The first Surfing South Africa Gromcomp was held in typical hot and humid Durban conditions and solid 4 foot New Pier surf and the 80 or so “grommets” who participated in the event had plenty to smile about.
Not only were there 1A Surfing South Africa PST points on offer but there was also a share of R10000 in prize money courtesy of Durban Stars. The U16 and U14 Boys both won brand new wetsuits from O’Neill generously supported the event by donating prizes to all the finalists. Hurricane surf and Island Style also donated prizes to the event which was hosted by eThekweni Surfriders.
The largest entry was in the U16 Boys Division where Koby Oberholzer of Warner Beach ,one of the stand out surfers at the event, took the gold medal. Calvin Goor, another KZN surfer who has started 2016 with a bang took the runner up spot ahead of Jeffreys Bay visitor Angelo Faulkner. The talented 12 year old Durban local, James Ribbink, came fourth.
2015 SA Junior Team member and current U15 SA Champion Sophie Bell of Umdloti took honours in the U16 Girls final, beating Westbrook rising star Gabi Lailvaux into second place. The impressive and talented Umhlanga surfer Kayla Nogueira took third and the diminutive South Coast surfer, Chalize Coetzee was fourth.
A determined effort by Durban local Tide Lee Ireland saw him take the victory over Nathan Spalding, another local star with a great pedigree. Cape based Travis Pearce was third ahead of Port Alfred’s Kye Mac Gregor in this competitive division.
Gabi Lailvaux was the winner of the U14 Girls Division. Durban girl S’nenhlanhla Makhubu continues to make an impression and finished second behind Lailvaux while Kayla Nogueira added another third place to her successful weekend. One of Cape Town best U14 Girls, Summer Sutton took fourth place in this Division.
James Ribbink was the dominant surfer in the competitive U12 final beating another event stand out, Daniel Emslie of East London into second spot. Durban local Luke Thompson was third and Alex Townsend made an impression in taking fourth spot.
U10 Division honours went the way of local lad Nate Colby. Matt Canning came second, Kai Hall was third and Julian Carbonel was fourth.
The Gromcomps cater for surfers in the U10 to U16 divisions and are a Surfing South Africa initiative which have been introduced onto the SSA calendar to improve the competitive edge of young South African surfers. The Durban contest was the first of six that will be held at different venues during 2016. Next in the series is the Port Elizabeth Gromcomp which takes place at Pollock Beach in PE on March 19th & 20th. The events are supported by the National Lotteries Commission as part of the SSA youth development programme. Any commercial entities interested in supporting the SSA Gromcomp series are requested to contact Surfing South Africa at email@example.com for more information.
Full results from the weekend are available here and the online entry form for the Port Elizabeth Gromcomp will be posted on this website shortly.
Surfing South Africa is the governing body for the sport in South Africa and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).