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Tue, 19 December 2017

Changes to the Cell C Goodwave surf contest have boosted the first prize and reduced the surfers for the 2018 iteration, with the winner scooping a massive R120,000.



INSIDE OUT: This is the view you get in the tube at New Pier. Photo Van Lennep

The invite-only contest is presented by the South African Surfing Legends, and will take place at New Pier when conditions are suitable. Prize money is broken down to R120,000 for first prize, R40,000 for the runner-up, R20,000 for third place and R10,000 for fourth. The Lee Wolins prize for Surfer Of The Event is pegged at R10,000.

A smaller entry list means that the event can be completed in less time, which makes it easier to call for the one-day event, with 4-man heats and a no-prisoners sudden death format. It has a 1-year waiting period and will be run on the best surfing day of the year. The call will be made on the advice of surf forecaster Spike from www.wavescape.co.za

The entry into the Cell C Goodwave is one Rand per surfer, and Jason Ribbink is the 2018 contest director. Philanthropist, accomplished businessman and the founder of South African Rugby Legends Gavin Varejes is the driving force behind this contest. A former pro lifeguard and lifelong surf fan, Varejes made the decision to up the prize stakes after the 2017 event failed to run.


“South Africa has so many incredibly talented surfers, and New Pier is one of the best beachbreaks in the world, so it’s a great match-up,” said Varejes of the competition. “We are thrilled and thankful to have Cell C as our headline sponsor. It’s prestigious, it’s invite only, it’s for the surfers, and it has an impressive R120k first prize. Good luck to all those selected surfers who will be competing in the event next year.”

The event organisers will be making an announcement soon as to the reduced number of surfers invited, who they are, and who the alternate surfers are. A panel of seven are involved in the selection, including active pro surfers, former pro surfers, and well as representatives from the surf industry and media.

One of the selectors Dan Redman said: "It's a combination of guys who I would not want to surf a heat against at good New Pier, as well as guys who have competed well in the local QS events this year."

The 2018 Cell C Goodwave is officially listed as a World Surf League Specialty Event, supported by Oakley, powered by California Dreaming, and sanctioned by Surfing South Africa.

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