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Bianca Buitendag heads ASP Africa challenge at HD World Junior Championships

October 28th, 2013 No comments
Bianca Buitendag shows the form that has seen her clinch the top seeding in the HD Women’s World Junior Championships in Brazil this week  Credit: ASP Europe / Poullenot

Bianca Buitendag shows the form that has seen her clinch the top seeding in the HD Women’s World Junior Championships in Brazil this week Credit: ASP Europe / Poullenot

 

Bianca Buitendag, who finished her maiden season on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour ranked No 8 and claimed the 2013 Rookie of the Year title, heads the ASP Africa challenge at the HD World Junior Championships presented by Devassa at Joaquina Beach in Florianopolis, Brazil this week.

The event crowns the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Junior Champions for Men and Women aged 20-and-under and has witnessed the emergence of some of surfing’s greatest champions including reigning ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS), 32, the late Andy Irons (HAW), Adriano de Souza (BRA), 26, South Africa’s Jordy Smith, 25, and Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Laura Enever (AUS) and Pauline Ado (FRA).

Buitendag produced an incredible rookie year at the highest level of the sport, reaching one semi-final and three quarter-finals along with two 9th place finishes and only two first round exits in the eight events. She also won the Women’s Pro Junior title at the US Open of Surfing and goes into the HD World Junior Champs as the women’s No 1 seed.

“Winning the World Juniors would mean I had the perfect season,” Buitendag said. “I have been to two World Junior Champs and have come second twice. If I have an opportunity, I am going to make the most of it.”

Buitendag has gained priceless experience during her season among the ASP Top 17 and is well prepared for a run at the ASP World Junior Title.

“A lot has changed since I won the event in Narrabeen (2011),” Buitendag said. “At that point in my life I was in the process of deciding what I wanted to do after school. So after that event, a lot of doors have opened for me and the question was answered of what I wanted to do. Now I am here again two years later and I would never have imagined making it this far.”

The 19 year-old from George in the Southern Cape will be joined in the 18-women field by Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay) who gets her opportunity after original selection Sarah Baum withdrew from the event. With no other 20-and-under girls in the ASP rankings, ASP Africa offered the second spot to Surfing South Africa who nominated Smith as their representative.

The ASP Africa men’s squad is headed by Diran Zakarian (Melkbosstrand), winner of the ASP rated Quiksilver Pro Junior in Durban in May. He will be joined by Slade Prestwich (Durban), winner of the Volcom VQS World Finals in Fiji in June, and Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) who has posted a string of impressive results while competing in ASP Prime and Star rated events this year.

Also included are David van Zyl (Glenashley), Michael February (Kommetjie) and Steven Sawyer (Jeffreys Bay) who earned their invitations to the ASP World Junior Championships as the top local juniors on the ASP World Rankings who had not already qualified.

The 48-man field is headed by Ramzi Boukhiam (Morocco) with Joao Abreu and fellow Brazilian and ASP WCT standout Gabriel Medina the second and third seeds. At No 11 Lightfoot is the highest seeded Saffa followed by Van Zyl (13), February (14), Sawyer (28), Prestwich (33) and Zakarian (45).

Other highly rated men’s contenders include Carlos Munoz (CRI), Mike Banting (AUS), Jesse Mendes and Caio Ibelli (both Brazil), Keanu Asing (HAW), Vasco Ribeiro (PRT), Oney Anwar (IND) and Jack Halstead (USA).

The Women’s HD World Junior Championships presented by Devassa holds a waiting period from October 27 through November 3, while the men’s waiting period runs from October 29 through November 5. The start of the event has been plagued by stormy weather and action is expected to get underway tomorrow (Tuesday).

Watch the HD World Junior Championships presented by Devassa LIVE via http://www.hd-wjc.com/ starting at around 12 noon SA time daily.

