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GREENING THE BILLABONG PRO J-BAY IN WEBISODE 4 ON BILLABONGPRO.COM

June 25th, 2010 No comments

Kelly Slater hoping for fifth Billabong Pro J-Bay Title 

Billabong South Africa Marketing and Sales Manager, Peter Nicholson, and Kerry Wright from Cleaner Climate chat about the ‘greening’ of the 2010 Billabong Pro J-Bay in Webisode 4 now on www.billabongpro.com, the official website of Africa’s most prestigious and lucrative surfing event.

Last year the South Africa Parliament passed a resolution congratulating the organisers of the Billabong Pro J-Bay on their efforts in making environmental conservation a top priority and this year Billabong is again partnering with Cleaner Climate to implement a raft of sustainable practices to decrease the carbon footprint and minimize the environmental impact of the event.

Learn more about the initiatives that reduce the emissions from the staging the event and how those remaining are offset to ensure that the barrels ridden at Supertubes are green in more ways than one.

The www.billabongpro.com website features heaps of content including background information, news, photos and videos and will provide LIVE coverage of the all the action during the event with multiple camera angles, slow motion replays, up to the second scoring, commentary in English and Portuguese, email messages to the commentators, interactive competitions and video-on-demand highlights of previous heats.

The Billabong Pro J-Bay is scheduled for 15-25 July 2010 at the internationally renowned Supertubes surf break in Jeffreys Bay. It is stop No. 4 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the series of events that determines the annual ASP World Surfing Champion, and the field comprises the world’s top 45 ranked professional surfers along with three wildcards.

The 2010 Billabong Pro J-Bay is proudly supported by Eastern Cape Tourism, Virgin Atlantic, Monster Energy, Vida e Caffe, Corona and Tavcor

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Billabong South Africa
Contact: Brendon Kegel
Telephone: +27 (0) 42 200 2747
Email: brendon.kegel@billabong.co.za

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ANDY IRONS’ THOUGHTS ON BILLABONG PRO J-BAY NOW ON BILLABONGPRO.COM

June 23rd, 2010 No comments

Pictured: Former three-time ASP World Champion and 2004 Billabong Pro J-Bay winner Andy Irons (HAW) demonstrates his tube riding skills. Photo: ASP / Cestari

Former three-time ASP World Champion Andy Irons provides his thoughts on the Billabong Pro J-Bay, the waves at Supertubes, visiting Jeffreys Bay and the pressure of the recently introduced One World Tour Rankings in the third in a series of webisodes uploaded to www.billabongpro.com, the official website of Africa’s most prestigious surfing event.

The 31 year-old Hawaiian, who took a 12 month sabbatical from the ASP World Tour last year, has been one of the standout performers at Supers throughout the last decade, winning the Billabong Pro J-Bay in 2004, and the superb footage amply demonstrates his superior tube-riding skills, powerful bottom turns, slashing cutbacks and vertical off-the-top manoeuvres.

Ranked No. 23 on the ASP World Title Race leaderboard going into J-Bay, Irons explains why he will arrive early to fine-tune his equipment and is frank about needing a good result in the Billabong Pro to ensure he’s in the mix when the ASP World Tour competitors are cut from 45 to 32 after the fifth event in Tahiti in August

The www.billabongpro.com website features heaps of content including background information, news, photos and videos and will provide LIVE coverage of the all the action during the event with multiple camera angles, slow motion replays, up to the second scoring, commentary in English and Portuguese, email messages to the commentators, interactive competitions and video-on-demand highlights of previous heats.

The Billabong Pro J-Bay is scheduled for 15-25 July 2010 at the internationally renowned Supertubes surf break in Jeffreys Bay. It is stop No. 4 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the series of events that determines the annual ASP World Surfing Champion, and the field comprises the world’s top 45 ranked professional surfers along with three wildcards.

