Saturday & Sunday April 13th & 14th  Victoria Bay near George got the 2019 South African Surf Tour season off to an energetic start at the weekend when over 70 surfers competed in the third edition of the Sea Harvest Vic Bay Gromcomp.

Conditions at this famous Southern Cape point break were difficult, with long lulls between making wave selection critical, South Africa’s up and coming junior stars posted some excellent scores on both Saturday and Sunday.

All six finals were decided on the second day of competition and the first gold medal winner at the event was diminutive but hugely talented Anastasia Venter of Melkbosstrand who won the U12 Girls title. She also placed fourth in the competitive U16 Girls division.

Meka Loots of East London was second behind Venter, Yannah Figl of Cape Town came third and Taylor Emslie of East London was fourth.

Another rising star who showed his class at the weekend was Kai Hall of Jeffreys Bay. The diminutive 12 year old won both his first and second round heats as well as the Final to take gold in the U12 Boys division. Levi Kolnik of Kommetjie, who was third last year, came second this time around while Sea Harvest Grommet Games Supersurfer Ryan Schoon, also of Kommetjie, came third. Rory Dace of Cape St Francis was fourth.

2018 South African U12 Girls Champion, Sarah Scott of Kommetjie, made a good start to her U14 campaign when she took the gold medal in this division. Maya Figl of Cape Town took second place, Olivia Winter of Kommetjie came third, Sea Harvest Excellence Award recipient Zia Hendricks of Bay was fourth and Gemma Hanafey of East London ended fifth in the final.

River Gericke of Wilderness gave the locals something to celebrate when he overcame the challenge of Nate Colby of Durban to win the U14 division. Kyra Bennie of Vredehoek was third and Nathan Plomaritis of Cape St Francis came fourth.

Despite a tough first round heat, defending event champion Zoe Steyn won the U16 title, beating fellow East London surfer Adriel Wolmarans into second place . Another one of South Africa’s top surfers, Ceara Knight of Kommetjie, battled for waves and had to settle for third while plucky Anastasia Venter took fourth place.

Superb surfing from Daniel Emslie earned him victory ahead of event top seed and fellow East London surfer Reilly Mare in the U16 final where U14 Division runner up Nate Colby came third and Joel Dace of Cape St Francis took fourth.

Full results are posted on www.liveheats.co.za/surfingsouthafrica

Photos are posted on the Surfing SA Facebook page and all results and photos will be uploaded to www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

The popular 3A rated 2019 Sea Harvest Vic Bay Gromcomp was the first SA Surf Tour event of the year. The event used the Liveheats scoring system which allows anyone to follow the heat scoring in real time on a computer, tablet or mobile phone.

The Vic Bay Gromcomp was the brainchild of Cornelia Gericke three years ago and she coordinated the event once again this year. The Contest Director was Luqmaan Bruce, the Head Judge was Dillan Lowenthal and the event was supported by the Eden District Surfriders.

The 3A SA Surf Tour contest offered R15000 in prizemoney and SAST ratings points to the competitors. The next event on the 2018 SAST is the NMB U16 Junior Contest which will be presented by Surfing South Africa prior to the start of the NMB Pro at Pollock Beach in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

This will be followed by the Sea Harvest Nahoon Junior Open presented by Twizza which takes place at Nahoon Beach in East London on Saturday & Sunday May 4 & 5. Entries can be completed online at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

Surfing South Africa is the recognized national governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), the African Surfing Confederation (ASC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). 

Daniel Emslie. Photo Chris Leggatt

Zoe Steyn. Photo Chris Leggatt

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