Canoeing South Africa Media Release

 No: CSA1717 14 August 2017

 Embargo : None

Written by: Ant Stott

Viaene claims SA Waveski title

Jeffery's Bay - Spectators and competitors were treated to a spectacle of waveski surfing during the 2017 SA Waveski Championships in Jeffery's Bay this past weekend with Bruce Viaene taking home the overall honours.

Waves where plentiful for the for the full three days of surfing as contestants battled it out in the surf and the quality of surfing has definitely jumped up a notch as the waveski riders set their eyes on next year's world champs set in Panin, Spain.

The open event, where all age groups compete together, is always the most hotly contested. In a breathtaking four-man final it was Bruce Viaene (Border) who got the waves and pulled off the moves needed to claim the gold. Neal Stephenson (WP) showed great class to take second place ahead of Steph Le Roux 3rd (WP) and Gerhardus Van Zyl 4th (WP).

Earlier on in the contest competitors also had the chance to surf it out for titles in their own age group divisions. With pride on the line surfers pushed the limits of what’s possible on a waveski. The crowds where able to witness radical aerial maneuvers as well as classy carving, cut backs and huge sprays off the tops of the waves.

A big thanks to the competition organizers for putting together a slick event as well as to the much appreciated sponsors MACSKI, Jeffereys Bay Craft Brewery and Black Composites.

Summary of Results - SA Waveski Championships

1st Bruce Viaene (BDR)
2nd Neal Stephenson (WP)
3rd Steph Le Roux (WP)

1st Liam Kerr Smith (KZN)
2nd Marcus Esterhuyse (WP)
3rd Francois Roesstoff (BDR)

New Age:
1st Bruce Viaene (BDR)
2nd Gerhardus Van Zyl
3rd Duran Martin (KZN

1st Ant Stott (KZN)
2nd Brandon Flynn (BDR)
3rd Rob Smith (BDR)

1st Percy Louw (WP)
2nd Rory Taylor (WP)
3rd Neal Stephenson (WP)

Grand Masters:
1st Steph Le Roux (WP)
2nd Chris Jones (WP)
3rd Jan Brand (BDR)

1st Charl du Plessis WP
2nd Danie Nel (WP)
3rd Darryl Moodie (KZN)

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SA Waveski Open Champion Bruce Viaene on his way to taking the title in Jeffery's Bay this past weekend. Bruce Travenor/
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