The 2010 Billabong Pro J-Bay is proudly supported by Eastern Cape Tourism, Virgin Atlantic, Monster Energy, Vida e Caffe, Corona and Tavcor

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Issued on behalf of:

Billabong South Africa
Contact: Brendon Kegel
Telephone: +27 (0) 42 200 2747
Email: brendon.kegel@billabong.co.za

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2180 kilometres into Hanli and Tim’s Soccer & Surf Road Trip

June 22nd, 2010 No comments

Scenery along the roadside in the South African hinterland 

‘We’ve seen good and bad soccer games in stadiums, pubs, small township TV screens and live Afrikaans radio broadcasts. We’ve played street soccer with the kids of Carnarvon, surfed the sunset in Elands Bay, bought Rooibos tea in Clanwilliam, been told that in Bloemfontein soccer is colour-blind, drank tea in Orania where the soccer world cup is persona non grata. We’ve spent not a cent on accommodation as hospitality is alive and well in SA.

We’ve lamented Bafana with a small man named Peanut in the Karoo, cursed England in a smokey pub with loud Afrikaans dance music blaring. The road is either flat and straight and lulls you to sleep, or potholed and rutted and rattles your teeth. South Africa is huge when you’re driving to every host city, but brought close together by this common denominator… It’s AYOBA!’

EXCERPTS FROM TRIP ARTICLES:

For more words and pics see: www.soccersurfroadtrip.com

Searching for the Source in the Karoo: by Tim

If the football World Cup has yet to arrive in the further reaches of South Africa, it’s little wonder. Driving inland on the R27, away from rural Elandsbaii on the west coast and towards the snow capped peaks of the Cederberg and beyond to the Great Karoo, the population fades to nothing. In a day of driving we see just three cars, and each one waves feverishly at the novelty of passing strangers. Towns appear on the horizon, out of the dust, and fade just as quickly…

Brazil/ North Korea: by Hanli

I’m surrounded by hundreds of unbelievably enthusiastic Brazilians, I’d almost like to say that Brazil invented enthusiasm. The only colours visible are yellow and green, the purple and red feathers from the scantly dressed dancers sticking out like a beloved sore thumb. The Sea Point Community Hall is positively bouncing! Vuvuzela’s joining in the rhythm of the live music flowing down from the stage. Beautiful girls dance around singing along to tunes I’ve never even heard. My black outfit feels utterly dull and unimaginative in this festive fruit salad. Man, these people know how to have a good time. And the game hasn’t even started yet!…

It’s not possible to be calm when you meet your heroes: by Tim

So when I bumped into Alan Shearer in the bathroom of the Harbour House, just next to my home in Kalk Bay, and I turned into a mumbling, head scratching, thumb twisting, mute, it is understandable. My fellow diners were less understanding. I’m not one to approach celebrities; I am the shy type, not wanting to impose. Hanli, for those that know her, is not. So I was on my way. At the table they were warm and welcoming. They listened to my request of an email to send details of my charity to, and we chatted. A two-way conversation rather than the star struck gabble I feared…

What does 16.5 billion rand look like: by Hanli

… I saw what 16.5 billion rand looked like on Friday night at the Green Point Stadium. Not the stadium, although it is impressive. Not the glitch-less way in which thousands of people were ushered in and out of the area. No, on the face of the little boy next to me, when he watched his hero Henry walk onto the field. In his lifetime, in his city, in his country, he sees this man run tall onto his grass. His eyes were glassy, his mouth wide open. His shivering under his thin jersey stopped and he let out a yell of joy never to be forgotten. A 16.5 billion rand yell that got drowned out by a 16.5 billion rand vuvuzela honking, 16.5 billion rand of goodwill and pride. 

I have seen what 16.5 billion rand looks like, and it looks good!

I am English, I am cursed: by Tim

… Little did I know what becoming an England supporter entailed. Nobody warned me. My parents didn’t follow the game, or more accurately had given up. 1990 was a false dawn and a litany of failures followed. I feel sure that the England team fails unlike any other, running aground in the calmest of waters, surcoming to the most preventable of calamities. I wander if every nation feels what we do, if we all share the same feeling just from a different perspective. But I often feel being an England fan exposes me to a unique type of emotional torment and pain. All the past glories of our small island, we now look for in our football team. We expect so much. From 1990 – 2010, my World Cups are nightmares revisited. Each time I tell myself it will be different, each time I think of new and ingenious ways to circumnavigate the pain of just watching England, but I’m yet to find a tonic.

