The Southern KwaZulu-Natal (SKZN) surfing team made history today when they clinched the coveted President’s Cup by winning the team title at the Cool Shoe South African Surfing Championships for the first time in the 48 year history of the event.
Southern KwaZulu Natal Surfing Team clinched the prestigis Presidents Cup by scoring the highest number of points overall – Photo by Karen / D-Vine Images
The closest finish to the team event in the modern era saw SKZN finish just 26 points ahead of 2012 champions Western Province with host province KwaZulu-Natal Central (KZNC) taking third place 112 points further back and 2011 champions Border in fourth spot.
In the individual SA titles, Casey Grant (SKZN) successfully defended his Men’s crown, Nikita Robb (Border) won the Women’s division for the third successive year and was also named the Surfer of the Contest while Mikey February (WP) reclaimed the U20 Boys’ title he won last year and Emma Smith (EP) was crowned the U20 Girls’ champion for the first time.
The organisers’ decision to start the final day’s proceedings 30 minutes earlier than the preceding three days paid off when the very contestable one metre surf faded as the tide went out with virtually no waves coming through in the last 10 minutes of the men’s final.
Casey Grant contributed a massive 4 000 points to his team’s winning total by holding off the challenge of the vastly experienced ISA World Masters champion Greg Emslie (Border). Using a powerful array of powerful carving manoeuvres, Grant posted a title-winning total of 13.25 out of 20 early in the final leaving Emslie, third placed Klee Strachan (SKZN) and fourth placed Matt Bromley (WP) scratching for waves with any scoring potential as time ran out.
Defending SA Surfing Champion Casey Grant again clinched the 2013 Cool Shoe SA Surfing Championship open men’s title – Photo by Karen / D-Vine Images
Former WCT campaigner Nikita Robb dominated every heat she contested during the event, including the final, and finished well ahead of runner-up Heather Clark (SKZN), the 42 year former two-time ISA World Women’s Masters champion. Lynne Mackey (KZNC) collected the bronze medal for third place in her first final at a nationally rated event and Tanika Hoffman (WP) earned the copper medal.
Two times defending SA Women’s Surfing Champion Nikita Robb clinched her third consecutive title – Photo by Karen / D-Vine Images
Mikey February, a member of the SA Senior team that won the team title at the ISA World Surfing Games in Panama in April, racked up a heat total of 16.75 points in the U20 Boys’ final, the highest recorded on the last day. The lanky Capetonian finished well ahead of SA Junior team members David van Zyl (KZNC), Dylan Lightfoot (EP) and Max Armstrong (WP) who placed second to fourth respectively.
Mikey February claimed the Cool Shoes SA Surfing Championships under 20 boys title – Photo by Karen / D-Vine Images
Emma Smith was a deserved winner of the U20 Girl’s title when she convincingly outscored Nicole Pallet (KZNC), Anoush Zakarian (Boland) and Chanelle Botha (SKZN) who finished in that order.
Emma Smith clinched the under 20 Girl’s division of the Cool Shoe SA Surfing Champs – Photo by Karen / D-Vine Images
The awards ceremony held on the beach at New Pier in Durban after the event saw the finalists in each division receiving gold, silver, bronze and copper medals with Nikita Robb named the Surfer of the Contest and Southern KwaZulu-Natal collecting the coveted President’s Cup.
Cool Shoes SA Surfing Championships Final Results
1. Southern KZN – 22 856 pts
2. Western Province – 22 830 pts
3. KZN Central – 22 718 pts
4. Border – 21 266pts
5. Eastern Province – 20 836 pts
6. Boland – 17 170 pts
7. Zululand – 15 652 pts
8. Southern Cape – 13 790 pts
1. Casey Grant (SKZN) – 13.25
2. Greg Emslie (Border) – 10.30
3. Klee Strachan (SKZN) – 8.35
4. Matt Bromley (WP) – 7.85
1. Nikita Robb (Border) – 15.25
2. Heather Cark (SKZN) – 11.75
3. Lynne Mackey (KZNC) – 6.80
4. Tanika Hoffman (WP) – 4.75
1. Michael February (WP) – 16.75
2. David van Zyl (KZNC) – 11.0
3. Dylan Lightfoot (EP) – 8.10
4. Max Armstrong (WP) – 7.75
1. Emma Smith (EP) – 13.50
2. Nicole Pallet (KZNC) – 9.45
3. Anoush Zakarian (Bol) – 6.10
4. Chanelle Botha (SKZN) – 2.95