For additional ASP information log on to www.aspworldtour.com

HD WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS WOMEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH UPS:
Heat 1: Frankie Harrer (USA), Reika Noro (JPN), Melanie Giunta (PER)
Heat 2: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) Chelsea Tuach (USA) Minato Takahashi (JPN)
Heat 3: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) Miluska Tello (PER) Lucia Cosoleto (ARG)
Heat 4: Mahina Maeda (HAW) Carol Fernandes (BRA) Marina Rezende (BRA)
Heat 5: Joanne Defay (FRA)
Ella Williams (NZL) Emma Smith (ZAF)
Heat 6: Stephanie Single (AUS) Leticia Canales Bilbao (EUK) Dax McGill (HAW)

ENDS

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ASP Africa
Contact: Colin Fitch – Operations Manager
Tel: 021 534 5738
Email: colin@aspafrica.com

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Life’s a Beach Communications
PO Box 48272, Kommetjie 7976, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 21 783 4965
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Email: lifesabeach@mweb.co.za

About ASP: The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the recognized world governing body of professional surfing and has been crowning surfing’s undisputed World Champions since 1976. The ASP sanctions and crowns World Champions for the following tours: the ASP World Tour, the ASP Women’s World Tour, ASP World Junior Tour, ASP World Longboard and Masters Championships. The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world’s best surfing talent in a variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world watches surfing via their webcasts and other media platforms. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Japan, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.

World Record attempts abandoned as BOS Earthwave Beach Festival battered by Cape Doctor

October 21st, 2013 No comments
James Taylor and fiancé Cristina Fernandez del Valle demonstrate the ‘Koala’ manoeuvre that saw them win the Similasan Tandem Surfing title at the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival at Muizenberg on the weekend  Photo: Marqua / Earthwave

James Taylor and fiancé Cristina Fernandez del Valle demonstrate the ‘Koala’ manoeuvre that saw them win the Similasan Tandem Surfing title at the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival at Muizenberg on the weekend Photo: Marqua / Earthwave

Near gale-force South East winds, known as the Cape Doctor because they clear all traces of air pollution, forced organisers to abandon the planned attempts to break Guinness World Records for surfing and touch rugby at the sixth edition of the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival over the weekend.

The popular annual celebration of Cape Town’s beach culture got off to a great start under cloudless skies and a gentle onshore breeze on Saturday with outreach, schools, longboard and tandem surfing contests, SUP races, skateboarding and an adaptive surfing demonstration alongside displays of innovative surfing equipment and environmental and sustainable life products and services.

But the wind continued to strengthen with gusts reaching nearly 60 Kmh on Sunday churning the waves at Muizenberg into a foamy mess making it impossible to attempt to improve on the record of 110 surfers riding the same wave set at Earthwave in 2009. The attempt to break the record of 27 hours for the longest touch rugby game was replaced at short notice by the People’s Post Touch Rugby Challenge featuring eight of the Peninsula’s top professional teams.

“It’s a pity the attempts to break the Guinness World Records for surfing and touch rugby could not be staged but outdoor events are always at the mercy of Mother Nature,” commented veteran watersports promoter Paul Botha from festival organisers Kahuna Promotions. “Everybody had a great time on Saturday and we congratulate those disciplines that did complete their events on Sunday. We’ll be back for a bigger and better festival in 2014.”

The second annual Similasan Tandem Surfing Championships again demonstrated that this form of surfing, where two surfers ride the same board while completing lifts and other technical manoeuvres, has a great future. Big wave standout James Taylor and fiancé Cristina Fernandez del Valle employed a series moves, including their patented ‘Koala’ lift, to snatch a narrow victory over defending champions, father and daughter duo Paul and Pippa Jones, whose trademark ‘shoulder ride’ was also impressive.

The Western Cape Inter-schools Surfing Tournament presented by Billabong battled through the Sunday winds before crowning Reddam as the champions with an outstanding effort from Van Riebeekstrand Primary seeing the pre-teens finishing second ahead of established surfing schools such as SACS and Wynberg.

