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Meet Cory Lopez and win a R50 000 WaveJet Surfboard in Cape Town in June

May 20th, 2014 No comments
Meet Cory Lopez and win a R50 000 WaveJet Surfboard in Cape Town in June

Meet Cory Lopez and win a R50 000 WaveJet Surfboard in Cape Town in June

WaveJet South Africa, an authorised distributor of the revolutionary personal water propulsion system for surfboards of all sizes, has announced that legendary surfer Cory Lopez will be attending the official South African launch party for WaveJet systems in Muizenberg, Cape Town, on Saturday 21 June.

The party features live music by Crimson, Cape Town’s hottest DJ Dean Fuel and the opportunity to win a WaveJet surfboard valued at R50 000 along with dozens of other prizes ranging from vouchers, surfing and skateboarding equipment to hampers of energy drinks and vintage wine in lucky draws and raffles.

Lopez, the former World No. 3 ranked surfer and three-time X-Games Gold Medallist, is renowned both for his fearless tube riding in Hawai and Tahiti and the small wave wizardry that saw him win World Tour events in the awesome barrels of Teahupoo and at Huntington Beach, as well as the 2009 Surfer Mag ‘Tube of the Year’ for a ride at Skeleton Bay in Namibia.

The Floridian is a member of the WaveJet International team that includes big-wave charger Garrett McNamara, freesurfing standout Peter Mendia and Jesse Billauer, founder of the Life Rolls On Foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury.

See more on Lopez at http://wavejet.com/about-us/team-wavejet/cory-lopez

At the party Lopez will talk about his surfing experiences and involvement with WaveJet, answer questions, conduct a autograph signing session and meet and mingle with those attending.

The function will be held at the Bluebird Garage in Albertyn Road, Muizenberg from 6pm to midnight. Ticket numbers are limited and can be purchased online at https://wavejet.nutickets.co.za/launch. The cost is R100 for general entrance or R150 for VIP treatment that includes a separate entrance, free energy drinks and craft beer on tap and other perks. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Surfers’ Circle Walk of Fame project.

Your ticket number doubles as your entry into the lucky draws for the WaveJet surfboard and other prizes. The surfboard up for grabs is a full 7ft Evo WaveJet system built by Frankie Oberholzer in Durban and includes a WaveJet Power Pod, a Blank Pod for non-powered use, a Seatooth®-enabled Wrist Controller and a Charging Station.

The WaveJet South Africa Launch Party is proudly supported by Vonzipper, Sector 9, Xcel, O’Neill, Rock Star, Xpressions on the Beach, Corner Surf Shop, FCS, Island Tribe, Shift Eight VoiP and the Muizenberg Improvement District (MID).

See more on the party at www.facebook.com/events/1444015332512449/

About WaveJet
WaveJet is a revolutionary, one-of-a-kind Personal Water Propulsion system that will change the way you interact with water. A clean, quiet, battery-powered dual jet drive, the WaveJet Power Pod is fully modular and universally sized to be interchangeably popped into any WaveJet-ready personal watercraft, including surfboards, stand-up paddle boards, boogie boards, fishing craft, rescue boards and more. WaveJet overcomes the traditional limitations of surfing and paddling. It puts you where the action is. Fast. WaveJet lets you break free.

WaveJet South Africa, an authorised distributor of WaveJet products in South Africa, introduced the systems to this country in September 2013.

Rentals of the WaveJet systems are available on Muizenberg beach, at Surfshack or online at http://wavejetrentals.co.za/ WaveJet SUP boards can be rented from Xpressions on the Beach.

Purchases of WaveJet systems can be made at Corner Surf Shop, Xpressions on the Beach or online at www.wavejetsouthafrica.co.za.

