Penultimate day of the 2018 Mercedes – Benz SA Surfing Championships hosted by Buffalo City delivers contenders for National titles.

A long day of competition in difficult conditions on the penultimate day of the 2018 Mercedes – Benz South African Surfing Championships hosted by the Buffalo City, has delivered the final contenders for titles in the 53rd edition of this event.

Six sets of semis and a total of nine finals will bring the 2018 SA championships to a close tomorrow (Sunday) and all the action will be streamed live on www.vodacom.co.za/viewplus throughout the day.

First up at around 7.30am will be the Over 60 division semis featuring Warren Wareing of Ugu Surfriders, Kelly Kellerman of eThekweni Surfriders and Jeremy Zinn of Cape Town Surfriders in semi one. The second semi sees former SA team captain Barry Campbell of Ilembe Surfriders up against defending champion Gordon Harmer of Buffalo City Surfriders and Dave Lipschitz of Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders.

These heats will be followed by the Over 35 Men’s Division semis the first of which includes defending champion Tyrell Johnson of Buffalo City, Kelvin Zehmke of Nelson Mandela Bay and Neil Zietsman of Cape Town Surfriders. Alan Johns of Ilembe. Rene Terblanche of eThekweni and Orrin Johnson of Buffalo City are in the other semi.

Defending champion Greg Emslie goes up against Buffalo City teammate Tristan Johnson and Dave Pietersen of Ilembe in the first Over 40 Division semi while Gary Van Wieringen of Ugu, Warwick Heny of Nelson Mandela Bay and Graeme Field of Cape Town Surfriders are in the second semi.

Next up will be the Over 45 semi-finals where defending champion Wayne Monk of Buffalo City takes on Volker Mielck of Cape Town, Jacques Terblance of eThekweni and Wayne Klerck of Nelson Mandela Bay.
In semi-final number two three eThekweni surfers, Rob Moore Boyle, Ryan Ribbink and Warren Dixon will be up against Charles Reitz of Eden Surfriders.

The Open Women’s semi-finals feature six of South Africa’s top female surfers. In the first of these National team member and Buffalo City local Zoe Steyn takes on National Junior team member Kayla Nogueira and defending champion Olivia Brand. Both girls are representing eThekweni at this event.
The second semi sees South Africa’s top ranked women surfer and National team member Nicole Pallet of eThekweni taking on the eight time SA Champion Heather Clark of Ugu and new National Junior team cap Tayla de Coning of Buffalo City.

The last of the semis features the top six surfers in the Open Men’s Division and in semi number one Jordy Maree of Cape Town takes on Liam de Villiers and Richard Kidd of Ilembe and Tyrell Johnson of Buffalo City, who caused a major upset in the quarter finals when he eliminated Greg Emslie, a five time SA Men’s Champion. The second semi sees Michael Monk of Ilembe up against Chris Frolich and Chad du Toit of eThekweni and Thomas Lindhorst of Buffalo City.

The Over 30 Women’s division finalists were decided on Women’s Day and they are Heather Clark, Tasha Mentasti, Michelle Van Kempen and Nicki Seligman while the Over 50 Division Finalists are defending champion David Malherbe, his brother Andre, Buffalo City teammate Gareth Sepp and Sean Jerram of Cape Town.

Nick Pike and Toby Mare of Buffalo City, Stephen Hair of Eden and Andre Venter of Nelson Mandela Bay make up the Over 55 Division final.

Watch the whole day of competition live, with commentary and live scores go to www.vodacom.co.za/viewplus 

The Mercedes – Benz SA Surfing Championships is hosted by the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality and supported by the Department of Sport and Recreation.

The South African Championships are presented by Surfing South Africa, the recognised governing body for the sport and hosted by the Buffalo City Surfriders. Surfing South Africa is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic committee (SASCOC), the African Surfing Confederation (ASC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

Defending Over 60 Division Champion Gordon Harmer. Photo Ian Thurtell

National Team member Nicole Pallet of eThekweni. Photo Ian Thurtell