The next wave of South African surfing stars displayed their talents in the Sea Harvest South Coast Grom Comp presented by Ugu South Coast Tourism at St Mike’s at the weekend.
Surfers from all parts of the country competed in the two-day 1A rated South African Surf Tour Event, which offered in excess of R15000 in prize money and SAST ratings points across the five divisions.
National Junior Team members Kayla Nogueira of Umhlanga and Luke Thompson of Durban (pictured) on Sunday won the Under-16 Girls and Under-16 Boys titles respectively.
Both surfers worked hard for their wins in the contestable 3-4 foot surf and their victories in the premier divisions at the event earned them some much-needed prize money and a handful of SA Surf Tour ratings points.
Talented Gabi Herbst of Durban came second to Nogueira, Sarah Scott of Kommetjie took third spot and Anastasia Venter of Melkbosstrand was fourth.
Herbst, Scott and Venter are all under twelve years old and the three competitive young surfers are certainly the future of South African Women’s surfing.
In the Under-16 Boys Final, Thompson beat fellow Durban surfer and team mate in the National Junior Team, Tide Lee Ireland into second place. James Ribbink of Durban North was third and Dominic Southwood of Ballito came fourth.
In the Under-14 Boys Final, Ribbink turned the tables on Thompson to take the win. Matt O Brien of East London was third and Christian Venter of Melkbosstrand came fourth.
In the Under-12 Girls Final, Sarah Scott edged Anastasia Venter into the runner-up spot with local girl, Mayah Potgieter taking third ahead of Gabi Herbst.
A stoked Matt Canning of Durban, son of former National Team member and Pro surfer, Paul Canning, took the Under-12 Boys title ahead of Josh Malherbe of Coffee Bay.
Josh is the son of David Malherbe, another former National Team member and Pro surfer who competed against Paul on many occasion in the late 80’s and early 90’s.
Ntokozo Maphumalo, a product of the SA Surfing Legends High Performance Academy, was third and fellow Durban surfer Kai Hall came fourth.
The Sea Harvest South Coast Grom Comp was expertly hosted by the Ugu Surfriders committee and was supported by local companies such as C Bali, who provided all the meals for the officials. Liveheats provided the scoring system which was used on both days of competition.
Photos by Candice Powell