The Muizenberg Outreach Tag Team contest was won by the Surf Shack A team followed by Muizenberg Beach Club B, Isiqalo A and Surf Shack B with Dreams to Reality, the fourth surfing outreach project in the area, eliminated in the semi-finals of the event which was supported by the Dept of Sport & Recreation SA and Surfing South Africa as part of their transformation projects.

Dylan Frick is the 2013 Battle of the Bay presented by Xpression of the Beach champion after winning both the In & Out racing at Muizenberg on Saturday and the downwind dash from Millers Point to Fish Hoek that replaced the planned out and back race to Kalk Bay on the Sunday. Bridget van Aswegan won the overall Women’s title and Peter Peterson is the Legends champion

The Living Legends team successfully defended their People’s Post Touch Rugby title from last year when they outscored reigning Stilbaai champions Warrior Nomads in a hard fought final played in near sand storm conditions on the beach.

Dozens of youngsters reveled in the eco-friendly ramps and halfpipes erected by Pipeline Skate Ramps for both days of the festival for the first time. Travis Parce and Sam Button grabbed the glory and prizes for the best performers in the Advanced and Intermediate Pipe comps while Ethan and Pierre Burke were the respective champions in the Street event and Kai-Sea Button was the top Girl.

The two-day Xpression WP Longboard Classic was also completed on the Sunday but results were not available at time of going to print

Spectators were treated to a display of courage and positive thinking when Dries Millard, a T8 paraplegic who runs an adventure company for those with disabilities, gave a demonstration of adaptive surfing accompanied by all round watersports legend Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker.

Kids had plenty of fun finding prizes in the BOS Dig for Gold treasure hunt and Tuffy Bags beach cleanups while there were displays and talks on the environment, oceans and sharks from the Shark Spotters, Shark-safe, AfriOceans, Greenpop, WWF SASSI, the City of Cape Town’s Environmental Resource Dept. and the Glass Recycling Company.

There was also free testing for cholesterol and glucose levels at the Diabecinn First Aid tent and for Surfer’s Ear by renowned ear, nose & throat expert Dr John Steer thanks to an initiative from Wavescape.

BOS Earthwave Beach Festival (Muizenberg)
Results

Similasan Tandem Surfing Championship
1. James Taylor & Cristina Fernandez del Valle
2. Paul & Pippa Jones
3. Thomas King & Tarryn Kyte
4. Kim du Venagé & Lynn Robertson

Battle of the Bay presented by Xpression on the Beach
Men
1: Dylan Frick
2: Ethan Koopmans
3: Tom King

Women
1: Brigette Van Aswegen
2: Mishka Steyn
3: Tarryn Kyte

Legends
1: Peter Petersen
2: Gary Van Rooyen
3: Armin Wohlgemuth

Western Cape Inter-Schools Tournament presented by Billabong
1. Reddam
2. Van Riebeekstrand Primary
3. SACS
4. Wynberg

Muizenberg Outreach Tag Team contest
1. Surf Shack A
2. Muizenberg Beach Club (Learn2Surf)
3. Isiqalo B
4. Surf Shack B

Pipeline Skate Ramps Contest
Advanced Pipe
1. Travis Parce
2. Minoa Robb
3. Dale Burke

Intermediate Pipe
1. Sam Button
2. Josh Liprini
3. Nick Liprini

Street Advanced
1. Ethan
2. Charl Manassa
3. Chris Todd

Street Intermediate
1. Pierre Burke
2. Dylan Burke
3. Nick Liprini

Top Girl : Kai-Sea Button

Most radical move : Charl Manassa
Best wipe out: Chris Todd
Winner of draw to Elands Bay: Juanica Helm

The 2013 BOS Earthwave Beach Festival was made possible by the support of BOS Ice Tea; Similasan; Dept. of Sport & Recreation SA; Xpression on the Beach; Wavejet Propulsion; Billabong; Rafikis; Diabecinn; In2Touch; Pipeline Skate Ramps; Natural Curve Surfboards; Zigzag Magazine; Signature Surf & Skate; City of Cape Town; NSRI and all the surf industry outlets in Muizenberg.

