Typical Long Beach surf is expected for the 2014 Billabong Women’s Summersurf Challenge this weekend and these conditions should favour the local girls who spend many hours surfing Cape Town’s most popular surf spot.
The annual event has attracted 38 girls who will compete in the Open Women, Under 20, U16’s and U14’s divisions and with R20,000 in prize money as well as prizes on offer across the divisions the Surfing South Africa Pro Surf Tour event is an important one for South Africa’s top women competitors.
The Open Division sees Billabong team rider Tanika Hoffmann (Hout Bay) as top seed at her home break with South African team mate Faye Zoetmulder (Port Elizabeth) second seed. Another Billabong surfer and Long Beach local Tarryn Chudleigh is seeded third ahead of Muizenberg’s Danielle Johnson.
KZN girls Olivia Brand and Jade Mets are the top two seeds in the U20 group with Melkbos surfer Anoush Zakarian seeded third while Cana Foster of Umdloti and Michelle Verreynne of Victoria Bay might be seeded one and two in the U16 division but they will face tough competition from third seed Pippa Jones of Marina Da Gama. Jones is pretty much a local at Long Beach and the talented WP surfer will be determined to end the year in style with a win on Sunday.
Sophie Bell of Umdloti,Olivia Izzard of La Lucia and Jeffrey’s Bay girls Kirsty McGillivray and Zoe Smith are the pick of the U14 Division where 9 year old Billabong surfer Lisa Van Heerden of Melkbosstrand will be hoping to make an impression..
Contestants must meet at Long Beach, Kommetjie at 7.30am on tomorrow for an 8am start. The contest will end with the semi finals and finals on Sunday.
The Billabong Women’s Summersurf Challenge is 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).