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Mon, 13 August 2018

Local Zoe Steyn, 14, became the youngest Open Women's winner yesterday in the history of the Mercedes–Benz SA Champs, with Cape Town's Jordy Maree victorious in the men's.

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MILESTONES: Jordy Maree and Zoe Steyn both reached milestones this weekend. Photo Thurtell

Final Erin_DeSwardt_Hosts Buffalo City Surfriders swept the board at the event, which was hosted by Buffalo City Municipality, with a dominant Steyn becoming the youngest female surfer in the 53 year history to take the title in cranking 4-5' at Nahoon Reef yesterday. The mercurial Jordy Maree, a late replacement in the Cape Town Surfriders team, celebrated his birthday on Saturday when he won the Men’s title.

Runner-up to Steyn, Heather Clark (Ugu Surfriders), was last year's winner and an eight time Open Women’s Champion. A remarkable stat is that Clark won her first SA Champs title in 1989, 15 years before Steyn was born.

Steyn was named Surfer of the Contest. It's been a big year for the East London girl. She has been selected for South Africa at the ISA World Surfing Games in Japan in September, and the ISA World Junior Championships in California at the end of October. Tayla de Coning, Steyn’s teammate and fellow SA junior team member, took 3rd, while 2017 SA Champion Olivia Brand of eThekweni took 4th.

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PERPENDICULAR: Maree unleashes a huge vertical snap on a Nahoon wall. Photo Thurtell

Maree edged Chad du Toit of eThekweni Surfriders in the men's final to join a long list of backhand surfers who have won at Nahoon Reef, including last year’s champion, Brandon Benjamin (also Cape Town Surfriders). Tyrell Johnson was 3rd in the final with young Buffalo City teammate Thomas Lindhorst 4th.

In the Over 35 Men’s Division, Cape Town Surfrider’s team captain Neil Zietsman won his first ever National title when he beat Alan Johns of Ilembe Surfriders into second place. Tyrell Johnson of Buffalo City incurred a technical penalty, which dropped him into third place ahead of brother Orrin.

The Over 30 SA Women’s title was won for the second consecutive year by Heather Clark. For her consistent performances in this division and the Open Women's group, she was awarded the Dave Fish Trophy by last year’s winner, Greg Emslie. Tasha Mentasti of Eden Surfriders took 2nd, Michelle Van Kempen of Nelson Mandela Bay got 3rd and Nicki Seligmann of Cape Town was 4th.

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BEYOND HER YEARS: Steyn carves up a backlit wall on her way to a sensational win. Photo Thurtell

Greg Emslie successfully defended his Over 40 title, narrowly beating Gary Van Wieringen of Ugu Surfriders by one point. Emslie’s Buffalo City team mate, Tristan Johnson, was 3rd and Warwick Heny of Nelson Mandela Bay 4th.

Another surfer who defended his title by the skin of his teeth was Wayne Monk of Buffalo City. Monk edged Ryan Ribbink of Buffalo City into the silver medal slot in the Over 45 final seconds before the siren sounded. Ribbink’s eThekweni teammate, Warren Dixon, took 3rd and the copper medal went to Volker Mielck of Cape Town Surfriders.

Adding to Buffalo City’s list of successes at the 2018 Mercedes–Benz SA Championships hosted by Buffalo City, was a victory for Gareth Sepp in the Over 50 Division final over defending champion David Malherbe and his brother, Andre, who was third. Sean Jerram of Cape Town had to settle for fourth place behind the three Buffalo City surfers.

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MORNING GLORY: The Reef is the perfect wave for mixing up your moves. Photo Thurtell

Nahoon Reef local Nick Pike took more gold for Buffalo City when he won the Over 55 title ahead of Stephen Hair of Eden. Pike’s teammate Toby Mare won a bronze medal and Andre Venter of Nelson Mandela Bay, won copper.

In the Over 60 Final, Jeremy Zinn of Cape Town Surfriders pulled out all the stops to beat defending champion Gordon Harmer of Buffalo City. Kelly Kellerman of eThekweni was third and Andre Venter of Nelson Mandela Bay came fourth.

All the winners won the coveted Surfing South Africa floating trophies, gold medals and R1000 in cash. Buffalo City won the Masters Cup for the 13th consecutive year, beating Cape Town Surfriders into second spot. Then came eThekweni, Nelson Mandela Bay, Eden, Ilembe and Ugu Surfriders.

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REEF PASS: Veteran surfer Greg Emslie is always a standout on his home turf. Photo Thurtell

The East London team retained the Presidents Cup (highest scores in the Open Divisions). eThekweni took 2nd, followed by Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay, Ugu, Ilembe, Eden and Cape Winelands.

The Champions Cup, which is presented to the Team that scores the highest combined points total, went to the dominant Buffalo City Team. eThekweni came second, Cape Town were third followed by Nelson Mandela Bay, Ugu, Ilembe Eden and Cape Winelands.

All the heat results, team results and photos from the six days of competition are posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za. The 53rd edition of the South African Surfing Championships began on Tuesday at Nahoon Reef and ended at Nahoon Reef yesterday. Two of the five days of competition were held at Nahoon Corner courtesy of huge storm surf that hit East London mid-week. More than 150 surfers from eight districts took part.


Open Men
R1000 To Each Winner
Ist Jordan Maree CTS
2nd Chad Du Toit ETK
3rd Tyrell Johnson BC
4th Thomas Lindhorst BC

Open Women
1st Zoe Steyn
2nd Heather Clark
3rd Tayla De Coning
4th Olivia Brand

Over 35
1st Neil Zietsman CTS
2nd Alan Johns ETK
3rd Tyrell Johnson BC
4th Orrin Johnson BC

Over 30 Womens
1st Heather Clark Ugu
2nd Tasha Mentasti Eden
3rd Michelle Van Kempen NMB
4th Nicki Seligman CTS

Over 40
1st Greg Emslie BC
2nd Gary Van Wieringen Ugu
3rd Tristan Johnson BC
4th Warwick Heny NMB

Over 45
1st Wayne Monk BC
2nd Ryan Ribbink ETK
3rd Warren Dixon ETK
4th Volker Mielck CTS

Over 50
1st Gareth Sepp BC
2nd David Malherbe BC
3rd Andre Malherbe BC
4th Sean Jerram CTS

Over 55
1st Nick Pike BC
2nd Stephen Hair Eden
3rd Toby Mare BC
4th Andre Venter NMB

Over 60
1st Jeremy Zinn CTS
2nd Gordon Harmer BC
3rd Kelly Kellerman ETK
4th Barry Campbell ETK

Surfer Of The Contest
Zoe Steyn

Dave Fish Trophy
Heather Clark

Masters Cup (30w, 35m, 40m, 45m, 50m, 55m, 60m)
1st Buffalo City 38324
2nd Cape Town 30491
3rd Ethekweni 27500
4th Nelson Mandela Bay 25765
5th Eden 12000
6th Ilembe 11924
7th Ugu 11262

Presidents Cup (Open Women And Open Men)
1st Buffalo City 30292
2nd Ethekweni 27720
3rd Cape Town 23102
4th Nelson Mandela Bay 22200
5th Ugu 19950
6th Ilembe 19022
7th Eden 19200
8th Cape Town 5550

Champions Cup (Combined)
R5000 To Winning District
1st Buffalo City 68616
2nd Ethekweni 55220
3rd Cape Town 53593
4th Nelson Mandela Bay 47965
5th Ugu 31212
6th Ilembe 30946
7th Eden 22200
8th Cape Winelands 5550

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