Surfing South Africa announce the names of the members of the South African Masters team for the ISA World Masters Championships in Ecuador in April 2013.
The Surfing South Africa Board of Directors has named the surfers who will represent South Africa at the ISA World Masters Championships in Montanita in Ecuador in April 2013.
Current SA Masters and Pro Surf Tour Champion Greg Emslie of East London, a former World Tour surfer, three time South African Open Men’s Champion and National team captain makes his debut in the SA Masters Team in the Over 35 age division. Earning his second cap as an SA Masters team member in this division is Gary Van Wieringen of Warner Beach. Justin Maisch of Umzumbe is the non travelling reserve.
Two time Open Men’s SA Champion and former National Team captain, Wayne Monk of East London earns his second Masters cap and is joined in the Over 40 Division by former SA Open Men’s champion and 1992 ISA World Championships runner up Carl Roux of Durban. Andrew Fiebieger of East London is the non travelling reserve. Two of South African surfing’s most famous brothers, Andre and David Malherbe are the two surfers who will represent South Africa in the Over 45 Division in Ecuador. Both surfers are multiple national champions and have made the finals at previous ISA World Masters Championships. Both are highly regarded as tough competitors both locally and internationally and their experience should form the backbone of this powerful South African team. This will be a fifth cap for both them. Another East London surfer, Gareth Sepp, is the non travelling reserve.
Eight time South African Champion, three time World Champion and current South African champion Chris Knutsen of Durban earns his fourth Masters cap as the Over 50 Division representative while another world Champion, Marc Wright of Durban, is the non travelling reserve. Knutsen returned from the 2011 ISA World Masters Championships with a silver medal and he will be determined to exchange it for gold in Ecuador next year.
The eighth member of the 2013 SA Masters Team is former World Tour surfer, multiple SA Champion and two time World Masters Champion Heather Clark of Port Shepstone. Clark is one of South Africa’s most famous and successful surfers of all time and is an inspiration to both male and female surfers. Her friendly demeanor out of the water belies her competitive nature on the waves and her availability for this incredibly strong SA Masters Team puts them in line for the successes achieved in 2007 and 2008 when they won the World title.
Surfing South Africa is recognized by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee as the governing body for surf riding in South Africa. SSA is made up of surfers, longboarders, bodyboarders and Stand Up Paddlers and is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA), the World governing body for surf riding