Elands Bay vs Doubt, 1-0: by Hanli

… I have strong memories of being a kid and being taken in by random people when my dad’s car broke down, as it always did. Maybe that was then. We drive through Melbosstrand, Velddrif, Ventersdorp… we are aiming for a last Atlantic surf in Elands Bay before heading inland past Bloem to the northern host cities. The surf is small and clean on the Elands Bay beach break. ‘What about the Hotel’, Tim says. ‘You could ask them’. I swallow drily, he really believes my tales of bygone hospitality. But it is practical. The Hotel is right on the beach. We park the muddy bakkie outside the Hotel door. Crap. The sign on the door says, ‘No surfboards, No wetsuits, No vuvuzelas.’ We’re stuffed….

For more words and pics see: www.soccersurfroadtrip.com

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Hanli Prinsloo
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2010 SA University Surfing Championships

June 18th, 2010 No comments

NMMU and UCT successfully defend SA Universities surfing titles at Victoria Bay

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU)  and the University of Cape Town (UCT) successfully defended the men’s and women’s team titles respectively at the 2010  SA University Surfing Championships which ran from 14-16 June.

Hosted by the NMMU George campus at Victoria Bay for the first time, the event enjoyed good waves on the right-hand point that produced great surfing performances by the competitors from NMMU, Rhodes University , the University of Stellenbosch, KZN University and the University of Cape Town, as well as the Cape Town University of Technology (CPUT).

The men’s event was won by Clinton Gravett (NMMU) who relegated defending champion Kyle Beach (UKZN) to the runner-up berth this year with NMMU teammates Gary Muller and Kyle Jacobs placing third and fourth.

Sarah Nicholson (UCT) improved on her third place finish in 2009 to clinch the ladies’ crown ahead of Lisa Auditore (US), Kerry Hodgkinson (UCT) and Jessica Genrich (Rhodes), who finished in that order.

The annual universities surfing championships is presented under the auspices of University Sport SA, which is affiliated to the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC). The tournament is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA), the national governing body for the sport.

Billabong was again the main event sponsor.

SA Universities Surfing Championships

Results

Men’s Competition

Teams

  1. NMMU
  2. UCT
  3. Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)
  4. University of Stellenbosch (US)
  5. Rhodes University
  6. University Kwazulu Natal (UKZN)

Individual

  1. Clinton Gravett – NMMU
  2. Kyle Beach – UKZN
  3. Gary Muller – NMMU
  4. Kyle Jacobs – NMMU

Ladies’ Competition

Teams

  1. UCT
  2. US
  3. NMMU
  4. CPUT
  5. Rhodes University

Individual

  1. Sarah Nicholson – UCT
  2. Lisa Auditore – US
  3. Kerry Hodgkinson – UCT
  4. Jessica Genrich – Rhodes

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Media Release Issued on behalf of:

NMMU – Marketing and Corporate relations Department
Hugo Loubser
Sport Manager: NMMU – George Campus
Cell       082 575 1826
Email    Hugo.Loubser@nmmu.ac.za

Compiled & Distributed by:

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JORDY SMITH’S TAKE ON BILLABONG PRO J-BAY AVAILABLE ON BILLABONGPRO.COM

June 18th, 2010 No comments

Pictured: Jordy Smith in action during the last event on the ASP World Tour in May where he climbed to No. 2 on the ASP World Title Race rankings Photo: ASP / Kirstin

South African surfing superstar, Jordy Smith, gives his take on the Billabong Pro J-Bay in the second of a series of webisodes now available on www.billabongpro.com, the official website of Africa’s most prestigious surfing event.

Smith, 22, is the current No. 2 on the ASP World Title Race rankings going into the 2010 Billabong Pro J-Bay, which he rates as his favourite event. Having surfed at Supertubes since he was seven years old, the Durbanite knows every nuance of the break and in a recent interview he explains why he loves the wave, the town and the event.

