Tue, 7 May 2013
UCT pipped their Maties mates in a classic surf-off in cranking Llandudno, near Cape Town, on Sunday. Liam Wood sat in the sand taking notes, while Ian Thurtell kept a finger on the trigger.
The students from the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch were greeted with clean 4-6ft waves and, unusually, most waves reeled down the sandbank into the channel, something you don't see at Llandudno all that often.
The amphitheatre of the Llandudno Lifesaving Club - filled with a large turnout of club members and spectators - made a perfect setting from which to watch the action.
The standard of surfing from both teams was excellent. The men's final did not disappoint. Local boy and UCT captain Logan Eales used his local knowledge to pick the best waves, pulling off some spectacular gouges to get the judges scribbling furiously. Dan Wilson was a contender. Winning his heats up to the final with smooth surfing, strung together by stylish moves, he looked the real deal. However, by the end it was Eales who took the win over Devon Ramages (Maties) with Dan Wilson 3rd and Gabriel Botha (Maties) 4th.
The ladies finals was an all UCT affair. Katrina Kern stood out, pulling off some amazing carves to beat Nikita Kekana, while Jess Lee took 3rd and Nicole Eddy 4th.
UCT took the Team trophy with 3250 point with Stellenbosch not far behind with 2995 points.
At the prize giving a big thank you went to Llandudno Lifesaving club, UCT sports department, Liam Wood for organising the event and especially the sponsors - Reef wetsuits, SkullCandy, Neff, Primi, Beach Religion, Wetsac, Kommunity grips & leashes, Stomp wax and more!