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National Surfing Titles to be contested in Richards Bay PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Cawood   
Thursday, 21 May 2015 22:04

Surfing history will be made in August this year when Richards Bay hosts the 2015 Citroën SA Surfing Champs. The event, scheduled to run from the 2nd to the 9th of August, will incorporate both the 50th SA Senior Surfing Championships as well as the 10th SA Masters Championships. The SA Seniors and Masters have been held as combined events previously. Citroën South Africa will be the headline sponsor of the event which will showcase the new Citroën C4 Cactus along with spectacular surfing action in the water from the county’s best surfers.

This will be the biggest surfing event Richards Bay has seen and will also be the first time that there will be an over 60’s Division. In another first, surfers will be able to represent their district teams in both the Open and their own age group division. To celebrate South African surfing’s 50th year of organised competition Surfing South Africa will present a once off celebration shield to the team with the highest combined points in all divisions. The President’s Cup will be won by  the team achieving the highest points in the Open and U/20 divisions and the Masters Cup will be won by the team with the highest overall points in the Masters age groups (over 30 women and over 35 to over 60 men).

Event hosts uThungulu Surfriding have, with their organising committee, been working hard to facilitate the smooth running of the Champs. This task has been made easier with the invaluable partnerships secured with local business, tourism and local government in the form of support and sponsorship. Notably, the committee is proud to have The Zululand Observer as media partner, uMhlathuze Community Tourism Organisation and the City of uMhlathuze on board for this event.

The Champs will kick off with the opening function at the Zululand Multi-Sports club on 2 August and will end with all the finals and the closing event being held on 9 August, National Womens Day. To commemorate Womens Day, the last three finals of the event will be the Over 30 Womens Final, followed by the Under 20 Girls Final and the Open Womens final. A 26 minute Supersport production will be compiled for this prestigious event and professional photographers will be on hand to cover the action. Pictures by Dave Savides Zululand Observer.

Celebrating the exciting announcement at Alkantstrand on Tuesday were event partners Sipho Mchunu – City of uMhlathuze Tourism Officer, Yolandé Veldsman – Zululand Observer Advertising Manager, Andrew Rowling - US Committee, Fred le Roux - US Vice Chairman, Danny Harilall – Citroën Richards Bay, Mandla Magagula – uCTO Treasurer, Shakier Hiraman – Beach Manager, John Cawood - US Media Liaison, Raif Hiraman - U20 competitor and (front) Anton Knoetze - US Chairman  - Photo courtesy of
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 Danny Harilall - Sales Executive Citroen Richards Bay with US Chairperson Anton Knoetze  Sipho Mchunu - City of uMhlathuze Tourism Officer and Shakes Hiraman - Beach Manager with Anton
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 Mandla Magagula, uMhlathuze Community Tourism Organisation (uCTO) Treasurer, with Anton  ZO's Mongi Mbokazi - PRO and Yolande Veldsman - Advertising Manager
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 22:20
uThungulu Surfriding Makes Local Headlines PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Cawood - uThungulu Surfing Correspondent   
Friday, 15 May 2015 10:01

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Master Class at Alkantstrand PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Cawood - uThungulu Surfing Correspondent   
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 08:35

uThungulu Surfriding, formerly Zululand Surfriders Association, held their first trial contest for the 35 years and over divisions on Sunday 10 May at Alkantstrand Beach, Richards Bay.

The Master surfers, some of whom are the best in the country, put on an excellent display of surfing despite the small surf on offer. The conditions were great however with an offshore breeze blowing the whole day, sunny skies and a really good atmosphere on the beach. Competition was fierce with as little as two spots available in certain divisions that will make up the team to represent the district at the SA Surfing Champs to be held locally in August.

Sean van Oettingen surfed really well on the day winning both his heats in the 35+ Division. Dave Peterson had a great semi-final with a convincing win over Vince King but in the final Vince returned the favour. The 50+ Division saw a highly entertaining contest between former SA Champ Robin Lavery, current SA Champ Fred le Roux and the ever consistent Daryl “Stretch” Adamson. Robin took this first event with with Daryl in second and with this being one of the divisions where only two surfers will be selected we look forward to the next round of action to see who comes up on top.

An in form Tamarys de Marossem, back in her old stomping ground, took the win in a mixed heat of ballies over Kenneth Hodgson, Bushy Greeff and Calla Esterhuysen. Tamarys really got to enjoy her Mother’s Day when the surf turned on after everyone left for the day. It was also great to see some old faces like York Lawrence and Ricky Arts back in competition vests in “Zululand” and we hope to see more entrants at the next trial on 14 June.

uThungulu Surfriding would like to thank all those involved especially Fred, Judy and Anton for setting up and running the trial, all those who judged heats and to Nobby Clarke and Lenard Düpper for standing on the beach all morning capturing the spirit of the trials and some amazing action photos. Thanks also to the lifeguards who let us park our SA Surfing Champs sponsors vehicle on the beach all day. #citroenSA #c4cactus


1. Sean von Oettingen
2. Allan Johns
3. Andrew Rowling
4. Scott Rutherfoord

1. Vince King
2. Mike Frew
3. Dave Peterson
4. Clint Dreyer

1. Kenneth Hodgson
2. Fred le Roux

1. Robin Lavery
2. Daryl Adamson
3. Fred le Roux

1. Bushy Greeff
2. Calla Esterhuysen

35+ Ladies
1. Tamarys de Maroussem

Above: pics by Nobby Clarke

Above: pics by Lenard Düpper

Last Updated on Friday, 15 May 2015 10:00
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