1 March, 2012 1 March, 2012

Quiksilver Goodwave Invitees Announced and Waiting Period Begins

The waiting period for the Quiksilver Goodwave 2012 has officially begun and the thirty two invited surfers and ten alternates have been announced. Event organizers will be searching for the single best day of surf in the allotted six month period to run this unique event. The event has been sorely missed on the Surfing South Africa calendar but has been re-introduced due to popular demand. Ideally event organisers and competitors alike wish to see surf in the four to six foot range with clean offshore winds on offer to be able to run a successful and exciting event.

Thirty two surfers have been selected with the aid of a selection panel made up of experienced industry personalities, pro’s and ex-professional surfers. The 2012 selected surfers include a variety of former winners, young guns, experienced chargers and Durban locals, making the field for the 2012 Quiksilver Goodwave the most diverse to date. Slade Prestwich (Durban), Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) and David van Zyl (Durban) have all been standouts amongst the junior ranks recently and were an obvious choice for the selectors. Shane Thorne (Cape Town), Sean Holmes (Cape Town), Brandon Jackson (Durban) and Dan Redman (Durban) have all excelled in previous Quiksilver Goodwave events and find themselves back on the list as favourites for the 2012 event. One Wave Wonder winners Brendon Gibbens (Cape Town), Grant “Twiggy” Baker (Durban) and Shaun Joubert (Mossel Bay) have all made the cut and will be hoping to claim the R15 000 first place prize purse on offer. Recently voted by Zigzag Surfing Magazine as South Africa’s most underrated surfer, Simon Fish (Cape St. Francis) will also be in the mix and making the trip to Durban when the swell turns on and the event runs.

Umhlanga’s Beyrick de Vries has been making a name for himself down under and will be competing in the event for the first time, “I am so excited to be selected in the Goodwave and am so stoked to hear that it is back on, I’ve been trying to get into this event since I was fourteen years old. Surfing good waves at New Pier with only three other guys out is going to be amazing, I cant wait,” said an upbeat de Vries.

Surfers will be assisted back into the line-up by a team of experienced jet-ski operators in order to maximise the amount of waves ridden in the thirty-minute heats. The panel of judges will be looking for a combination of tube rides and solid, power surfing. The events first choice venue is Durban’s New Pier, alternate venues North Beach and The Bay have been selected should New Pier not be able to produce the goods on the day. The Quiksilver Goodwave is presented by Zigzag Surfing Magazine, extensive coverage and interviews can be viewed on their website building up to the event at www.zigzag.co.za. The event is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa and Red Bull will be providing the energy for the surfers.

For more information please visit: www.goodwave.co.za

2012 Quiksilver Goodwave Top 32 Invited Surfers (alphabetical order):

Antonio Bortoletto (Durban)
Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga)
Brandon Jackson (Durban North)
Brendon Gibbens (Kommetjie)
Casey Grant (Scottburgh)
Chad du Toit (Durban)
Chris Leppan (Umhlanga)
Dale Staples (St. Francis)
Dan Redman (Umdloti)
Davey van Zyl (Durban)
David Weare (Durban)
Devyn Mattheys (East London)
Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay)
Frankie Oberholzer (Warner Beach)
Grant Baker (Durban)
Greg Emslie (East London)
Jason Ribbink (Durban)
Josh Redman (Umdloti)
Lyle Bottcher (Durban)
Matt Bromley (Kommetjie)
Paul Canning (Durban)
Ricky Basnett (Bluff)
Royden Bryson (East London)
Rudy Palmboom (Bluff)
Ryan Payne (Cape Town)
Sean Holmes (Cape Town)
Shane Thorne (Durban)
Shaun Joubert (Mossel Bay)
Simon Fish (Cape St. Francis)
Simon Nicholson (Durban)
Slade Prestwich (Durban)
Warwick Wright (Durban)

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