SSA Gromcomp East London
Nahoon Beach, East London.
June 30th 2012
Contestable 3 foot surf and fine weather made for some good surfing in the East London Gromcomp at Nahoon Reef on Saturday. Top marks went to Michael Monk (Gonubie) who took the U16 title, Rewaldo Abersalie ( Jeffreys Bay) who captured Under 14 honours. Max Elkington ( Kommetjie), the Under 12 Champion, Under 10 winner Gabriel Kriel ( Beacon Bay) and Girls Division winner Tahra Uren ( Jeffreys Bay).
Monk beat 2012 National team member Matt Mc Gillivray (Port Elizabeth) into second place with Jerry Van Wyk and fellow Jeffreys Bay surfer Tim Baard taking third and fourth respectively. Abersalie had the measure of J Bay team mate Angelo Faulker, who had to settle for second in the Under 14 final while Max Elkington ( Hout Bay) came third and Luke Malherbe ( East London ) took fourth spot.
Elkington edged out Angelo Faulkner to claim Under 12 honours while East London brothers Gabriel and Jethro Kriel came third and fourth respectively in this division.
Kye Mc Gregor ( Port Alfred) came second to Gabriel Kriel in the Under 10 final with Reilly Mare ( East London) third and Jethro Kriel fourth.
Tahra Uren’s victory in the Girls division came at the expense of local girls Inge Mc Claren, Lauren Ridge, Danica Stockigt and Jade Wilson who finished in that order.
Over 30 surfers competed in the East London SSA Gromcomp which was presented by Surfing South Africa and hosted by Border Surfriders Association.
The Under 16 and Under 14 competitors earned prize money and secured ratings points on the SSA Pro Surf Tour as these divisions were 1A rated while all the finalist won prizes from Skullcandy earphones to Reef Wetsuits.
SSA will present six SSA Gromcomps in 2012 and all the surfers in the Under 16 and Under 14 Divisions win prizemoney,1 A PST points and prizes. The next events will be held in the Cape Peninsula and Durban on October 28th with the final two contests scheduled for Port Elizabeth and Umzumbe on November 10th
The Gromcomps are a Surfing South Africa talent ID initiative and cater for up and coming as well as established junior surfers. They are supported by Sport and Recreation SA and sponsors such as Skullcandy and Reef Wetsuits.
Surfing South Africa is recognized by the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee ( SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA) as the governing body for the sport in South Africa.