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Mon, 30 April 2018

Mixed ocean conditions brought out the best in many of South Africa's top longboarders across 13 divisions in the GB Surf SA Longboard Championships at Lamberts Bay this weekend.


WAVE DANCING: Lamberts put on at times crumpled but fun A-Frames. Photo Robbie Irlam

The finals day yesterday dawned with fun surf with three foot peaks giving the surfers more than enough canvas to draw their graceful old school lines, interspersed with a few lip smacks and new school hacks.

Notable results were Michael Hill's win in the Masters, and a runners-up in the Men's Open, which was won by perennial threat Steve Steezy Sawyer. Steezy put together a near-perfect 19,70 in the men's open to squeeze out Hill, who notched up a 19.28 in his Masters final win.

The women's event was won by an in-form Faye Zoetmulder, who has rediscovered her surfing mojo after not being part of the SA Champs for seven years. The Gilmoure family had a good day out, with Grant taking the Grandmasters, while daughter Christy took the U18 girls.


BOTH WAYS: Fun A-Frame peaks were coming through near the dolloses. Photo Irlam

On land, history was also made in the battle to stop plastic pollution. Thanks to a partnership between NGO Ocean’s Pledge and eco retailer Faithful-to-Nature, there were no plastic straws, coffee cup lids, bottles or cutlery, among other things, like polystyrene cups.

Ocean Pledge’s Blue Event project aimed to eliminate single-use plastic from the Champs by providing guidelines for organisers and working closely with vendors. Plastic water bottles were a thing of the past, with Faithful-To-Nature making sure judges and contestants got metal water bottle.

Ocean Pledge also partnered with the Save Our Seas Foundation to provide an educational workshop to a local surfing outreach program.


BACKHAND ATTACK: Surfers were spoiled for choice, well two choices: left or right. Photo Irlam

U14 Boys
1 Levi Meyers
2 Joel Dace
3 Luke Fourie
4 Nick Heasley

U16 Boys
1 Manoa Robb
2 Kye McGregor
3 Nathan V Vuuren
4 Warren Wiedmann

U16 Girls
1 Caroline Brown
2 Josie Middleton
3 Claire Haskins
4 Amber Phillips
5 Malia Peterson

U18 Girls
1 Christy Gilmour
2 Angelica Schon
3 Brittany Gadd
4 Amber Borton

U18 Boys
Ryan Lightfoot
2 Jake Schoeman
3 Kyle Emslie
4 Kola Cohen

Open Women
1 Faye Zoetmulder
2 Tarryn King
3 Angelica Schon
4 Raylin Wynne

Open Men
1 Stevie Sawyer
2 Thomas King
3 Matthew Moir
4 Michael Hill

Senior Women
1 Roxy Davis
2 Angela Craemer
3 Michelle v Kempen
4 Deborah Paterson

1 Michael Hill
2 AJ Bowes
3 Chris Poseman
4 Darren Ball

Grand Masters
1 Grant Gilmour
2 David Jenkins
3 Ivan Van Vuuren
4 Mark Thunissen

1 David Stubbs
2 Dieter Maehr
3 Keith Kelly
4 Grant Warren

1 Charmaine Adams
2 Therese Russell
3 Mel St Arnaud

1 Barry Campbell
2 Perry Norgarb
3 Giles Harding
4 George Bunting


Nick Hough
0 #1 Western Province winNick Hough 2018-05-01 11:47
The WP Longboard Surfing Team won the 2018 team event by a huge margin
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