See more on WaveJet South Africa at www.facebook.com/wavejetsouthafrica

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Border win eighth successive team title at Cool Shoe SA Masters Surfing Championships in East London

May 17th, 2014 No comments
Devyn Mattheys (Border) on his way to clinching the Senior Men’s title in the 2014 Cool Shoe SA Masters Surfing Championships at Nahoon Reef in East London today.  Photo: Graeme Field

Devyn Mattheys (Border) on his way to clinching the Senior Men’s title in the 2014 Cool Shoe SA Masters Surfing Championships at Nahoon Reef in East London today.  Photo: Graeme Field

The 2014 Cool Shoe South African Masters Surfing Championships was completed at Nahoon Reef in East London on Saturday with the Border team dominating proceedings in their home surf, clinching their eighth successive Provincial team title along with four of the seven individual titles on offer.

Competing in excellent one to two metre waves with stiff offshore winds, Border had representatives in the final of every division and accumulated 39 764 points to retain the Masters Cup. Zululand surprised their counterparts by finishing runners-up in the team standings ahead of Eastern Province, Western Province, KwaZulu-Natal Central, Southern Cape and Southern KwaZulu-Natal.

Devyn Mattheys (Bor) excelled in the final of the Senior Men (Over 30 years), selecting the best waves on offer and posting a heat total of 15.50 out of 20 and leaving teammate Tyrell Johnson needing a near-perfect 9.0 point ride for victory. Alan Johns (Zulu) picked up third place with Kelvin Zehmke (EP) in fourth.

Reigning World Masters Champion and defending SA Masters champ Greg Emslie (Bor) was in a class of his own in the Masters (O35) final, finishing nearly five points ahead of runner-up Clinton Fraser (EP). Stuart Fowles (Bor) and Andrew Banks (Zulu) claimed third and fourth respectively.

Gary van Wieringen (SKZN) fought a see-saw battle with Wayne Monk (Bor) in the Grandmasters (O40) before securing the crown with Kevin O’Brien (Bor) and Vince King (Zulu) collecting the minor positions.

The Kahunas (O45) division saw Gareth Sepp capture another title for hosts Border as he comprehensively outscored Rob Moore-Boyle (KZNC), David Malherbe (Bor) and Mark Wooten (KZNC), who finished in that order.

Fred le Roux claimed the Grandkahunas (O50) title for Zululand with a dominant display. Nick Pike (Bor) grabbed second place and Arthur Cowan (KZNC) narrowly outpointing Andre Venter for third.

Border’s Brian Heathcote produced the upset of the day when he finished just 0.50 of a point ahead of four-time World Masters Champion Chris Knutsen (KZNC) with Gordon Harmer (Bor) in third and Hand Kamhoot, the only male finalist from last year’s runners-up Western Province, finishing fourth.

The peerless Heather Clark, a two-time Women’s World Masters Champion and multiple South African titlist, showed her ongoing dominance by recording a heat total of 16.50 points, the highest in any of the finals, to earn the Women’s title. Tasha Mentasti (SC) took the runner-up spot with Nicky Hare (Bor) and Carolyn Dent (WP) in equal third and Michelle Holmes (EP) fifth

The 2015 Cool Shoe SA Masters Surfing Championships will be run in Richards Bay and will be the first national event hosted by Zululand Surfing Association.

Cool Shoe SA Masters Surfing Championships
Nahoon Reef, East London
Results

Provincial Team rankings
1. Border – 39 764 points – Masters Cup
2. Zululand – 29 812 points
3. Eastern Province – 27 956 points
4. Western Province – 26 252 points
5. KwaZulu-Natal Central – 17 932 points
6. Southern Cape – 11 780 points
7. Southern KwaZulu-Natal – 8 872 points

Senior Men (Over 30)
1. Devyn Mattheys (Border)
2. Tyrell Johnson (Border)
3. Alan Johns (Zululand)
4. Kelvin Zehmke (Eastern Province)

Masters (O35)
1. Greg Emslie (Border)
2. Clinton Fraser (Eastern Province)
3. Stuart Fowles (Border)
4. Andrew Banks (Zululand)

