Billabong South Africa team surfers have grabbed headlines, titles and set personal records/bests all across the world over the past 10 days.
In South Africa, Durbanite Grant “Twiggy” Baker, produced a dominating performance in monstrous 20 foot surf to clinch a well deserved victory in the 10th anniversary edition of the Red Bull Big Wave Africa event at Dungeons in Cape Town last Saturday.
Meanwhile, at Victoria Bay, Shaun Payne captured the premier SA Men’s Open title in the 43rd annual Reef Wetsuits SA Surfing Championships. The 23 year-old from St Francis Bay recorded an outstanding 17.15 points out of 20 in the final, and along with Mossel Bay local and fellow Billabong team member, Shaun Joubert, who finished second in the U20 boys division, led the Billabong Eastern Province team to a historic first ever victory in the Presidents Cup team stakes.
In Australia, Benji Brand laid claim to being the world’s best 12 year-old surfer by winning the 12-and-under division in the Rusty Gromfest at Lennox Heads, touted as Australia’s largest junior surfing event. Brand overcame a field of 64, and the world’s top pre- teen competitors to add the prestigious Gromfest title to those he has already won in Hawaii, the US and South Africa over the past 12 months.
On the other side of the world, on the sunny shores of California, Damien Fahrenfort secured his personal best international result by reaching the last 16 in the 6- star Honda US Open event held at Surf City in the US.
The girls were also represented. Billabong’s Tarryn Chudleigh, the SA U18 and Pro Junior (U20) champion, polled more votes than all of the other nine candidates combined to top the Internet voting in the Star of the Year Award and was awarded the title by the gsport… for Girls! judges. The young surfing sensation from Kommetjie, who is currently surfing in Portugal, was recognised for her outstanding performances in the water, which has seen her climb the ranks of the women’s surfing world.
Well done, everyone! You make us proud!