History was made yesterday at South Africa’s longest running surfing event when the Eastern Province Surfing team won the President’s Cup for the first time at the 2008 Reef Wetsuits SA Championships.

In this, the 43rd SA Championships held at Victoria Bay, surfers were faced with the typical 4 – 6 foot surf that always peels across the Bay. But not even a few rain squalls managed to dampen the spirits of the approximately 200 visitors.

Thanks to brilliant performances in their respective finals by their newly crowned SA Men’s Champion Shaun Payne and Under 20 Boys champion Nick Godfrey, plus some fine supporting efforts by Men’s runner up Simon Fish and Under 20 Girls runner up Faye Zoetmulder, the EP Team edged out neighbours and 2007 champions Border in a thrilling finish to a fantastic South African Championships.

But while Eastern Province made history in winning the Presidents Cup, the host province created a bit of history themselves when the brilliant fourteen year old Bianca Buitendag took the Under 20 Girls title, becoming the youngest surfer ever to win a title in any division at the South African Championships.

By winning the Presidents Cup, Eastern Province scored 41560 points to Border’s 37954 points.Western Province were third with 34370.

Southern KZN scored 33684 to finish fourth, KZN were fifth on 32746, Boland came sixth with 25270 and Southern Cape were seventh on 21794.

FULL RESULTS
OPEN MEN
1. SHAUN PAYNE (EP)
2. SIMON FISH (EP)
3. LLWELLYN WHITTAKER (S/CAPE)
4. MATT KRUGER (KZN)

OPEN WOMEN
1. HEATHER CLARK (S/KZN)
2. STACEY GUY (WP)
3. KIRSTY DELPORT (KZN)
4. ROXY TOWILL (WP)

UNDER 20 BOYS
1. NICK GODFREY (EP)
2. SHAUN JOUBERT (S/CAPE)
3. MICHAEL FEBRUARY (WP)
4. CLINTON GRAVETT (BOR)

UNDER 20 GIRLS
1. BIANCA BUITENDAG (S/CAPE)
2. FAYE ZOETMULDER (EP)
3. ALICE MC GREGOR (BOR)
4. CHANTELLE RAUTENBACH (BOL)

JUNIOR SURFER OF THE CONTEST
BIANCA BUITENDAG (S/CAPE)

SURFER OF THE CONTEST
LLWELLYN WHITTAKER (S/CAPE)

TEAMS
1. EASTERN PROVINCE 41560
2. BORDER 37954
3. WP 34370
4. SOUTHERN KZN 32684
5. KZN 32746
6. BOLAND 25270
7. SOUTHERN CAPE 21794