2009 South Coast Surf Carnival

All of South Africa’s hottest up and coming young surfing talent is gathered in the KwaZulu-Natal town of Scottburgh this weekend for the seventh annual South Coast Surf Carnival. The event has grown to become one of the province’s premier water sports events dedicated to longboarding, Kitesurfing, Stand-up-paddleboarding, and, for the first time this year, kayak fishing.

The event will see South Africa’s current junior longboarding champion Scott Lefevre from Umhlanga vying to snap up yet another title. He will have to contend with Kane Bennewith and Jago England, both from Durban.

Bryce Rawlings from Umhlanga will also be there to defend his junior kitesurfing title. The kitesurfing component of the carnival is the longest running kitesurfing event in South Africa and will take place at Scottburgh’s main beach in front of the Cutty Sark Hotel.

Apart from the contest part of the Carnival, there will also be surfing lessons provided by uShaka Surf and Adventures. The clinics are open to everyone who want to learn how to surf. There will also be Stand-up-paddleboarding in the lagoon. The clinics will be run by qualified instructors and is great for helping novice surfers who wish to find their feet on the water.

The event kicks off tomorrow, 7 November and runs through Sunday, the 8th.

Kite Surfer Dies In Freak Accident

Brad Grobbelaar, a South African recreational kite surfer, was killed this past Saturday (13 June 2009) after being overcome by a squall while out kiting.

According to news reports, the gust of wind lifted him up and slammed him into rocks in front of a Milnerton hotel. Despite the valiant efforts by paramedics to save him, he later succumbed to massive head injuries.

Brad’s shock friends and fellow kite surfers described him as an experienced kiter who always wore a safety helmet.

An unindentified friend relayed the accident to IOL News: “Brad got close to shore but got picked up by the wind and didn’t go for the safety release. He tried to save his kite but landed up slamming into the rocks.” Apparently this is a ‘common mistake’ kite surfers make, which is why serious injuries among kite surfers are not uncommon.

Brad’s kite was later found on the roof of the Lagoon Beach Hotel.

Brad was a 38-year old IT specialist and father-of-two from Blouberg.

Our condolences go out to his family and friends.