Drop In Bodyboarding Club founder Alex Nutt personifies the passion and enthusiasm of the club. (Andre du Toit)
By Quintin van Jaarsveld
Drop In Bodyboarding Club is quickly establishing itself as a breeding ground for future stars.
Founded and run by Margate super grom Alex Nutt, Drop In is a development club which aims to boost the growth of the sport in the region and unearth new talent.
Nutt, a Reef South Africa team rider and 2014 South African Bodyboarding Tour boys champion, established the club approximately 12 months ago and has since been hosting free training sessions at St Michaels from 3-4.30pm every Friday.
In an interview with eHowz!t, it quickly became apparent that Nutt is not a typical 12-year-old.
He has a clear vision of what he hopes to achieve with the club, a mature philosophy that belies his age, and works closely with his father Riaan to outline its direction and organise events.
“Drop In’s goal is to share the stoke of bodyboarding with anyone who’s keen to take up the sport and to help develop their skillset,” Nutt explained.
The club doesn’t charge any membership fees and has subsequently enjoyed gradual growth in popularity.
Interest, however, has spiked over the past three months, to such an extent that the club hosted three contests during this period, and is currently grooming 25 riders ranging from five to 19 years of age.
The latest contest took place at St Michaels on Saturday and illustrated the strides the club has made in its first year both in and out of the water.
“The turnout on Saturday was very good,” said Nutt.
‘We had 20 boys and three girls riding in development classes and ran our first ever boys heat.
“The standard of riding has improved greatly over the last year, from only seeing cutbacks to now seeing all the developers doing rolls and spins … everyone’s come a long way.
“The girls have probably shown the biggest improvement and the likes of Ciska de Beer, Casandri Pretorius, Skye Bothma and my sister Robyn are among our top riders.”
Nutt is excited about the club’s future and is confident it will go from strength to strength.
“We believe things are only going to get better and would like to see more kids and parents get involved.
“Anyone who’s keen to get involved in bodyboarding as a rider or just to share the vibe is welcome.”
Bjorn van der Linden showed impressive form to win the boys development division at the weekend.
Dewald Haasbroek placed second, Eben Celliers third and JC van Tonder fourth.
Robyn Nutt ruled in the girls development division where she beat out Ciska de Beer and Casandri Pretorius, while club founder Alex became the inaugural boys division winner after seeing off Dewald Haasbroek, JC van Tonder, Declan Peens and Van der Linden.
For more information on Drop In Bodyboarding Club, contact Nutt on 074 193 1999.
Photo gallery by Jacques Grobler