Sun, 22 December 2019

In Hawaii they call us the Saffa cyclone, but at Llandudno last week, we saw the Hout Bay Hurricane surge through the surf at Llandudno near Cape Town. Cover Shot Sean Thompson


PEAGREEN SLUSH PUPPIE: You had to tuck in tight, but the tubes were there. Photo Supplied

The Llandudno Boardriders' “Llands Locals” presented by Reef Wetsuits saw Hout Bay and Llandudno’s top local surfers, longboarders, kneeboarders, lifesavers, and bodyboarders of all shapes and sizes take part in the annual surf community event.

More than 120 contestants dressed in a Hawaiian theme were greeted with icy 3-4 foot pea green and aqua blue Atlantic barrels opposite the amphitheatre at the Llandudno Surf Lifesaving club, one of the coolest vantage points to watch surfing.

A homely vibe emanated from the grass of the verge and the sandy white beach as spectators chilled while the Llandudno Lifesaving Club kitchen provided the sweet smells of bacon burgers and coffee in the morning. Festivities continued through the day set to kiff tunes.


MULTI-TASKING: Twelve divisions, including different disciplines, were contested. Photo Supplied

Twelve categories were contested and 12 winners crowned at the end of the day. Standouts included Sasha Specker, Ethan Fletcher, Miles Masterson, Luke Slijpen, Greg Torrington, Mary Slijpen, Caroline Brown and many more.

Half way through the day the Open semis had a barrel fest with Logan Eales, Luke Snyman and Luke Slijpen dropping near-perfect scores. Massive screams came from the paddle battle and Malibu race next to to the surf site where Ladies Maisy Weston webb came 3rd overall and making the ladies Surfing final.

But it was definetly a Luke Slijpen day, just getting back from WSL junior in Taiwan as he took out the U20 division and Open mens final.


SPIT AND POLISH: A meaty set wave unloads on the shallow sandbar near the Gat. Photo Supplied

Contest Director Liam Wood thanked the LSLC and especially REEF for all their support but then gave a special mention to Max Venter awarding him “the Surfer of the Year” for creating the “Llands Life” movie which Premiered later in the evening and also for coming 2nd at the Western Province Champs a week before.

Epic times were had by all.

Open Men
Luke Slijpen
Ethan Fletcher
Logan Eales
Jasper eales

Ladies Open
Caroline Brown
Mary Slijpen
Kira Hofmeyer
Kirsten Boswell
Maisey Weston Web

Mens U20
Luke Slijpen
Greg Torrington
Ethan Fletcher
Callam Seha

Boys U16
Connie Slijpen
Jake Anderson
Matt Mckenzie
Max Venter

Boys U12
Ben Venter
Kieran Murphy
Josh Pfister
William Neil
Fin Murphy
Sam Kemp

Miles Masterson
John Slijpen
Winston Kletter
Adrian Hewlett

Jacque Smit
Paul Daniels
Robert Curtis
Paul van hof

Tom Grey
Jedd Mc
Lester Sweetman
Cheyne Robertson

Brode Gleeson
Shash Specker
Luke kitchen

Ladies longboard
Mary Slijpen
Lila Rose
Kirsten Boswell

Malibu Race Men
Jake schoeman
Logan Eales
Kai pfister

Malibu Race ladies
Maisey Weston Webb
Holly Smith
Cameron Beaton

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