Wave Wizards surf up a storm

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The final Umhlanga Wave Wizards Club contest of the year attracted over 70 surfers to Bronze Beach on Sunday.

Competitors and spectators were treated to perfect summer weather with a light sea breeze. The spring tides brought 2-3ft waves in the early afternoon, making it ‘rippable’ and fun for the surfers.

The high tide brought an Amphitheatre-type effect with both surfers hearing their live scores, and spectators very excited and engaged with the show of talent.

Lizzard and Hurricane Surf provided great prizes and surfers in the Masters and Open Men divisions received Poison Brew. Wave Wizards Club also forked out R3000 in prize money for the Open Men.

In the Open Men’s division, series leader Matt Kruger held the lead for the most part of the final with Beyrick de Vries (pictured) posting an excellent 8.67 for a single ride in the dying moments of the heat to steal the win with a combined heat total of 15.34 with Kruger in second, Calvin Goor third and Kyle Lane fourth.

Mike Frew was on form and took the win in the Masters Men with a total of 14.5 over series leader Carl Roux, who was narrowly beaten with a total of 13.5. Ian Duff and Rein van de Wall were third and fourth.

Mike Frew (Masters winners).

The Under-18 Boys is always a highly contested age group where there is friendship on the bank, but enemies in the water. All surfers brought their ‘A’ game and the positions changed throughout the heat.

The consistent Tide Lee Ireland bagged the win with his good wave selection. Close on his heals was Saxton Randall, then Luke Thompson and Aya Gericke. All pushed their limits with progressive moves and aerials to add to the excitement.

Luke Thompson was the clear winner in the Under-14 Boys division posting a seven and six point ride. He beat Jordon Boshoff, Brayden Bergset and David Edwards into the runner up positions.

The ocean was tricky during the Under-12 Boys final on the changing tides, but Julian Carbonal showed good form, beating his rivals with a clear win and total of 11.5 points. Owen Slack, Luc Lepront and Thor Knutsen placed second, third and fourth respectively.

Many brave young novice boys showed up to compete with their dads’ paddle assist. There was another win for the Frew family with Damien taking the victory with a two-point margin over the others. Jarod Pretorius came second, Indie van der Wall third and Trent Louriero fourth.

Kat Steffen (Open Ladies winner.)

Kat Steffen showed fine form in the Open Ladies with a 3.5 point lead over Olivia Brand, Gabi Lailvaux and Olivia Izzard.

Lailvaux went on to win the Under-16 Girls ahead of Olivia Izzard, young Mayah Potgieter and Gaby Herbst.

The little Under-12 Girls showed no fear, all paddling out without help. Gaby Herbst was the outright winner, two points ahead of Mayah Potgieter, Kira Attfield and Louise Lepront.

The Surfer of the Event award went to Luke Thompson, Beyrick de Vries boasted the highest wave/heat score, the Most ‘Frothiest’ Grom was Louise Lepront and the Most ‘Frothiest’ Oldie prize went to Carl le Roux.

Club chairman Jestyn Viljoen said, “What a great day it was. Umhlanga Bronze Beach showed off its great weather and waves for our final club event. It was so special to see surfers and families all enjoying the sun and sea in a safe, clean environment.

“There is a Hawaiian proverb: ‘It takes a village to raise a child’. Wave Wizards Surf Club is a great platform for young kids to learn from the masters. Thanks to everyone involved for a tremendously successful day.”

The next big event is the Lizzard Hurricane KwaZulu-Natal Surfing Championships 2017 at Bronze Beach from 1-3 December. To enter online, go to www.ethekwinisurfing.co.za

RESULTS:

NOVICE BOYS NAME
1 Damien Frew
2 Jarod Pretorius
3 Indie Van de Wall
4 Trent Louriero
5 Kyle Tenor

U12 GIRLS NAME
1 Gaby Herbst
2 Mayah Potgieter
3 Kira Attfield
4 Louise Lepront

U12 BOYS NAME
1 Julian Carbonal
2 Owen Slack
3 Luc Lepront
4 Thor Knutsen
5 Tristan Frew
5 Daniel Bergset

U14 BOYS NAME
1 Luke Thompson
2 Jordan Boshoff
3 Brayden Bergset
4 David Edwards

U16 GIRLS NAME
1 Gabi Lailvaux
2 Olivia Izzard
3 Maya Potgieter
4 Gaby Herbst

U18 BOYS NAME
1 Tide Lee Ireland
2 Saxton Randall
3 Luke Thompson
4 Aya Gerrick

OPEN LADIES NAME
1 Kat Steffen
2 Olivia Brand
3 Gabi Lailvaux
4 Olivia Izzard

MASTERS MEN NAME
1 Mike Frew
2 Carl Le Roux
3 Ian Duff
4 Rein Van de Wall

OPEN MEN NAME
1 Beyrick de Vries
2 Matt Kruger
3 Calvin Goor
4 Kyle Lane

SURFER OF COMP Luke Thompson
HIGHEST WAVE SCORE Beyrick de Vries
MOST FROTHING GROM Louise Lupront
MOST FROTHING OLDIE Carl Roux

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