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RVCA to focus on growing Junior Series surfing event at Jeffreys Bay

April 24th, 2013 No comments
The Lower Point at Jeffreys Bay will be the venue for a bigger and better edition of the RVCA Junior Series in 2014  Photo: Richard Johnson

The Lower Point at Jeffreys Bay will be the venue for a bigger and better edition of the RVCA Junior Series in 2014 Photo: Richard Johnson

 

Building on the success of their inaugural Junior Series surfing event at Jeffreys Bay in March, leading youth brand RVCA (pronounced ‘Rooka’) will be focussing on growing the tournament into one of the most iconic stops on the annual South African surfing calendar.

With a brand platform that combines the subcultures of art, music, fashion and modern lifestyle, RVCA’s values of integrity and balance ensure this will become a truly unique event that encourages the country’s best young surfers to push their creative boundaries, both on the land and in the waves.

“Our first event at Jeffreys Bay was a great success and we intend offering even more to the surfers and their families in future,” said RVCA South Africa Brand Manager, Arno Lane. “The Lower Point with its perfect waves, natural amphitheatre and central location on the South African coastline is everyone’s ideal venue for an enjoyable annual pilgrimage.”

The 2013 RVCA Junior Series event provided surfers and spectators with the opportunity to meet and mingle with their peers countrywide while participating in activities such as painting on an Artist Network Program (ANP) organised giant graffiti wall, impromptu table tennis tournaments, exercise bikes and chill areas, downloading action images and video footage, test riding new-age Firewire surfboards and a traditional braaivleis.

The plans for major expansion of these and many other aspects of the event have seen RVCA re-evaluate their strategy, leading to their decision to drop the Junior Series event scheduled for Durban at the end of August and devote all their energy towards making the Jeffreys Bay event the best it can be.

“We’re really excited about next year’s RVCA Junior at J-Bay and will be channelling all our resources to producing an exceptional experience for everyone who attends,” Lane confirmed.

All the results from the 2013 RVCA Junior Series are available at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and hundreds of images and top quality video footage can be found at www.facebook.com/RVCA.South.Africa

The RVCA Junior Series is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA), recognised as the national controlling body for surfing and a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). The event forms part of the Pro Surf Tour (PST) with competitors in all the divisions earning points towards their 2013 PST rankings.

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Team SA finishes second as Emslie and Knutsen grab gold at ISA World Masters Surfing Championships in Ecuador

April 15th, 2013 No comments

Greg Emslie is carried from the water's edge by triumphant teammates after clinching the ISA World Masters title in Ecuador  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Greg Emslie is carried from the water’s edge by triumphant teammates after clinching the ISA World Masters title in Ecuador Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

The South African Masters surfing team finished runners-up to Hawaii with Greg Emslie and Chris Knutsen winning gold medals and Andre Malherbe and Heather taking silver at the 2013 ISA World Masters Surfing Championships which ended in Montanita, Ecuador yesterday (Sunday)

Team SA staged a magnificent comeback at the business end of the event which featured 20 national teams and more than 120 surfers over the age of 35, climbing from fifth place in the team standings heading into the final weekend to overtake the powerful USA, Brazil and Australian squads, who placed third to fifth respectively, and secure the silver medal in the team event.

Greg Emslie (East London) was the standout surfer at the event, going unbeaten throughout and posting a string of the highest single ride and heat scores including a near perfect 19.46 out of 20 in the final of the Masters (over 35) division where he was up against 2000 ASP World champion Sunny Garcia, fellow Hawaiian and ASP campaigner Kalani Robb and defending ISA Masters World champ Magnum Martinez (Venezuela).

Emslie started slowly in the inconsistent overhead surf for the final before finding a well shaped wave on which he produced the ride of the event, vaulting from fourth place into the heat lead by executing a seamless series of powerful, progressive manoeuvres that earned perfect 10 point scores from three of the judges and high nines from the other two, averaging out at 9.83.

Solidifying his lead with rides of 7.50 and 6.60, Emslie then sealed his first World Title since he won the ISA World Grommet champs back in 1994 by posting an outstanding 9.63 on his last ride, which included a spectacular gravity-defying floater over the lip of an overhead wave. That left his opponents in a combination situation where they needed to improve on both their scores to overtake him when the siren sounded .

Chris Knutsen (Durban) got Team SA off to the best possible start on the final day by racking up the best score of the Grand Kahuna (over 50) final, a 7.67, on his first ride. Five minutes later the ‘Old Fox’ showed his exceptional wave selection skills by cementing his third Grand Kahuna gold medal and his fourth ISA Masters gold overall with a 7.50, giving him a heat tally of 15.25 that defending champion Craig Schieber (Costa Rica), Alan Sarlo (USA) and Eric Graciet (FRA) could not match.

After Garcia had clinched the Grand Masters (over 40) title for Hawaii with a typically powerful performance in the only age category final where Team SA was not represented, Andre Malherbe (East London) bolstered Team SA’s charge up the team leaderboard with a great display in the Kahunas (over 45) division. All four competitors struggled to find long rides as the dropping tide caused the waves break in sections, but Malherbe took the lead at the halfway mark before being overtaken by Mike Latronic (Hawaii) in the dying minutes to secure the silver medal to add to his haul of a bronze and a copper at previous ISA Masters events.

Heather Clark (Port Shepstone), who like Knutsen had battled her way through the repercharge rounds to reach the Women’s Masters (over 35) final, was undaunted by facing a facing a stellar, all ASP World tour line-up including seven-time World champ Layne Beachley (Australia), Rochelle Ballard (Hawaii) and Andrea Lopes (Brazil).

