes, Stomp wax and more!

The universities are looking forward to the USSA (SA Uni Champs) being held at Vic Bay in July 10-13.


1. Logan Eales(UCT)
2. Devon Ramages (Maties)
3. Dan Wilson (UCT)
4. Gabriel Botha (Maties)

1. Katarina Kern (UCT)
2. Nikita Kekana (UCT)
3. Jessica Lee (UCT)
4. Nicole Eddy (UCT)

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