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Tue, 9 May 2017

Some swell is headed for Durban, and the Cell C Goodwave surfing event is on standby while the charts try to settle into something we can make a proper call from.


PIER PERFECTION: Ricky Basnett on a New Pier bomb on the right swell. Photo Patflan

Right now we have a blip on the radar, and Spike from Wavescape has given the contest organisers an early heads up for a possible Cell C Goodwave swell for next week Monday 15 May, or possibly Tuesday 16 May. While that swell is still far off and many things could change between now and then, all invited surfers are reminded to be on alert and watch the Cell C Goodwave website and Facebook page for updates.

The charts, however, have been changing by the hour

"Winter is starting to show some muscle with a series of big swells hitting the Cape," said Spike of the upcoming conditions. "For Durban, two storms form east of the country, both producing some swell. The first arrives Monday and Tuesday 15 and 16th, and the second next Friday 19th. With two days of surf next Monday and Tuesday and offshore winds, we are looking closely at the orginating storm, which at this stage is facing slightly the wrong way for proper 6-8' surf in Durban. However, it could be clean 4-6' building Monday and running Tuesday, which looks the best conditions and swell direction."

The charts, however, have been changing by the hour, with a cranking swell showing the one minute, and a piddly little swell the next, but it will be insteresting to see what happens.

Rated as a World Surf League Specialty Event, the contest has a one year waiting period, costs one Rand to enter, and has a massive first prize of R100k, the largest domestic prize for the sport in South Africa. Contestants need to have a 1 Rand coin to enter on the day, no change will be given, and no entry fee paid means no surfing.


It is a one-day event with four man heats and sudden death elimination. The competition consists of fifteen heats of high performance surfing. Contest organizers are looking for a solid and consistent swell that will provide between 10 and 12 waves every 30 minutes for 8 hours, in order to run the event to completion.

The Cell C Goodwave has invited 32 surfers to compete. Should some of these surfers not make it to the New Pier in Durban on the day, their slots will be filled up with the alternate surfers. Should there still be open slots, the contest director will choose walk-up entries.

“We are all very excited to be running this unique event again,” said South African Surfing Legends Executive Advisor Barry Wolins. “There aren’t too many specialty events that take place these days and we have our one at New Pier, one of the finest, barreling beach breaks on the planet.”

• The Cell C Goodwave is a South African Surfing Legends event, with Jason Ribbink the contest director.
• California Dreaming, overlooking New Pier on the beachfront, will host the competition on the day. Oakley and Sun International are both supporting sponsors.
• The four World Surf League Specialty Events for 2017 can be found here http://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2017/spec

Invited surfers, in no order
1Brandon Jackson, Matt McGillivray, Dale Staples, Shane Sykes, Mikey February, Josh Redman, Damien Fahrenfort, Dan Redman, Mike Frew, Simon Nicholson, Gavin Roberts, Frankie Oberholzer, Matt Bromley, Davey Weare, Grant Baker, Chris Leppan, Sean Holmes, Ricky Basnett, Jason Ribbink, Beyrick de Vries, Gary van Wieringen, Dylan Lightfoot, Chad du Toit, Brendan O’Connor, Warwick Wright, Noel Rahme, Shane Thorne, Paul Canning, Richard Kidd, Davey van Zyl, Robbie Schofield, Greg Emslie

Alternate surfers, in no order
SSecret International VIP, Alan Johns, Josh Smit, Jordy Maree, Adin Jeenes, Simon Fish, Joshe Faulkner, Matt Pallet, Stever Sawyer, Dylan Stewart, Lee Bisset, Scott Venter, Billy Payne, Scott Hamilton, Ryan Payne, Sam Christianson, Derek Footit, Ben Dancaster, Bevan Willis, Koby Oberholzer, Antonio Bortoletto, Manfred Adrio, Wes O'Driscoll, Elton Cuthbert, Andrew Lange, Blane Wood, Chris Frolich, Wade Simkiss, Rene Terblanche, Frank Solomon, Mikhael 'MK' Vawda, Casey Grant, Andrew Banks

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