Clark, the only South African surfer to win the prestigious Hawaiian Triple Crown back in 2000, proceeded to catch the biggest waves and deliver huge manoeuvres, racking up scores of 4.93 and 7.50 and 6.17 to hold the lead for several minutes. But Beachley, the world’s most successful female surfer and Australia’s only individual medallist, was not to be denied and posted an excellent 8.53 at the halfway mark to grab the gold medal. Clark briefly dropped to third place before earning a 6.17 that added another silver to her tally of two golds and a silver.

After Emslie produced his sensational performance in the Masters final, the Aloha Cup saw Australia profit from superior tactics in the tag-team relay event featuring the top eight national teams from the 2012 ISA Masters event where South Africa was not represented. The Australian team of four men and a woman finished ahead similar squads from Venezuela, Brazil and Hawaii.

A colourful closing ceremony was held on the beach to award the individual and team accolades with ISA President Fernando Aguerre congratulating the winners, thanking the all involved in hosting the highly successful event, including the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa the Minister of Sport and the 20 government organisations that sponsored the event, and promising to bring another ISA World Championship event to Ecuador next year.

2013 ISA World Masters Championships (Montanita, Ecuador)
Final Results

Team Medallists
Gold: Hawaii (Winners of Eduardo Arena Team Trophy)
Silver: South Africa
Bronze: USA
Copper: Brazil

Grand Kahunas (over 50)
Gold: Chris Knutsen (Durban, South Africa)
Silver: Craig Schieber (CRC)
Bronze: Allen Sarlo (USA)
Copper: Eric Graciet (FRA)

Grand Masters (over 40)
Gold: Sunny Garcia (HAW)
Silver: Marcelo Alves (BRA)
Bronze: Love Hodel (HAW)
Copper: Dean Randazzo (USA)
8th – Wayne Monk (East London, South Africa)
25th – Carl Roux (Durban, South Africa)

Kahunas (over 45)
Gold: Mike Latronic (HAW)
Silver: Andre Malherbe (East London, South Africa)
Bronze: Jojo De Olivenca (BRA)
Copper: Ricky Shaffer (USA)
13th – David Malherbe (East London, South Africa)

Women Masters (over 35)
Gold: Layne Beachley (AUS)
Silver: Heather Clark (Port Shepstone, South Africa)
Bronze: Andrea Lopes (BRA)
Copper: Rochelle Ballard (HAW)

Masters (over 35)
Gold: Greg Emslie (East London, South Africa)
Silver: Kalani Robb (HAW)
Bronze: Magnum Martinez (VEN)
Copper: Sunny Garcia (HAW)
25th – Gary van Wieringen (Warner Beach, South Africa)

 

Aloha Cup
Gold: Australia (Winners of ISA Aloha Cup trophy)
Silver: Brazil
Bronze: Venezuela
Copper: Hawaii

Country Final Standings
1. Hawaii- 10,844 points
2. South Africa- 8,976 pts
3. USA- 8,165 pts
4. Brazil- 8,087 pts
5. Australia- 7,882 pts
6. Argentina- 6,360 pts
7. Venezuela- 6,357 pts
8. Peru- 6,133 pts
9. Costa Rica- 6,055 pts
10. France- 6,011 pts
11. Japan- 5,955 pts
12. Ecuador- 5,580 pts
13. Puerto Rico- 5,436 pts
14. Uruguay- 4,690 pts
15. Chile- 4,675 pts
16. Spain- 4,515 pts
17. Mexico- 2,716 pts
18. Dominican Republic- 1,375 pts
19. Panama- 1,110 pts
20. Great Britain- 720 pts

All the results from the 2013 ISA World Masters Surfing Championships, along with news, photos and video footage, can be found at www.isawmsc.com.

The SA Masters Team was provided with kit by Quiksilver and Surfing South Africa. Financial support was received from Sport and Recreation South Africa, benefactors and through fund raising efforts arranged by Surfing South Africa and the team members themselves.

Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). All South African surfing teams that participate in international events are ratified by the Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa.

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About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running the Open Division World Championship since 1964, the World Junior Surfing Championship since 1980, the World Masters Surfing Championship since 2007, the World Bodyboard Championship since 2011, the Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival in China, and the World Standup Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship beginning in 2012. The ISA also sanctions the World Kneeboard Titles and the World Tandem Surfing Championship, and will launch the World Longboard Championship in 2013.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 73 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro and re-elected seven times since. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER), Debbie Beacham (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS).

 

Team SA boosts medal hopes with four finalists on Day 7 of ISA World Masters Surfing Championships

April 14th, 2013 No comments
Andre Malherbe (East London) bounces off the lip of a head-high wave on his way to the final of the Kahunas division at the 2013 ISA World Masters Surfing Championships yesterday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Andre Malherbe (East London) bounces off the lip of a head-high wave on his way to the final of the Kahunas division at the 2013 ISA World Masters Surfing Championships yesterday Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Team SA boosted its hopes of a team medal at the 2013 ISA World Masters Surfing Championships in Ecuador when three of the four team members in action on the penultimate day of the event qualified for the finals in their respective divisions, joining Greg Emslie (East London) who reached the Masters final on Friday.

The SA squad goes into today’s final day in third place in the provisional team standings after heroic performances by Chris Knutsen (Durban), Heather Clark (Port Shepstone) and Andre Malherbe (East London) who, along with Emslie, now are guaranteed individual medals.

Hawaii holds a seemingly unassailable lead in the chase for a second successive team gold medal and the Eduardo Arena Perpetual Team Trophy with six competitors still in contention in the five age divisions. Team SA is within touching distance of the silver medal as second placed USA only has three medal contenders. Brazil are fourth, also with three finalists while Australia had a disastrous day, dropping out of contention for a team medal for the first time in many years with Layne Beachley in the Women’s Masters their only medal hope.