Webisode 2 features spectacular footage of Smith in action during last year’s event and on the 2010 ASP World Tour that has seen him climb the rankings to sit just behind Kelly Slater (USA) after three events.

The www.billabongpro.com website features a host of content such as background information, news, photos and videos and will provide LIVE coverage of the all the action during the event with multiple camera angles, slow motion replays, up to the second scoring, commentary in English and Portuguese, email messages to the commentators, interactive competitions and video-on-demand highlights of previous heats.

The Billabong Pro J-Bay is scheduled for 15-25 July 2010 at the world famous Supertubes surf break in Jeffreys Bay. It is stop No. 4 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the series of events that determines the annual ASP World Surfing Champion, and the field comprises the world’s top 45 ranked professional surfers along with three wildcards.

The 2010 Billabong Pro J-Bay is proudly supported by Eastern Cape Tourism, Virgin Atlantic, Monster Energy, Vida e Caffe, Corona and Tavcor

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Issued on behalf of:

Billabong South Africa
Contact: Brendon Kegel
Telephone: +27 (0) 42 200 2747
Email: brendon.kegel@billabong.co.za

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The KG Longboard Classic – Jongensfontein

June 17th, 2010 No comments

 

KG Longboard Classic Poster

Top Longboard surfers from all over South Africa are travelling down to Jongensfontein for the KG Classic, the first in the 5 event SALSA Longboard Tour. The Series winner will receive a Grand Prize at the last event, the SA Champs in Durban. Open Finalists at all series events receive cash prizes as well.

Contestants include KZN’s, Brad Weare, who is travelling to Peru later this year as part of the SA Team. Also surfing are WP’s Justin Bing, who competed at last years World Games in Costa Rica, Michael Grendon, who’s got a slot at the ASP Event in Makaha in November, and P.E.’s Dylan McLeod, who competed on the World Longboard Tour last year, in Japan and the Maldives.

A full field with International competitive experience.

Last years event was held in perfect 6-8 foot surf, and was won by Ludi du Toit from Jeffreys Bay, who returns to defend his title.

Current storm conditions are clearing for this weekends competition, with excellent contestable surf predicted once the cold front has moved past. There are a number of point breaks in the area, and the contest is mobile, dependent on the best surf on the day. It also forms part of the World Surf Day celebration.

Besides the Premier Open Division, there are rounds which include ladies, juniors, over 50’s and the Divas – ladies over 35. Over 80 surfers will be competing.

Of interest is the PDI contingent in the junior and Open Division. Previously they were part of development initiatives in WP Longboard surfing, but made the WP team on merit at the recent SA Champs. Alfonso Peters was the top performer at this event, and will be challenging for prize honours in the Open Division at the KG Classic.

He is being supported by SALSA to attend all the series events in the country, over the next year.

Issued on behalf of SALSA

The South African Longboard Surfing Association 

Thomas Catlin takes top spot in Hurley’s Win A Trip To California Competition

June 17th, 2010 No comments

Hurley - Catlin's board 

 Cape Town, South Africa (17 June 2010) – Sea Point surfer Thomas Catlin will be heading off to Huntington Beach for the Hurley US Open of Surfing in August after winning their unique Win A Trip To California Competition.

Catlin’s efforts to take the prize saw him donning a Tiger Shark suit and surfing freezing Cape waters, wearing a mask and wings while skateboarding along the Sea Point promenade holding a Hurley Bird sign and constructing a Squidman suit which he wore along with pink smoke bombs for added special effects.

His prize sees him win an all-expenses paid trip to the Hurley US Open of Surfing in California, VIP treatment among the 600,000 fans expected at the event, meeting the Hurley International team, touring Hurley/Nike/Converse Action Sports headquarters and finally designing his own Hurley product at 225 Forest.

“I am really, really excited,” said Catlin after the win. “When I heard, I was so stoked that I just started screaming in the parking lot at Buffels Bay… all the heavy locals from Kommetjie were there wondering what was going on, so I told them and they’re all my best friends now! They didn’t recognise me because in all the photos I had a shark’s head and so on… but I remember giving them hot coffee, then running around the parking lot like crazy!”

