Quintin van Jaarsveld
Locals ruled the roost but Ugu Surfriders were the real winners of the Tweni Twos pairs competition on Saturday.
The new, fun format saw two-man teams going head-to-head at Umtentweni with each surfer’s two highest scores making up a team total.
The event was well attended, produced some amazing surfing and raised R20 000, which will go towards surfers who will be representing Ugu at the South African Open and Masters Championships at Nahoon Reef, East London from 7-13 August.
Wade Botha, chief surfing judge and chairman of Ugu Surfriders, kept the spectators entertained with classic surfing commentary throughout the day.
Local duo Nicholas Njapha and Byran Wigmore formed the “Super Oreo Brothers” and surfed their way into the final, where they toppled “The Bowl Raiders” comprising Calvin Moore and Andrew “Roosta” Lange to win the inaugural competition and R10 000 purse.
The hotly contested semi-final saw big-name surfers Dan Redman and Andrew Banks narrowly being eliminated by local pair Moore and Lange as well as local legend Heather Clark and partner Rene Terblanche falling to the “Super Oreo Brothers.”
Umzumbe All Stars pair Zamane Gcwensa and Mhlengi Mbutho sponsored by organisers Surf&Turf Club also impressed and drummed up crowd support with their tenacity and exciting moves.
The day was not without incident as Durbanite Thomas Nathan, one half of the “Don’t know my Partner” pair, was rudely punctuated by “Full Stop” – the fearful rock that has tripped up many a surfer, especially those from out of town, while local youngster Drikus Lubbe snapped his board.
The event, which also included a beach run, finished on a high with a prize-giving function and dinner at The Champagne Shack, where surfers and locals were treated to live entertainment by ‘Four 5 Seconds’ and Tweni singing legend, Ian Jones.
In a final twist of luck to the extremely successful day, the Ryan Marko custom-made surfboard which was raffled was won by Clint Kendal, who was unaware that he even had a ticket as Di Currie had bought the ticket for him.
In view of this, the duo donated the prize to their local surfing hero Derek Horlock for the upcoming national championships.
Multi-time world and South African champion Clark said it was a super Saturday of surfing.
“A huge shout out to the Horlock family for organising this awesome event. Conditions were tricky and tough, but there was some amazing surfing going down!
“Well done to Byran and Nicki for taking the win and walking away with some lekka cash. Thanks to all the sponsors, supporters and surfers who made this event possible; I’m stoked to hear that this is on the calendar again for next year.
“And then last but most certainly not least, thank you Rene for teaming up with me for this event; it was awesome surfing with you, and I’m stoked with our semi-final finish,” she said.
Photos by Bob Hobbes and Menize Hattingh