The People’s Post and Wavescape are the print and digital media partners respectively for the festival and Spike from Wavescape is the surf and weather prediction guru. All the ocean events at the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival are sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA), recognised by the Dept. of Sport & Recreation as the national controlling body for the sport.

See  www.facebook.com/bos.earthwave  for more details, images and videos.

ENDS

About BOS Ice Tea

• BOS is a range of organic rooibos ice teas blended with all-natural fruit flavours – peach, lemon, apple, berry, lime & ginger and cranberry energy. It is preservative, colourant and caffeine free.
• The BOS packaging is bold, colourful, and graphic exuding a youthful and open spirit.
• BOS Ice Tea appeals to people of all ages who have an optimistic outlook on life, an appreciation for great aesthetics, and a desire to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The BOS philosophy is – ”Being healthy and being robustly cool haven’t always gone together, but they can.”
• BOS premium quality organic rooibos is farmed exclusively at Klipopmekaar rooibos farm and private nature reserve. At the vanguard of organic and ethical farming, Klipopmekaar’s approach is intrinsic to the BOS experience.
• BOS plants and maintains 1 tree for every 2000 cans or packs sold. We focus this initiative in under-privileged and under-greened schools and public spaces.
• BOS likes to engage, have fun, give joyful experiences and share a sense of life and living.
• For more info visit www.bosicetea.com
Issued on behalf of:

BOS Earthwave Beach Festival
Contact: Paul Botha
Tel: +27 (0) 21 783 4965
Email: kahunasurf@mweb.co.za

Compiled & Issued by:

Life’s a Beach Communications
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 423 1964
Email: lifesabeach@mweb.co.za

Anticipation ramps up for BOS Earthwave Beach Festival in Muizenberg next weekend

October 9th, 2013 No comments
Hundreds of surfers are expected to head out in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘most surfers riding the same wave’ at the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival at Muizenberg on Sunday 20 October  Photo: Clive Maasch

Hundreds of surfers are expected to head out in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘most surfers riding the same wave’ at the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival at Muizenberg on Sunday 20 October Photo: Clive Maasch

 

Anticipation for an action packed weekend of beach and surf events and allied activities at the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival has ramped up with the announcement that the two-day celebration of beach and sustainable lifestyles will include attempts to break two Guinness World Records at Muizenberg Beach on the weekend 19 and 20 October.

The sixth edition of this popular gathering of Cape Town’s beach community will host another attempt to break the record of 110 surfers riding the same wave set at Muizenberg in 2009 alongside the WP Touch Rugby Challenge presented by the People’s Post where an attempt will be made to beat the current record of 27 hours for the ‘longest touch rugby game’.

To break the touch rugby record, set in Australia in 2010, the WP Touch Association has selected two teams each comprising 16 players who will start playing at 8am on the Saturday and continue through the night on the beach until 12 noon on the Sunday, a total of 28 hours.

The programme for the festival features a broad range of activities of interest to the whole family including surfing, skateboarding and paddling competitions, demonstrations of innovative surfing equipment and adaptive surfing as well as displays and talks on environmental topics, beach games for youngsters and ends with an awards function and after-party in the Pavilion.

More than 400 local surfers from as young as seven to over 70, are expected to paddle into the gentle rollers at Surfer’s Corner at 1pm on the Sunday, many for the sixth time, to try and improve on the record they set at Earthwave four years back in what has become one of the surfing world’s biggest mass-participation events.

Teams from schools on the Peninsula and the Boland will come together at the Western Cape Inter-schools Surfing Tournament presented by Billabong where they compete for valuable prizes. This event, along with a transformation initiative that sees teams from the four surfing outreach programs operating in the Muizenberg area competing against each other, is supported by Surfing South Africa and the Dept of Sport and Recreation.

