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Performance levels ramp up on Day 3 of Cool Shoe South African Surfing Championships

June 29th, 2013
Dylan Lightfoot (Eastern Province) posted convincing victories in Rounds 3 and 4 of the U20 Boys division of the Cool Shoe SA Surfing Champs at Durban's New Pier today to advance to the Sunday’s semi-finals  Photo: © Karen / D-Vine Images

Dylan Lightfoot (Eastern Province) posted convincing victories in Rounds 3 and 4 of the U20 Boys division of the Cool Shoe SA Surfing Champs at Durban’s New Pier today to advance to the Sunday’s semi-finals Photo: © Karen / D-Vine Images

Performance levels ramped up on Day 3 of the Cool Shoe South African Surfing Championships as ideal one metre waves, hot weather and light onshore winds at New Pier in Durban saw the top contenders for national titles press their claims for honours at the business end of the event on Saturday.

The finalists for the U20 Girls’ and Women’s divisions were decided and Round 3 and 4 of the U20 Boys’ and Men’s were completed, leaving just the semi-finals and finals to be run tomorrow before the champions are crowned.

Nikita Robb (Border) remained on track to successfully defend her SA Women’s title when she dominated her semi-final, leading from start to finish to move into the final along with second placed Heather Clark (Southern KZN). They will be up against Lynne Mackey (KZN Central), who used her local knowledge to clinch her semi ahead of national team member Tanika Hoffman (Western Province).

Chanelle Botha (SKZN) and Anoush Zakarian (Boland), both of who represented South African in the U16 division at the recent ISA World Junior Championships in Panama, finished first and second in their U20 Girls semi and will be joined in the final by Nicole Pallet (KZNC) and Emma Smith (Eastern Province) who represented SA at U18 level in Panama.

All four of Southern KZN’s Men’s squad are through to the last six with defending champ Casey Grant and Gary van Wieringen facing Western Province’s Matt Bromley in the first semi-final while Klee Strachan and Justin Maisch take on former ASP WCT campaigner and current ISA World Masters champ Greg Emslie (Border) in the second.

The last six in the U20 Boys sees a more representative spread from around the coastline with WP’s Mikey February and Max Armstrong matched up with Diran Zakarian (Boland) while EP’s Dylan Lightfoot and Steven Sawyer do battle with local Davey van Zyl (KZNC). The top two in each encounter advance to the final and a gold, silver, bronze or copper medal.

After three days of action the team title and possession of the highly prized President’s Cup is still wide open. Southern KZN’s dominance of the Men’s division plus a representative in each of the Women’s and Girls’ could swing the result their way while WP, with four team members still in contention are their closest challengers, followed by EP and hosts KZNC with three each and Border and Boland with two each.

Saturday’s final day of action at the Cool Shoe SA Surfing champs will start at7.30 am to take advantage of the morning’s higher tide and will begin with the semi-finals of the U20 Boys and Men’s before the finals in all four divisions are run.

The event concludes with an awards ceremony on the beach where the 2013 Cool Shoe SA Champions will be crowned, the Surfer of the Contest will be named and the country’s top provincial team will be presented with the President’s Cup.

All the results and the schedule for each day of the event can be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za.

ENDS

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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.
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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

About Surfing South Africa
Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognised by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA) 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 (PST), coordinates and runs National Surfing Championships, selects National teams and is responsible for the administration of the sport.
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