Since this Beachbum has bodyboarded for 17 years, I decided to cover the local 25th South African Bodyboarding Champs 2011, held at Big Bay, Blouberg (near Cape Town), South Africa. It might have something to do with the fact that it was right on my doorstep… The conditions were excellent for bodyboarding, albeit small initially, but throughout the waiting period the waves just got bigger and bigger with the finals day held in huge surf. It was a paddle battle in the finals, especially for the ladies (read Beekman and co), but everyone pulled through and it was a greatly successful event in the end with great exposure for sponsors. The earlier days were sort of a letdown as conditions weren’t that great (though it was contestable) and people questioned the location, but Big Bay showed SA what it’s worth in the end, drawing huge crowds on the finals day (in 30 degree weather) with epic waves.

Here are the pictures:

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SKZN successfully defended their title, well done to the team and to Storm Prestwich for taking the double win in Juniors and Pro divisions.


Boys Division
1 Tristan Roberts
2 Michael Mynhardt
3 Tim L Bowman
4 Dylan Le Roux

Dropknee Division
1 Dylan van Tonder
2 Stuart Bradford
3 Ryno du Toit
4 Murray Jones

Grand Masters Division
1 Michael van Huyssteen
2 Len Bradford
3 Riaan Nutt

Juniors Division
1 Storm Prestwich
2 Matthew Lombard
3 Stephen du Preez
4 Tyler Voster

Masters Division
1 Sean Oberholzer
2 Lee Moran
3 Morne Laubscher
4 Gerrit Hitge

Mens Division
1 Nic Flood
2 Matthew Webster
3 Nick Phillips
4 Jaryd van Daalen

Pro Division
1 Storm Prestwich
2 Joshua Kleve
3 Rheinhard du Toit
4 Derek Footit

Womens Division
1 Janneke de Kock
2 Danielle Beekman
3 Kerry Porter