Women’s Day Surf Challenge
1A Rated Surfing South Africa PST event.
Featuring Women, Under 20 and Under 16 Girls and Rookies
Bay of Plenty, Durban
9 August 2012

Tammy Lee Smith : Winner of the Open Division at the Women’s Day Surf Challenge in Durban Photo : Karen Wilson D-Vine Images


National Women’s Day was celebrated in style yesterday when the third edition of the Women’s Day Surf Challenge presented by Surfing South Africa (SSA) and supported by Sport and Recreation South Africa took place at Bay of Plently in Durban.

Great weather, 3 foot surf and a light offshore all day ensured the success of the Durban version of this special and unique surfing tournament in Surf City.

Over 40 girls participated in this event which has become a feature of the Surfing South Africa calendar since it was first held to celebrate Women’s Day in 2010.

One of the highlights of the Durban contest was the number of rookies who competed, a number of whom were surfing in their first ever major tournament.

This important division, and a brand new Hutchison handcrafted surfboard, was won by Sophie Bell who edged 13 old Samkelile Cele into second place.

Kelly Medley was third and Gabi Lalivaux, who won a brand new Hutchison Handcrafted surfboard in the lucky draw, came fourth.

In the highly competitive Under 16 division most heats were highly competitive with current Under 15 SA Champion and 2012 National Junior Team member Chanelle Botha took honours ahead of Teal Hogg.

These two young surfers along with third placed Olivia Brand and fourth placed Jade Story define the future of South Africa’s up and coming female talent.

They are all talented and competitive and have a bright future ahead of them.

The U20 division was a closely fought affair but in the end experience showed as current SA Under 20 champion Heidi Palmboom took the honours.

National junior team member Nicole Pallet was runner up with Kat Steffan and Chanelle Botha placing third and fourth respectively

In an entertaining  Women’s final the lead changed several times between two time World Champion Heather Clark and former SA Champion Tammy Lee Smith.

With Clark leading and only moments to go before the final siren would end the heat Smith posted an 8.0 ride to seal the deal.

Under 20 winner Heidi Palmboom placed third in this final with Lynne Mackey taking fourth place.

A simultaneous event was held at Muizenberg in Cape Town.

Both venues featured 1A rated PST events for Open Women, Under 20 and U16’s with R2 500 in prize-money at stake in each division while the Rookies won generous prizes. .

The results are available on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

The Women’s Day Surf Challenge was supported by a grant from 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).