Wave riders made history at Scottburgh beach this past weekend as they took part in the first Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) event ever held in Africa at the South Coast Surf Carnival presented by Jeep Apparel and Independent on Saturday. The surf festival also included a kiteboarding and longboarding contest.
“We are encouraging members of the public to come and witness history in the making with the SUP contest. Today we are expecting Donald Brierely and Jason Ribbink to be going head to head for the first SUP title in South Africa,” commented Gavin Spowart ex-Springbok surfer and coach on Sunday.
On Saturday surf conditions improved throughout the day with a building swell, light winds and glassy fun waves on offer which pleased all of the contestants except the kiteboarders.
“The ocean turned on for the first day of the South Coast Surf Carnival with spectacular performances in all divisions of the longboard surfing competition. In addition to this, SUP proved to be a real hit with dozens of
people playing in the lagoon and the ocean on these traditional Hawaiian boards,” said Paul Godwin, event organizer, from Nerve Events.
In the SALSA (South African Longboard Surfing Association) sanctioned Premier open division, the door was wide open with the country’s best longboarders in attendance. Open standouts included Jason Ribbink
(Berea), Donald Brierley (Berea), Brad Trickett (Berea) and Brad Weare (Durban).
In the Over 35 division heats Brendan Callaghan (Durban North), Craig Daniels (Bluff), Brandon Ribbink, (Morningside), Jason Ribbink (Berea) and Colin Whitmore (Pinetown) excelled with high scores.
The kitesurfing component of the carnival, which is the longest running kitesurfing event in the country, comprises of men’s, open, ladies and junior divisions
Over and above the contest action, surfing lessons were provided by uShaka Surf and Adventures as well as a very safe and protected bathing area that was open to the public.
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.