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Mon, 13 February 2017

Muizenberg-based SWOT Surf Club has won the 2017 Billabong National Interclub Champs at Seal Point over the weekend, home of former defending champs Seal Point Boardriders. 


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MUIZIES MENSE: It was tough, but they came through in the end. Photo Kody McGregor


The SWOT (Surfers with Original Talent) will be hard to beat at the gentle curling breakers of Muizenberg Corner next year, where the contest will move.

It was a tight affair, with SWOT beating 2016 runners up CYOH Surf Club by a mere 4,4 points in a strong SW buster and wind-effected small waves at Seal Point beach break in Cape St Francis yesterday.

SWOT came with an A and B side to improve on their semi final result last year. Determination, team spirit, good organization and hands on coaching paid off for the team, under the leadership of Danielle Johnson, her brother Craig, Brandon Benjamin, Papi Makanyane and Dillon Fernandez and coach Mark Powiss. The SWOT B Team finished 10th overall.

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BEACHBREAK: Stiff busters blew as the event moved to the beach. Photo Kody McGregor


This was the third consecutive year that Port Elizabeth CYOH Surf Club has finished as runners up. They pushed 2016 champions and hosts Seal Point Surf Club into third place while the JBay Boardriders Surf Club of Jeffreys Bay, came fourth.

Durban based Sisonke Surf Club A team put together a massive performance to reach the semi finals and had to settle for joint fifth place with newcomers Tripout Surf Club of Buffels Bay but Sisonke improved on their seventh place result in 2016..

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LEGGING IT: The surfers compete using a tag team format. Photo Kody McGregor


A record twenty four teams representing twenty surf clubs from as far afield as Johannesburg participated in this annual club get together which has grown in numbers over the last six years.

The event was hosted for the second year in a row by two time champions, Seal Point Boardriders. The South African Interclub Championships is a Surfing South Africa event made possible support from Billabong and Sport and Recreation South Africa.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). SSA is the governing body for all surf riding in South Africa and is recognized as such by Sport and Recreation South Africa.

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SEE WHY: The PE CYOH team have been runners up three times in a row. Photo Kody McGregor


Results

1. SWOT SURF CLUB A TEAM 139,1pts
2. CYOH SURF CLUB 134,7pts
3. JBAY BOARDRIDERS CLUB 127,0pts
4. SEAL POINT BOARDRIDERS A TEAM 120,9pts

5. SISONKE SURF CLUB A TEAM
5. TRIPOUT SURF CLUB
7. KOWIE BOARDRIDERS
7. JBU SURF CLUB
7. VIC BAY SURF CLUB
10. EDEN UPRISING CLUB
10. SWOT SURF CLUB B TEAM
10. BLUFF SURF CLUB
13. JEFFREYS BAY SURF CLUB
13. MATIES
13. SEAL POINT BOARDRIDERS B TEAM
13. SISONKE SURF CLUB B TEAM
13. JAMMIN SURF CLUB
13. MADIBAZ SURF CLUB
19. JOHANNESBURG SURF CLUB
19. SUBMERSIBLES SURF CLUB
19. 9 MILES SURF CLUB A TEAM
19. 9 MILES SURF CLUB B TEAM
19. GRAVITAS SURF CLUB
19. GROMBLITZ SURF CLUB

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