Llewellyn Whittaker advanced through the last heat of the day along with Matt Bromley, eliminating Sean Holmes and Cass Collier from the event in the process. © Alan Van Gysen

Long Beach, Cape Town – The third day of the Billabong SA Champs took place at Long Beach, Kommetjie in vastly improved conditions compared to the previous two days surfing. “There are some clean sets today,” said contest director Cyril Nel Saturday morning, when the contest started. “There are three-foot set waves, and the surfers are getting some great rides.”

Day three saw a full day of surfing, with the Round 3 Open Women and Round 3 U20 Girls followed by the Round 3 of the Open Men and the Round 3 of the U20 Boys, before finishing up at twilight with heat four of the Round 4 Open Men’s Division.

“There definitely (were) some fun waves out there, a couple of bowls,” reckoned Durban surfer Dan Redman, after winning his round three heat. “I lucked into a couple of three-footers and managed to get some decent scores. I think my wave scores were a seven and an eight, so I was happy with my performance.”

Dan has been enjoying the SA Champs in Cape Town so far, despite a few days of testing conditions. “SA Champs is always a great event,” said Dan. “You get to see all your old friends and there are the normal good vibes that surround such an event. Having said that, seeing as it’s winner-takes-all format to the prize money this year I’m not here to get second place.”

Local boy Matt Bromley was also performing well at his home break, proving that local knowledge is a definite advantage. “Long Beach is a tricky wave at the best of times, and I definitely feel that I have an advantage here,” reckoned Matt after his round three victory. “The line-up changes so much here through the tide, and you have to know where to sit depending on the tide. I’m feeling pretty confident here at my home break and to be honest, I hope that they have the contest here tomorrow.” Matt went on to advance through his round four heat, the last heat of the day.

The forecast for the final day of the event, is for small and clean conditions again. It looks like it is going to be an amazing Cape day with bright sunshine and light winds predicted.

Along with the allocated prize money and all the speciality awards, there is also a Performance Award and R2000 prize money from Buchulife for the best performance from a female surfer during the event.

The Billabong South African Surfing Champs is the premier Surfing South Africa event. Surfing South Africa is recognised by the South African Sports Confederation (SASCOC) as the governing body of the sport in South Africa.