Fifth Sunset Surf Classic all set for Pollock Beach in Port Elizabeth this weekend.

Logistical issues have scuppered plans to run the Sunset Night Surfing Classic at Pollock Beach in Port Elizabeth on December 7th and 8th this year but the good news is that the organisers will run the event as the Sunset Surf Club Classic on Saturday & Sunday December 8th & 9th.

The popular event, which celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, coincides with the Nelson Mandela Bay Summer Season and is presented by the Sunset Surf Club, a member of the EP Surfing Council.

 The Sunset Surf Classic will get under way each day at 08h00 and features Under 10 and 12 Boys and Girls, Under 14 and 16 Boys and Girls, Under 20 Boys, Open Divisions for Men and Women as well as Seniors, Masters and Veterans.

 The beach events consist of the Paddle Battle and the Flag races (beach sprints) for Under 12 boys and girls and Under 16 boys and girls. A new addition to the event this year is the eight tag surfing event which pits teams of five surfers each against each other in a unique team format.

This annual event, presented by Sunset Surf Club, the oldest surf club in the country, continues to grow in popularity as it kicks off the Nelson Mandela Bay Summer Season in early December each year.

The Sunset Surf Club event draws elite and recreational surfers from all over the Nelson Mandela Bay area as well as from Jeffrey’s Bay and Cape St Francis.

For the past four years the contest has been achieved major success as it offers two fun-filled days of surfing and beach events and this year the event looks set to provide even more fun and competition.

Addie Jappie, Sunset Surf Club Chairperson, said that the funding provided by Surfing South Africa through a grant from Sport and Recreation enables the club to provides transport, accommodation and free entry each year to 12 to 15 surfers from Jeffrey’s Bay’s Pellsrus community. Mr Jappie added that Sunset Surf Club was very proud to be celebrating the 24th anniversary of the club by hosting the fifth edition of the Sunset Surf Classic.

Surfing instructors and coaches will be on hand at the beach on Sunday December 9th  from 09h00 to 12h00 to provide free surf lessons to youngsters interested in trying the sport and  top Eastern Province and club surfers will also be at the beach to offer words of advice and vital tips.

In addition to the activities on the beach and in the surf there will be beach a beachwear fashion show as well as jumping castles for the kids.

The prize giving ceremony will be held on Sunday after the final heats are surfed.

The entry fee for competitors is R60 per person and the eight teams of five surfers competing in the tag team event will pay an entry fee of R100 per team. Registration is from 07h00 on Saturday and all competitors will receive an event T-shirt on registration.

The 2012 Sunset Surf Classic is supported by Surfing South Africa who have allocated funding from a Sport and Recreation grant to the event. The EP Surfing Council play an important role in the annual event which has also received support from Billabong, Surf Centre, Hurley, Quiksilver and Roxy.

For further information please contact Addie Jappie on 084 668 9362 – sunsetsurfclub@gmail.com or Mahier Pandie on 083 502 3613