Saturday’s action started disappointingly for South Africa when Wayne Monk (East London), who had already battled his way through five cutthroat repercharge rounds, found himself out of rhythm with the ocean in a frenetic 15 minute, four-man Round 7 heat, posting just a pair of three-point scores and finishing fourth. Monk placed eighth overall in the Grand Masters (over 40) division, adding 1 056 points to the team tally.

Knutsen restored the Saffas confidence with a convincing victory in the final repercharge round of the Grand Kahunas (over 50). Using his legendary wave selection skills, the three-time ISA Masters World Champion caught the best wave of the 30 minute clash and executed a series of critical manoeuvres for a score of 8.67 that, along with a 3.83, gave him the heat victory.

Clark then gave herself the chance to add to the two ISA Women’s Masters (over 35) gold medals she has earned at previous events. Opening her account in the last repercharge heat of the division with a 6.83 and then adding a 4.17 with 10 minutes to go, Clark held onto second place behind perennial foe Andrea Lopez (Brazil) as both advanced to today’s final.

Andre Malherbe started his 15 minute Kahunas (over 45) repercharge Round 7 heat with a 6.33 and then held his nerve to post a 3.50 that earned victory in a tense, low-scoring match-up. Half an hour later he took to the surf in his 30 minute Round 8 match-up and it seemed the 2011 copper medallist could not buy a decent wave for the first 25 minutes.

Languishing in fourth place and needing a near perfect 9.60 points to grab second place, Malherbe staged a stirring comeback by posting a 6.0 with five minutes to go and then added a 6.37 in the dying moments to finish behind Mike Latronic (Hawaii) and qualify for today’s final.

The biggest surf of the eight-day event is predicted for Sunday with wave faces reaching three metres expected at Montanita, Ecuador’s premier surf locale. The day’s action will start at 3pm SA time with Knutsen in the Grand Kahunas final, followed by the Grand Masters, the only division where Team SA does not have a representative.

Malherbe will be the next Saffa in action in the Kahunas final before Clark takes to the surf in the Women’s Masters and Emslie contests the Masters final.

Schedule of events for Day 7 (Saturday) – SA names in brackets

Grand Kahuna Final (Chris Knutsen)
Grand Masters Final
Kahuna Final (Andre Malherbe)
Women’s Masters Final (Heather Clark)
Masters Final (Greg Emslie)
ISA Aloha Cup Final
Awards Presentation

Each day’s action gets underway with the morning show webcast at 7:40am (2.40pm SA Time) followed by the first heats at 8am (3pm in SA). Live webcasts, daily videos, photos, results and contest news in both English and Spanish can be found at www.isawmsc.com.

The SA Masters Team has been provided with kit by Quiksilver and Surfing South Africa. Financial support has been received from Sport and Recreation South Africa, benefactors and through fund raising efforts arranged by Surfing South Africa and the team members themselves.

Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). All South African surfing teams that participate in international events are ratified by the Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa.

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Team SA moves into medal contention on Day 6 of ISA World Masters Surfing Championships

April 13th, 2013 No comments
Heather Clark (Port Shepstone) carves off the top of a wave at Montanita in Ecuador yesterday (Friday). Clark is now just one heat away from a medal in the Women’s Masters division at the 2013 ISA World Masters Surfing Championships  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Heather Clark (Port Shepstone) carves off the top of a wave at Montanita in Ecuador yesterday (Friday). Clark is now just one heat away from a medal in the Women’s Masters division at the 2013 ISA World Masters Surfing Championships Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

South Africa moved into contention for a team medal at the ISA World Masters Surfing Championships when all five of the surfers remaining in the event delivered magnificent performances in the testing waves at Montanita in Ecuador yesterday (Friday).

Team SA leapfrogged Brazil into fourth place on the provisional standings behind current leaders and defending team champions Hawaii, 2011 holders USA and 2010 winners Australia. With just two days of competition still to be run, the quest for a gold, silver, bronze or copper medal and to have their country’s name engraved on the perpetual Eduardo Arena Team Trophy will go down to the wire.

Greg Emslie led South Africa’s fightback, winning his fifth straight heat to advance directly into Sunday’s Grand Final in the Masters (over 35) division. The former ASP World Tour stalwart and multiple SA Men’s and Masters champ continued his spectacular form in Ecuador by outpointing 2000 ASP World Champion, Sunny Garcia, fellow Hawaiian Kalani Robb and defending ISA Masters champion Magnum Martinez (Venezuela) yesterday.

The East Londoner waited patiently for the best waves before unleashing an incredible array of power carves and progressive manoeuvres to post a heat total of 13.53 that his opponents could not match. Emslie is now guaranteed a medal and a substantial haul of points towards Team SA’s total.

Chris Knutsen (Durban) was equally selective in his Grand Kahunas (over 50) repercharge Round 3 heat, accumulating 11.10 points to advance to the last repercharge round and one heat away from the Grand Final along with Jose Tramontana (Peru) and eliminating surfers from Brazil and Hawaii from the event while doing so.

Heather Clark (Port Shepstone) advanced through two heats yesterday, doing just enough to win her Women’s Masters (over 35) repercharge Round 2 heat in the morning’s marginal low tide conditions that hampered the goofy-footers.

After the event was put on hold for a couple of hours to allow for the tide to come in, the swell increased in size and Clark, the gold medallist in this event in 2008 and 2010, smashed a confidence boosting 15.0 point heat total, the third highest of the Women’s division to date, to move into the last repercharge round and only one step away from another medal.

Team SA’s gutsiest performance of the day came from Wayne Monk (East London) who advanced through three cutthroat 15-minute Grand Masters (over 40) repercharge heats in the energy sapping 100 degree weather to move within two heats of a the Grand Final.