The top local stand up paddleboarders (SUP) and longboard surfers will also be in action with the Battle of Bay presented by Xpression the Beach seeing the SUP’ers holding short course races in the surf and a grueling long distance race to Kalk Bay and back before crowning the 2013 champions. Meanwhile the Xpression WP Longboard Classic includes members of the national team who did so well at the recent world championships in Peru and features divisions for juniors, women and men.

The interest in the second annual Similasan Tandem Surfing Champs, where a man and a woman surf together on the same board while completing acrobatic lifts and other skilful manoeuvres, has spawned the formation of the Earthwave Tandem Surfing Club which is holding its inaugural AGM in Muizenberg on Thursday evening.

Skateboarding will be hosted at the festival for the first time when the Pipeline Skate Ramps Skateboard Comp sets up their eco-friendly range of ramps and half-pipes and runs demos and competitions for all-comers in street, mini and vertical half-pipe skating.

Another innovation for the 2013 festival sees Wavejet Propulsion displaying and demonstrating their range of powered surfboards and SUP boards for the first time in South Africa, with members of the public invited to test these state of the art craft in the surf.

There are valuable prizes on offer for youngsters in the BOS Dig for Gold treasure hunt and Tuffy beach cleanups while they have plenty of fun in the Similasan Beach Ball zone.

Those attending the festival can learn more about sharks and the oceans from the Shark Spotters, AfriOceans and the SharkSafe project being developed at Stellenbosch University; more about sustainable lifestyles from Greenpop, WWF SASSI, the Glass Recycling Company and the City of Cape Town’s Environmental Dept. and even have their cholesterol and glucose levels tested for free at the Diabecinn First Aid tent

The weekend reaches its crescendo with the awards function and after-party in the Muizenberg Pavilion on Sunday afternoon and evening when live bands and a DJ will provide the entertainment and food and beverages will be available.

The BOS Earthwave Beach Festival is made possible by the support of BOS Ice Tea; Similasan; Dept. of Sport & Recreation SA; Xpression on the Beach; Wavejet Propulsion; Billabong; Rafikis; Diabecinn; In2Touch; Kahuna Creations; Natural Curve Surfboards; Zigzag Magazine; City of Cape Town; NSRI and more still coming on board!

The People’s Post and Wavescape are the print and digital media partners respectively for the festival and Spike from Wavescape is the surf and weather prediction guru. All the ocean events at the 2013 BOS Earthwave Beach Festival are sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA), recognised by the Dept. of Sport & Recreation as the national controlling body for the sport.

Contact Kahuna Promotions on 021 783 4965 or kahunasurf@mweb.co.za for further information and see www.facebook.com/bos.earthwave for the latest details, including the full programme of events.

ENDS

About BOS Ice Tea

• BOS is a range of organic rooibos ice teas blended with all-natural fruit flavours – peach, lemon, apple, berry, lime & ginger and cranberry energy. It is preservative, colourant and caffeine free.
• The BOS packaging is bold, colourful, and graphic exuding a youthful and open spirit.
• BOS Ice Tea appeals to people of all ages who have an optimistic outlook on life, an appreciation for great aesthetics, and a desire to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The BOS philosophy is – ”Being healthy and being robustly cool haven’t always gone together, but they can.”
• BOS premium quality organic rooibos is farmed exclusively at Klipopmekaar rooibos farm and private nature reserve. At the vanguard of organic and ethical farming, Klipopmekaar’s approach is intrinsic to the BOS experience.
• BOS plants and maintains 1 tree for every 2000 cans or packs sold. We focus this initiative in under-privileged and under-greened schools and public spaces.
• BOS likes to engage, have fun, give joyful experiences and share a sense of life and living.
• For more info visit www.bosicetea.com
Issued on behalf of:

BOS Earthwave Beach Festival
Contact: Paul Botha
Tel: +27 (0) 21 783 4965
Email: kahunasurf@mweb.co.za

Compiled & Issued by:

Life’s a Beach Communications
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 423 1964
Email: lifesabeach@mweb.co.za