Canoeing South Africa
08 August 2017
Top Waveski surfers head to J-Bay
Durban - Iconic Jeffreys Bay will be the venue for this years SA Waveski
Championships which takes place from Thursday, 10 August until Saturday, 12
August and the hype around the 2017 event has been building for months with
the countries top waveski surfers ready to showcase their skills on the
The lure of being able to compete in J-Bay has also re-awoken the excitement
for many top competitors from the past. With the old and new coming together
in what are predicted to be fantastic surfing conditions, these national
championships are set to be one to be remembered.
Waveski surfing events are run and scored identically to traditional stand
up surfing where contestants are judged for performing radical manoeuvres on
the critical section of the wave. Riders need to work their way through
multiple rounds until the eventual winners are crowned in the final.
Western Province heads into the contest with a string of surfers who are
capable of bringing home the gold. Defending champion Chris Jones from Cape
Town, after putting in the hard work, is as hungry as ever to retain the top
step of the podium this year.
Current Western Province champion Rory Taylor has literally been ripping up
the waves this season, with his current form he comes into the event as one
of the hot favourites. After just missing out on the finals last year Rory,
with his stylish surfing, will not be going down without a solid fight.
Cape Towns Percy Louw is also keen to impress as he starts to regain the
form that brought him the success of years gone by.
Neal Stephenson from Plettenberg Bay is no stranger to competitive surfing,
he has titles in both body boarding and on a waveski and after a few years
absent from the sport he makes a welcome comeback.
Stephenson was known to pioneer and land some impressive aerial manoeuvres
in the past and will be eager to show the new kids on the block that he
still has what it takes.
Border has a reputation for producing world class waveski surfers and once
again will be sending a strong team to J-Bay. The absence of ex world
champion Andre Burger will leave a bit of a gap as he prepares for the
gruelling Roof of Africa motorbike enduro.
Spearheading the teams charge will be well known East London photographer
Bruce Viaene who is once again firing on the waves after a few years off the
waveski scene. He will be backed up by the likes of Tony Dubber and Brandon
Flynn to name a few.
From the KZN team, Durbanite Duran Martin will be looking to improve on his
second place finish from last year. Martin is known to pull off and land
some massive moves in practice and will be doing his utmost to impress the
judges with his radical surfing.
Multiple FNB Dusi winner Ant Stott, who is better known for racing canoes,
has taken well to the shorter craft and peeling waves. Ant was a finalist at
last years SA championships and will have high hopes of bringing home some
The event will be split and run in two parts, the main category and then the
age group categories.
Firstly contestants will all compete together for the major SA title and a
seeding, where after they will split up into their respective age groups to
fight it out for their respective age group medals.
The competition at Magna Tubes is set to be fierce and J-Bay hopes to
deliver some of the world class conditions that it is famous for.
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Up and coming waveski star
Liam Smith will be out to test his skills against the best at the
upcoming South African Waveski Championships in Jeffery's Bay from
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