Securing a narrow second place in his first match-up to stay in contention, Monk then revelled in the larger waves after the break, delivering a spectacular 8.83 point ride, the third highest in the division, and a 15.33 heat tally in Round 5 before again doing enough to clinch second spot in Round 6 and berth in the last eight in the division.

Andre Malherbe (East London) then wrapped up Team SA’s triumphant comeback with a great display of high performance surfing that delivered scores of 6.77 and 7.67 to comfortably win his repercharge Round 6 heat and progress to the last eight in the Kahunas (over 45).

The schedule for today’s penultimate day of competition sees Knutsen and Clark contesting their repercharge Round 4 heats where the top two advance to Sunday’s Grand Final in their respective divisions, while Monk and Andre Malherbe face two heats each before qualifying for honours on the final day.

Today’s individual competition will be followed by an exhibition of surfing on traditional Balsawood surfboards and then the semi-finals of the Aloha Cup, a form of relay surfing featuring the top eight nations from the 2012 ISA World Masters Championships. Team SA is excluded from the Aloha Cup as they did not attend the 2012 event.

Schedule of events for Day 7 (Saturday) – SA names in brackets

Grand Masters (over 50) Repechage 7 (Wayne Monk)
Grand Kahunas (over 50) Repechage 4 (Chris Knutsen)
Masters (over 35) Repechage 7
Women’s Masters (over 35) Repechage 4 (Heather Clark)
Kahunas (over 45) Repechage 7 (Andre Malherbe)
Grand Masters (over 50) Repechage 8 (Wayne Monk?)
Masters (over 35) Repechage 8
Kahunas (over 45) Repechage 8 (Andre Malherbe?)
Balsa surf Expression Session
ISA Aloha Cup

Each day’s action gets underway with the morning show webcast at 7:40am (2.40pm SA Time) followed by the first heats at 8am (3pm in SA). Live webcasts, daily videos, photos, results and contest news in both English and Spanish can be found at www.isawmsc.com.

The SA Masters Team has been provided with kit by Quiksilver and Surfing South Africa. Financial support has been received from Sport and Recreation South Africa, benefactors and through fund raising efforts arranged by Surfing South Africa and the team members themselves.

Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). All South African surfing teams that participate in international events are ratified by the Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa.

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About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running the Open Division World Championship since 1964, the World Junior Surfing Championship since 1980, the World Masters Surfing Championship since 2007, the World Bodyboard Championship since 2011, the Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival in China, and the World Standup Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship beginning in 2012. The ISA also sanctions the World Kneeboard Titles and the World Tandem Surfing Championship, and will launch the World Longboard Championship in 2013.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 73 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro and re-elected seven times since. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER), Debbie Beacham (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS).

 

Emslie excels as SA challenge reduced to five on Day 5 of ISA World Masters Surfing Championships

April 12th, 2013 No comments
Greg Emslie (East London) used manoeuvres like this to post several of the event’s top scores and advance to the last four in the qualifying stream of the Masters division at the ISA World Masters Surfing Championships in Ecuador on Thursday  Photo:  ISA / Tweddle

Greg Emslie (East London) used manoeuvres like this to post several of the event’s top scores and advance to the last four in the qualifying stream of the Masters division at the ISA World Masters Surfing Championships in Ecuador on Thursday Photo: ISA / Tweddle

South Africa’s Greg Emslie was the standout performer on Day 5 of the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship in Ecuador, posting three of the highest single ride scores and two of the top three heat totals as he blasted his way into the final heat of the qualifying stream in the Masters (over 35) division yesterday.

Inconsistent overhead waves provided plenty of high scoring opportunities but the extreme low tide early on and onshore wind in the afternoon made conditions very tricky and Team SA’s challenge for a medal received another blow as the eight strong squad was reduced to five when David Malherbe was eliminated from the Kahunas (over 45) division.

Emslie had the crowds and commentators raving as he used his 10-year experience on the ASP World Tour to great effect, finding the best waves in both the heats he contested. Surfing to the criteria, the East Londoner rode with speed, power and flow while punctuating his rides with series of critical and progressive manoeuvres on the bumpy wave faces that the judges rewarded with scores of 9.70, 9.50 and 9.27.

Emslie is now just one heat away from a medal and faces former ASP rivals Sunny Garcia and Kalani Robb (both Hawaii) and defending Masters champion Magnum Martinez (Venezuela) with the top two progressing directly to Grand Final and the other two getting a second chance through the repercharge final.

Andre Malherbe kept his quest for another medal in the Kahunas division on track by progressing through his qualifying Round 3 heat, but came up short in Round 4 and dropped into the repercharge stream when he placed third in a wave starved heat. The younger of Malherbe siblings will restart his challenge in repercharge Round 6, three heats away from the Grand Final in the division.

Brother David was not as fortunate, struggling on his backhand in the tricky morning low tide conditions and dropping into the repercharge stream. There he again placed third in his heat to finish in 13th place overall in the Kahunas division, contributing 900 points to Team SA’s tally.

Chris Knutsen (Durban) was the only other Saffa in action yesterday and progressed to repercharge Round 3, and just two heats away from a medal, with a comfortable second place performance. The ‘wily fox’ thought he had won the heat and left the water with over two minutes remaining after stealing a great final wave from a competitor by paddling behind him and gaining the inside position. But the judges scored the ride as a ‘snaking’ interference and halved Knutsen’s wave score, although he still had sufficient points to advance.

With the waves predicted to be similar today, Team SA faces a tough task to maintain their challenge for a top four place and a team medal at the championships with their hopes resting on their remaining five members each reaching their respective finals on Sunday.