The competition attracted close on 100 entrants from around South Africa, eventually narrowed down to ten finalists for the last two weeks of the competition. Catlin was judged the winner by an international panel of judges which included Bob Hurley (President and Founder of Hurley), Pat O’Connell (Hurley Sports Marketing Manager), Evan Slater (Former editor of Surfing Magazine and now Digital Content Manager for Hurley International), Jason Haynes (Marketing Manager for Hurley Australia) and Liam Wood (Hurley South Africa Team Manager). 

“The competition was a huge success,” said Liam Wood, “and we were especially happy with the final round. The top ten all stepped it up a level in the last two weeks with unique creative profiles and super interesting blogs. All ten were deserving winners, but from the very beginning Thomas Catlin went all out. Only entering 3 weeks before the end of the first round, Thomas shot through the rankings overnight due to putting a little bit more effort thanks to his costume designs, social networking, and even board shaping!”

The international panel of judges agreed that Catlin’s nail in the coffin was shaping a quad fish (four finned surfboard) with artwork depicting his costumes through the various stages of the event. “I’m going to take the quad with me,” said Catlin, “and I want to give it to one of the pros – hopefully Brett Simpson. He does mad aerials and to see him ride the board would be awesome. I’d love him to bust an air where you can see the underside of the board. I’ll tell him ‘bro, if you break it, snap it, whatever, just go crazy!”

Despite his job being done and the prize secured, Catlin has also vowed to wear his Hurley Tiger Shark suit when he boards the plane headed for California.

The Hurley US Open of surfing runs from August 2nd to 8th, and sports the largest purse on the World Qualifying Series with a massive $250,000 total prize money. The first place winner’s cheque of $100,000 is the largest of any event in professional surfing.

Catlin’s profile, along with all of the entries throughout the competition, can be viewed at http://www.hurley.co.za

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Pictured: Thomas Catlin’s hand-shaped quad showing the Hurley Tiger Shark, Hurley Bird and Squidman

Photo: Thomas Catlin

NB: High resolution version of this image is available rights free to Media outlets

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Liam Wood
Hurley Team Manager
liam@hurley.co.za
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Follow Hanli & Tim’s Soccer & Surf road trip through South Africa

June 15th, 2010 No comments

 

Green Point Stadium Photo: Tim Conibear

My name is Hanli. I am a Cape Town based free-diver / filmmaker/ adventurer. I spend my days in or on the ocean, travelling the seven seas and living adventures and writing or speaking about them. More on me at www.hanliprinsloo.com/

I am about to embark on a crazy adventure. For 7 years I lived in Sweden and this time in EU turned me into an avid soccer supporter, which today makes me possibly one of very few afrikaans-speaking-surfing-female-soccer-fans in the country! 

And I love soccer. The game, the camaraderie, the stadiums… And I love that it has come here. I am a proud South African, a nervous Bafana supporter. A girl who knows the offside rule! The World Cup is coming here and I am going to embrace it!!!

My friend Tim Conibear on the other hand is English, of the Oxford variety, and lives in CT since four years back running a foundation teaching township kids in Masiphumalele surfing and soccer, and through that, life in general. See www.ttride.co.uk/foundation

We are both freelance writers and photographers, Tim for UK mags and newspapers http://timothy-smile.blogspot.com, and me with a background in social political doc-film making and writing for Swedish magazines.

We love soccer. We don’t have tickets. Or much cash. But I have a big bakkie. And we have a plan.

We are leaving Cape Town shortly after kick-off to go on a soccer/surf roadtrip through all of SA for the whole World Cup, watching at least one game in each host city.

As we don’t have tickets, we will ‘see’ a game a little differently… meet people, watch in shebeens, fan parks, from a high hill close to the stadium, in a shack with the locals, in a pub with the crazies. We will live the world cup more than just seeing the games, we will experience it ‘from the ground’ – as most South Africans will be!

Once we hit Durban and travel along the coast, we are going to combine soccer with surfing, our other passion, and surf and celebrate all the way back down to CT! 

