UMHLANGA LIZZARD SUMMER SURF 2012
MAIN BEACH – 8/9 DEC 2012
Wonderful weather and contestable conditions greeted surfers and spectators down at Umhlanga’s Main Beach over the past weekend. Hot summer days with clean 2-foot surf and light southerly winds ensured that everyone at the event had a memorable weekend.
The Umhlanga Lizzard Summer Surf 2012 was the opening event of the Umhlanga Summer Carnival and saw over 100 surfers take part. Radio 2000 were down broadcasting live on Saturday and many of the competitors got to speak live on air.
Young Olivia Izzard took top honours in the U12 Girls division, with some impressive scores to edge out current SA Champ Sophie Bell, with Kelly Medley and Gabi Laulvaux placing 3rd and 4th.
Koby Oberholzer took out the U12 division in style, before placing 3rd in the U16 Boys. Another surfer to look out for in the future, Tide Lee Ireland, placed second in the U12 Boys, with Saxton Randall 3rd and Calvin Goor 4th. Calvin Goor also won the U12 Most Improved Grom prize from sponsors Hurricane Surf.
Chanelle Botha was the outright winner in the U16 Girls division, beating her opponents by over 5 points when scores were tallied up. Second was Teal Hogg, with Jade Mets 3rd and Lenieke Botha 4th.
JJ (Jason) Harris from Scottburgh powered to the U16 Boys win, followed by Bevan Willis, Koby Oberholzer and Shane Sykes. Bevan Willis also won the Clayton Custom Made Surfboard for ‘most promising’ youngster.
After a slow start on day one, Sarah Baum was on fire and won both the U20 Girls and the Open Ladies divisions. The Athlone Park goofyfoot was a clear winner, even prompting Open Mens winner Dan Redman to remark that he was glad she’d never entered the Open Mens division. Sarah finished ahead of Heidi Palmboom, with Nicole Pallet 3rd and Kat Steffen 4th.
Varsity College put up a R20 000 bursary for the standout surfer in the U20 Boys division. Earning himself a ticket to a college degree was Beyrick de Vries, who finished ahead of Slade Prestwich, Davey Van Zyl and Chris Frolich.
In the Open Ladies it was Sarah Baum who claimed victory as well as the R5 000 cash sponsored by Spar KZN. World Masters Champ Heather Clark was not far behind, finishing second, with Nicole Pallet third and Chantelle Rautenbach fourth.
Lizzard put in R10 000 for the Open Men and all four finalists had their eye firmly on the prize. Dan Redman blew up and scored a 9 point ride for a handful of backhand blasts in the quickly-rising tide. Despite only getting a back up ride of 2.8, he still managed to pull off the win. Dan was followed by David Van Zyl, Gavin Roberts and Jarred Veldhuis.
The Masters final featured a list of names most will be familiar with Noel Rahme, Frankie Oberholzer, Quintin Jones, Mike Frew and Gary Van Weirengen doing battle in the Umhlanga bowl. SA Masters team member Gary van Weirengen proved the man to beat, claiming R2 500 of the R10 000 Varsity College had sponsored the Masters. Noel Rahme sliced his was to second, with Umhlanga local Mike Frew cracking the lip to third place. South Coast legend Frankie Oberholzer chose to bum-board a few rights in the final after realising he wasn’t going to catch good mate Gary van Wierengen in the filling tide. Quintin Jones struggled to find the waves he needed to unleash his skills and finished 4th.
In the Zigzag Expression Session Nthando Msibi looked likely to scoop the R1000 sponsored by Zigzag Magazine, until Beyrick de Vries showed his local knowledge and found a lip to smash a good-sized air reverse on.
Dan Redman won the Hurricane R1000 Blowing Up award. He was the only surfer to score a perfect 10 in the event.
Young Bevan Willis from Umdloti was the most deserving of the Clayton Surfboard for “Most Improved”.
Gavin Roberts – Media Manager for Lizzard – had a stuck-on smile the whole weekend and said “This is by far the best event that Lizzard put on in the year. The weekend has been awesome I could not have wished for more. Big thanks to Peter Rose from Umhlanga Tourism and his Team. Umhlanga is the best place for a contest!”
All in all the surfers won some excellent prizes from Hurricane, Nixon, Clayton Surfboards, Carve Sunnies, Lipotech Pain Relief, Rudy’s Ding Repair Kits plus surfers got big discounts from Lighthouse Café for their meals over the weekend. Great support shown by the sponsors and much appreciated by competitors.
1. Olivia Izzard
2. Sophie Bell
3. Kelly Medley
4. Gabi Lailvaux
1. Koby Oberholzer
2. Tide lee Ireland
3. Saxton Randall
4. Calvin Goor
1. Chanelle Botha
2. Teal Hogg
3. Jade Mets
4. Lenieke Botha
U 16 BOYS
1. JJ Harris
2. Bevan Willis
3. Koby Oberholzer
4. Shane Sykes
1. Sarah Baum
2. Heidi Palmboom
3. Nicole Pallet
4. Kat Steffen
PRO JUNIOR BOYS
1. Beyrick de Vries – R20k Bursary from Varsity College
2. Slade Prestwich
3. David Van Zyl
4. Chris Frolich
1. Sarah Baum – R 2 500
2. Heather Clark – R 1 500
3. Nicole Pallet – R 750
4. Chantelle Rautenbach
W Cape – R 250
1. Gary Van Wierengen – R 2 500
2. Noel Rahme – R 1 500
3. Mike Frew – R 750
4. Frankie Oberholzer – R 250
5. Quintin Jones
1. Dan Redman – R 5 000
2. David Van Zyl – R 2 500
3. Gavin Roberts – R 1 500
4. Jarred Veldhuis – R 1 000
ZIGZAG EXPRESSION SESSION – R1000
BEYRICK DE VRIES (Umhlanga)
HURRICANE BLOWING UP AWARD – R1000
DAN REDMAN (Umdloti)
CLAYTON SURFBOARD: (Most improved grom)
BEVAN WILLIS (Umdloti)