Schedule of events for Day 6 (Friday) – SA names in brackets

Grand Masters (over 40) Repechage 4 (Wayne Monk – H2)
Women’s Masters (over 35) Repechage 2 (Heather Clark – H1)
Kahunas (over 45) Repechage 5
Masters (over 35) Repechage 5
Grand Kahunas (over 50) Repechage 3 (Chris Knutsen – H1)
Grand Masters (over 40) Repechage 5 (Wayne Monk – ?)
Women’s Masters (over 35) Repechage 3 (Heather Clark – ?)
Grand Masters (over 40) Qualifying 5
Kahunas (over 45) Qualifying 5
Masters (over 35) Qualifying 5 (Greg Emslie – H1)
Grand Masters (over 40) Repechage 6 (Wayne Monk – ?)
Kahunas (over 45) Repechage 6 (Andre Malherbe – H2)
Masters (over 35) Repechage 6

Each day’s action gets underway with the morning show webcast at 7:40am (2.40pm SA Time) followed by the first heats at 8am (3pm in SA). Live webcasts, daily videos, photos, results and contest news in both English and Spanish can be found at www.isawmsc.com.

The SA Masters Team has been provided with kit by Quiksilver and Surfing South Africa. Financial support has been received from Sport and Recreation South Africa, benefactors and through fund raising efforts arranged by Surfing South Africa and the team members themselves.

Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). All South African surfing teams that participate in international events are ratified by the Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa.

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About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running the Open Division World Championship since 1964, the World Junior Surfing Championship since 1980, the World Masters Surfing Championship since 2007, the World Bodyboard Championship since 2011, the Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival in China, and the World Standup Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship beginning in 2012. The ISA also sanctions the World Kneeboard Titles and the World Tandem Surfing Championship, and will launch the World Longboard Championship in 2013.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 73 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro and re-elected seven times since. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER), Debbie Beacham (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS).

 

SA surfers stay in contention on Day 4 of ISA World Masters Surfing Championships in Ecuador

April 11th, 2013 No comments
Wayne Monk (East London) kept his challenge for higher honours alive with an impressive heat victory in the Grand Masters division at the ISA World Masters Surfing Championships in Ecuador on Wednesday  Photo: ISA / Tweddle

Wayne Monk (East London) kept his challenge for higher honours alive with an impressive heat victory in the Grand Masters division at the ISA World Masters Surfing Championships in Ecuador on Wednesday Photo: ISA / Tweddle

All three of the South African surfers in action on Day 4 of the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship delivered impressive performances to win their heats and advance to the next round of their respective age divisions.

The start of the competition was delayed to wait for optimum tidal conditions and with a slight increase in swell that produced head-high waves, Chris Knutsen (Durban) was one of the day’s stars.

The former two-time gold medallist in the Grand Kahunas (Over 50) division posted scores of 9.23 and 8.0 for a heat total of 17.23 out of 20 yesterday, the highest in the division to date. Knutto’s outstanding display proved that his first round loss was an uncharacteristic slip up and notified his opponents that he aims to be in contention when the finals are run on the weekend.

Heather Clark (Port Shepstone) also confirmed her intention of challenging for another medal to add to her two gold and a silver in the Women’s Masters (Over 35) division when she comfortably outscored her opponents and moved into the Round 2 of the repercharge stream.

Competing in his fourth heat at the event, Wayne Monk (East London) delivered another heat-winning performance, overcoming multiple gold medallist Juan Ashton (Puerto Rico) in their Grand Masters (Over 40) repercharge Round 3 encounter and staying in contention for higher honours.

With the waves predicted to increase in size again today, four members of Team SA will be in action. East London based brothers Andre and David Malherbe will both be hoping for a berth in the last four of the Kahunas (Over 45) qualifying stream by the end of the day as they contest Rounds 3 and 4. Fellow East Londoner Greg Emslie in the identical position in the Masters (Over 35), while Knutsen will be hoping to post another impressive showing in Grand Kahunas repercharge Round 2.

Schedule of events for Day 5 (Thursday) – SA names in brackets

Kahunas (over 45) Repechage 3
Kahunas (over 45) Qualifying 3 (Andre Malherbe – H1 & David Malherbe – H3)
Masters (over 35) Qualifying 3 (Greg Emslie – H3)
Grand Kahunas (over 50) Qualifying 3
Women’s Masters (over 35) Qualifying 3
Kahunas (over 45) Qualifying 4 (Andre & David Malherbe?)
Grand Masters (over 40) Qualifying 4
Kahunas (over 45) Repechage 4
Masters (over 35) Qualifying 4 (Greg Emslie?)
Grand Kahunas (over 50) Repechage 2 (Chris Knutsen – H2)
Masters (over 35) Repechage 4

Each day’s action gets underway with the morning show webcast at 7:40am (2.40pm SA Time) followed by the first heats at 8am (3pm in SA). Live webcasts, daily videos, photos, results and contest news in both English and Spanish can be found at www.isawmsc.com.

The SA Masters Team has been provided with kit by Quiksilver and Surfing South Africa. Financial support has been received from Sport and Recreation South Africa, benefactors and through fund raising efforts arranged by Surfing South Africa and the team members themselves.

Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). All South African surfing teams that participate in international events are ratified by the Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa.

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ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 73 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro and re-elected seven times since. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER), Debbie Beacham (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS).

 

More agony for Team SA on Day 3 of ISA World Masters Surfing Championships in Ecuador

April 10th, 2013 No comments

 

Andre Malherbe (East London) carves a cutback on his way to victory in his Round 2 heat and a berth in the last 12 of the Kahunas division at the ISA World Masters Surfing Championships in Ecuador on Tuesday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzalez

Andre Malherbe (East London) carves a cutback on his way to victory in his Round 2 heat and a berth in the last 12 of the Kahunas division at the ISA World Masters Surfing Championships in Ecuador on Tuesday Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzalez

There was more agony for Team SA on Day 3 of the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship when two of the eight man team were eliminated from the event after placing third in their do-or-die repercharge heats at Montanita in Ecuador yesterday (Tuesday).

