Tanika Hoffman

Tanika Hoffman, Bianca Buitendag and Sarah Baum display their pedigrees at the Cape Town, Jeffrey’s Bay and Durban editions of the Surfing South Africa Women’s Pro.

South Africa’s top three female surfers dominated the Surfing South Africa Women’s Pro which was held at the same time at Long Beach Kommetjie, Kitchen Windows in Jeffrey’s Bay and the Bay of Plenty in Durban yesterday (Sunday October 28th) when they won six titles between them.

Tanika Hoffman (Clifton) showed her class in winning both the Women’s and Under 20 divisions in Cape Town producing 8 and 9 point scores on her way to victory while Buitendag and Baum did likewise in Jeffrey’s Bay and Durban respectively. All three surfers have recently returned from campaigns abroad and their experience showed in this local Pro Surf Tour event for Women.

Danielle Johnson (Muizenberg) came second to Hoffman in both the Women’s and Under 20 finals. Third in the women’s division in small windblown Long Beach surf was Tarryn Chudleigh (Kommetjie) while Simone Robb(Kommetjie) came fourth. Robb will be leaving for China soon where she and Tara Hossack are the two South Africans in the Swatch International Longboard Championships.

In the Under 20 Final up and coming Nina Woermann (Kenilworth) secured third spot behind Hoffman and Johnson. Holly Armstrong (Scarborough) was fourth.

The under 16 title at Long Beach went the way of talented Anoush Zakarian (Melkbosstrand). Ruth Armstrong (Scarborough) was second, Sam Sutton(Constantia) came third and Caitlin October (Noordhoek) was fourth. Kira Bester, the only rookie to compete in the event, surfed in the Under 16 final.

Strong winds made condition tough at kitchen Windows in J Bay but star of the show, Bianca Buitendag (George) still managed to produce a couple of point rides as she coasted to victory in the Women’s and Under 20 finals. Newly crowned SA Under 17 Champion Gina Smith beat her sister Emma into third place in the Women’s final with 11 year old Kai Woolf taken fourth spot. All three girls are from Jeffrey’s Bay.

Emma Smith was second to Buitendag in the Under 20 Division with Robyn Van der Merwe and Tahra Uren ( both Jeffrey’s Bay) third and fourth respectively.

Honours in the Under 16 Final went to Britney Linder (PE). She edged SA under 15 Champion Crystal Hulett ( St Francis) into second spot. Inge McClaren (East London) was third with Tahra Uren taking fourth.

Grietjie Burger (Jeffrey’s Bay), Kia Fenton (PE) and Kirsty McGillivray (PE) finished in that order in the Rookies final.

The poor Durban weather did not detract from the surfing in the Durban edition of the Women’s Pro, especially as the surf was in the five foot mark for most of the day. Sarah Baum (Athlone Park) used all her experience to win both the Womens and Under 20 divisions and pocketed R2000 for her efforts. Her runner up in the Women’s final was South Africa’s most decorated female surfer Heather Clark (Port Shepstone). Clark pushed SA under 20 Champion Heidi Palmboom (Bluff) into third spot while 2012 SA Junior team member Nicole Pallet (Durban) took fourth.

Pallet was runner up to Baum in the Under 20 Final where Teal Hogg (Durban) came third and Chanelle Botha (Warner Beach) was fourth.

Hogg took the Under 16 title with Botha ending second. Jade Mets and Cana Foster (both Durban) came third and fourth respectively. The Rookie title was won by tiny Gabi Lailvaux with Kelly Medley second, Courtney Sim third, Janine Finnegan fourth and Amber Van Wyk fifth. All the girls are from Durban.

The second Women’s Pro is scheduled for November 25th and SSA has announced that all the finalists in the event completed on Sunday will receive free entry into the contest.

The complete heat sheets and full results for all three events are available on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

The Women’s Pro events are supported by Sport & Recreation SA.

