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Legendary Port Shepstone surfer Heather Clark hosted her traditional Christmas morning surf session at St Michael’s on Tuesday.
The tradition dates back to the beginning of Clark’s trail-blazing career and was started by her and her father, who would mark special occasions with a surf regardless of conditions.
“Fergie” and her wife Menize now carry on the tradition and issue an open invitation to wave riders each year.
Surfers hit the beach at 5.30am and were welcomed by 4-5 foot waves.
Clark said the 2018 edition was epic, telling eHowzit, “It’s great to have locals and a number of out-of-towners join us as we carry on our tradition.
“We were joined by surfers on short and longboards and bodyboarders. It was a bit misty, but absolutely awesome! We jumped in the shorebreak and had some strong surf and a lot of fun!
“Merry Christmas and a happy new year to everyone. May you have a fantastic 2019!”
It’s been another stellar year in the career of South Africa’s most accomplished female surfer.
The “Queen of South African surfing” kicked off 2018 by winning the Ugu women’s open title in February, and tied the knot with long-time partner Menize in March.
In August, Clark retained her women’s Over-30 crown at the Mercedes-Benz South African Championships at Nahoon Reef, where she also placed second in the women’s open final.
She served as coach of Ugu Surfriders side at the Sea Harvest South African Junior Championships, guiding the team to a successful campaign at Lower Point in October, and continued to groom young talent throughout the year at her surf school, Heather Clark Surf Adventures.
Clark capped off the year by doing the double at the Lizzard Hurricane KwaZulu-Natal Championships earlier this month.