The day started brightly for the SA squad when, despite a drop in swell size and extreme low tides combining to create challenging surfing conditions, the Malherbe brothers – Andre and David – positioned themselves perfectly in the sectioning waves to win their respective Round 2 Kahuna division heats and progress to the last 12 in the qualifying stream.

Andre took the lead in his encounter with his first ride and was not challenged until the final siren sounded while David built a comfortable lead and advanced to Round 3 along with second placed Peruvian standout Magoo de la Rosa.

Conditions became even more testing in the repercharge rounds when the heat duration was dropped to just 15 minutes. Carl Roux, who led his Grand Masters repercharge Round 2 heat with five minutes remaining, became Team SA’s first elimination when he was overtaken by multiple ISA masters gold medallist Juan Ashton (Puerto Rico) and then demoted to third place and out of the event by Kenneth Avila (Costa Rica) who scored a 7.60 in the final minute.

Wayne Monk produced a morale boosting win in the very next heat, throwing everything he had into every manoeuvre to post a heat tally of 13.67 out of 20, the highest of the six heats in the division, and move through to Grand Masters repercharge Round 3.

However there was another shock in store for Team SA when Gary van Wieringen, who went unbeaten from Round 1 to the Grand Final in the Masters division of the 2011 ISA World Masters but dropped into the repercharge rounds in Ecuador on Sunday, was relegated to third place in his Masters repercharge Round 2 heat.

Van Wieringen gave it his all, riding seven waves in total, but could only record a pair of five point scores and was left needing 5.61 points when his opponents posted seven point rides.

Both Roux (Durban) and van Wieringin (Warner Beach) placed 25th overall in their divisions, contributing 720 points towards Team SA’s quest for the ISA World Masters team title and the country’s name engraved on the perpetual Eduardo Arena Team Trophy for the third time in the history of the event.

Today’s action in Ecuador will feature three South Africans with Wayne Monk continuing his charge in the Grand Masters repercharge rounds while previous gold medallists Chris Knutsen and Heather Clark find themselves in the unfamiliar position of having to resurrect their challenges for medals in the Grand Kahunas and Women’s Masters divisions through the repercharge route after losing out in the opening heats on Monday.

Schedule of events for Day 4 (Wednesday) – SA names in brackets

Grand Masters (over 40) Repechage 3 (Wayne Monk – Heat 3)
Kahunas (over 45) Repechage 2
Masters (over 35) Repechage 3
Grand Kahunas (over 50) Repechage 1 (Chris Knutsen – H2)
Women’s Masters (over 35) Repechage 1 ( Heather Clark – H1)
Grand Masters (over 40) Qualifying 3
Kahunas (over 45) Repechage 3

Each day’s action gets underway with the morning show webcast at 7:40am (2.40pm SA Time) followed by the first heats at 8am (3pm in SA). Live webcasts, daily videos, photos, results and contest news in both English and Spanish can be found at www.isawmsc.com.

The SA Masters Team has been provided with kit by Quiksilver and Surfing South Africa. Financial support has been received from Sport and Recreation South Africa, benefactors and through fund raising efforts arranged by Surfing South Africa and the team members themselves.

Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). All South African surfing teams that participate in international events are ratified by the Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa.

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About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running the Open Division World Championship since 1964, the World Junior Surfing Championship since 1980, the World Masters Surfing Championship since 2007, the World Bodyboard Championship since 2011, the Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival in China, and the World Standup Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship beginning in 2012. The ISA also sanctions the World Kneeboard Titles and the World Tandem Surfing Championship, and will launch the World Longboard Championship in 2013.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 73 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro and re-elected seven times since. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER), Debbie Beacham (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS).

 

Tough day as SA surfers drop into repercharge rounds at ISA World Masters Surfing Championships

April 9th, 2013 No comments
David Malherbe (East London) threads his way under the lip of a great wave at Montanita on his way to victory in his opening heat of the Kahuna’s division at the ISA World Masters Surfing Championships in Ecuador on Monday  Photo:  ISA / Rommel Gonzalez

David Malherbe (East London) threads his way under the lip of a great wave at Montanita on his way to victory in his opening heat of the Kahuna’s division at the ISA World Masters Surfing Championships in Ecuador on Monday Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzalez

Yesterday was tough for the South African Masters surfing team in Ecuador as four of the six surfers in action in the rising 1.5 to 2.0 metre waves finished outside the top two in their respective heats and dropped into the gruelling repercharge rounds at the 2013 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship.

While both Greg Emslie and David Malherbe won their Day 2 encounters and remained in the qualifying stream of the double elimination event, Wayne Monk and Carl Roux both finished fourth in their Round 2 Grand Masters clashes and multiple gold medal winners Chris Knutsen (Durban) in the Grand Kahunas and Heather Clark (Port Shepstone) in the Women’s Masters placed third in their opening match-ups.

Although no South Africans have been eliminated from the event, with Gary van Wieringen having finishing third in his Masters Round one heat on Sunday, five of the eight-person team now face the long route through cutthroat repercharge heats to reach the Grand Final in their division, with any result other than first or second meaning they watch the rest of the contest from the beach.

Malherbe cruised to victory in his Kahunas division Round 1 bout to join his brother Andre in qualifying Round 2 and Emslie franked his good form of the first day by posting 16.44 points out of 20, the highest in the Masters division yesterday, on his way to the last 12 in the qualifying stream.