Grandmasters (O40)
1. Gary van Wieringen (Southern KZN)
2. Wayne Monk (Border)
3. Kevin O’Brien (Border)
4. Vince King (Zululand)

Kahunas (O45)
1. Gareth Sepp (Border)
2. Rob Moore-Boyle (KZN Central)
3. David Malherbe (Border)
4. Mark Wooten (KZN Central)

Grandkahunas (O50)
1. Fred Le Roux (Zululand)
2. Nick Pike (Border)
3. Arthur Cowan (KZN Central)
4. Andre Venter (Eastern Province)

Veterans (O55)
1. Brian Heathcote (Border)
2. Chris Knutsen (KZN Central)
3. Gordon Harmer (Border)
4. Hans Kamhoot (Western Province)

Women (O30)
1. Heather Clark (Southern KZN)
2. Tasha Mentasti (Southern Cape)
=3. Nicky Hare (Border)
=3. Carolyn Dent (Western Province)
5. Michelle Holmes (Eastern Province)

Results from all heats in the Cool Shoe SA Masters Surfing Championships will be available after 8pm tonight on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za.

About Surfing South Africa
Surfing South Africa is recognised by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association as the governing body for the sport in South Africa.
SSA is made up of eight provinces: Boland, Border, Eastern Province, KwaZulu-Natal Central, Southern Cape, Southern KZN, Western Province and Zululand.
The South African Bodyboarding Association, the South African Longboarding Association, Stand Up Paddle South Africa and USASSA (student surfing) are all affiliated to Surfing South Africa.
SSA sanctions the annual Pro Surf Tour, coordinates and runs National Surfing Championships, selects National teams and is responsible for the administration of the sport.

About Cool Shoe Corporation

“The essence of Cool Shoe is based on our love of the ocean, fashion and extreme sports.”

Straight out of America’s surf skate and snow heartland, the COOL SHOE CORPORATION has been walking, running, hiking and trekking the planet since 1980. COOL SHOE made it big when an American company reached an agreement with a French company to develop the product in Europe.
In 1984 a French firm decided to innovate and revolutionize “flip flops” resulting in the concept of a rocking chair “Cool Original” flip flop with its rounded and large shape.
Then, and now, our product designers remain true to the original concept that made the brand famous: Creative originality and quality.
Cool Shoe is sponsoring the SA Surfing Champs because it’s the cool thing to do, helping surfing grow whilst creating brand awareness.
Cool Shoe products are available at selected stores in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Jeffreys Bay and Durban.
For more information go to www.cool-shoe.com or contact Georgia Carpenter on georgie1@live.co.za

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Surfing South Africa
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Semi-finalists decided in excellent conditions at Cool Shoe SA Masters Surfing Championships in East London

May 16th, 2014 No comments
A competitor throws a sheet of spray as he carves a cutback in the ideal conditions and pumping waves at Nahoon Reef on Day 2 of the 2014 Cool Shoe SA Masters Surfing Championships   Photo: Graeme Field

A competitor throws a sheet of spray as he carves a cutback in the ideal conditions and pumping waves at Nahoon Reef on Day 2 of the 2014 Cool Shoe SA Masters Surfing Championships   Photo: Graeme Field

The semi-finalists in the five of the seven divisions were decided in excellent conditions and pumping waves at Nahoon Reef in East London on Day 2 of the 2014 Cool Shoe SA Masters Surfing Championships today (Friday).

Competitors were greeted with the predicted light offshore winds with solid overhead surf at dawn and poured into the surf zone for a mass practice session. The ideal conditions prevailed throughout the day with the waves producing even longer rides as the tide dropped, enabling the country’s top surfers over 30 to post excellent scores.

The Senior Men (over 30 years) produced the heat of the day. Defending champion Llewellyn Whittaker (Southern Cape) opened his account with an outstanding 8.5 out of 10 awarded for a series of backhand carves only to be overtaken by Kelvin Zehmke (Eastern Province) who racked up a 9.0, the highest single ride of the event to date.

