Tahra Uren of Jeffreys Bay wins gold in the U16 Final at Muizenberg Photo Claire Butler

A small contingent of girls from the Eastern Cape made long journeys to Cape Town and Durban for the Women’s Day Surf Challenge which was held at Muizenberg and Bay of Plenty on Thursday.

Accompanied by top coaches Graham Hynes and Etienne Venter, Tahra Uren, Emma and Gina Smith, Britney Linder and Crystal Hulett took on the Cape Peninsula’s locals displaying great form in the sluggish Muizenberg beach break. For surfers who spend much of their time surfing the long point breaks at Jeffreys Bay and Seal Point, Muizenberg Pavilion’s surf must have been a horror story.

It seemed to have no effect on them as they made their way through the rounds. Despite bowing out in the semis, Gina Smith, Crystal Hulett and Britney Linder won a couple of prizes and some prize money while Emma Smith reached the Women’s semis and came third in the Under 20 Final.

The top Eastern Cape surfers were Tahra Uren, who was fourth in the Under 20 division but won the Under 16 title, and East London surfer Nikita Robb who won the Women’s division. Uren is the current Under 15 South African champion and Robb successfully defended her South African Women’s title in Cape Town two months ago.

The Eastern Cape was also represented in the Women’s Day Challenge in Durban where Inge McClaren of East London came fifth in both the Under 16 and Under 20 finals.

The annual Women’s Day Surf Challenge 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.

All the results plus a photo gallery 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).