Knutsen, whose previous four appearances in the ISA World Masters have netted him three gold and one silver medal, came extremely close to advancing directly to Round 2. Languishing in third place, Knutto recorded a ride of 5.13 points with three minutes left and then, needing just 4.82 to grab second spot from USA’s Alan Sarlo, he was awarded 4.77 by the judges for his last ride.

Despite dominating the women’s division at this event with two gold and one silver medal in three attempts, Heather Clark was out of synch yesterday, needing 6.04 points to overtake Andrea Lopez (BRA) in second spot when the heat ended. And both women were combo’d by a rampant Layne Beachley (AUS) when the seven-time ASP champion and 2011 ISA champ racked up the first perfect 10 point ride of the event and added a 9.87 for a near perfect heat tally of 19.87 out of 20.

Today’s action in Ecuador will see the first competitors eliminated from the event when the repercharge heats are run for the Grand Masters, featuring Team SA’s Monk & Roux, and Masters, featuring von Wieringin.

The Malherbe brothers, Andre and David, will feature in the qualifying Round 2 heats in the Kahunas division at the start of the day.

Schedule of events for Day 3 (Tuesday) – SA names in brackets

Kahunas (over 45) Qualifying 2 (Andre Malherbe – Heat 1 & David Malherbe – Heat 6)
Grand Kahunas (over 50) Qualifying 2
Women’s Masters (over 35) Qualifying 2
Grand Masters (over 40) Repechage 2 (Carl Roux – Heat 3 & Wayne Monk – Heat 4)
Masters (over 35) Repechage 2 (Gary van Wieringen – Heat 1)

Each day’s action gets underway with the morning show webcast at 7:40am (2.40pm SA Time) followed by the first heats at 8am (3pm in SA). Live webcasts, daily videos, photos, results and contest news in both English and Spanish can be found at www.isawmsc.com.

The SA Masters Team has been provided with kit by Quiksilver and Surfing South Africa. Financial support has been received from Sport and Recreation South Africa, benefactors and through fund raising efforts arranged by Surfing South Africa and the team members themselves.

Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). All South African surfing teams that participate in international events are ratified by the Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa.

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About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running the Open Division World Championship since 1964, the World Junior Surfing Championship since 1980, the World Masters Surfing Championship since 2007, the World Bodyboard Championship since 2011, the Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival in China, and the World Standup Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship beginning in 2012. The ISA also sanctions the World Kneeboard Titles and the World Tandem Surfing Championship, and will launch the World Longboard Championship in 2013.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 73 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro and re-elected seven times since. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER), Debbie Beacham (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS).

 

Near perfect opening day for Team SA at ISA World Masters Surfing Championships in Ecuador

April 8th, 2013 No comments
Greg Emslie (East London) was a standout in the Masters division on the opening day of the ISA World Masters Surfing Championships at Montanita in Ecuador on Sunday  Photo:  ISA / Tweddle

Greg Emslie (East London) was a standout in the Masters division on the opening day of the ISA World Masters Surfing Championships at Montanita in Ecuador on Sunday Photo: ISA / Tweddle

Team South Africa is being touted as potential team champions after a near perfect performance on the opening day of the 2013 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship which was held in excellent 1.0 to 1.5 metre waves and light winds at Montanita in Ecuador yesterday (Sunday).

Four of the five Saffas who took to the surf convincingly won their heats with Wayne Monk (East London) starring by posting a heat total of 14.57 out of 20, the highest in Grand Masters (Over 40) division.

Only Gary van Wieringen failed to finish in the top two, placing third in his Masters (Over 35) Qualifying Round 1 heat to drop into the gruelling Repercharge rounds from the outset of the eight-day event. The 39 year old from Warner Beach showed excellent form on the waves he rode, but could simply not find the waves that offered the higher scoring potential that his opponents caught.

Ironically van Wieringen went directly from Round 1 to the Grand Final through four Qualifying stream heats on his way to third place overall in the 2011 ISA masters event in El Salvador in 2011, but will have to battle his way through another six sudden-death heats to earn a medal this year.

Team SA’s challenge for the Eduardo Arena team trophy started with Carl Roux (Durban) marking his debut at this level with a victory in his Grand Masters clash before Monk produced his heroics.

Greg Emslie (East London) then ensured that the disappointment of van Wieringen’s uncharacteristic result didn’t affect team morale for long by delivering a sizzling display of high performance surfing in the long right-breaking waves. Combining powerful carves with a variety of progressive fins-free manoeuvres, the former ASP World Tour veteran racked up a heat total of 16.44, the second highest in the division, that left 2012 Masters champion Magnum Martinez (Venezuela) needing a near perfect nine point score for victory.

Andre Malherbe (East London), a perennial medallist in his previous four ISA masters events, wrapped up the South African’s day with yet another heat victory in his opening match-up in the Kahunas (Over 45) division.

When competition resumes, Malherbe’s brother David, the 1991 ASP World Pro Am champion, will start his challenge for another ISA Masters medal in the Kahunas. He will be followed by three-time gold medallist Chris Knutsen (Durban) in the Grand Kahunas (Over 50) and two-time gold medallist Heather Clark (Port Shepstone) in the Women’s Masters (Over 35).

More than 150 competitors from 20 nations are competing in the 2013 ISA World Masters Surfing Championships with the top four teams and the top four individuals in each of the five divisions awarded gold, silver, bronze and copper medals. The national team accumulating the highest point total across all divisions has their country’s name engraved on the perpetual Eduardo Arena team trophy,which is named after the Peruvian who founded the ISF, the forerunner of the ISA, way back in 1965.