Surfing South Africa is the governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

Sarah Baum

Bianca Buitendag

Tanika Hoffman

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Bianca Buitendag among 80 girls competing in the first ever Surfing South Africa Women’s Pro which take place in Cape Town, Jeffreys Bay and Durban on Sunday

Cape Town, Jeffreys Bay and Durban will host the inaugural Women’s Pro surf contests on Sunday and over 80 girls will compete at the three simultaneous events. Each venue has attracted the cream of South Africa’s female surfers adding enormous prestige to the Surfing South Africa Pro Surf Tour (PST) events.

Bianca Buitendag, who achieved tremendous success on the international stage this year, qualifying amongst the World’s top 17 ranked women for the 2013 World Tour, will be competing in the Open and Under 20 divisions in Jeffreys Bay on Sunday. Organisers are delighted that the 19 year-old from George continues to support local events even though she spent the majority of the year campaigning overseas.

Although she is now one of the world’s elite competitors, locals will be keen to take Buitendag on and her toughest opposition in the Open division is likely to come from 2012 SA Junior team member and Jeffreys Bay local Emma Smith.

In the Under 20 group, Emma and her sister Gina, the recently crowned SA Under 17 champion, plus talented Inge McClaren of East London and 2011 SA Under 15 champion Tahra Uren of Jeffreys Bay will be keen to upset the international star.

Recently crowned South African Under 15 champion Crystal Hulett of Cape St Francis, Uren, McClaren, twins Michelle and Kayla Ann Verrynne of George and Britney Linder of PE are the ones to watch in the U16 division at Jeffreys Bay.

The Open Division of the Cape Town edition of the Women’s Pro features a host of talented surfers. Tanika Hoffman of Clifton, who recently returned from competing in Europe, SA Masters champion Tasha Mentasti of Tamboers Kloof, former SA team members Tarryn Chudleigh of Kommetjie and Chantelle Rautenbach of Melkbosstrand and SA Women’s Day champion Danielle Johnson of Muizenberg look the pick of the group while Holly Armstrong of Scarborough is another accomplished competitor.

Hoffman, Johnson and Armstrong also head up the U20 division where Anoush Zakarian of Melkbosstrand and Nina Woermann of Kenilworth are the up and coming surfers in this group. In the Under 16 division Zakarian and Woermann will be up against talented Ruth Armstrong of Scarborough, Amy Bosworth of Kommetjie, Caitlin October of Noordhoek and half a dozen other young girls keen to make their mark.

The South-Easterly winds predicted for Sunday make Long Beach in Kommetjie the most likely venue for the Cape Town event

Bay of Plenty will host the Durban Women’s Pro where another recently returned international surfer will be competing. Sarah Baum of Athlone Park, who started 2012 in style with a runner-up finish in the ISA China Cup and was captain of the SA Junior Team at the ISA World Championships, heads up the Open division.

Baum’s toughest competition is bound to come from experienced campaigner and two-time World Masters Champion Heather Clark of Port Shepstone along with current Under 20 SA Champion Heidi Palmboom of the Bluff, 2012 SA Junior team member Nicole Pallet, former SA Junior team member Nikita Kekana and current PST rankings leader Zoe Papadakis, all three of whom are from Durban.

In the Under 20 Division Baum, Palmboom, Kekana and Pallet will face a talented group of rising stars headed by Chanelle Botha of Warner Beach, Teal Hogg, Jade Story and Cana Foster (all Durban) while the Under 16 division is headed up by Botha, Hogg, Story, Foster and fellow Durbanite Sophie Bell.

There will be a final for “Rookies” in all three regions and all three venues feature 1A rated PST events for Open Women, U20’s and U16’s. There is R2 500 in prize-money at stake in each division at each event while the Rookies, who have not previously represented their respective Provinces or competed in a national event before, will win prizes.

The heats and provisional schedules for all three events are available on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

Surfers competing in the Cape Women’s Pro should meet at Long Beach in Kommetjie, the Durban group are required to meet at the Bay of Plenty and the surfers competing in J-Bay must meet at the Albatross car Park. The meeting time is 8am for an 8.30am start.

The Women’s Pro events are supported by Sport & Recreation SA.

Surfing South Africa is the governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).