The South Coast Surf Carnival presented by Jeep Apparel and the Independent on Saturday, which kicks off in just over 2 weeks at Scottburgh’s main beach, promises to be an explosive event with many hot contenders contesting some of the newest and most progressive watersport events. With three exciting surf disciplines on display, and with over R30 000 in cash and product up for grabs, KwaZulu Natal’s South Coast is set to sizzle between 1-2 November.

Along with the well established disciplines of longboarding and kitesurfing, spectators will witness history in the making with the first ever Stand Up Paddleboarding division to be held in South Africa.

In the SALSA (South African Longboard Surfing Association) sanctioned Premier open division, the absence of Matthew Moir (Cape Town), who is a dominating force in the sport, has left the door wide open. Last year’s
finalists Brad Trickett and Donald Brierley are obvious contenders, although previous SCSC champ Dylan Macleod (PE) is also in the running. Jason Ribbink (Durban), who was runner up last year, will be looking to be the first KZN surfer to take this event since 2005. Capetonian William Wallace also fancies his chances and has the ability and experience to take this title.

Early indications are that the over 35 division will also be close battle, with defending SCSC 2007 masters champion Brendan Callaghan looking to defend his title against hopefuls Grant Gilmour () and Greg Smith (PE). Last year’s over 50 division champion Mike Larmont will be back to defend his title, as will Nikki Trickett, who won the Ladies longboarding division. Contestants in all divisions will be vying for a share of the R11 500 cash up for grabs, as well as fantastic product prizes and accommodation prizes for contestants entering next years SA Longboard Champs in Jeffrey’s Bay.

Although this revitalized traditional Hawaiian sport is a new addition to the local surfing scene, the Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) division will be no walk over, judging by the increasing number of paddleboarders perfecting their abilities at Durban’s beaches. Jason Ribbink, pioneered the SUP movement in South Africa , is an obvious early favourite. Another Ribbink, Jason’s brother Brandon, will also be fighting it out for the prestigious first ever SUP title in South Africa as well as the main prize of a BILT SUP valued at R12 500.

Other Standouts in this division will be Alwin van Breda, Donald Brierley and Gavin Spowart.

The kitesurfing component of the carnival, which is the longest running kitesurfing event in the country, comprises of a mens open, ladies and junior divisions. In the mens division, last years runner up Gavin Spowart (Westville) will be looking to go one better and take on last years Champion Rob Chrystal, although he will have also have to deal with Alwin van Breda (La Lucia), Jason Wright (Ballito) and Dave Pons (Umhlanga) who are all in with a realistic chance of scooping the title and the many fantastic prizes on offer.

Paul Godwin, of event organizers Nerve Events, “is once again thrilled to be able to put on this event in its 6th year, it is the longest running kitesurfing event in the country, the only professional longboard event and is now the first ever Stand Up Paddleboarding event”. Godwin rates Scottburgh Beach highly, as it “is an amazing arena for this event. We are looking forward to an awesome event with South Africa’s top competitors in each discipline already hard at work practising for this unique event”.

Over and above the contest action there will be surfing lessons provided by uShaka Surf and Adventures as well as a very safe and protected bathing area for the public. The organizers welcome everyone to come on down and enjoy the event. Several experts in the various disciplines will be on hand to offer advice to aspiring enthusiasts.

The South Coast Surf Carnival is sponsored by Tourism South Coast, Jeep Apparel and Independent on Saturday. Contributing sponsors to the event are Pick’ n Pay Scottburgh, Bilt Surfboards, Thermo Plastic Concepts & Equipment (TCE), Maisch Fins, Pro Class Wetsuits, Nestle Pure Life Water, Komunity
Project, Natural Curve surfboards, Bokomo, Cyclone kiteboarding, Ocean 2 Air kiteboarding, uShaka Surf and Adventures and African Surf Rider Magazine, Phatboyz.