Schedule of events for Day 2 (Monday) – SA names in brackets

Kahunas (over 45) Qualifying 1 (David Malherbe – Heat 10)
Grand Kahunas (over 50) Qualifying 1 (Chris Knutsen – H2)
Women’s Masters (over 35) Qualifying 1 (Heather Clark – H1)
Grand Masters (over 40) Qualifying 2 (Wayne Monk – H3 & Carl Roux – H4)
Masters (over 35) Qualifying 2 (Greg Emslie – H4)

Each day’s action gets underway with the morning show webcast at 7:40am (2.40pm SA Time) followed by the first heats at 8am (3pm in SA). Live webcasts, daily videos, photos, results and contest news in both English and Spanish can be found at www.isawmsc.com.

The SA Masters Team has been provided with kit by Quiksilver. Other support has been received from generous benefactors and fund raising efforts with the balance funded by the surfers themselves.

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About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running the Open Division World Championship since 1964, the World Junior Surfing Championship since 1980, the World Masters Surfing Championship since 2007, the World Bodyboard Championship since 2011, the Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival in China, and the World Standup Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship beginning in 2012. The ISA also sanctions the World Kneeboard Titles and the World Tandem Surfing Championship, and will launch the World Longboard Championship in 2013.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 73 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro and re-elected seven times since. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER), Debbie Beacham (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS).

 

ISA World Masters Surfing Championships gets underway with opening ceremonies in Ecuador

April 7th, 2013 No comments
All the nations represented on the podium during the opening ceremony of the ISA World Masters Surfing Championships in Montanita, Ecuador on Saturday  Photo: ISA / Tweddle

All the nations represented on the podium during the opening ceremony of the ISA World Masters Surfing Championships in Montanita, Ecuador on Saturday Photo: ISA / Tweddle

The 2013 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship was officially declared open on Saturday after the teams and officials from 20 countries marched through the streets of Montanita in Ecuador in the Parade of Nations before gathering on the beach for the Sands of the World ceremony attended by local dignitaries and thousands of enthusiastic locals.

Team South Africa blew vuvuzelas as they walked through the streets thronged with locals on their way to the Concha Acustica stage that was located adjacent to the ocean. There Greg Emslie and Heather Clark represented South Africa on the stage to display the national flag and pour sand from SA beaches into a glass container symbolizing the peaceful gathering of nations through the love of surfing.

“I am very happy to see the love Ecuador’s people have for the ocean, and I have high hopes for this championship and that it marks the relationship between people and the ocean,” remarked ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “Montanita is a wonderful place, it’s an incredible paradise. Take care of it and give it your love. Thank you Ecuador, Santa Elena, Montanita, the government, the private sector and the people of Ecuador. Thank you for having us.”

Ecuador’s Minister of Sport, Jose Francisco Cevallos, thanked all those present for their support for the event and after a beautiful performance of local Ecuadorian traditional dances, ISA President Aguerre, Minister Cevallos and Governor of Santa Elena, John Paul Soto, officially declared open the 2013 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship open.

Following the opening ceremony, a seven metre high sculpture of a surfer was unveiled to mark Montanita as an international surfing destination.

The ISA World Masters Surfing Championships runs until Sunday 14 April and will crown team and individual champions in age divisions including Over 35 (Masters), Over 40 (Grandmasters), Over 45 (Kahunas) and Over 50 (Grandkahunas) for men and Over 35 for women. The top four finishers in each category receive Gold, Silver, Bronze and Copper medals respectively with the winning national team also receiving the ISA World Team Trophy.

South Africa is the most successful country in the event, winning the team trophy at the inaugural event in 2007 in Puerto Rico and successfully defending their title in Peru in 2008 before finishing runner-up in Panama in 2010 and third in El Salvador in 2011. Australia, Hawaii and the USA have each clinched the team title once.

South Africans have also won a total of seven individual gold medals with Chris Knutsen (Durban) winning three (One Kahunas and two Grandkahunas), Heather Clark (Port Shepstone) earning two in the Women’s Masters and Marc Wright (Durban North) and Andrew Banks (Port Shepstone) one each in the Kahunas and Masters respectively.

The ISA World Masters Surfing Championships uses a double elimination format where all competitors remain in the Qualifying stream in their divisions as long as they finish first or second in their heats, with the top two advancing directly to the Grand Final. Third and fourth placed competitors drop into the cutthroat Repercharge stream where they have to compete in many more heats to reach the Grand Final and any result other than first or second sees them eliminated from the event.

Competition in the various age categories starts today (Sunday) with the morning show webcast at 7:40am (2.40pm SA Time) followed by Qualify Round 1 of Grand Masters at 8am (3pm in SA), Qualify 1 of Masters at 11am (6pm in SA) and Qualify 1 of Kahunas at 2:20pm (9.20pm in SA)

All the action from the event, including live webcasts, daily videos, photos, results and contest news in both English and Spanish can be found at www.isawmsc.com.

The SA Masters Team has been provided with kit by Quiksilver. Other support has been received from generous benefactors and fund raising efforts with the balance funded by the surfers themselves.

2013 South African Masters Surfing Team
Over 35 (Masters) : Greg Emslie (East London) & Gary Van Wieringen (Warner Beach)
Over 40 (Grandmasters) : Wayne Monk (East London) & Carl Roux (Durban)
Over 45 (Kahunas) : David Malherbe & Andre Malherbe (both East London)
Over 50 (Grandkahunas) : Chris Knutsen (Durban)
Women Over 35 : Heather Clark (Port Shepstone)

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About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running the Open Division World Championship since 1964, the World Junior Surfing Championship since 1980, the World Masters Surfing Championship since 2007, the World Bodyboard Championship since 2011, the Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival in China, and the World Standup Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship beginning in 2012. The ISA also sanctions the World Kneeboard Titles and the World Tandem Surfing Championship, and will launch the World Longboard Championship in 2013.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 73 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro and re-elected seven times since. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER), Debbie Beacham (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS).