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Wed, 27 September 2017

Well done Cape Town Surfriders who successfully defended their title at the 2017 Vic Bay Quad in memory of John Pfaff when they beat event hosts Eden Surfriders into second place.


ON THE BOIL: Brandon Benjamin also won the SA Champs in EL recently. Photo Zane de Lange

The Cape Town team also produced the Open Men’s Champion. Brandon Benjamin added the Open Men’s title after winning the Mercedes-Benz SA Champs at Nahoon Reef a month ago. In the team event, former champions Nelson Mandela Bay were 3rd, Cape Winelands took 4th and Buffalo City was 5th.

The contest was held in tough but contestable Vic Bay conditions. In the individual finals, SA Team member Benjamin beat the Buffalo City trio of Tyrell Johnson, son Michael and father Wayne Monk, into second, third and fourth place respectively.

Local girl Nina Harmse won the Women’s title with Britney Linder of Nelson Mandela Bay taking second place. Cape Winelands duo of Penny Stemmet and Danielle Johnson were 3rd and 4th respectively.

The Over 30 Men’s gold medal went to a stoked Bruce Campbell of Nelson Mandela Bay with Tyrell Johnson adding a 2nd silver medal to his cabinet. Neil Zietsman of Cape Town Surfriders took 3rd and Jono Bruton of Buffalo City took 4th.capetown-surfriders-2-1200

MOTHER CITY #1: The winning team celebrate with the special trophy. Photo Zane de Lange

SA Champion Wayne Monk of Buffalo City won the O40 Division for the 4th time, beating team mate Tristan Johnson into second spot. Shane Pratt of Cape Winelands took 3rd and Ryan Kuhn of Cape Town Surfriders was 4th. Over 50 Division honours went to Vic Bay local and Eden Surfriders stalwart Stephen Hair, who beat Andre Mory of Cape Town Surfriders into 2nd. Eden teammate Patrick Cuthbert took 3rd and Jeremy Zinn of Cape Town Surfriders took 4th.

The first Vic Bay Quad took place back in 1976, ironically not at Victoria Bay but at Wilderness Beach. It was originally contested by Southern Cape (known as South Western Districts back then), Western Province, Eastern Province and Border. In the early 1980s, Boland joined the event but it retained the name of Vic Bay Quad even despite five teams taking part. A team from the SA Defence Force use to compete but it has always been known as the Vic Bay Quad.

After a break of nearly a decade the Vic Bay Quad was added to the Surfing South Africa calendar in 2012, comprising an Open Division for Men and Women as well as Over 30, Over 40 and Over 50 Men's Divisions. Each surfer’s scores are totalled to determine the team champions, and the John Pfaff Trophy, created by local surfer Steven Hair, is awarded to the winning team.

About the Event
The Vic Bay Quad is held annually and named in honour of Southern Cape surfing legend, John Pfaff, who passed away suddenly in 2012. Full results and photos will be posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za. The 2017 Vic Bay Quad in memory of John Pfaff was presented by Surfing South Africa and hosted by Eden Surfriders. The event was supported by the Eden Sports Council, the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs. Sponsorship came from the Wilderness Bush Camp, SBS Brokers, Gul Wetsuits, Primi Piatti and FTB.

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