Travis Logie (Durban North) was crowned South African Surfer of the Year on 29 June at the prestigious 2012 SA Surfing Awards presented by Zigzag Surfing Magazine held at the Wave House in Gateway’s Theatre of Shopping.
The award recognised Logie for his phenomenal performance in the death-defying waves of Teahupoo during last year’s Billabong Pro Tahiti event. Coming into the event as a last minute replacement, Logie’s dramatic semi-final finish saw him bounce back from injury and overcome significant odds to ultimately re-qualify for the elite World Tour of surfing.
“I’m super stoked and super proud to have won, the competition has been amazing and I am really pumped. I have attended the awards every year and missed out on the opportunity and this year I have finally made it along with the qualification for the World Tour, to win this award puts a seal on a difficult year,” said Logie.
Sarah Baum (Athlone Park) won the women’s title for SA Surfer of the Year for 2012, this award is such an achievement for such a young lady in the surfing industry in SA.
“I’m really happy to have won, it’s such an honour and I couldn’t have done it without my parents. I am lost for words I am so happy,” commented Baum.
The annual awards evening, presented by Zigzag, honors the best of the best in South African surfing while paying tribute to the legends who have shaped the sport and culture on our shores. A highlight of the evening was the induction of a new legend into the SA surfing Hall of Fame. 1978 World Amateur Champion, Ant Brodowicz (Margate), was inducted amidst riotous applause from the audience. In one of the special moments of the evening, Anne Wright, who has been involved in KZN surfing administration since the early 90’s, was recognised for her dedication with the Contribution to Surfing Award.
Other Awards included the Breakthrough Performer award that went to Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay), the Pushing the Boundaries Award that was jointly won by Matt Bromley (Kommetjie) and big wave champion Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker (Durban North), the Moment of the Year award that went to Jordy Smith (Camps Bay) for his second consecutive Billabong Pro J-Bay victory, and the Agent of Change Award that was won by the Isiqalo Foundation.
Isiqalo were acknowledged for their unique use of surfing as a vital tool in HIV / AIDS awareness and education for young adults from previously disadvantaged communities, while creating employment and teaching invaluable life skills. The foundation recently won the ‘Locally focused Beyond Sport Award for Cape Town’, and has been shortlisted for this year’s Beyond Sport awards in London for the Global Best New Project. The Agent of Change award is another huge accolade for the Foundation.
“We are overwhelmed and excited, it is so good for the industry to show support for educational programmes and this award is accepted on behalf of all of the other coaches,” said Aphiwe Tshetsha from Isiqalo.
The Wave House in Gateway, Umhlanga, made a fitting venue for the evening where comedian and MC Nik Rabbinowitz let loose on the crowd in full force.
“Zigzag was stoked to host the 6th South African Awards evening and what an evening it was!” said Lisa Wust from Zigzag Surfing Magazine.
The South African Surfing Awards were made possible by ASP Africa, Surfing South Africa, Buchulife, Red Bull, Black Label, Wave House Durban and Paarl Media.
FULL LIST OF AWARD WINNERS:
Pro Surf Tour U20 Boys Champ: Steven Sawyer
Pro Surf Tour Mens Champ: Greg Emslie
Pro Surf Tour U20 Girls Champ: Sarah Baum
Pro Surf Tour Womens Champ: Nikita Robb
ASP Africa Pro Junior Champ: Beyrick de Vries
ASP Africa Open Mens: Jordy Smith
ASP Africa Pro Junior Women: Bianca Buitendag
Breakthrough Performer of the Year: Dylan Lightfoot
Agent of Change: Isiqalo Foundation
Contribution to Surfing: Anne Wright
Photographer of the Year: Greg Ewing
Best use of Social Media: Brendon Gibbens
Pushing the Boundaries: Matt Bromley
Pushing the Boundaries: Grant Twiggy Baker
Moment of the Year: Jordy Smith
Surfer of the Year – Female: Sarah Baum
Surfer of the Year – Male: Travis Logie
Press release prepared by: Zigzag Surfing Magazine
Disseminated by: Olivia Jones Communications
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