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ISA World Surfing Games officially opened in Peru – SA men to start defense of Team Title today

October 25th, 2014
Tanika Hoffman reads the ‘Surfers’ Oath’ at the official opening ceremony of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Lima, Peru yesterday  Photo: ISA / Tweddle

Tanika Hoffman reads the ‘Surfers’ Oath’ at the official opening ceremony of the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games in Lima, Peru yesterday  Photo: ISA / Tweddle

The four men in the South African Surfing Team will take to the waves at Punta Rocas in Peru today after the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games were officially opened at a stirring ceremony in downtown Lima yesterday (Friday).

Thousands of local spectators watched as the more than 150 competitors and officials from 22 nations paraded around the historic “Plaza de Armas” in the centre of the city. SA team captain Michael February and Faye Zoetmulder then joined two delegates from each of the other nations in the symbolic Sands of World ceremony where sand from each country’s beaches was deposited into the special glass receptacle.

South Africa was further honoured at the ceremony when multiple national team member Tanika Hoffman (Hout Bay) was selected to read the ‘Surfers’ Oath’ that commits all the competitors to fair play during the event at the ceremony.

After the beautiful demonstration of local Peruvian traditional dance, the ISA President Fernando Aguerre officially declared open the Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games.

Surfing competition gets underway at Punta Rocas, 60 Kms south of Lima, at 8am (3pm South African time) on Saturday. Day 1 will feature the 24 heats in Open Men Round 1 with South Africa’s four men scheduled to compete in Heat Nos. 5, 9, 13 and 17.

In the double elimination format used at all ISA events, the top two surfers in each of the three or four person heats advance to the next round of the Qualifying Stream. Those finishing third or fourth drop in the Repercharge Rounds where they are given another chance to reach the final of their division, provided they do not finish outside the top two in any heat again.

South Africa, the defending ISA team champion, is the top seeded team in the 2014. David Brand (Kommetjie) will be the first South African to compete in the event when he takes on opponents from Puerto Rico and Switzerland in H5. Brand will be followed by David van Zyl (Glenashley) in H9, Michael February (Kommetjie) in H13 and Casey Grant (Scottburgh) in H15.

Surfline, the official forecaster of the event, has predicted pumping waves for the opening days of the competition followed by great surf for the whole contest period.

All the action from Claro ISA 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games including news, results, video footage, images and live webcasts can be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and http://isawsg.com

The 2014 South African Surfing Team is competing in Peru thanks to assistance from the Department of Sport and Recreation.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and recognised by Sport and Recreation SA as the national governing body for the sport. SSA is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA), the world’s governing body for surfing.

ENDS

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Robin de Kock
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