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Fri, 27 April 2018

Plenty of swell, capped off with an epic finale, lies in store for SA's best waveski riders at Nahoon Reef during the SA Waveski Surfing Championships this long weekend.


SOUTHERN THREAT: Western Province's Schalk van Wyk knows his stuff. Photo Rory Taylor

Increasing swell on Day 1 of the champs tomorrow at the affectionately and literally nicknamed "The Reef" comes with a stiff SW buster, with 3-4' lines building to six by evening as the wind backs around to the south. Day 2 on Sunday looks 4' early with the sets talking on deeper period 15 second juice in the arvi. However, the beast wind is up early, and lasts all day. However, a glassoff takes place from around 3 or 4 in the arvi, and the west comes through.

However, Day 3 is the berries. Monday looks 4-5' in epic light W with a proper groundswell at 18 seconds filling in all day, reaching 10 foot by evening.

South African Waveski Chairman, Ant Stott, was stoked: “The SA Waveski Champs is always a special event on the calendar. We have all the top riders coming in from around the country and East London is such a great venue.”

Open and closed divisions will take place over the three days at the iconic spot, which is no stranger to the contest scene, arriving on the world stage in 1971 when the Gunston 500 temporary moved to Slumtown. Since then, the WSL qualifying series has made Nahoon one of their stops.


BURGER BOOST: Andre Burger of Border is always a contender. Photo Taylor

IA grinding reef break with two distinct take off zones; the Outside Bowl and Inside Bowl offering riders long walls with multiple rippable sections. Local rider and 2017 Open and new age champion Bruce Viaene will be defending his titles against riders such as Schalk Van Wyk (WP), Mike Wessels (WP), Andre Burger (Border) and Duran Martin (KZN).

“The pressure is always there, and with such a high calibre of riders, it could be anyone’s win, but I look forward to welcoming all the riders to my home break and having a really good contest with everyone here,” Viaene said.

The contest will be the perfect launch pad for those taking part in the 2018 World Waveski Championships which is taking place later this year in Pantin, Spain. Many of the South African title contenders will be wanting a good result and take the momentum into the worlds.

Follow the South African Waveski Surfing Association Facebook Page for Live Heat updates and news: https://www.facebook.com/southafricanwaveski/

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