We will be writing every day about our experiences, both personally – as we experience it, about the games as they are played, as well as the vibe and the state of the host nation. This is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime World Cup, as we know!

Our website is live and you can see it at:  http://soccersurfroadtrip.com/?m=1

Tim has already taken 40 kids from his charity to the opening game in Cape Town and tonight I will go to the Italy vs. Paraguay game, having talked my way into a corporate box! So it’s all going well so far! 

We will be selling content through the site but are open to chatting with interested parties, so please get in touch.

Sharpening our pencils, loading our cameras, waxing down our boards, uncapping our internet and inflating some balls, we are ready to go!!!

Hanli and Tim

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Kids from the Ticket to Ride Foundation in Masiphumalele enjoying the opening game of the World Cup in the Cape Town stadium

Issued by:

Hanli Prinsloo
Email: hanli@iamwater.co.za

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BILLABONG PRO J-BAY LAUNCHES WEBSITE WITH 2009 EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

June 14th, 2010 No comments

 

Spectators watch the world’s best surfers in the world’s best waves at the Billabong Pro J-Bay at Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay

Africa’s most prestigious surfing contest, the Billabong Pro J-Bay, is pleased to announce the launch of the official event website at www.billabongpro.com

This comprehensive website features a host of content such as background information, news, photos and videos including a brand new webisode on the highlights from 2009 Billabong Pro J-Bay won by Australian Joel Parkinson in epic surf at Supertubes.

The website will also provide LIVE coverage of the all the action during the event with multiple camera angles, slow motion replays, up to the second scoring, commentary in English and Portuguese, email messages to the commentators, interactive competitions and video-on-demand highlights of previous heats.

The Billabong Pro J-Bay is scheduled for 15-25 July 2010 at the world famous Supertubes surf break in Jeffreys Bay. It is stop No. 4 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the series of events that determines the annual ASP World Surfing Champion, and the field comprises the world’s top 45 ranked professional surfers along with three wildcards.

The 2010 Billabong Pro J-Bay is proudly supported by Eastern Cape Tourism, Virgin Atlantic, Monster Energy, Vida e Caffe, Corona and Tavcor

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Billabong South Africa
Contact: Brendon Kegel
Telephone: +27 (0) 42 200 2747
Email: brendon.kegel@billabong.co.za

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NMMU George hosts SA University Surfing Championships at Victoria Bay

June 13th, 2010 No comments

NMMU George is hosting the 2010 SA University Champs 

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) George Campus will make history on June 14-16 when the SA University Surfing Championships takes place at Victoria Bay for the first time.

The annual universities surfing championships is presented under the auspices of University Sport SA, which is affiliated to the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC). The tournament is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA), the national governing body for the sport.

Teams of eight men and four women  from NMMU, Rhodes University , the University of Stellenbosch, KZN University and the University of Cape Town, as well as the Cape Town University of Technology (CPUT) will compete in the event

 “NMMU George is delighted at the opportunity to welcome the competing teams, as well as visitors and spectators to our midst.   Surfing is a visually-appealing sport and this particular university challenge is sure to add to the vibrancy of the local sporting scene”, says Hugo Loubser, NMMU George Sport Manager.

Kyle Beach (UKZN) and Lisa Mace (University of Stellenbosch) will be defending their 2009 titles, as will NMMU in the team’s event.

Billabong will again be the main event sponsor.

Be sure not to miss the surfing action at Vic Bay between 14 and 16 June.

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NMMU George is hosting the 2010 SA University Champs, sanctioned by Surfing SA and presented under the auspices of USSA, at Victoria Bay between 14 and 16 June

Photo courtesy NMMU

Media Release Issued by:

NMMU – Marketing and Corporate relations Department
Hugo Loubser
Sport Manager: NMMU – George Campus
Cell       082 575 1826
Email    Hugo.Loubser@nmmu.ac.za

Distributed by:

Life’s a Beach Communications
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Tel:              +27 (0) 21 783 4965
Fax:             +27 (0) 86 684 6250
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