Whittaker added a 6.75 to his tally to win the heat with a total of 15.25 out of 20 to Zehmke’s 14.15 as both advanced to the semi-finals. They were joined by Alan Johns, who continued Zululand’s strong showing at the event by winning his heat, along with Neil Zietsman (Western Province) and Dylan Stewart (KZN Central), and will take on the three winners of yesterday Round 1 heats in the last eight.

The Grandmasters (O40) ran through three rounds with two-time former SA Open champion Wayne Monk delivering several strong performances to advance to the semis where he will face Border teammates Andre Malherbe and Kevin O’Brien. The second semi sees Zululand’s Dave Peterson and Vince King against Gary van Wieringen (Southern KZN)

The Grandmasters produced one of the upsets of the event when the KZN Central top seed Ryan Ribbink, who won his Round 1 heat yesterday and looked in great form during the free surfing sessions, arrived late for his Round 3 encounter. After catching his first ride with just seven minutes remaining, Ribbink was eliminated from the contest needing just a 3.0 point score.

In the Grandkahunas (O50) quarter-finals, Robin Lavery (Zulu) and Andre Venter (EP) won their heats and progressed to the semis along with their respective second and third placed opponents. There they meet Round 1 heat winners Nick Pike (BOR) and Arthur Cowan (KZNC).

Wayne de Klerk (EP) and Gareth Sepp (BOR) won their Kahunas (O45) division quarters and will contest tomorrow’s semi-finals along with Steve Kuhn and Kenneth Hodgson (both Zululand) and Andre Mory (WP) plus the three heat winners from yesterday’s Round 1.

Western Province’s Jeremy Zinn and defending champion Hans Kamhoot will contest tomorrow’s semi-final in the Veterans (O55) division against Dave Lipschitz (EP) and Gordon Harmer (BOR), with the top two advancing to the final where four-time World Masters Champion Chris Knutsen (KZNC) and Brian Heathcote (BOR) await.

The Masters (O35) division saw two rounds completed where Phillip Malherbe (BOR) and former World Masters Champion Andrew Banks, now representing Zululand, were the standouts.

The Masters quarterfinals will be first in the surf on the final day tomorrow, followed by the Women’s Final, the semi-finals of all six men’s divisions and then the finals, starting with the Veterans and ending with the Senior Men.

After some initial teething problems, the historic first live webcast from a Surfing South Africa national tournament enabled viewers worldwide to watch the competitors battle for individual and team honours in the bright sunshine and overhead waves.

The scene is set for an epic final day at the 2014 Cool Shoe SA Masters Surfing Championships when the 2014 national champions will be crowned in seven divisions and the provincial team whose members accumulate the highest total of points is awarded the prestigious Masters Cup.

Watch all the action live from Nahoon Reef in East London by going to www.streamit360.tv and activating the SURFING button on the homepage.

Results from all heats in the event will be available after 8pm tonight on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za.

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NB All media enquiries to surfingsouthafrica@gmail.com

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General Manager
Surfing South Africa
0824541149

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Competitors conquer testing conditions on opening day of Cool Shoe South African Masters Surfing Championships in East London

May 15th, 2014 No comments
Wayne Monk (Border) battles the elements at Nahoon Reef in East London on the opening day of the Cool Shoe SA Masters Surfing Championships   Photo Casey Beveridge (EPSC)

Wayne Monk (Border) battles the elements at Nahoon Reef in East London on the opening day of the Cool Shoe SA Masters Surfing Championships Photo Casey Beveridge (EPSC)

The cream of South Africa’s surfers aged 31-and-over prevailed in testing conditions on the opening day of the 2014 Cool Shoe SA Masters Surfing Championships which got underway in strong onshore winds and unruly one to 1.5 metre waves at Nahoon Reef in East London today (Thursday).

A total of 23 heats featuring nearly 100 surfers in seven divisions took to the waves in the quest for individual and Provincial team honours. Border, the host association and seven-time team champions, made good use of their experience in home waters to get off to a flying start in defence of the Masters Cup they won in Mossel Bay last year.

Border’s Tyrell Johnson and former SA Open Champion Devyn Mattheys were the standouts in the Senior Men (Over 30 years) division while reigning World and SA Masters Champion Greg Emslie recorded the highest heat total in the Masters (O35) category.

David Malherbe, the World Pro Am Champion back in 1990, then posted one of the highest heat totals of the day – 16.70 out of 20 – in the Kahunas (O45) despite a back injury incurred free-surfing on Tuesday.

The hosts did not have everything their own way though with Southern KZN’s Gary van Wieringen and Carl Roux, along with Ryan Ribbink (KwaZulu-Natal Central), starring in the Grandmasters (O40); Graeme Field from Western Province, last year’s team runners-up, winning his Masters encounter and Vince King and James Elliot (both Zululand) clinching heat victories in the Grandmasters (O40) and Senior Men respectively.

Nick Pike (Border), who finished ahead of defending SA champ Robin Lavery (Zululand), and Arthur Cowan (KZN Central) were the winners of the two heats in the Grandkahunas (O50) division.

Multiple World and SA Champion Chris Knutsen (KZNC) delivered a dominant performance in the Veterans (O55) while Tasha Mentasti (Southern Cape) relegated former two-time ISA Women’s World Champion and defending SA champion Heather Clark to the runner-up berth the Women’s (O35) division.

A switch to offshore winds and an increase in swell size is predicted for both tomorrow and the final day of the event on Saturday, which should make for dramatic viewing on the live streaming feed from the event.

The Cool Shoe SA Masters Surfing Championships is the first national surfing tournament to be webcast live on the internet. All the action can be followed live by going to www.streamit360.tv and activating the SURFING button on the page from midday onwards and throughout the finals on Saturday.
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The 2014 Cool Shoe SA Masters Championships will decide seven individual South African champions and determine the top Provincial team. Each team member’s points will count towards the Masters Cup, which was won by Southern KZN in 2005 and 2006 and by Border from 2007 to 2013.

Results from all of today’s heats will be available after 8pm tonight on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za.

About Surfing South Africa
Surfing South Africa is recognised by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association as the governing body for the sport in South Africa.
SSA is made up of eight provinces: Boland, Border, Eastern Province, KwaZulu-Natal Central, Southern Cape, Southern KZN, Western Province and Zululand.
The South African Bodyboarding Association, the South African Longboarding Association, Stand Up Paddle South Africa and USASSA (student surfing) are all affiliated to Surfing South Africa.
SSA sanctions the annual Pro Surf Tour, coordinates and runs National Surfing Championships, selects National teams and is responsible for the administration of the sport.

About Cool Shoe Corporation

“The essence of Cool Shoe is based on our love of the ocean, fashion and extreme sports.”

Straight out of America’s surf skate and snow heartland, the COOL SHOE CORPORATION has been walking, running, hiking and trekking the planet since 1980. COOL SHOE made it big when an American company reached an agreement with a French company to develop the product in Europe.
In 1984 a French firm decided to innovate and revolutionize “flip flops” resulting in the concept of a rocking chair “Cool Original” flip flop with its rounded and large shape.
Then, and now, our product designers remain true to the original concept that made the brand famous: Creative originality and quality.
Cool Shoe is sponsoring the SA Surfing Champs because it’s the cool thing to do, helping surfing grow whilst creating brand awareness.
Cool Shoe products are available at selected stores in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Jeffreys Bay and Durban.
For more information go to www.cool-shoe.com or contact Georgia Carpenter on georgie1@live.co.za

ENDS

Issued on behalf of:

Robin de Kock
General Manager
Surfing South Africa
0824541149

Compiled & Distributed by:

Life’s a Beach Communications
PO Box 48272, Kommetjie 7976, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 21 783 4965
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 423 1964
Email: lifesabeach@mweb.co.za